I have been accepted to both Duke and Yale MBA programs as well as the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment for the MEM (environmental management) joint degree with Fuqua. Yale has not released the Forestry School decisions yet, so I'm not sure if I'm in, but I applied to the joint degree with SOM. I would love some insight into which of these schools is stronger for someone wanting to pursue CSR or environmental work with consumer goods! I love both schools and am at a loss of what to do. I'm also not interested in moving back to NYC after graduation so being close to the city I don't think is that important to me (unless environmental companies still recruit in nyc?)
Couple of factual things:
1) Yale is also on the quarter system.
2) Plenty of people live on their own.
3) There aren't letter grades, but we are "graded" in our own way. The system is distinction (top 10%), proficient (majority), pass (no set number), and fail.
4) What's wrong with married people?
Just to speak to the FES/SOM connection. I can't say enough how wonderful the joint degree students are. They are some of my favorite people at Yale. I think half of them are going on my international experience to Indonesia, and I'm so excited!
You're in an interesting position because you have to evaluate each individual program and then its relationship to the other. I'd see if I could be put in touch with people who are joints at both schools. The thing I'll say about Yale is that the joint degrees are a really tight-knit crew. A lot of them seem to be heading to the Bay Area after school, if that's at all relevant.
Blogging about the MBA application process. Because I need to do something with all this bschool energy.
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Yale School of Management MBA Candidate, 2015.