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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 08:43
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UCLA FEMBA vs USC MBA.PM comparisons can tread dangerous waters so I will try to give my objective opinion as someone who was admitted to both programs and why I chose FEMBA:

1.) First impressions matter a lot especially when you are making a life altering decision (hopefully) such as going to business school. And just a quick perusal through UCLA and USC's website shows the glaring differences in the effort put in explaining about the program. I will let you be the judge for that. To take it to the next step, the information session at UCLA was amazing especially when they had current FEMBA students mix with the prospective applicants. In comparison, when I attended USC's info session, there was not even a sign in the building indicating that a session was going on and I spent 10 minutes tracking down the room. Again, I use this as a data point because as much as I want to attend a great program, the school should be willing to 'recruit' and 'wow' me.

2.) Application process:

UCLA: Spent a boatload of time preparing the application with all the essays and application. Not to mention an Interview and a hand written note a week later from the interviewer thanking me for the interest.
USC: Spent about 1 week on the application (albeit took majority of the content from the UCLA essay). But no interview, application did not even ask for extra curricular activities. My biggest concern was how the vetting process could not include an interview (or even a phone interview). After all, stats and essays dont tell everything.

3.) Class Profile: I havent attended the classes at either institution but another reason that tilted me towards FEMBA was that they were willing to have Saturday sessions. This is not only a matter of convenience but also the fact that it brings diversity to the class. A good majority fly in and a lot more drive in from around LA. USC's decision to not have weekend classes makes it very hard for students outside the LA area to logistically make the program (who wants to be going into downtown LA at 5pm)

4.) Pros and Cons: Yes. They exist for both programs and I am sure the USC MBA.PM is pretty good since it is consistently ranked as one of the top part-time programs. But again, maybe it was just me but they did not sell me on the program at the information session. The one word I kept hearing again and again at the session was the Network. I get that but if I am spending 3yrs then I want to be able to walk away with a lot more knowledge than just the network.

5.) Reputation: As others have pointed, generally UCLA has a better reputation and in the long run it probably works for what I am planning to achieve.

Finally, when I walked out of the UCLA campus I said to myself "I want to be in this program". Unfortunately, I couldnt say the same after I came out of USC's. So if all else fails with the analysis, go with the gut :)


Completely agree. I applied to both but just looking at the essay questions on the USC.PM app (only 3 total, both smaller and easier than the questions on the Anderson, Haas, etc apps), and the website layout (whole thing was rushed... I could spell out specific examples if you want)... UCLA definitely seems a step above USC.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 15:47
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Just got a call from USC...
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 18:24
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Congrats on USC, IndianJaguar

How did the call go? Have you already committed to UCLA?
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 22:01
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Hey guys,
Although this is my first post, I have been following this thread since a while now. Congratulations to all who have managed to get in.
I decided to go for a MBA only in late March. I've been very busy since then and just got done with my GMAT (730). I haven't completed my application yet, but expect to be done by the 26th deadline. I have 7 years of work experience as a software engineer (yes, another one of them damn engineers). I read that there are still 50 or so seats remaining and I hope to get one of them. Based on whether you have got in or not and my GMAT score and work experience would anybody like to comment on my chances?
Finally I want to thank the entire community for their contributions.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 00:46
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Hey guys,
Although this is my first post, I have been following this thread since a while now. Congratulations to all who have managed to get in.
I decided to go for a MBA only in late March. I've been very busy since then and just got done with my GMAT (730). I haven't completed my application yet, but expect to be done by the 26th deadline. I have 7 years of work experience as a software engineer (yes, another one of them damn engineers). I read that there are still 50 or so seats remaining and I hope to get one of them. Based on whether you have got in or not and my GMAT score and work experience would anybody like to comment on my chances?
Finally I want to thank the entire community for their contributions.


Blogreader,
Its very tough to comment on the chances since GMAT and work ex is only part of the package and you are right around/above the median on both those fronts. My advice though would be to concentrate on your essays these last 2 days as they would be way more important at this stage. You are right that there are 50 or more seats still left but do realize that you will be pooled in and evaluated along with all the new applicants in Round 3 and all the waitlisted candidates in round 1 and 2.

