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Duke vs Cornell (Fuqua vs Johnson)

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Duke vs Cornell (Fuqua vs Johnson) [#permalink] New post 23 May 2011, 17:32
Hi All,

I am a software engineer with 7 years of workex with 2 leading US companies and including 3 years of workex in the US.

I plan to pursue a career in management consulting and thereafter strategy planning. I am not sure what my fallback career option would be though. I would try to get into some sort of strategy planning role in the corporate sector.

I have the choice to join Fuqua or Johnson for my MBA starting this fall. As I sift through the internet and rankings, I am confused with mixed opinions on both. I understand that Cornell has a better brand name in India but I plan to work in the US for at least 4-5 years post-MBA till I payback my loan.

Any opinions/facts/suggestions would be highly appreciated.

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Re: Duke vs Cornell (Fuqua vs Johnson) [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 01:56
I dont think there's a clear answer to your question. I think Cornell's international brand is very strong (not just in India but the rest of Asia as well) whereas Duke is comparatively unknown. However, the flip side to that is that if you plan to stay in the US for 4-5 years, at that point the brand of your school is probably going to become relatively irrelevant. The focus then shifts to what you've achieved in those 4-5 years of work as opposed to which school you graduated from. Thus, I'd recommend shifting your efforts to focusing on which school will leave you better placed for your job post-graduation in the US. For example, do you want to work in NY? (Cornell has a location advantage) Do you want to work for Booz? (Booz recruits at Duke and not at Cornell)

Both programs are equally good overall and there is really no clear winner.

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Re: Duke vs Cornell (Fuqua vs Johnson)   [#permalink] 01 Jun 2011, 01:56
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