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Duke (Fuqua) vs University of Texas (McCombs)

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Duke (Fuqua) vs University of Texas (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 00:45
I’m thrilled to be accepted to both Duke (Fuqua) and the University of Texas (McCombs) but I’m having trouble deciding where to go. My experience is in marketing and non-profit management (domestically and internationally). I am interested in non-profit leadership, marketing or international business positions post MBA. I’m from Texas so I would benefit from in-state tuition – very enticing & if I stay in the US then Texas would be my living preference after graduating; however, if Duke is a shiningly better program and fit than Texas then I would prefer to be there.

Here are a few of my questions (I welcome and appreciation any insightful feedback/advice):

How much stronger is Duke’s program? Its rankings are typically higher than UTs but do people consider UT in the same ballpark or a step down?

How do the cultures compare? Will UT be more cut throat and less collaborative than Duke?

How strong is UT for the fields of social entrepreneurship, marketing and international business? Does it clearly fall short of Duke on any/all of these categories or is it comparable in any/all these categories?

If later I pursue a PhD on a track to be a professor how will an MBA from UT compare to Duke for university/research jobs in business education?

Any other feedback not directly pertaining to these questions is also appreciated.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) vs University of Texas (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 14:55
I applied to both schools, but ended up withdrawing my application from Texas after getting into Duke because I did my undergrad at Texas and wanted something different. The way I see it, Duke has such a strong reputation, esp in the South, that I can probably move back if I want. On the other hand, I think McCombs is a more regional school. Obviously MBA is very different from BBA, but when I was there pretty much all job opportunities were Dallas or Houston. Of course if you def. want to stay in Texas, take the in state tuition! My small office has a McCombs MBA and a Harvard MBA; they both have the same job and I'm guessing the McCombs MBA has already paid off his loans. I don't know much about your specific career goals, but Duke has a very strong reputation for marketing.
Re: Duke (Fuqua) vs University of Texas (McCombs)   [#permalink] 29 Mar 2011, 14:55
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