I don't mean to discourage you but have you considered applying in fall for the 2014 batch. It seems too rushed to go from deciding to go for an MBA in late March to applying in late May. I say this because you may be able to put together a much better application if you have more time. I know for me it was a 6 month process from attending an info session to the moment I hit the submit button (though GMAT was a good bit which you have taken care of). That being said, this year has been different so good luck with whatever decision you make!
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 08:59
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Dinged from USC...the decision was available yesterday but I didn't check until now. I'm surprised it came early as I applied in April and my decision notification was posted as June 1st. I guess schools do ding people before the published notification date. Still very optimistic and holding out hope for UCLA.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 10:18
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Just got a call from USC...


Me too. They want my decision by June 1 too.

It took them 3 weeks to review my application and admit me...
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 11:03
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Got my waitlist notification from USC yesterday. Still waiting to hear anything from UCLA.

More waiting... Ughh...
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 11:33
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Hey guys,
Although this is my first post, I have been following this thread since a while now. Congratulations to all who have managed to get in.
I decided to go for a MBA only in late March. I've been very busy since then and just got done with my GMAT (730). I haven't completed my application yet, but expect to be done by the 26th deadline. I have 7 years of work experience as a software engineer (yes, another one of them damn engineers). I read that there are still 50 or so seats remaining and I hope to get one of them. Based on whether you have got in or not and my GMAT score and work experience would anybody like to comment on my chances?
Finally I want to thank the entire community for their contributions.



I like your chances as long as your GPA is 3.0+ and your essays are good. And don't miss that deadline.

Good luck.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 12:22
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Hey Guys, been following this thread for a long time, and finally decided to write. Ok so I have been admitted into the USC.PM program and paid all the associated dues. Am on the brink of starting the paperwork for USC but am holding out hope for UCLA FEMBA

Here are my stats:

3.6 GPA from a UC System School
620 GMAT score
Worked for a big tech firm- "Idealab" in Human Resources field
Decent Admissions Interview
LOR from Manager and CEO of Idealab

What are my chances? Should I simply move on to USC?
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 13:54
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Hey Guys, been following this thread for a long time, and finally decided to write. Ok so I have been admitted into the USC.PM program and paid all the associated dues. Am on the brink of starting the paperwork for USC but am holding out hope for UCLA FEMBA

Here are my stats:

3.6 GPA from a UC System School
620 GMAT score
Worked for a big tech firm- "Idealab" in Human Resources field
Decent Admissions Interview
LOR from Manager and CEO of Idealab

What are my chances? Should I simply move on to USC?



As some have already mentioned, I think UCLA FEMBA puts more emphasis on raw numbers (GMAT in particular) than most programs.

I still think you have somewhat of a shot.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 14:01
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Congrats on USC, IndianJaguar

How did the call go? Have you already committed to UCLA?

Thanks phoich55. The lady called just said congratulations and mentioned that deposit is due by June 1. Yes, I already committed to UCLA. USC was really a back up.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 14:06
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Hey guys,
Although this is my first post, I have been following this thread since a while now. Congratulations to all who have managed to get in.
I decided to go for a MBA only in late March. I've been very busy since then and just got done with my GMAT (730). I haven't completed my application yet, but expect to be done by the 26th deadline. I have 7 years of work experience as a software engineer (yes, another one of them damn engineers). I read that there are still 50 or so seats remaining and I hope to get one of them. Based on whether you have got in or not and my GMAT score and work experience would anybody like to comment on my chances?
Finally I want to thank the entire community for their contributions.


Hello blogreader,
Though as others mentioned, I think you have hurried slightly with your application. But, if you are able to put together nice set of essays, I think you have a good shot. Make sure your essays are not generic. a.k.a try to put something very personal with UCLA. This is where time is spend researching about school and its strengths and how it fits with your aim etc. If you can pull this together, go for it..it doesn't hurt. You always have next year..saying from my personal experience ( I was a re-applicant this time)...
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 18:19
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My advice though would be to concentrate on your essays these last 2 days as they would be way more important at this stage.

Thanks for the advice. My essays are ready and are in the process of being proof read (for the nth time I guess). I'm not sure I'll ever be completely satisfied with them.
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Hello blogreader,
Though as others mentioned, I think you have hurried slightly with your application. But, if you are able to put together nice set of essays, I think you have a good shot. Make sure your essays are not generic. a.k.a try to put something very personal with UCLA. This is where time is spend researching about school and its strengths and how it fits with your aim etc. If you can pull this together, go for it..it doesn't hurt. You always have next year..saying from my personal experience ( I was a re-applicant this time)...

