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INDIAN Applicants: Ask MBA Decoder your Admissions Queries!!

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Joining MBA in Fall Intake? Or in Spring intake?

“But I really must join business school this year”.

We hear this sentiment from eager b-school applicants every year, after they have missed the deadlines for MBA programs starting in Fall, or have been unsuccessful in their Fall applications.

While a Fall intake is prevalent in most business schools, there is a small list of programs that also start in January or March. This is more common in Europe as opposed to the USA where only Columbia Business School has two intakes.


In this article, we have attempted to create an exhaustive list of MBA programs that have two intakes:

Columbia Business School, New York: CBS offers intakes in January and August every year. The two intakes are identical in the admissions process and the academic rigour. What differs is the lack of summer internship in the January intake and hence the duration of the MBA.


The January MBA is best suited for students whose career goals do not demand a summer internship and hence they can complete their MBAs in 16 months. This attracts students who wish to remain in the same industry, entrepreneurs, and students in family businesses.

70% of the CBS students enter the August intake, which is of 20 months' duration. The August entry track is like any regular US MBA that begins in Fall and has a 3-month internship in the summer of next year (during the third term).

The January track students join during the spring and fast track their core curriculum by completing it during the summer when the August Entry class is doing their summer internships. They join this August entry class in the fall of the second year, and then onwards the two tracks become one.

From the application standpoint: CBS has a rolling application deadline. You can apply for both intakes once the application opens in June. However, the January intake applicants can apply no later than the October deadline and they are not eligible for the merit fellowship. August Entry applicants can apply early decision by the October deadline or regular decision by the January deadline.


The INSEAD MBA is a short, 10-month program. In this supercharged, accelerated MBA program, the January intake will give you a breather as it features a two-month summer internship that is not built into the September intake. An internship can be crucial for effecting an industry change – for certain industries such as consulting and financial service, an internship plays an important role in getting a post MBA job offer.
From the application standpoint: INSEAD has 4 deadlines for each intake. The September intake deadlines begin a year ahead- in the September previous to program commencement and end in March. The January intake deadlines start in the previous March and end in August.


At HEC Paris, France there is no difference between the two intakes.
From the application standpoint:: January intake deadlines open in January the previous year and go on until November. For the September intake, deadlines open in June and close by November. The window to apply for the September intake is only 5 months, whereas its 9 months for the January intake.


Edhec, Spain: At Edhec while students of both intakes study exactly the same curriculum, the order is different. September students join the January students and study with them until the latter complete their course in December. They are then joined by the new January class and study together with them until they graduate in June. In effect there are always two cycles of students in rotation in a class (there are 150 per class). The advantage is that you build a network with double the number of students.
From the application standpoint: Apply by June 30th for September intake and November 15th for January intake.


IE MBA’s two intakes are identical in program structure. What differs is some of the electives available as they are subjective to the demand. Also, if you are interested in taking the IMBA in practice during the lab period, January would be a better option. The other difference would be the dual degree options and timeline will be different for September and January intake.
From the application standpoint: IE has rolling deadlines, so you are likely to catch some deadlines through the year. Once admitted, you can defer your admission to another intake, which could be an advantage if your plans change for some reason.


At Schulich, York University also there is absolutely no difference in the two intakes expect for a different start date. Winter is a smaller intake and the adcom accepts less than half the number of students in Fall intake.
From the application standpoint: The January intake opens in August and there is a deadline every month, until November (4 deadlines). The September intake has 3 deadlines in January, February, and April.

The two intake format gives applicants the chance to join business school at their convenient time. It also allows them an opportunity to double their network by studying half the MBA term with a new set of students.

There is an important factor you should keep in mind while deciding upon the timing of your MBA. Certain industries recruit at specific times of the year only, so hitting the application submit button at the right time will ensure you are riding the right bus to career greatness.
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INSEAD's ‘50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas’ aims to Celebrate, Build, Enable

Not many of us would have heard of Hélène Ploix or Solange Perret, the first female students to graduate from INSEAD in 1968. Fifty years later, INSEAD is honoring them through a landmark initiative, “50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas” by celebrating women who are leading academic excellence and advocating gender diversity. It’s achieving this by promoting ideas of 50 women scholars who have been thought leaders in their academic fields.

The iW50 initiative aims to achieve several objectives through a series of events that kick-started in September 2017 and will culminate on June 29th, 2018. High on the agenda is increasing representation of women students at INSEAD. At present only 33% of the MBA class is comprised of women. There is a plan to offer more scholarships for women to swell their ranks.

With 2000+ published cases, INSEAD is at the forefront among business schools for its Case Publishing and the iW50 plans to leverage this expertise by publishing more women-centric cases.

Any dialogue on gender diversity has to be inclusive and should encourage male participation. The iW50 aims to achieve this by directly engaging with men on women’s issues.

INSEAD already has a number of student clubs that support women’s causes. The INSEAD Women in Business Student Club (iWiB) carries out 'Women in Business Conference' and 'INSEAD Women in Business Mentoring Programme' to create more opportunities for women. Manbassador comprises male students and teachers who take a stand to promote gender equality. The Women in Business Global Club consists of students and alumni of 13 club chapters across the world and works to connect global INSEAD alumni.

INSEAD’s deep commitment to gender issues is visible through a center of excellence dedicated to gender issues: the Gender Initiative aims to enable women and help them become leaders that can instigate change. The initiative engages with men as well as women for creating dialogue on gender parity, and also works with organizations for advancing their commitment to gender balance. Further, academicians - psychologists, sociologists, economists and management scholars - drive research on women’s impact on business and society.

In 1967, INSEAD became one of the first business schools to admit women into its MBA programme, making a strong statement about gender in the male-dominated MBA world. Fifty years on, a lot still needs to be achieved. According to an alumni survey carried out in 2017, 91% alumni wanted to work towards increasing the representation of women in high impact leadership positions.

By harnessing this change in mindsets, INSEAD can pave way for more and more women to become impactful leaders.
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Factors to Consider, When Researching Business Schools

We recently wrote a blog on ways to research business schools. But before that, you need to know which factors should you take to account when selecting your perfect list of b-schools.

