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How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2009, 10:50
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I have an interview with Hult recently. I have been told I have a better chance to get selected. I am little skeptical about this program. Since this one a very costly program. So before taking any decision I just want to know how good is this program? I have been told to submit the online application by as soon as possible to meet the 1st March dead line. I am really puzzled , it is seems to be admission committee is desperate to absorb me rather than my interest. Even I got good response for scholarship. But with my current 570 GMAT score and 7 year work experience I am planning to retake GMAT.In fact I am postpone my MBA decision for 1 year for the recent meltdown situation and sluggish job market.
Please advise should I go for Hult or stick to my own plan?

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Some perspective from a Hult Alumnus [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2013, 22:05
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I read through these posts, and I thought prospective students might benefit from a balanced perspective on Hult.

Let's start by establishing my credibility. I'm an alumnus of Hult Boston. I attended the school from 2010-2011, and graduated with an MBA. I got a job with a Fortune 150 well before graduation. My starting salary was just shy of six figures, and is currently quite a bit over six figures (USD).

I had a 680 on the GMAT. I was 27 when I applied for the MBA, with 4 years of work experience. I'm not going to go into the details of my work ex, since that would be sufficient to identify me personally to many people, but let's just say I had an unusual profile; not the standard engineering -> IT one that very many students from India have.

Please note that I'm not implying that there's anything wrong with that profile. I'm just saying that the nature of my profile helped me stand out, and was somewhat helpful when it came to getting employed.

Right, so that's me. Now, how about Hult?

Here's where an old adage comes to mind. You get out of Hult what you put into Hult.

What do I mean by this?

It's quite simple, actually. As others have pointed out, Hult has many flaws. Yes, it was only two floors of a large building when I attended (though I understand it's expanded since). Yes, the career services cell isn't exactly the best on the planet. Yes, the student body did have some elements that clearly shouldn't have been admitted (I'll expand on this momentarily). Yes, the recruiting process seemed very sales'y.

However, the one thing that Hult Boston has that made it all worthwhile for me? The professors. They were truly excellent.

Daniel Deneffe (Cornell PhD, taught Economics at Duke, teaches at Harvard, and is a senior partner at Arthur D Little) taught strategy, and boy, was that a great class. This guy works on billion dollar projects, and when he talks to you about game theory and how T-mobile lost a few billion euros because of a flawed understanding of game theory, you shut up and listen. Deneffe is intimidating as all hell, and doesn't stand fools gladly (or at all, in fact), and if you can go toe-to-toe with him in the classroom, you know you're doing something right.

Rob Anthony (Harvard MBA, worked for many years at IBM as a consultant) taught global management and strategic management of new technology. This guy is an excellent professor in a different mould than Deneffe. He's very friendly and approachable, and takes the Socratic approach to teaching. However, don't be fooled by his buddy-buddy manner; his grading is really tough, and he doesn't hesitate to rip your paper apart with a few well chosen notes (never in public, though).

Julie Yao Cooper (Harvard AB, Harvard MBA, worked with bigass corps) teaches a couple of introductory courses. I wish she taught more courses.. she's scary as hell too, but an excellent professor.

I mean, I could go on dropping names and fancy degrees and all that jazz, but really, these guys are great teachers who know what they are talking about. I learnt a LOT in my one year, and I do not regret going to Hult simply because of the excellent faculty. Everything else pales into insignificance, quite honestly. There was only one professor whom I didn't consider to be top drawer, and hey, there's gotta be one, right? I'm not going to name names here, because I don't want to sound like I'm telling tales, but even he would be considered a great professor by many.. I just didn't get along with him personally.

A one year MBA is VERY hard work. One common thread that I noticed among many of my fellow Indian classmates was an unfounded sense of entitlement. We know how grades are inflated in many schools and colleges in India (98.7% in the 12th boards? really?), so lots of us think that showing up to class and submitting any old paper should be enough to get an A.

US schools don't work like that. Getting good grades isn't easy, and if you feel that you can quote verbatim from Wikipedia and get straight A's, good luck! The plagiarism policy is very strict, and I personally know guys who failed courses because they thought that ripping papers off the internet was the way to go.

Hult will not get you a job. What Hult does is put you in one of the best cities in the US (and this is probably true for SF as well, though I have no personal knowledge there) to get a job. If you know what you're doing, and you know what you're good at, you can get a job. It's not easy, no. Don't expect to get 200k from Goldman Sachs with a 3.0 GPA from a mid-tier (at best) b-school, 3 years of work ex, and random no-name college for undergrad... (don't laugh, I know of at least three people who this profile were convinced that they would get interviews with Goldman. Didn't happen, of course).

