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IESE vs Stern MBA [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 07:59
Hi folks,

I have been accepted to both IESE and Stern MBA with a scholarship. They are now at the same price for me and I am wondering now which would be the best fit without considering the price issue.

I am Belgian (grew up and work here) and Brazilian thanks to my mother (I speak Portuguese). I am wondering which MBA would be the best to work in Brazil after graduating in consulting (mbb if possible). I now IESE do better in rankings and is strong in south-america but I feel like an American MBA still more prestigious. Any insight on this issue would be highly appreciated!!

Thank you in advance,

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Re: IESE vs Stern MBA [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 13:43
I wish I had your "problem", as I wasn't admitted to Stern.
But if you want to do consulting, I don't know how good Stern is for that. I'm not saying it's bad, but I've always heard of people from IESE going to consulting.

If I had the opportunity to go to Stern I personally would go because I want to do finance, but that's just me. Do a research of how good Stern is for consulting...
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Re: IESE vs Stern MBA [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 16:07
I think IESE is equally prestigious as Stern, if not more. Just look at their exchange partnerships with American B-schools including the likes of Kellogg, Wharton and Tuck. They wouldn't get so many great partner schools if they weren't a prestigious school people wanted to go to. Plus, IESE is very international, has a general management focus and is probably one of the top schools sending grads to South America, all of which I think suit you well. If you were studying finance I'd go with Stern but I can't look away from IESE for consulting in Brazil.
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Re: IESE vs Stern MBA [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2013, 05:18
Daniel1204 wrote:
Hi folks,

I have been accepted to both IESE and Stern MBA with a scholarship. They are now at the same price for me and I am wondering now which would be the best fit without considering the price issue.

I am Belgian (grew up and work here) and Brazilian thanks to my mother (I speak Portuguese). I am wondering which MBA would be the best to work in Brazil after graduating in consulting (mbb if possible). I now IESE do better in rankings and is strong in south-america but I feel like an American MBA still more prestigious. Any insight on this issue would be highly appreciated!!

Thank you in advance,

Daniel


As a Latin American student, I could only say that almost no one know what IESE is. Stern is not as renowned as Columbia, Cornell or any Ivy League school, but New York University certainly has more clout than IESE. Right now, studying in Spain is seen as weak.

Maybe Brazil in particular is different, but I highly doubt it. You will have to go around explaining how high ranked IESE is, and most will wonder why you just didn't study in the USA.
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Re: IESE vs Stern MBA [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2013, 00:06
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Hi guys,

Thanks for your answers. I decided that I will go with NYU. After speaking with many Brazilians studying at one of these MBA, it appears clearly that NYU brandname is way stronger in South-America even for consulting.

Good luck with your applications,

D.
Re: IESE vs Stern MBA   [#permalink] 25 Apr 2013, 00:06
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