Here are some criteria that can bring method to your research:

Job related Factors:

1. Employment opportunities: The main reason why people do an MBA is to increase their employability skills. Therefore going through the employment reports of business schools is a key step in your research. These reports will provide you a lot of data: percentage-wise breakups of the industries and functions where students got a job; names of recruiters; figures for internship recruitments and some hard facts on how many students found employment in the first three months of graduation, how many students made use of on-campus recruiting and how many converted their summer internships into full-fledged jobs. If your post MBA interests lie in energy and utilities for example, and a particular b-school’s employment report shows a chunk of people getting jobs in that industry, you know you would want to apply to that b-school.

Another way of selecting business schools is by finding out about target employers who visit there and the roles they hire students for.

It's also worthwhile to find out about the resourcefulness of the career services of your target b-schools. Niche industries like media, energy, real estate, government may be hiring only a tiny percentage of the class population, but don’t let this deter you from applying. Most often, the career services teams and the industry related clubs will go out of their way to help you network with the right recruiters.

2. Industry hubs- Some regions are hubs for particular industries and studying in those regions may just as well increase your chances of finding the right recruiters. For instance, the Texas-based programs such as McCombs, Jones School of Business (Rice) and Texas A&M are located in the largest energy hub of USA and getting a job with a Chevron or Exxon is going to be relatively easier in this region. Canada is another energy hub and B-schools like Schulich will help you target the right employers. Similarly, New York, Paris and London are the places to be if you have your eyes fixed on fashion to going to Stern, LBS or HEC Paris/ INSEAD will offer you the right opportunities in luxury. Check out our previous blog on the research triangle park which houses b-schools like Duke (also an energy industry filler) and UNC Kenen Flagler.

3. Clubs and other resources- Most clubs at any business school are student-led. Its therefore in students’ interest to keep these really active. Industry (real estate/ media and entertainment/ private equity etc) and function (consulting/marketing/operations) focused clubs hold career treks, seminars, competitions and talks by industry bigwigs, all of which go in adding to your MBA experience. Typically every club has its own website – trawl through this and reach out to the Club leaders to know more about the club’s activities.

Academic Factors:

4. Electives and Concentrations– A specialization/major/concentration basically means the minimum required electives/credits you are required to take in a subject to make it a concentration. Although it's not mandatory to take concentrations/specializations, if you want to deep dive in a subject, they can be a good way to do it. At business schools like Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Ross, you can only take electives and not a “specialization”.

Most business schools allow you to take two or more concentrations in subjects as diverse as strategy, marketing, data analytics, finance and leadership, to name a few. Some b-schools also have a tie-up with the CFA Institute, so you have the option of completing your CFA along with the MBA.

In general, different b-schools have different formats for electives/ concentrations and certifications, so closely look at what your target b-schools have on offer.

5. Star faculty on campus- Some b-schools have management gurus, some have research mavericks and some others have Nobel laureates as their faculty. They may be the single-most reason you want to go to a particular b-schools. However, we are not talking about an awe-struck, starry-eyed you applying to a program, because a marketing guru you have heard about is teaching there. Nobody wants a teenager-like gushing about a faculty member! There has to be a more intense reason for you to study there – you may have a deep interest in his subject or the research he is doing and think it will help you in your career.

Some b-schools allow graduate/research assistantship, where you can work with a particular professor to assist his class or his research work. Also, you may want to take an independent project under a faculty member and gain from his insights.

6. Flexibility in the curriculum– Do you want to go to Harvard because you study a fixed curriculum for your entire first year, or would you rather prefer Chicago Booth, where you can select all your courses save one, and completely customize your curriculum? B-schools vary in the flexibility they offer on the course content, although all of them allow you to take electives in the second half of the program.

The bigger MBA programs that are associated with universities also let you to select electives outside the business school. So you may land up taking a few electives in technology or in law or in public policy from another college affiliated to the same university as your target business school. This flexibility is great if you want to study offbeat subjects that don’t typically come under the ambit of an MBA education.

7. Mode of curriculum delivery– Some b-schools are known as the case method b-schools. Examples are HBS, Darden, Tuck (to an extent), Richard Ivey (Canada) and IE (Spain). Some b-schools are known for their experiential learning approach- MIT, Ross and UCLA come to mind immediately. Although most b-schools have a mixed format curriculum, yet some of them, such as those listed above are famously known for their approach. If you are not a case study enthusiast, joining a b-schools that uses almost 500 cases in the two years curricula may wreck your MBA experience. Its important to find out the b-school’s pre-dominant style of teaching and whether that fits your learning requirements.

Admissions related factors:

8. Eligibility criteria- double MBA/ 3 year education/ TOEFL requirement – Indian applicants sometimes face challenges regarding their eligibility. European programs accept a three-year undergrad degree. While most US b-schools also consider it as an equivalent to the US four year undergrad degree, some b-schools like Berkeley Haas don’t. If you have not done an MS or another degree course, there is no point applying.

Some b-schools do not allow a previous MBA; however, this criterion is best checked with the schools themselves, as the Indian programs offer a diploma (PGDBM), which is technically not an MBA.

Similarly, some b-schools, particularly the European ones, require a TOEFL/ IELTS score and you may want to take either of the two tests to make it to the target b-school, ask them for a waiver (on account of your good English, and “convent educated” background) or just swap that b-school for another one.

Having GMAT and GPA scores above the b-school’s average figures is another benchmark for the Indian applicants.

9. Financial aspects (Fee, scholarships, financial aid)- Not all b-schools are made equal and they definitely don’t cost equal. B-school fee can cost you anywhere from INR 25 lakhs as in the case of the top Indian MBA programs (ISB & IIMs) to upward of INR 1 crore as is the case with HBS, Wharton and the likes. Other hidden costs only take these figures up north! While there is always an option to take loan from your own country, some b-schools offer loans to Indian applicants. What you need to find out is whether the credit agency requires a US based co-signer or not. Unability to arrange loans has been a party pooper for many Indian applicants, despite getting admission.

Scholarships exist, but not in abundance. Some b-schools have more scholarship money to give out as compared to others. It will be worth the effort to find this out from the school website, current students and alums and apply for a scholarship where you need to submit a separate application.

And then there are others:

FIT : This is the most used word in the MBA circles. How exactly do you determine your fit with a b-school and how will this help you in selecting business schools? While all of the above factors play their roles to establish your fit with a b-school, there are some other uncategorizable ones that matter.

