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Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2013, 11:48
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I am planning on taking an MBA here in Toronto. I've been working for about 5 years now in marketing for in the FMCG industry.
I am looking to continue my career in the field of marketing and am considering the benefits of getting my MBA from 3 possible schools
1. University of Toronto - This is one of the top schools here in Canada. The cost is quite high though but I've only read good things on this.
2. York University - Similar to U of T, I have read good things about this as well. Good reputation and credentials and but a bit expensive as well.
3. Ryerson University - I have this on the list as I consider ROI. I have read other reviews that recognize that Ryerson does NOT have the same credentials as other schools but in terms of content and knowledge it is competitive. In terms of cost, it is definitely there.

It seems like a no-brainer to aim go to University of Toronto or York University but I am considering that if content and education provided by Ryerson would be competitive then maybe it's not a bad way to go. Of course, people have mentioned the value of the network and pedigree provided by the two other schools. Could anyone elaborate on this though so I can better appreciate it?

I'm still quite early in planning this out and have yet to take the GMAT. Any advice you could share would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2013, 12:09
Well, obviously going to U of T or York is ideal because of their Brand. I think Brand matters quite some bit, at least initially.. I think the alumni networking at those schools are better that that of Ryerson. But depends on what you score on your GMAT. Ryerson, 550 and your in. U of T and York, 650+ is average, but no guarantee your getting in. Finally, Cost. Ryerson is much cheaper, so i guess it depends on your funds and how much you think an MBA is worth. I think getting a future job in toronto will be easier if you go to U of T or York, since there are lots of MBA from those schools who work downtown in High positions and companies will hire ppl from those schools before Ryerson....... But again, if your the awesome,,,,, then it doesnt matter where you go! :)
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2013, 16:47
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There are two parts to Return On Investment (ROI): the return (benefit) and the cost of investment. You can’t only look at the cost and say the lowest is the best ROI. Ryerson might have the lowest cost, but it also probably has the lowest return (I don’t know for sure, never bothered looking into Ryerson, but you should definitely look into it).

I can’t speak on course content but I’m confident in saying that the knowledge that you gain from Ryerson isn’t the same as the other two programs. MBA is a unique graduate program where you learn far more from your classmates than from the Profs or the readings. Your classmates will bring in their own life and working experiences in addition to putting different spins on the class discussions. This makes having top notch classmates very important. Not only they make you better, iron sharpens iron as they say, but these top notch students will form the backbone of your network upon graduation. Ryerson MBA program is however far from top notch. The quality of incoming students there is very weak. Weak incoming class leads to weak graduating class and ultimately, a weak network.

I suspect that the return for a Ryerson MBA is very low making their ROI the lowest of the three schools and that’s why the top students go to Schulich/Rotman. Going to Schulich or Rotman seems like a no brainer is because it is a no brainer. Up front cost might be a bit more expensive but the return is more than worth it.
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 18:04
With about 5 years of experience and a good academic background, you should not worry much about the brand name. I understand that the brand name is necessary, but it is more important for the people who just did their graduation or have a verly less experience. Ryerson is a decent university. It might not be as big as UFT or York in the terms of brand, but I am sure the quality of education will be more or less the same. Already having a good experience in the industry, you should not have much difficulty in finding the job after graduation. And as you said, it is the best ROI.
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Schulich is THE school in Canada to go to for CPG recruiting. When I went there, basically every tier-1 CPG firm came to Schulich to find MBA students and the smaller ones would attend networking events. The only one I know for sure won't come to Schulich is Coca-Cola, but that doesn't mean you can't apply. If you are working in a tier-3 firm right now and hoping to move into one of the large ones like Kraft or P&G, Schulich would be the place to do so.

I also agree that I wouldn't worry about the school's brand at your career level. I worked in CPG (including my MBA internship) and people are generally more concerned about the previous brands you managed as opposed to your Alma-maters.

I don't agree with deadlycat that Ryerson's education is subpar in comparison to Schulich or Rotman. The new MBA association in Toronto holds plenty of social events for the three schools (Schulich, Rotman, and Rogers) to get together and the quality of students that go to Ryerson didn't seem any different than the other two schools to me. From my personal experience, every MBA program gets a fair share of poor students. I know for sure about half of my classmates at Schulich were not ready for their MBA, and my good friend at Rotman often had the same complaints.
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 11:01
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Schulich is THE school in Canada to go to for CPG recruiting. When I went there, basically every tier-1 CPG firm came to Schulich to find MBA students and the smaller ones would attend networking events. The only one I know for sure won't come to Schulich is Coca-Cola, but that doesn't mean you can't apply. If you are working in a tier-3 firm right now and hoping to move into one of the large ones like Kraft or P&G, Schulich would be the place to do so.

I also agree that I wouldn't worry about the school's brand at your career level. I worked in CPG (including my MBA internship) and people are generally more concerned about the previous brands you managed as opposed to your Alma-maters.

