I'm currently planning on going back to graduate school to pursue further studies (MBA) and I'm facing a dilemma that seems very common - whether to go for an MBA in Canada or one in the US. For comparison's sakes, let's hypothetically assume that I am realistically targeting Ivey/Rotman in Canada, and a Top 20 program in the US (UT-Austin, UNC, USC - i.e. those in the 15-20 range). Realistically, I don't see myself as competitive for H/S/W and other Top 10 programs.
I understand that as a Canadian, if I wanted to work in the US immediately after graduation, a US school would be a no-brainer. However, personal circumstances may force me to stay within Canada within the next 3-5 years or so, but I would still love to keep my options open later on 5-6 years from now if I wanted to work in the US. Is it really difficult to get a US work permit/Visa as a Canadian, and to have a company: a) hire you and b) sponsor you? Particularly without the regional recruitment that comes with a US MBA program? Or is the transition a fairly realistic option for me, particularly as a young professional with a fairly accomplished professional and educational background?
Or should I just bite the bullet and go straight for a US program, with the option of coming back to Canada to work for a couple of years, and then trying my hand at US recruiting again later on if I choose to do so?
Is it worth it to pursue a US-based Top 15-20 program, over a Top 1-2 Canadian program, as far as employability and future mobility in the US goes?
Any help from knowledgeable people who have experience or expertise relating to this would be greatly appreciated.
If you are planning on working in Canada immediately after your MBA it does make sense to enroll in a top Canadian MBA programme. After 5-6 years of work experience (given that you are hardworking and you join a multinational company) you could work towards seeking a transfer to another country (eg: USA) where your company has an office.
An MBA from the top 1 or 2 schools in Canada may infact help you get a good job with a great company in Canada itself. Once you have this first step in place- its just a matter of how you position yourself within the company to ensure you are up for global mobility.
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