10. Small size v/s big size classroom– You may feel lost if you have 750+ students in the same class as you, as in the case of Wharton. And when you double this number to make room for second year MBAs then its definitely a big party. Do you find your place in this big party or a cozy get together, which you can find at, say Tuck, which has a class strength of 280. The size of the class also matters from the perspective of your alumni network- smaller classes will have smaller networks. For you as an international student, there may be still lesser alumni back home.

11. Big city v/s small city- Studying in a fast-paced city like New York may be among the biggest lure for you to select b-schools based in New York. Or as a first time international student, you may want to soak in the experience of a small town school, where your life is centered around the b-school, students and campus activities. Plenty options abound.

12. Network- Building a strong network is among the most important reasons for a person to go to business school. A lot of job finding happens through your alumni network, with alumni arranging for job interviews in their companies (off-campus recruiting) or alumni coming for the off-campus recruiting. From this perspective, its important to figure out if your target school’s alums work in your target companies.
You will have access to your b-school’s network for life. Hence try to understand how strongly bonded the community is.

13. Personal development- The one/two years spent at business school will help you develop your softer side. While a large part of the curriculum will help you build your leadership capabilities, negotiation, communication and time management skills, there are features like experiential learning programs, trips to global destinations and activities & events held by the social and diversity clubs that will have a huge impact on your personal development within a short two years. Attending business school is not called a transformative experience for nothing!

All of these are mentioned on b-school websites, and you will learn a lot more about these experiences by reading up student blogs, an important research tool while selecting business schools.

Most important! No Indian can leave this one out.....

14. The quintessential Indian relatives– last but not the least is the  Indian relatives, who are omnipresent, no matter where you do your MBA from. While some are happy with the arrangement of having guardians within the same city, others may not apply to the business school, just because their extended family stays in the vicinity. You take your pick!
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Originally posted by MBADecoder on 19 Jun 2018, 11:02.
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Like many others, my first choice for B-School is HBS. and I'm definitely looking to partner with an admissions consultant ASAP to help with my application for this specific school ASAP. I'll make a choice based on the initial evaluations I get, and decide based on who has the best advice/insight into my profile. I'm also applying to MIT, Haas, and a few others.

My main concern is my low GPA and jumpy career history (circling around the sales/PR/marketing drain, and switching industries from toys to SaaS (tech), before settling in Sales/SaaS 3-4 years ago). I've accomplished a lot at the companies I've worked for, received 5 promotions and held leadership roles for the last 3 years, but it's still not very impressive.

During undergrad, I was seriously ill, once homeless, and worked full-time while studying, so I'm hoping this will shine a brighter light on my dim academics and inconsistent profile. I want my themes to be 1. failing, and then picking myself back up again to show tenacity, and 2. overcoming obstacles, and now wanting to start my own company to make the world a better place.

Academics:
- 3.29 GPA, social sciences
- 730 GMAT (RETAKING aiming for a 780)
- Completing HBX CORe (Harvard business 'prep' course) soon with a goal of an A (4.0) average
- Undergrad was at Harvard Extension School (I'm not sure how this is regarded at HBS? It's part of Harvard University, but obviously much less impressive than Harvard College or any other Ivy League college)

Work Experience:
- American, 3 years of international experience (Germany - working language proficiency)
- 8 years of professional experience, 4 years in people management/leadership roles
- Managed 15 people at maximum, now managing around 5 people (switched companies, and now growing the team from 0 to 5)
- 5 promotions, from intern >associate > senior associate > team lead > senior manager > head of sales
- Starting my own company, in the very early stages

Life Background:
- Aged 30
- Experienced a life-threatening illness and homeless during undergrad - hence the low GPA
- Also worked full-time during all of undergrad, taking classes at night
- Decent amount of volunteering experience
- "Theme" of my application is overcoming hardship/life threatening illness/and homelessness, and now wanting to start my own company and make the world a better place

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berliner wrote:
Like many others, my first choice for B-School is HBS. and I'm definitely looking to partner with an admissions consultant ASAP to help with my application for this specific school ASAP. I'll make a choice based on the initial evaluations I get, and decide based on who has the best advice/insight into my profile. I'm also applying to MIT, Haas, and a few others.

My main concern is my low GPA and jumpy career history (circling around the sales/PR/marketing drain, and switching industries from toys to SaaS (tech), before settling in Sales/SaaS 3-4 years ago). I've accomplished a lot at the companies I've worked for, received 5 promotions and held leadership roles for the last 3 years, but it's still not very impressive.

During undergrad, I was seriously ill, once homeless, and worked full-time while studying, so I'm hoping this will shine a brighter light on my dim academics and inconsistent profile. I want my themes to be 1. failing, and then picking myself back up again to show tenacity, and 2. overcoming obstacles, and now wanting to start my own company to make the world a better place.

Academics:
- 3.29 GPA, social sciences
- 730 GMAT (RETAKING aiming for a 780)
- Completing HBX CORe (Harvard business 'prep' course) soon with a goal of an A (4.0) average
- Undergrad was at Harvard Extension School (I'm not sure how this is regarded at HBS? It's part of Harvard University, but obviously much less impressive than Harvard College or any other Ivy League college)

Work Experience:
- American, 3 years of international experience (Germany - working language proficiency)
- 8 years of professional experience, 4 years in people management/leadership roles
- Managed 15 people at maximum, now managing around 5 people (switched companies, and now growing the team from 0 to 5)
- 5 promotions, from intern >associate > senior associate > team lead > senior manager > head of sales
- Starting my own company, in the very early stages

Life Background:
- Aged 30
- Experienced a life-threatening illness and homeless during undergrad - hence the low GPA
- Also worked full-time during all of undergrad, taking classes at night
- Decent amount of volunteering experience
- "Theme" of my application is overcoming hardship/life threatening illness/and homelessness, and now wanting to start my own company and make the world a better place



Hi Berliner,

Thanks for your post. I am not too concerned with a change in job role. You are doing sales at different companies, so your basic skill set still remains the same however the industry dynamics change which gives diversity to your experience. If your current role has driven you to your career passion then you have a strong story to tell. Ofcourse, leadership will be a key theme in the HBS essay. From this perspective I'd like to understand why you mention your work experience is not impressive- the details you have mentioned sound otherwise.
It will be difficult to comment on the theme of your essay without knowing your complete profile and your life stories.
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Every year we get hundreds of enquiries from senior applicants with 10+ years of work experience who wish to do an MBA. This pool of applicants has it difficult in the admissions process for the two year MBA program, where the average class work experience is 5 years. Plus, their age (30+years) is also more than the average class age of 28 years. These factors make a two year MBA unviable for senior applicants for several reasons:

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3. A two year MBA may not be viable given family commitments and other pressures.
4. The opportunity cost of leaving a job for a two year MBA may be too much given your already good position at work.

