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I have been very lucky to be admitted to both schools. I am an Asian living in west Europe in the last several years. I work for a Fortune 500 as a software engineer. Both my wife and I are free to work in Europe, but not in US.
Regarding my career goal, I am interested in strategy consulting, but also open to finance if possible. I hope to return back to Asia post-MBA, but don't mind working in UK or US for a couple of years.
Pro. of Oxford: 1. Close to London. 2. One year program(tution + net income loss ~ 100k USD) 3. My family is nearby 4. Both I and my wife don't need work permit working in UK. Con. of Oxford: It doesn't seem to provide as many opportunities as Duke Fuqua does (plz correct me if I am wrong). And as far as I know, the job placements in last two years were not good. Even in the best years, very few Asian SAID graduates got jobs in IB or MC.
Pro. of Duke: 1. Better reputation and alumni network in my asian country. 2. Excellent Healthcare program (I happen to work in the area, although as an engineer) 3. More opportunities for international students in US than UK? I see more Asian Fuqua graduates got good jobs than SAID graduates do. Con. of Duke: 1. Both my wife and I need permits to work in US. That means my wife has to become a housewife if she will move with me, unless she goes for a US degree too. 2. Two-year program. tuition + net income loss between 200K USD(me alone) and 300K USD (if my wife stays with me in US for 2 years)
Questions: 1. Please criticize if my analysis of Pros and Cons are wrong. 2. Does anyone know the job placements for international students of Oxford MBA 2009 or Duke MBA 2010? Thank you 3. Any subjective or objective comments are sincerely welcome!