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help in choosing bschool [#permalink] New post 03 May 2007, 20:46
Dear all,

I'm looking for "safe" US bschools, doesn't have to be as good as those ivy leagues, but accredited and has good reputation. Several schools on my list are Oklahoma City Uni (OKCU), Terry UGA, University of Florida, Pittsburg, and Notredame. They have one-year option which attract me.

I don't have a lot of money, so I would prefer if those schools were not too expensive and located in the city with considerable cost of living. I also would prefer to choose one-year (accelerated) program (shorter payback period for me )

I’m an international, 18 month working experience after graduation, but a lot of part-time experience during college and involved intensely in social community. Currently I’m working as a junior finance/accounting staff in a medium-sized mining company. Never took GMAT but my simulation hover around 540-660.

My post-MBA plan is looking for decent job in US (doesn’t have to be as big as McKinsey/Merrill Lynch) for 2-3 years and then come back to my country and start my own consulting business.

Looking for honest advice. Thanks in advance. :wink:
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Re: help in choosing bschool [#permalink] New post 03 May 2007, 20:55
martinchandra wrote:
Dear all,

I'm looking for "safe" US bschools, doesn't have to be as good as those ivy leagues, but accredited and has good reputation. Several schools on my list are Oklahoma City Uni (OKCU), Terry UGA, University of Florida, Pittsburg, and Notredame. They have one-year option which attract me.

I don't have a lot of money, so I would prefer if those schools were not too expensive and located in the city with considerable cost of living. I also would prefer to choose one-year (accelerated) program (shorter payback period for me )

I’m an international, 18 month working experience after graduation, but a lot of part-time experience during college and involved intensely in social community. Currently I’m working as a junior finance/accounting staff in a medium-sized mining company. Never took GMAT but my simulation hover around 540-660.

My post-MBA plan is looking for decent job in US (doesn’t have to be as big as McKinsey/Merrill Lynch) for 2-3 years and then come back to my country and start my own consulting business.

Looking for honest advice. Thanks in advance. :wink:


I think you are not going to get any usable advice based on the information you have given us. It seems you are just looking for any decent job post graduation. I dont know what industry you want to work post graduation and what industry you want to consult in after your return to India. Any MBA is sure to cost you upwards of $50000 and I do not know if your decent job can help you recoup the investment within the 2-3 years timeframe.

This forum is great and I think you can elicit good advice provided you get more specific with what you want. Perhaps, you should evaluate whether you need an MBA in the 1st place.

You asked for honest advice. This is mine.
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comment [#permalink] New post 03 May 2007, 23:36
I'm totally agree with ncprasad. I know Notre Dame MBA will cost you up to 80K, but they usually give you some fellowship that can compensate your cost. The problem is that your profile, according to what you provide, is not very appealing. (and I assume you're from Indian region, which makes your competition even tougher)
Take higher GMAT, compose decent essays will raise your change. Don't aim too low. Aim higher, so that even if you fail the top, you are still in the middle, which is also good.
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Re: help in choosing bschool [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 02:36
martinchandra wrote:
Dear all,

I'm looking for "safe" US bschools, doesn't have to be as good as those ivy leagues, but accredited and has good reputation. Several schools on my list are Oklahoma City Uni (OKCU), Terry UGA, University of Florida, Pittsburg, and Notredame. They have one-year option which attract me.

I don't have a lot of money, so I would prefer if those schools were not too expensive and located in the city with considerable cost of living. I also would prefer to choose one-year (accelerated) program (shorter payback period for me )

I’m an international, 18 month working experience after graduation, but a lot of part-time experience during college and involved intensely in social community. Currently I’m working as a junior finance/accounting staff in a medium-sized mining company. Never took GMAT but my simulation hover around 540-660.

My post-MBA plan is looking for decent job in US (doesn’t have to be as big as McKinsey/Merrill Lynch) for 2-3 years and then come back to my country and start my own consulting business.

Looking for honest advice. Thanks in advance. :wink:


Frankly speaking you don't seem to know what you want.
Reading your post, this is my observation
Your plans are too general. For example, what is ur idea of decent? what industry do you want to go into? What industry will u cater when u go back to ur country etc etc.

My advice
Think hard on why you need an MBA in the first place. If you are just looking for a decent job in US, there are other ways to go about it. There is no garuantee that an MBA would lead to a job.

When you are through with your assesement, use this forum to find answers to other MBA related questions.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 19:17
Thanks for your lavish answers, ncprasad, darren1010, jaynayak. I do appreciate it much.

I will finance my MBA 40-50% from family & personal savings, and the rest maybe come from loan, fellowship, scholarship, etc. After getting my MBA, I just want a job in Fortune 500 company (preferably IB/consulting) which pay me enough for living as well as saving. So, what I'm looking for is not just money to recoup my MBA; but relationship/partnership, in-depth knowledge on business practice, and experience. Then, I want to come back to my country and start my own consulting business in strategy.

I want to apply to 4-5 schools in the next intake. To be honest, I put Harvard & Tepper on my 1 and 2. While these 2nd/3rd tier schools (as I mentioned above) will be rest on 3 to 5 and considered as a "safe" schools. I know that my profile is not appealing. Maybe I'm just lucky if I could get admitted to Harvard & Tepper, but for me, going to those 2nd/3rd tier is not too bad.

PS: I'm Malaysian. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 22:50
:D, sorry, my assumption based on your nickname.
by the way, I visited Kualar Lumpur 2 years ago. Such a great city. The twin tower is very impressive.
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