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Where would you study if you wish to rub shoulders with the likes of Kofi Annan as your fellow alumni? Its got to be the MIT Sloan Fellows program!

About MIT Sloan Fellowship: Launched in 1930, this one-year fellows program is tailor-made for high potential, mid-career managers who are “enthusiastic to discover new possibilities for innovation and action”, the two themes that are fundamental to MIT Sloan. The program emphasizes preparing leaders to make a difference on a global scale.

Curriculum: The MIT Sloan Fellows have the choice between earning one of the three degrees: an MBA, an MS in Management or an MS in Management technology. The MS courses require the Fellows to complete a thesis in order to graduate. The Sloan Fellowship course that begins in June, builds upon a foundation of management, global leadership and innovation. In addition to the core courses, the Fellows can take between 8 and 10 electives.

Class profile: The class of 2018 has 109 students having an average work experience of 14 years. 84%of the class is international with 42 nationalities represented- 32% of these are from Asia. Females comprise 23% of the class. A majority of the class comes from financial services background and the industry. Common designations of candidates are VPs, directors, heads of business departments, founding partners and senior managers.

Eligibility: For admission, MIT Sloan Fellows should have atleast 10 years of full time work experience. An ability to innovate and invent and push beyond one’s comfort zone to make long-lasting impact are the qualities the adcom looks for in potential candidates.
Program Fee: for one year is approximately $179,798

Application material:

The essays are:

1. Please tell us about a time you were recently on a team which had competing priorities. What challenges did you face, how did you approach the challenges, and what did you learn from this experience? (500 words or fewer).

2. [b]Video Interview:
Please introduce yourself via a brief 60 second video statement. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera.

3. Optional essay: You will have the option to provide any additional information you would like the admissions team to know that may be helpful in evaluating your candidacy (i.e., choice of recommenders, areas of concern in your academic record, other extenuating circumstances, etc.). This information should be provided in a written format (200 words or less)
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Organization chart: In addition to the essays, the applicants should provide an organizational chart which outlines the internal structure of your department and company. This should have a limit of two pages.
Here are specific instructions from MIT on the organization chart: We should be able to see your line of reporting to the top of your organization, and to easily find you, your peers, your supervisor, their peers, and your direct reports, as well as any other recommenders from your current organization.

Resume:[/b] The application requirements include a resume that should not be more than two pages.

[b]Letters of recommendations:
Applicants must submit two LORs from recommenders who can provide feedback on the following questions:

1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Maximum word count: 50 words)
2. How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Maximum word count: 500 words)
3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Maximum word count: 500 words)
4. Is there anything else we should know? (Optional)

Other application requirements:

GMAT/GRE: All the applicants are required to submit one from either a GMAT, GRE, or EA (executive assessment) score.

Bachelor’s degree: All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree. They can scan and upload their transcripts at the time of the application.

Application fee is $250

Interviews: are by invitation only. Invited applicants will be expected to answer the following questions:

Essay during interview: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being is a key component of both principled leadership and sound management practice. In 250 words or less, please describe how you, as a member of the MIT Sloan community, would work to create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse.

Applicants can hear back about invitation right until the decision deadlines.

Deadlines:
R1: October 9th, 2018
R2: December 10th, 2018
R3: February 12, 2019
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MSx STANFORD: MBA FELLOWSHIPS FOR SENIOR APPLICANTS

In this 3 part series focused towards mid-level/ senior managers who are searching for the best fit MBA, we bring three such Fellowship programs to you. In the first article, we have already covered the MIT Sloan Fellowship program, located on the American East coast.
This one is on the opposite side- a West coast program, offered by one of the top three business schools in the world. Drum rolls!! We introduce……

MSx Stanford:

About MSx, Stanford: The Stanford MSx is a one-year immersive program geared towards experienced managers. The program admits applicants who have 8 or more years of work experience and have spent atleast 5 years in managerial positions. Like Stanford’s two year MBA, MSx seeks applicants who will have an everlasting impact on their organizations, uplift society and change the world. They should be proven leaders who are intellectually curious and are willing to help others.
Given the program’s short duration, they should have a clarity of purpose on what they wish to achieve through the MSx program. Hence the goals essay is very important!

Class profile: The MSx participants are accomplished and from diverse business backgrounds. The class of 2017 comprises of 104 students, with an average of 12 years work experience. About 64% are international students, making it one of the most international MBA classes on American soil. Women make up only 25% of the class. The most represented industries are financial services; technology; and Government and the non profit sector.

Curriculum: The program focus is on developing leadership through a right mix of academics, extra-curricular activities, coaching and actionable feedback. Fellows are taught by the same faculty that teaches the two year MBAs and the PhD students. Over 50% of the MsX curriculum is made of electives. The program starts in July and ends next June.

Program Fee: The program has a hefty price tag- tuition fee is $128,000 for 11 months. Your total program cost could vary from $185K to $250K depending upon where and with who (family) you stay while studying.

Application material:

The essays: the MSx essays are quite similar to the Stanford 2 year MBA application essays. MSx applicants can apply to both the programs using one application. A minimum professional experience of 8 years is still a criterion.

The essay questions are:
1. What matters most to you, and why?
2. Why this program now? What are your personal and professional objectives, and how will the Stanford MSx Program help you achieve them?
Answers to both the essays questions combined should not exceed 1,200 words.


Optional Essay: Address extenuating circumstances, your choice of recommender (if not a direct supervisor) and academic or professional experience that did not fit into other parts of the application.

Resume: Not more than a 2-page resume that demonstrates your leadership capabilities, achievements and impact.

Letters of recommendations: Two references are required from professionals who know you well and will provide an honest and enthusiastic evaluation of your profile. They should have worked with you directly within the recent years. The b-school has also shown a preference for C-suite executives as evaluators, who make the “most significant decisions regarding a company’s direction”.

