Hi Paul and others,
I am in the process of shortlisting US b-schools for Fall 2008 application. I want to major in Human Resource.
My quick profile :
4 years of work ex in a leading IT firm
Good Extra currics (including Athletics till high school)
Community Service : Decent
Academics: Undergraduation (Very Good)
GMAT : yet to take but expecting between 670-700
Can you please tell me what shchools can I look at for HRM. I believe there arent too many that offer such course. My priority would be placements in the HR field post MBA.
Also, Can you tell me if I should go for a combination of majors , for eg. HR + Consulting (in some form).
Please do reply.
Sorry for the delayed reply; I'm on the road. I commend you for choosing HR as a post-MBA career. Very few applicants identify this as their goal, and as you know, the percentage of MBAs who go into HR is very small. This will help you stand out in a big way, and make you more attractive to schools.
Based on Business Week data on MBA placements, the school with the highest percentage of MBAs going into HR is U. Massachusetts Amherst, followed by Brigham Young University with 13%. Next highest ranked are Columbia, Michigan State, and Vanderbilt with 5% going into HR. Wisconsin places 4%, and Illinois Urbana Champaigne and Boston U. come next with 3% of MBAs going into HR. Most other schools place 0 or only 1-2% of their MBAs in HR.
Combining HR with consulting sounds like a good way to strengthen your attractiveness to employers post-MBA. Based on your projected GMAT you should have no trouble getting in any of these programs, with the exception of Columbia, which may be a longshot for you if you lack a strong leadership profile and fail to make yourself stand out in your essays.
Hope this helps,
Paul Bodine /
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