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Are MBA programs outside the top 50 "worthwhile"?

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Are MBA programs outside the top 50 "worthwhile"? [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 15:38
Hey everyone,

I'm brand new to the forums here and didn't see a post similar to this so I just wanted to get some feedback from the community (I hope I don't get flamed)...

As I don't have the statistics to get into a top program, I'm considering MBA programs outside the top 50 (William and Mary, Va Tech, American)... What is the consensus on programs of these caliber... would it be a substantial benefit for getting a job? Is it worth the investment? It is really top 10 or bust? any thoughts are appreciated... thanks
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 17:08
As with most questions in life, the answer is: it depends.

Some questions that may help you think about the decision
- Are an international trying to work in the US via an MBA or are you a US citizen trying to move ahead in your career?
- Would you be paying full price or are you likely to get a scholarship or employer sponsorship?
- In what region do you plan to work after graduation?
- In what industry do you plan to work after graduation?
- What expectations do you have on an MBA in terms of: post graduation distribution of salaries, access to certain types of jobs, probability of landing a job 3 months from graduation?
- What do you expect your experience during the MBA to be in terms of: class size, diversity of backgrounds, access to speakers and conferences, networking possibilities, etc.?

Good luck. L.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2007, 11:43
Top 10?

I'd refer to the clusters -- ultra elite and elites. It all depends on what you want to get out of the mba.

If you're looking to make tons of money and for the mba to be a decisive facilitator, then you need to get into top16 (ue+e).

If you need it just for the sake of getting an mba, go where you can get the most scholarship money or perhaps something that is regionally respected.

Personally, I wouldn't spend 2 years of my life to get an mba just to get an mba, unless the company was paying for it or if it guaranteed me a promotion. I want my returns very soon after I graduate.
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