The recommendation questions are:
1. Describe your relationship to the applicant, and how long you have known him or her.
2. Describe the skills, abilities, and characteristics of the candidate that contribute to his/her success as a leader. Provide a specific example of a time that the candidate demonstrated exceptional leadership in your organization.
3. How is the candidate’s impact on your organization different from that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?
4. (Optional) Is there anything else we should know? Be concise.

Sponsored candidates must submit one reference from their company’s CEO and another from a person with whom they have a direct reporting relationship.

GMAT or GRE: both are accepted. While there is no minimum score required, the average GMAT score for the program is 700.

Bachelor’s degree: : a four year bachelor’s degree or their equivalent are valid for admissions. The MSx program has a holistic approach towards the GPA (or your rank in class) and low GPAs do not mean outright rejection. If you have suitable academic achievements as well as a competitive professional profile, still go ahead and apply.

The application fee is $275.

Interviews are by invitation only and they seek to have a positive exchange of ideas and information about you.

Deadlines:
Round 1: September 18, 2018
Round 2: January 10, 2019
Round 3: March 13, 2019
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LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy: For Senior Applicants

In our earlier posts about the Fellowship programs for senior citizens, we discussed about the MIT SLOAN and the Stanford MSx programs, both based in the USA. Across the Atlantic Ocean is the Brit version of the program (We almost wrote European version), the LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy. At a stone's throw from the legendary Lord's Stadium and nestled around the picture perfect Regent's Garden, The London Business School will provide you with the best living area to bring your family over. They also have their own Windsor Castle - a next-door pub, where the Fellows can bond over drinks and create business strategies.

About LBS Sloan Fellowship: This is a full time 12-month program leading to an MSc degree in Leadership and Strategy. The program is designed for senior managers and entrepreneurs with significant managerial experience who wish to study with candidates with similar level of work experience and age. The LBS Sloan program begins in January and ends in December.

Class profile: The class has approximately 64 students. Of these 84% are internationals and represent over 24 nationalities. 22% of these are women. The students have an average of 18 years of work experience, while the total range for work experience is between 14 years and 30 years. About half the class worked in general management function prior to MBA while the most represented industries are finance and manufacturing.

The Curriculum: The LBS Sloan fellowship curriculum is built to strengthen three basic areas:
Leadership: the program equips students to lead as top executives through several courses on leadership.
Strategy: It prepares them to make strategic decisions through courses on strategy
Business fundamentals: It strengthens business fundamentals by imparting knowledge on core business functions such as finance, accounting, marketing and operations.

The Sloan Fellows take 10 core courses through the program. In terms two and three that run from April to December, the Fellows take between 5 and 8 electives from a menu of 65 electives. The Global Business Assignment gives the Fellows an opportunity to embark on a week long travel to one of the 5 destinations- Dubai, Athens, Buenos Aires, Mexico City or San Francisco, to learn about business in a new economy as part of a faculty led course.

Application Material:

Essay questions:
1. How will the Sloan Leadership and Strategy degree enhance your immediate and ultimate professional and personal objectives: (500 words)

2. Describe the hardest professional decision you have made and its impact on the situation, any teams involved and on yourself (500 words)

3. Drawing on your experience in your function and/or sector please give your opinion on question (a) or b) (300 words)
a) Will increasing regulation really mitigate risk? Do you think that this is desirable?
b) What do you see as the key issues for the next 5 years in your sector and/or region?

Optional Statement: What question would you most like to be asked, and why? (200 words max)


Organization chart: Supply a chart which clearly shows your position in your organisation. This will help the Admissions Committee understand reporting relationships and team structures.

Letters of recommendations: Submit one recommendation at the time of applying, preferably from a current or previous supervisor. The second recommendation can be from a colleague or someone who knows you well in a professional capacity. The second recommendation can be submitted once the candidacy decision is made.

Resume: submit a resume one page long ONLY. Address any gaps in your professional history in the optional essay

GMAT /GRE: LBS has eased a big burden from the applicants’ shoulders by allowing them to provide their GMAT/GRE scores after submitting the rest of their application which includes the essays, resume transcripts, and recommendations. They can submit a GRE, GMAT or an EA(executive assessment) score. The EA, conducted by GMAC is a shorter test designed for eMBA applicants and requires only 2-3 days of preparation.

These tests could also be waived in exceptional cases, if the adcom finds that the applicants already have a high level of analytical or quantitative ability gained through their professional experiences or a prior training. Typical candidates who get waivers are CXOs, Managing Directors, division heads, or treasurers, Chief Accountants and CFAs

TOEFL: can be waived for applicants who have worked in an English speaking country for a substantial period or have studied in English at the degree level.

Application Fee: for the Sloan Fellowship application is £160. Candidates are eligible for fee waivers if they are recommended by an LBS alumnus.

Deadlines:
Last deadline for international students: July 25th, 2018

Interview is by invitation. Applicants living in London are asked to come on campus to interview
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Hi!

I'd be grateful if you can evaluate my profile.

26 M, Indian. Looking to get into a top US business school.
5 years WE
GMAT - 720, 48Q/41V
Expecting 110+ on the TOEFL
Undergrad: 3.0 GPA in Engineering from a not-so-popular Indian university.

Very passionate about startups and entrepreneurship.
Battled my way through severe anxiety and depression.
(would be) First in the family to study abroad.

Work Experience:

Current:
Ø Entrepreneur. Bootstrapped an ed-tech startup from scratch to a $150,000 ARR business in 3 years. Still running it with positive cashflow. I know $150k might not sound that impressive to US adcoms, but the company is based in India, it's in a small niche, and it is growing y-o-y.
Ø Grew the business from 0 - 10,000 paying customers from over 150 countries.
Ø Singlehandedly built and grew the company's blog from 0 to 2 million annual readers without spending a dime on ads. The site is currently ranked very highly in the test prep niche.
Ø Helped over 1000 students improve their test scores, through one-on-one personal interaction and mentorship.

Previous:
Ø Director of Support for 2 years. First hire at a SaaS startup company funded by top global VC firms.
Ø Helped scale the company's online support system from 0-10,000 B2B customers.
Ø Worked with the CEO and the engineering teams to improve customer experience.

Previously, I also co-founded an offline test prep company straight out of undergrad. It did really well for a year or so, and we gave the major players (the likes of Princeton Review and Manhattan Review) a run for their money, but had to shut it down due to lack of funding (needed to expand operations). Used this experience to pivot the service into an online platform (the aforementioned ed-tech startup).

