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What would you choose in my IESE vs Tepper (CMU) case?
Think as an engineer, looking for a career switch from banking to technology (industry position - not consulting), aiming a career in the european market in the long run but willing to spend some time in US if an interesting post-MBA position comes up.
IESE + poets: offers a human-centered approach which I find interesting + international: 80% international student body and tons of global exchange activities during the second year of studies + ranking: ft ranks IESE constantly in the global top 10 + case method + location - brand: despite the high rankings seems like lower positioned schools are better known - focus: does not seem to have a clear focus in technology but offers a general multi-discipline approach - market: limited job opportunities in EU and especially in Spain
Tepper + focus: CMU does have a clear focus in technology and is globally known for that + brand: despite lower rankings, CMU is one of the most respected schools by technology professionals + market: job opportunities in US seem to be a lot better than in EU - quant method (correct me if I am wrong) - international: less international student body, and no exchange activities apart from the global treks - ranking: ft places Tepper globally in the 25-35 range - location
In my mind IESE beats Tepper as an "MBA experience", but I believe that Tepper offers a stronger "Career Passport" for my case.
Congratulations on getting admits from IESE and Tepper. If you are looking for a career switch in technology industry, Tepper would be the best option. The overall MBA experience is important, but IESE doe not have any technology concentration. If you're very sure of making a career switch in the technology industry, go to Tepper.
Thank you all for your responses / voting. I finally chose to attend IESE after a very difficult decision making process and two admitted weekend visits.
Both schools seemed amazing and provided fantastic opportunities. However, the cultural and professional diversity of the student body, the location, and the european recruiting focus that IESE offered, weighted my decision towards this school.
Good luck to all fellow MBAers starting this fall!