I don't agree with deadlycat that Ryerson's education is subpar in comparison to Schulich or Rotman. The new MBA association in Toronto holds plenty of social events for the three schools (Schulich, Rotman, and Rogers) to get together and the quality of students that go to Ryerson didn't seem any different than the other two schools to me. From my personal experience, every MBA program gets a fair share of poor students. I know for sure about half of my classmates at Schulich were not ready for their MBA, and my good friend at Rotman often had the same complaints.


After doing research, I think Rotman has a slight advantage, unless your looking into a specific specialization. The brand of each school is at par and getting a job after depends on employer and whether your personality fits the employers profile. Schulich doesn't interview everyone it accepts. I heard ppl from India and China who got accepted, english was a problem for group work etc..

In terms of location.... Rotman is in the best location in Toronto, downtown Toronto. Its located in arguably the richest area in Toronto. Theres infinite things to do when class is out, just walking distances from the school. There are also thousands of places to live in and around campus just walking distances away.

Location for Schulich on the other hand, it is located NEAR (2-5miles) arguably the worst (Jane and Finch) part of the Greater Toronto Area. Lots of Metro housing/low income housing, so finding a DECENT place to live is harder. Things to do after class is very limited. Maybe a few restaurants and bars around Schulich but nothing special at all. If anything, you'd probably want to hang out around Rotman if you looking to mingle with people alike. Obviously there has been incidents in and around campus, but thats for you guys to do your own research, unless someone from wants to challenge me, id be glad to post several incidents.
Schulich building is good and safe, and a parking lot is located directly across the building.

if I had to choose a school, assuming Education/networking/alumni is not a factor (because the schools are similar in rankings) and everything else was a factor, Rotman would be my choice, since its located in the heart of Toronto, and students/professionals surround the campus 24/7. Its just makes one feel SAFER and probably be more enjoyable.

FYI I am neither a Schulich or Rotman student or Future student, so NO BIAS here!
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 05:23
Hello people,can anyone possibly share detailed insights about the MBA program of Richard Ivey in comparison to those you all mentioned already, it will be of great help to me.
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2013, 14:59
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Hello people,can anyone possibly share detailed insights about the MBA program of Richard Ivey in comparison to those you all mentioned already, it will be of great help to me.



Ivey is arguably the best program in Canada. Its up there with U of T and its better than Schulich and Queen's. I say that cause there are mix reviews on here for Schulich and Queens, and all positive reviews for Rotman and Ivey. But who knows.....

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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2013, 15:09
It doesn't make any sense to compare 1- and 2-year programmes. First decide what duration works best for you. Basically, if you are a career changer or very young, I would go for 2 years. Otherwise, just one. I would rank them as follows.

Two-year:
Rotman > Schulich > Desautels

One-year:
Ivey > Queen's

Forget about any other programme outside these five. It will be a waste of money and time.
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2013, 23:08
Some more specific details, in case if anyone researched already.....program concentration, case studies, placements, international exposure etc and most importantly why is its ranking slipping in last few years....anyone can enlighten me

BTW - it is not absolutely out of league to compare this program to 2 year programs, is it? the content is almost similar....but yes, most suited for experienced people (5-10 years) i believe
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Some more specific details, in case if anyone researched already.....program concentration, case studies, placements, international exposure etc and most importantly why is its ranking slipping in last few years....anyone can enlighten me

BTW - it is not absolutely out of league to compare this program to 2 year programs, is it? the content is almost similar....but yes, most suited for experienced people (5-10 years) i believe


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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 20:50
no sir/ma'm not quiet alright....i have searched the forum enough, dint get hold of much details so sought some more, if you dont have the details, request you to pass by and let others - whoever has details and may like to share help me....this should be ALRIGHT with you
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 12:26
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no sir/ma'm not quiet alright....i have searched the forum enough, dint get hold of much details so sought some more, if you dont have the details, request you to pass by and let others - whoever has details and may like to share help me....this should be ALRIGHT with you


Look dude, the attitude of "everyone here make me a summary of all schools I am interested in" won't get you many answers. If you want feedback you need to show that you have done your homework, thought about the options, and have very specific questions before you make your final decisions. Most people in this forum are very generous with their time and intelligence, but nobody likes a free rider. So let's do something, why don't you tell us where you stand, and I am sure people will be more positive.
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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 19:47
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no sir/ma'm not quiet alright....i have searched the forum enough, dint get hold of much details so sought some more, if you dont have the details, request you to pass by and let others - whoever has details and may like to share help me....this should be ALRIGHT with you


Like what Duck said, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!! Then come back on the forum buddy! Quit being so lazy, otherwise you won't get into any program pal!

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Re: Choosing an MBA in Toronto [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2013, 14:47
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sdas wrote:
no sir/ma'm not quiet alright....i have searched the forum enough, dint get hold of much details so sought some more, if you dont have the details, request you to pass by and let others - whoever has details and may like to share help me....this should be ALRIGHT with you


Look dude, the attitude of "everyone here make me a summary of all schools I am interested in" won't get you many answers. If you want feedback you need to show that you have done your homework, thought about the options, and have very specific questions before you make your final decisions. Most people in this forum are very generous with their time and intelligence, but nobody likes a free rider. So let's do something, why don't you tell us where you stand, and I am sure people will be more positive.


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