Extra-curricular:

Startup Festival - 3 years
Ø Organized the first ever startup festival in my home state (which is also one of India's largest entrepreneurship events) with over 2500 delegates attending from across the country.
Ø Led a team of 20 managers and 60 volunteers, and played a key role in raising funds, partnering with the state government, and managing over 100 speakers, startups, corporate, sponsors, and partner companies.
Ø The event kickstarted innovation and tech in our state.
Ø Not sure how relevant it is to my application, but I have a letter of recommendation from our State Minister for IT & Entrepreneurship (similar to Secretary of State), as I worked closely with the state government on building a startup ecosystem.

President and Regional Head at a major national level non-profit - 3 years
Ø Built and lead the city chapter of one of India's largest non-profits (on the lines of Teach for India) from scratch to the city's largest and the fastest growing non-profit org.
Ø Recruited, trained, and mentored over 250 young volunteers to teach, train, and mentor over 300 underprivileged children across 5 shelter homes in my city.
Ø Helped the organization expand to two new cities in South India. Recruited, trained, and managed over 30 young leaders and over 300 young volunteers, who in-turn impacted more than 500 underprivileged children in 10 shelter homes across the region.
Ø Although this was a few years ago, it wasn't just another community service activity. I actually worked 10-15 hours a week for 3 years straight.

Other details:
Ø Was a founding member of my university's student magazine.
Ø Was also a member of a couple of clubs in college (entrepreneurship, speaking).

Hobbies:
I'm a fitness enthusiast. Have done freelance modeling, and was also a Mr. India 2016 quarter-finalist.
Also an avid reader and debater.

LORs:
Can get strong letters of recommendation from my supervisors.

Cons:
Ø No recent community service experience.
Ø No international exposure.
Ø Although I've built a successful business, I haven't worked for big brand corporate companies.
Ø Indian male. Although I'm not in the IT sector.
Ø Low GPA?

Post MBA Goals:

Long term goal is to build a global business (ed-tech SaaS company). I plan to use the business acumen and the vast network from my MBA to achieve this. To get there, I believe I need experience in the SaaS domain. My immediate post MBA goal, therefore, is to join a growing SaaS company in the US. Over the past couple of years, I've had a growing interest in the SaaS revolution in the US, and I very much want to be a part of it.

Can you please evaluate my profile? Since I have a relatively unique background (and experience), I'm having a hard time understanding how competitive my profile would be at a top school. I'm also looking for schools where my profile would be very competitive, so I can secure a handsome scholarship (half-ride, or GA). I'm planning to apply in Early or Round 1 this year.

Please suggest what schools I would be a good contender at. Whether they would be among the Top 10 (Haas, MIT, Ross), Top 30 (Duke, UCLA, Cornell), or Top 50 (Indiana, UT-Austin, Carlson), etc. Thank you very much. :)
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Hi!

I'd be grateful if you can evaluate my profile.

26 M, Indian. Looking to get into a top US business school.
5 years WE
GMAT - 720, 48Q/41V
Expecting 110+ on the TOEFL
Undergrad: 3.0 GPA in Engineering from a not-so-popular Indian university.

Very passionate about startups and entrepreneurship.
Battled my way through severe anxiety and depression.
(would be) First in the family to study abroad.

Work Experience:

Current:
Ø Entrepreneur. Bootstrapped an ed-tech startup from scratch to a $150,000 ARR business in 3 years. Still running it with positive cashflow. I know $150k might not sound that impressive to US adcoms, but the company is based in India, it's in a small niche, and it is growing y-o-y.
Ø Grew the business from 0 - 10,000 paying customers from over 150 countries.
Ø Singlehandedly built and grew the company's blog from 0 to 2 million annual readers without spending a dime on ads. The site is currently ranked very highly in the test prep niche.
Ø Helped over 1000 students improve their test scores, through one-on-one personal interaction and mentorship.

Previous:
Ø Director of Support for 2 years. First hire at a SaaS startup company funded by top global VC firms.
Ø Helped scale the company's online support system from 0-10,000 B2B customers.
Ø Worked with the CEO and the engineering teams to improve customer experience.

Previously, I also co-founded an offline test prep company straight out of undergrad. It did really well for a year or so, and we gave the major players (the likes of Princeton Review and Manhattan Review) a run for their money, but had to shut it down due to lack of funding (needed to expand operations). Used this experience to pivot the service into an online platform (the aforementioned ed-tech startup).

Extra-curricular:

Startup Festival - 3 years
Ø Organized the first ever startup festival in my home state (which is also one of India's largest entrepreneurship events) with over 2500 delegates attending from across the country.
Ø Led a team of 20 managers and 60 volunteers, and played a key role in raising funds, partnering with the state government, and managing over 100 speakers, startups, corporate, sponsors, and partner companies.
Ø The event kickstarted innovation and tech in our state.
Ø Not sure how relevant it is to my application, but I have a letter of recommendation from our State Minister for IT & Entrepreneurship (similar to Secretary of State), as I worked closely with the state government on building a startup ecosystem.

President and Regional Head at a major national level non-profit - 3 years
Ø Built and lead the city chapter of one of India's largest non-profits (on the lines of Teach for India) from scratch to the city's largest and the fastest growing non-profit org.
Ø Recruited, trained, and mentored over 250 young volunteers to teach, train, and mentor over 300 underprivileged children across 5 shelter homes in my city.
Ø Helped the organization expand to two new cities in South India. Recruited, trained, and managed over 30 young leaders and over 300 young volunteers, who in-turn impacted more than 500 underprivileged children in 10 shelter homes across the region.
Ø Although this was a few years ago, it wasn't just another community service activity. I actually worked 10-15 hours a week for 3 years straight.

Other details:
Ø Was a founding member of my university's student magazine.
Ø Was also a member of a couple of clubs in college (entrepreneurship, speaking).

Hobbies:
I'm a fitness enthusiast. Have done freelance modeling, and was also a Mr. India 2016 quarter-finalist.
Also an avid reader and debater.

LORs:
Can get strong letters of recommendation from my supervisors.

Cons:
Ø No recent community service experience.
Ø No international exposure.
Ø Although I've built a successful business, I haven't worked for big brand corporate companies.
Ø Indian male. Although I'm not in the IT sector.
Ø Low GPA?