India Jaguar, thanks for your reply.I concede that my decision is hurried, but unfortunately it is controlled by factors that are beyond my control. I've had a few current MBA students review my essays (one of them in a current UCLA FEMBA student). Their feedback in general has been positive.
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I like your chances as long as your GPA is 3.0+ and your essays are good. And don't miss that deadline.

Thanks JinJJa. That makes my feel good. My master's GPA is 3.5+. What about you, have you managed to get in
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 21:31
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sanknox wrote:
My advice though would be to concentrate on your essays these last 2 days as they would be way more important at this stage.

Thanks for the advice. My essays are ready and are in the process of being proof read (for the nth time I guess). I'm not sure I'll ever be completely satisfied with them.
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Hello blogreader,
Though as others mentioned, I think you have hurried slightly with your application. But, if you are able to put together nice set of essays, I think you have a good shot. Make sure your essays are not generic. a.k.a try to put something very personal with UCLA. This is where time is spend researching about school and its strengths and how it fits with your aim etc. If you can pull this together, go for it..it doesn't hurt. You always have next year..saying from my personal experience ( I was a re-applicant this time)...

India Jaguar, thanks for your reply.I concede that my decision is hurried, but unfortunately it is controlled by factors that are beyond my control. I've had a few current MBA students review my essays (one of them in a current UCLA FEMBA student). Their feedback in general has been positive.
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I like your chances as long as your GPA is 3.0+ and your essays are good. And don't miss that deadline.

Thanks JinJJa. That makes my feel good. My master's GPA is 3.5+. What about you, have you managed to get in



Yeah, I am in and plan to matriculate.

If this doesn't work out this year, then I certainly think you would have a strong chance next year.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 27 May 2010, 22:01
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Finally off that waitlist! Accepted! I was also accepted to USC a few months back (which I put the deposit down for). It's going to be a tough decision to make. UCLA education vs. USC network.

:banana


Congrats for your admit....I got waitlisted today. I had applied in FEMBA R2. Dont know wat to expect. Can you please share some thoughts? Also what did you do to convert waitlist to admit? It seems I am one of the last one to be put in waitlist.

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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 28 May 2010, 14:01
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kdagreen wrote:
Finally off that waitlist! Accepted! I was also accepted to USC a few months back (which I put the deposit down for). It's going to be a tough decision to make. UCLA education vs. USC network.

:banana


Congrats for your admit....I got waitlisted today. I had applied in FEMBA R2. Dont know wat to expect. Can you please share some thoughts? Also what did you do to convert waitlist to admit? It seems I am one of the last one to be put in waitlist.

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It is my understanding that people who get off the waitlist usually do nothing additional to be admitted.

One thing which I think would definitely help is improving your GMAT score if your score is lower than 700. I surmise that FEMBA is looking for at least 650+ and the GMAT seems to carry a very heavy weight.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 28 May 2010, 18:42
Hi gang,

After much deliberation, I've decided to choose Anderson's FEMBA over USC's MBA.PM.

Very, very tough call but I think I made the right choice.

Good luck on those who are still waiting on decisions and for those who are admitted, I'm looking forward to meeting all of you.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 29 May 2010, 10:00
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Hi gang,

After much deliberation, I've decided to choose Anderson's FEMBA over USC's MBA.PM.

Very, very tough call but I think I made the right choice.

Good luck on those who are still waiting on decisions and for those who are admitted, I'm looking forward to meeting all of you.



I think you made the right call.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 29 May 2010, 16:48
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moneyminter wrote:
kdagreen wrote:
Finally off that waitlist! Accepted! I was also accepted to USC a few months back (which I put the deposit down for). It's going to be a tough decision to make. UCLA education vs. USC network.

:banana


Congrats for your admit....I got waitlisted today. I had applied in FEMBA R2. Dont know wat to expect. Can you please share some thoughts? Also what did you do to convert waitlist to admit? It seems I am one of the last one to be put in waitlist.

- MM


It is my understanding that people who get off the waitlist usually do nothing additional to be admitted.

One thing which I think would definitely help is improving your GMAT score if your score is lower than 700. I surmise that FEMBA is looking for at least 650+ and the GMAT seems to carry a very heavy weight.


Thanks JinJJa ! My GMAT is 680. I have schedule an application feedback. Lets see wat the FEMBA committee says.
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