You're in the middle of Boston/Cambridge. You can walk to MIT. Harvard is one T-stop (subway) from MIT. You can attend hundreds of mixers, meet 'n greets, entrepreneurship events, and what have you all over Boston, and meet some of the best and brightest minds. You can volunteer for programs at all sorts of places that get you in touch with prospective employers. I personally worked at MIT and got to meet the founder of Reddit, the co-founder of the Android OS, and Vinod Khosla. No, I'm not some kind of super cool dude... just a regular guy who was interested in things and asked questions. People here are very welcoming of being asked questions, and you never know where you might end up.

Hult Career Services will clean up your resume, but they will not go out and meet people for you. Recruiting at mid-tier schools is terrible anyway, and Hult was even worse when I was there. Despite that, many of my classmates got decent jobs. You know when you're in class and you can tell which guys are going to get hired? Yeah, those guys (and girls) got hired. Of course, some didn't. Them's the breaks. In percentage terms, I'd say about 60-70% of the class got good jobs.

Career services did help people get interviews. J&J came to campus. Phillips was there too (I think Philips conducted online/phone interviews.. I wasn't interested, so I don't remember. I do know that two of my classmates got great jobs with Philips. Both were from India, with the standard visa restrictions etc, so it's not like Philips hired only Americans.)

Look, if you can go to Harvard, more power to you. Hult is not in the same league. Heck, it's barely in the same continent. Does that mean Hult is a scam? Nope, it's not. If you go there, work your ass off, go out and meet people, and just try hard, you can make it work. If you think showing up is enough, then you're going to be disappointed.

Here are some of the companies that hired people from my batch. These are only the ones I know personally, friends of mine etc

Ernst and Young (Brazilian dude. Great GPA, 6-8 years of work ex.. smart guy.)
PwC (the guy who got in was Indian, had an excellent resume and GPA, and was a really strong candidate. Senior consultant position, I think)
Bank of Tokyo (Spanish dude got hired as VP of something.. he was older (35?) and had great work ex. Nice guy too)
EMC (Indian guy got hired as a senior something in marketing. This guy had a 3.9 GPA and straight A's (topped pretty much all the courses), so it wasn't surprising)
Swarowski (French girl, 6 odd years of work ex with companies like Cartier. I think she got hired at a senior manager level)
Philips
Citibank
Delloite
Accenture
Well Fargo
Sony
Santander

and a bunch more.. Can't be bothered writing them all.

Point is, if you met any of these people, you wouldn't be surprised that they got the jobs that they did. And of the ones who didn't get hired, you wouldn't be surprised that they didn't. Of course, a few people had bad luck, but they were really just a handful (three that I can recall).

Anyway, go to Hult, or don't go to Hult. I don't really care, I don't get paid for referring people. But make up your own mind, and no, Hult is certainly not a scam.

I hope this helps someone, and feel free to ask me questions.
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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2011, 16:07
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Is it me or is there something fishy in the fact that the 2-3 ppl recommending Hult joined gmat club and posted the same day and never posted again before ?!?!
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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 16:14
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I do not recommend Hult University. I have some friends that just finished and others that are studying and they are all very disappointed. Take in your consideration that Hult is not a well-known university. Very few companies hired MBA graduates from Hult. I strongly recommend you to study in an experienced university. Hult´s marketing team is incredible but it is not the reality... Top University??? Check the real rankings. Why Hult is not in the Forbes ranking or in the Us News one??
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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 16:03
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As always, my advice remains that applicants must know what they are seeking and what the school can provide. There are many resources to refer to in order to find out that information: students, recent alumni, BusinessWeek, and the program's site, among others.

With any program, every student must be aware that Career Services does not just hand you a card for 1 Free Job at Goldman/Google/Bain/your-first-choice-employer. In fact, seeking employment in the US for non-US citizens in particular can be a challenge - not impossible, but yes, a challenge. Use this knowledge to guide you in your decision making, debt planning, and career search, but don't let a few graduates' friends posting on a forum deter you from doing that real research.

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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 22:33
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Hi all,

I got into Hult's 2012 MBA, here's what I have experienced so far.

I applied from Asia, and Hult has a recruitment office set up in Hong Kong, and boy they took a lot of initiative with
perspective students, I was even offered a face-to-face analysis in my home country prior to me submitting my application fees.

