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# Oxford (60% scholarship) v. INSEAD (20% sch.) v. Yale (no $)  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message Intern Joined: 07 Apr 2010 Posts: 2 Schools: Harvard (dinged w/int), Oxford (accepted), INSEAD (accepted), Yale SOM (accepted) Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Oxford (60% scholarship) v. INSEAD (20% sch.) v. Yale (no$) [#permalink]

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07 Apr 2010, 02:41
I'm honored to have been accepted to these three schools, and I need to make a decision by Friday!

I'm American, with a background in compensation consulting and microfinance. I want to work in either microfinance or another market-based poverty alleviation strategy (like the Acumen Fund's work, for example). I've worked in West Africa, Switzerland and the States. After school I want to keep my options open regarding work location - I would consider working in the US, Europe, or Africa. I eventually want to settle down and work in the States.

Pros and cons:
Oxford. Only one year, would only cost $23K. Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship offers some contacts and classes, but electives on these subjects are limited. INSEAD. Only one year, would cost$60K. Electives on social aspects of business, emerging markets etc are limited, but I'd learn Spanish which would definitely help my career.

Yale. Two years (a negative for me), would cost $100K. Strong focus on social aspects of business, professors who are well-known for their work on the subject. Wide array of electives on the subject. My main concern is how recruiters in DC or NY in the international development sphere would regard the three schools, since it's difficult to find transatlantic b-school rankings that compare across the ocean. I guess my situation is pretty specific and unique, but I'd love to hear others' thoughts. I'll take all the input I can get! Current Student Joined: 05 Nov 2009 Posts: 171 Location: Toronto Schools: Oxford Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 79 [1] , given: 5 Re: Oxford (60% scholarship) v. INSEAD (20% sch.) v. Yale (no$) [#permalink]

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07 Apr 2010, 09:37
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Oxford and Yale are probably the top 2 names for this type of social entrepreneurial work that you're looking for.

the thing with INSEAD is, although it's a top notch program, it's not really geared towards this specific field, whereas although Oxford and Yale are not as highly ranked, they've developed a specialty in the nonprofit sector. so you're paying extra money (vs. Oxford), but you're not getting the benefit of the American reputation or even the benefit of a specialization in the industry you're interested in. and yes, you can learn spanish at the school...but you can also learn that elsewhere separately if you really want to.

so now i think if you remove INSEAD from the equation, it comes down to the scholarship and 1 yr duration of the Oxford program vs. the location and American reputation of Yale. to be honest i don't think the difference in reputation is worth an extra 75k PLUS another yr of your life, so i'd go with Oxford. i also think that if you're interested in working globally after graduation, the Oxford name would be just as strong as Yale. and by the time you want to settle back down in the US, the difference in the programs' reputaitons won't matter as much anymore and the opportunities you'll get will be based mostly on your networks and career progression up to that point.

*disclaimer - i'm going to to Oxford. BUT i believe the analysis i've given you here is still fairly unbiased. either way, congrats on getting into all the programs. i think you'll have a great career no matter where you go. good luck with your decisions.
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07 Apr 2010, 09:53
Hi DrSatisfaction, thanks so much for the input! I was actually thinking of eliminating INSEAD, for the reasons you mentioned. I've spoken with two alums who have the same career interests as I do, and they both said there isn't much support or material there along those lines.

Congratulations to you too! Oxford would be great, and the scholarship is indeed tempting. I'm wondering what makes you say that SBS is highly ranked for social impact stuff. I've looked at the Net Impact MBA guide and the Beyond Grey Pinstripes rankings, and Oxford didn't participate in either study (Yale is ranked very highly in both). I know there's the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, but I'm not entirely convinced that the social impact focus makes it into the curriculum. There don't seem to be many electives offered along these lines, and I've heard that the three courses offered by the Centre could be improved. Do you have any more information on this aspect of SBS? Also, do you know whether you can take electives outside of SBS while at Oxford? They have a great international development program there.

Thanks again for your response, it's really helpful to have others' perspectives.
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Re: Oxford (60% scholarship) v. INSEAD (20% sch.) v. Yale (no $) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Apr 2010, 16:33 Abbygfunk, Congratulations! Why don't you try to contact someone in your desired industry and see what they say? My gut tells me that little separates Yale and Oxford in terms of curriculum, reputation and ability to network globally. Re: Oxford (60% scholarship) v. INSEAD (20% sch.) v. Yale (no$)   [#permalink] 07 Apr 2010, 16:33
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