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USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 17:36
Hi all,

I've been accepted to both programs for fall 2013, no scholarships at either school :(

I need help deciding which school is the better choice for me. In terms of ranking, they're about the same, but I think CMU has a slight edge.

Some information about me and my goals...
background: tier 1/2 undergrad (top 50?), 3.4 gpa, engineering major, 6 years in IT consulting

future goals post mba. 2 options:
1) strategy/management consulting at MBB (i know that's a stretch at either schools), deloitte, monitor group, accenture, etc.
2) general/project/product management at a high tech company like google/microsoft/amazon/apple/ibm etc.

location post mba: I haven't decided on this yet. I'm open to both west and east coast, but definitely either LA, San Fran, NYC, or Boston. I know USC would have the edge in the west coast.

but given all that, what do you guys think is the best choice for me?
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Re: USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2013, 12:17
Tepper (and Carnegie Mellon) grads in general place very well at high tech companies, so CMU gains the edge in post-MBA option #2.
It also arguably has the better brand in terms of long-term recognition and is more well known, although USC Marshall holds a larger alumni base.
If you are seeking one direction nevertheless, I'd say go with Tepper. Best of luck with your decision.
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Re: USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2013, 13:14
I think Tepper would be better for #2 because of CMU's overall reputation and their quant-heavy programme. One thing you might want to consider is that you're pretty much the archetypal Tepper student while you may more of a unique breed at Marshall. I'd pick Tepper regardless though unless you're really into working in California because I get the impression that Marshall is a programme in decay/on the brink of decay.
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Re: USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 06:22
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I think Tepper would be better for #2 because of CMU's overall reputation and their quant-heavy programme. One thing you might want to consider is that you're pretty much the archetypal Tepper student while you may more of a unique breed at Marshall. I'd pick Tepper regardless though unless you're really into working in California because I get the impression that Marshall is a programme in decay/on the brink of decay.


I actually echo this... I could not believe all the bad things I heard about Marshall speaking to their students... It was a shocker given they're already students there and I heard nothing like it from students at other schools... Their application fee was cheap and I wanted to apply to a warm weather school but I'm glad I won't have to go there. Reach out to some students and alumni if you're unsure. The weather and the alumni network were really the only good things I heard about USC. (coming from an applicant there)
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Re: USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 10:32
You have a better shot at both your goals at Tepper.
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Re: USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2013, 11:27
I'm in the same boat and this was very helpful.

For me, I'm looking into getting into mgmt consulting (perhaps stretch MBB).

Tepper:
+ great student culture, very, very tight knit
+ smart faculty (6 nobel prizes)
+ top ranked for student satisfaction
+ high job placement
- heavy quant (i'm not an engineer background)
- cold

Marshall:
+ warm location
+ close to UCLA (maybe participate in their school events too? recruiting, etc.)
+ heavy emphasis on Asia.. could be a good bet
- poor performing recruiting center
- 2012 job placement was dismal. Could have been a blimp, but I don't want to risk $100K+ and 2 yrs of my life
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Re: USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2013, 08:14
Pretty sure Regina Regazzi would whoop your ass if she caught you at a UCLA CMC event as a Marshall student.
Re: USC Marshall vs CMU Tepper   [#permalink] 08 Apr 2013, 08:14
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