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Kellogg (w $90k) vs. MIT Sloan (w/o scholarship) [#permalink]
31 Dec 2013, 21:55
Hello, I was lucky enough to get into both Kellogg (with $90k) and MIT Sloan (w/o $$) in Round 1 and I'd like to hear your thoughts on which school I should choose. I also applied to H/S/W but got dinged without interviews.
Profile: F/28/Asian/top LAC/boyfriend in Bay Area Experience: - 3 years as analyst in healthcare VC (Bay Area) - 2 years as marketing manager/strategic planning manager at a $300-revenue biotech company, reporting to head of commercial operations (Bay Area and Shanghai) Post-MBA goal: management consulting or product management/strategy in an innovative healthcare or technology company in Bay Area Long-term career goal: starting my own company/going back to VC
My understanding is that the both schools are big on collaboration, are equal in ranking, and have almost equal alumni presence in Bay Area..
Kellogg: pros: More well-rounded and esp. strong in general management (which opens door to almost any career options other than maybe finance), larger and closer alumni network, looks more fun, the $90k scholarship! cons: weaker in finance (given my long-term goal to go back to investment)
MIT Sloan: pros: stronger parent institution (more likely to meet potential business partners from engineering schools, for example), stronger in tech/biotech entrepreneurship, Boston! cons: weaker in areas outside of tech entrepreneurship...weaker training on soft skills (that's just my initial impression but I could be totally wrong..)
I will visit both schools in February and would really appreciate your input in the meantime!
Happy New Year!!
Last edited by piyeye on 31 Dec 2013, 22:42, edited 2 times in total.
Re: Kellogg (w $90k) vs. MIT Sloan (w/o scholarship) [#permalink]
01 Jan 2014, 08:37
If I were in your shoes, I'd probably go with Kellogg. These schools are undoubtedly peer schools (especially for consulting recruiting) and $90K is really more like ~$130K in pre-tax income, which is a HUGE amount.
That said, I want to address a few things from your post:
[*]Kellogg may have more alumni in the Bay Area due to the larger class size, but I believe Sloan sends a greater percentage of graduates there at about 20% per year. [*]Kellogg probably is a little better pure general management program. In my opinion, Sloan's academic strength is its analytical/quantitative curriculum, which is a good fit for some and a bad fit for others. [*]I can't speak to how close Kellogg students are, but Sloanies are a really tight-knit bunch! In fact, the level of intimacy of the program is one of the reasons why I chose Sloan over Tuck (i.e., I didn't feel like I was losing much from a community perspective versus Tuck). [*]Again, I can't say what students at Kellogg do, but in our core curriculum, we take two "soft skills" classes: Communication for Leaders and Organizational Processes, both of which I enjoyed and have heard are very valuable going forward.
I think your pros for Sloan are pretty much spot on. I would also consider the value of having a one-semester core curriculum and action learning for your goals.
Anyways, hopefully this helps a little. I am decently familiar with Kellogg since I applied there (and was waitlisted), so if you want to speak further, just drop me a PM.