Post MBA Goals:

Long term goal is to build a global business (ed-tech SaaS company). I plan to use the business acumen and the vast network from my MBA to achieve this. To get there, I believe I need experience in the SaaS domain. My immediate post MBA goal, therefore, is to join a growing SaaS company in the US. Over the past couple of years, I've had a growing interest in the SaaS revolution in the US, and I very much want to be a part of it.

Can you please evaluate my profile? Since I have a relatively unique background (and experience), I'm having a hard time understanding how competitive my profile would be at a top school. I'm also looking for schools where my profile would be very competitive, so I can secure a handsome scholarship (half-ride, or GA). I'm planning to apply in Early or Round 1 this year.

Please suggest what schools I would be a good contender at. Whether they would be among the Top 10 (Haas, MIT, Ross), Top 30 (Duke, UCLA, Cornell), or Top 50 (Indiana, UT-Austin, Carlson), etc. Thank you very much. :)



Sachin,

You have a very intereting profile and you come across as multifaceted along with having that entrepreneurial streak running in you. Your work experience with the test prep (I did further research) looks very impressive.
$150K ~ INR 1Cr revenue for bootstrapped business is not bad at all. That said, being able to generate positive cashflow and sustain it is a big plus.

As your graduation academics, GMAT etc. are not very strong, it would be important to create a compeling & differentiated story around:
- your passion which has driven you to be an entrepreneur and make a change
- Your hard learnings in failing to scale & failing to raise money to scale. Some of this needs to be about the need to be in the US market - the mecca for small ticket SaaS producct or service
- How an MBA from *** would help you bridge the gap and realize your dream of making an impact in Edtech

Top schools which value impact & entrepreneurship can be targeted and one can also include a few in the next rung as a safety net. I'd keep the target list to the top 15.

I will also add from my experience of working with another entrepreneur in education, recommendations are going to be very important. You seem to have worked with credible people (the startup India stint) - while who to use as recommenders requires much deeper thought, do consider getting an additional recommendation from a known name who has worked with you closely.
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Is it a good plan to pursue a master’s degree/MBA at 33 from HEC Paris or Canada?

My Academics:

B.Tech (Information Technology) from the University of Rajasthan with 76 %.

Class 12th (PCM Economics) : 75%

Class 10th 85%

French language: DELF A2

Industry Certifications: ITIL Foundation, ITIL (Intermediate), Prince2Practitioner.

Volunteer experience: Have been working with Mother Teresa foundation(Old age home) , Have been associated with NGOs to support child education.

Age : 33 yrs/ Married and have a kid.

Professional Experience:

I have 10+ years of telecom industry experience. I am currently working as a Project manager with a leading telecom company. My aim is to settle in Canada or Europe with a good job in Sustainability development industry.

I want to pursue Masters in Sustainability and Innovation from HEC Paris or perhaps an MS in Sustainability from a reputed Canadian university. I am really concerned about the financial implications Masters would bring in and the ROIs.

My second concern is the age factor. I am not sure what is the average age of the class these schools have. Also what are the job prospects/ work permits after finishing the course.

Can someone advise please?

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Hello,

Please find a brief of my profile below. I thank you in anticipation for your help!

Age – 30 years Male, Nationality – Indian, planning to apply for Canadian citizenship if I end up in a good MBA program so that I can avoid H1B circus post graduation :-) (applying only for US universities)

Education: B.Tech & M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering/Energy Technology from one of the top 5 IITs in India (GPA – 3.6/4 as per WES assessment), MSc in Mechanical Engineering from one of the top 5 Canadian University (GPA – 3.8/4)

GMAT – 690 (Q51, V31, IR6), planning to apply only for safe schools during R1 2018, need to retake GMAT to cross 730 to be able to apply for target schools during R2.

WE: Total 5 years by next year (4 years in Canada and 1 year in India - 2.5 years in a top energy management consultancy firm which runs energy efficiency programs in North America, 1.5 years in other energy audit firms, and 1 year in a big oil)

Internships: 2 research interns during undergrad – 3 months in an European university and 3 months in SIEMENS in its energy research group)

Publications – Couple of publications in reputed journals (Electrochimica Acta, Journal of The Electrochemical Society)

Scholarships – 1 during undergrad, 3 during grad school (2 of them are pretty reputed)

Extra curricular – Organized few tech events, member of choreography and light music team (as an acoustic guitarist) during undergrad, volunteered for a program during grad school that was meant to spread cultural awareness of my home country through presentations in schools, currently volunteering as a mentor and registration presenter for an engineering regulatory body of a Canadian province

Post MBA Goal – Energy Consultancy/Trading/IB

I will be applying for MBA programs and universities that are reputed for energy. On that note, I will appreciate if somebody can please suggest few safe as well as target schools I could pursue based on my profile. I am targeting to matriculate by Fall 2019.
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Qualifications
Xth :-64%
XII th:- 82%
Graduation :- 65% English (Hons) Humanities
Current work:- income tax inspector
Age:- 24 years
Nature of work:- not related to corporate work experience in anyway, it is government sector work. The work is divided into two categories

Assessment Section 
A job in this section includes work related to desk job details that come with the title of Income Tax Inspector.
You will be responsible for assessing income tax that people, company or partnership firms are liable to pay.
You will also have to handle refund claims and TDS (Tax Deduction at Source) queries Non-Assessment Section 
A job in this section will subject you to field work.

Inspectors employed in this section can be a part of the rapid response team that conducts raids.

The ITIs who are given non-assessment duties usually have to perform only clerical duties.

Their job is limited to filing official paperwork and occasionally accompanying raid teams

My query:- I always wanted to do an MBA as it was my dream to work for a private company. Due to financial constraints, I was not able to apply for MBA in foreign universities. I had no interest in Indian MBA as I always wanted to work in a foreign country. Also Indian MBA had very low chances to get me placed in a foreign firm. Private firms in India without an MBA gives very less salary and high load which would not have given me time to make my profile for foreign MBA.
Therefore, I decided to pursue a government job and finance my future MBA from that money.
I intend to do an MBA after 5 years. I can score score very well in GMAT and TOEFL from official mocks that I have given. I am interested in doing MBA from Canada so that I can get permanent residency. I am aiming for "average" b schools in Canada only.
Please I am in dire need of help. I have 5 years at my disposal. Please guide me on how can I make my profile in these 5 years so that the adcoms don't reject me. Also honestly tell me whether I am eligible of doing MBA from an average Business School in Canada only.
Thank you and God bless you !