One of my interviewer was an alumni with much experience in the marketing practice, and overall I felt the alumni had a good share of experience and is successful. One thing to note though, both interviewers were hired within the year, so I am not quite sure how this fares in terms of the staff's experience with the school. If recruitment staffs are hired by the year and are based on how their "sales in recruitment" pan out, the school's management style is indeed questionable.

One thing that bothered me in particular is their student account management, because at the time of my offer I was still waiting for the response from another school, so I decided to invest the deposit as an extension for my decision making ($90,000 on the line here). The problem came from after my deposit deadline, I tried to log into Hult.edu's account to check the finances and found my application profile complete reset, to the point where I have not submitted the initial application. This made my doubt on the school's organization jump up three fold...

If anyone has more experience with Hult please do share, I hate to say this but I think I need to research more on Hult, maybe they are not as good as they rank?
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As someone who studied with HULT I feel I should let people know that it’s true that this school is a scam. I know someone who worked at HULT who explained that sales-people/recruiters are under a lot of pressure to recruit, otherwise they are fired – the result is that they recruit anyone and the appalling, hire and fire, corporate culture with no morals is ultimately why the school fails.

It sickens me that HULT paint themselves as philanthropists when the cash they donate for ‘the HULT prize’ is blatently used for marketing. HULT is like it’s parent company – EF (Education First), they have an immoral way of operating, trying to squeeze their customers as well as their staff for everything they’ve got, claiming charitable status and generally behaving in a dishonerable manner.

I sincerely regret attending HULT and this has been compounded by seeing how this morally corrupt organisation conducts itself.

On a positive note – I suppose they could improve but it would have to start with changing the ethos from making as much money as possible without considering quality, morals and how they treat both staff and students.

An MBA should be about learning about how to grow employees and creating sustainable, ethical organisations etc. It’s hard to hear this at the same time as studying at a morally bankrupt organisation.
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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2013, 18:51
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I completely agree with ReallyNow. The school is no scam, not even for a master's program. It's really worth it but you have to be clear on what you're doing and what do you expect from it. You can get the best out of it but it all depends on your approach and preparation.

I'm currently writing a blog about Hult to eliminate all the false buzz about it being a bad business school, feel free to read and comment: search for thehultexperience in blogger.
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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2009, 13:56
Maverick2008,

Hult is not a prestigious program. For example, it does not appear in Financial Times' top 100 Global MBA programs. Even though your GMAT is low, there are probably better B-schools than Hult that you might be competitive for (at least in terms of your GMAT score), such as Thunderbird, American U., Baylor, IIT (Illinois), Northeastern and UMass in Boston, and San Diego State.

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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 03:30
Mr. Bodine,

HULT actually DOES appear in the 2009 list of Financial Times.
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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 12:11
My apologies. I must have overlooked it.

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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 12:04
Hult is actually a very good school. It is much higher ranked than American U., Baylor, IIT (Illinois), Northeastern and UMass in Boston, and San Diego State. In my opinion it is better than Thunderbird because it offers more international opportunities. The only one-year program I know of that is of comparable quality is Babson.
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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2009, 05:36
THat school is not that bad. I was considering applying to it, but later changed my mind. I'd say it's average.

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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2009, 08:44
Hi
Even i got lot of phone calls and emails from HULT for fall 2010 session to apply before 13th dec so thT I can get a better scholarship..I was not interested because I didn't had GMAT score in my hand and I was expecting a decent score but everything got shattered when I got a 510 yesterday..Now I am rethinking of applying to HULT but now I am reluctant if they will accept such a low score although I have 5+ years of IT experience..What do you people suggest?
All suggeston are most welcome and I really appreciate...

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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2009, 15:03
Give them a call and ask them whether your 510 puts you out of the game.

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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 04:16
Thunderbird only accept AACSB and EQUIS accredited MBA for its POST-MBA program and Hult is accredited by AMBA only. Can you share something that can put some more light on Thunderbird's admission requirements?
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Placement seems solid, with a strong return on investment: http://www.hult.edu/mba-program/your-career/statistics.
It definitely seems like a good option for applicants interested in international business.

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Thanks for sharing, Colin. Keep us posted on your thoughts once you join the program!

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Is it me or is there something fishy in the fact that the 2-3 ppl recommending Hult joined gmat club and posted the same day and never posted again before ?!?!

Good thing we are adding a grain of salt to the advice we read from individual "fish" ;-)
I highly recommend reading what established media outlets have to say and also visiting and speaking first-hand with students and alumni to get detailed perspectives.

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Re: How good is one Year Hult International MBA program ? [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2011, 09:23
hey guys,

any more thoughts or insights for hult ?

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