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Canadian MBA's & my strange situation, advice appreciated! [#permalink]
06 Jun 2013, 14:55
I have a rather strange situation and I'm trying to figure out what to do. Quick background:
Female, aboriginal, 3.3 CGPA from undergrad (excluding some pass/fail courses from my international exchange). Graduated in 2006, worked almost 2 yrs Big4 accounting (no designation), worked at a large Crown Corporation then joined the military. I have a B.Comm.
I am being medically released from the military and can tap into funding for further education. This is where it gets strange.
- total program cost (tuition, fees, books) has to be under $25,000 for a problem free sign off for funding
- I have 24 months effective September 18 2013 to tap into the funding... the program has to end within those 24 months (this is a problem for something like Rotman)
- if the program I am considering is over $25,000 I need to have a majority of it to be funded by scholarships, etc. in order to build some sort of business case to tap into the $25,000
During those 24 months I will be paid a salary of approximately $40,000 gross.
My goal was Ivey or Queen's, but with the funding issues it could be problematic. I'm not sure about Schulich but it looks as though I can do the accelerated MBA and finish up with a tuition cost of about $30,000, but I wonder whether that is better than programs elsewhere. I also want to apply to some decent sub-$25,000 programs but I also want to walk out of the program not thinking I wasted my time/money.
I live in Ottawa but I'm willing to move almost anywhere. I was looking at programs like Ryerson or Concordia (JMSB) as well for "cheaper" options but I really want to set myself on a career with a strong upward trajectory and feel as though I will end up settling in Toronto post-MBA so I wonder whether or not Concordia would be a good investment. I've been researching schools, programs, reputations, etc. and am feeling a bit overwhelmed so any advice would be appreciated!