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Yes, it is a good plan. And if you are serious about it, then do not delay thinking about it. We all have one life, it is short, and it is not worth dying with a regret of 'having not tried'.

Philosophy apart, let me share an example. One of our consultants did his MBA at 37, was able to transition his career from IT Consulting to Restructuring and turnaround, and is currently a successful entrepreneur. There are many more examples I can share.

In your MBA class you will be one with a little higher than normal experience, but you won't be the only one with your goal. There would be few others too.

Now, sustainability looks a very drastic change from what you are doing. For this to happen successfully, you will have to be able to relate your current experience. It should not come across as wishful thinking but a well thought out strategy.




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Is it a good plan to pursue a master’s degree/MBA at 33 from HEC Paris or Canada?

My Academics:

B.Tech (Information Technology) from the University of Rajasthan with 76 %.

Class 12th (PCM Economics) : 75%

Class 10th 85%

French language: DELF A2

Industry Certifications: ITIL Foundation, ITIL (Intermediate), Prince2Practitioner.

Volunteer experience: Have been working with Mother Teresa foundation(Old age home) , Have been associated with NGOs to support child education.

Age : 33 yrs/ Married and have a kid.

Professional Experience:

I have 10+ years of telecom industry experience. I am currently working as a Project manager with a leading telecom company. My aim is to settle in Canada or Europe with a good job in Sustainability development industry.

I want to pursue Masters in Sustainability and Innovation from HEC Paris or perhaps an MS in Sustainability from a reputed Canadian university. I am really concerned about the financial implications Masters would bring in and the ROIs.

My second concern is the age factor. I am not sure what is the average age of the class these schools have. Also what are the job prospects/ work permits after finishing the course.

Can someone advise please?

Thanks

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Hi,
I just sat for my GMAT and scored a 650(46Q,33V)(IR 5).
I have a 3.5 year work experience, including 2 years in my own start-up. Strengths and Areas of Exposure include Sales, Marketing, Ops. And, all of the experience is focused on the real estate industry.

I have a double graduation in Business(GPA 4.0) and Law(GPA 3.2), which was pursued simultaneously with full time work.

What kind of colleges should I be looking to apply to for fall 2019? I'm comfortable with colleges in Asia, Europe and North America.

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Vaibhv wrote:
Hi,
I just sat for my GMAT and scored a 650(46Q,33V)(IR 5).
I have a 3.5 year work experience, including 2 years in my own start-up. Strengths and Areas of Exposure include Sales, Marketing, Ops. And, all of the experience is focused on the real estate industry.

I have a double graduation in Business(GPA 4.0) and Law(GPA 3.2), which was pursued simultaneously with full time work.

What kind of colleges should I be looking to apply to for fall 2019? I'm comfortable with colleges in Asia, Europe and North America.

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I will need to know a lot more about your profile before I can make suggestions.
You can write to me at contact@mbadecoder.com or fill the form here. In either case, please attach your resume and your post MBA career goals.
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Schulich Vs Sauder - Which School To Choose For Marketing

I am a software engineer from India and will have 3.5 - 4 years of work experience when I join the MBA in Schulich (JAN 2019) or Sauder (AUG 2019) ( have received admits for both). I am interested in marketing/brand management/product management and that would be my first choice for a job (preferably in CPG companies) (even though it would be a complete shift for me). After that it would be the IT sector. I have worked in Financial Services and Manufacturing (Automobile) companies till now (as a software engineer).

I am not too keen on Consulting Or Finance

So the major difference between the 2 programs is location - Vancouver vs Toronto. From what I have read around in forums there are less job opportunities in Vancouver. However, I could not find enough information about marketing jobs or IT specifically.

The other difference is the program in Schulich is significantly more expensive (around CAD 21000 more). And I am not sure if the brand value of Schulich is worth that much more. However, in most MBA rankings, Schulich is ranked higher than UBC Sauder. But interestingly for "Business And Management" studies in general UBC is ranked higher.

I like the curriculum of both programs, and do not have a strong preference in that regard.

Personally, I would want to live in Vancouver, but not at the cost of struggling to find a job
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Schulich Vs Sauder - Which School To Choose For Marketing

I am a software engineer from India and will have 3.5 - 4 years of work experience when I join the MBA in Schulich (JAN 2019) or Sauder (AUG 2019) ( have received admits for both). I am interested in marketing/brand management/product management and that would be my first choice for a job (preferably in CPG companies) (even though it would be a complete shift for me). After that it would be the IT sector. I have worked in Financial Services and Manufacturing (Automobile) companies till now (as a software engineer).

I am not too keen on Consulting Or Finance

So the major difference between the 2 programs is location - Vancouver vs Toronto. From what I have read around in forums there are less job opportunities in Vancouver. However, I could not find enough information about marketing jobs or IT specifically.

The other difference is the program in Schulich is significantly more expensive (around CAD 21000 more). And I am not sure if the brand value of Schulich is worth that much more. However, in most MBA rankings, Schulich is ranked higher than UBC Sauder. But interestingly for "Business And Management" studies in general UBC is ranked higher.

I like the curriculum of both programs, and do not have a strong preference in that regard.

Personally, I would want to live in Vancouver, but not at the cost of struggling to find a job


Hi Simba,

I'd go with Schulich because of Toronto. Its a bigger city, more opportunities, more diversity (which will matter as an international living/working there).
You will get more job opportunities in marketing in a city which has a larger economy, more companies and more international workforce.

The Reputation of the program also matters- a better-reputed program will get you better opportunities unless you are looking for something very niche which only Sauder can offer.
And the extra fee will only mean you work a little more/longer to pay the debt (maybe a teaching assistantship will take away that pain as well). Moreover, the extra fee amount is not so drastic. And it won't matter so much in the long run. So go for the best.
Another factor you should consider is the alumni network. Once you are out of b-school in two years, it's your alumni network that will matter (and last a lifetime).

Also read this. I thought it captures the comparison very well: https://www.quora.com/Which-city-is-bet ... -Vancouver

Hope that helps :)
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