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BU Questrom vs Maryland Smith($) vs SMU Cox($$)

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About me :

7 years of work-ex. Self-employed.
Co-founded a SaaS company. More than 160 clients (small businesses). 4 different software products - CRM, ERP.

Why MBA? : Tried to scale up the venture. Struggled. Expansion didn't happen. Stagnation.

Post MBA: Product Management with B2B SaaS companies - Salesforce, Amazon, Microsoft.

Received the following three admits :

    BU Questrom with 20K scholarship (Total MBA + MS Tuition: 138K) - Scholarship % = 15%
    Maryland Smith with 30K scholarship + GA (Total MBA + MS Tuition: 127K) - Scholarship % = 24%
    SMU Cox with 50K scholarship (Total MBA Tuition: 108K) [No MS required for STEM] - Scholarship % = 46%

I have read stonecold 's view about SMU and that makes me worried.

I understand finance is one of the cogs in the decision-making wheel.
Location, school reputation, opportunities, etc hold equal importance.

Please help me with your viewpoints and suggestions.
I know there are no definitive answers. You may also suggest what questions I should be asking myself while making a final decision.

P.S.
I applied to Schulich - York University, Canada for backup. Received an admit and simultaneously also got done with the Canada PR process.

Originally posted by sj24 on 23 Dec 2019, 22:01.
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Congratulations on your admits!!! Great job!
Thanks for posting. First 2 quick questoins:

1. What format and currency are those numbers in? 1,38,672 - i am not sure I am familiar with this notation :)
2. is the 1,38,672 is the retail number or what you will pay after the scholarship? In other words, are you expecting us to do the math or have you done the math already?
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bb wrote:
1. What format and currency are those numbers in? 1,38,672 - i am not sure I am familiar with this notation :)
2. is the 1,38,672 is the retail number or what you will pay after the scholarship? In other words, are you expecting us to do the math or have you done the math already?


My apologies bb.
138K is the total cost of the program excluding the scholarship.

Following is the scholarship amount out of the total cost of the program.

BU Questrom: 20K/138K = 118K
Smith Maryland: 30K/127K = 97K
SMU Cox: 50K/108K = 58K

Edited the notation in the post :)
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Thank you! Once you go past the Top 20 list of schools, the differences are a lot smaller and there is really not that much difference in them from the 10,000 view. Of course each program is unique and regional and some are very strong in their niches. I am not familiar with the guidance you got from Stonecold about Cox, but that would have been my recommendation as it is meaningfully more affordable.

You may review this topic: https://gmatclub.com/forum/negotiating- ... 12949.html

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Thank you bb.

I'm trying to figure out the nuances of these schools.
Yes, with a 50K scholarship, SMU clearly has an upper hand as of now.

I will have to dig up stonecold 's past posts where he mentioned his apprehensions about the school. He also mentioned an international student dropped out of the program.

As per the US News rankings with Information System specialization filter, Smith Maryland lists in the top 10.

While some say that, at SMU one can get STEM without studying MS subjects, I'm quite excited to study MS subjects given my Tech background and PM aspirations.
BU has interesting MS classes (so does Smith) and Boston has decent Tech opportunities.

Also, thank you for posting the link for negotiation guidance. Exploring the posts :)
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One word: Negotiate!

Negotiate with all of them. From Cox's and BU Questrom's standards- the scholarship amounts you mention are super low (especially for Questrom given that our average $$$ is about $25k)


Cox can easily make that 75k.

Note that beyond top 15 schools: Go with whoever gives you the most $$$.

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New post 25 Dec 2019, 09:47
stonecold wrote:
One word: Negotiate!

Negotiate with all of them. From Cox's and BU Questrom's standards- the scholarship amounts you mention are super low (especially for Questrom given that our average $$$ is about $25k)


Cox can easily make that 75k.

Note that beyond top 15 schools: Go with whoever gives you the most $$$.

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Thank you stonecold for your viewpoint.
I will attempt to do that.
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stonecold wrote:
One word: Negotiate!

Negotiate with all of them. From Cox's and BU Questrom's standards- the scholarship amounts you mention are super low (especially for Questrom given that our average $$$ is about $25k)


Cox can easily make that 75k.

Note that beyond top 15 schools: Go with whoever gives you the most $$$.

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Great to see you stonecold!!! Always a pleasure. :blushing
Merry Christmas!
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Have you tried applying to any top 15 schools? You have solid experience, they might be impressed with your story and give you an admit.

I am on the east coast, so I know people from BU and they’re doing well... I have a friend from Cox and he’s in a VP role at a tech company
Having said that, you seem to have a convincing story, so you should consider a top 15 school

Stanford, Harvard, MIT, etc they value startup experience

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Have you tried applying to any top 15 schools? You have solid experience, they might be impressed with your story and give you an admit.

I am on the east coast, so I know people from BU and they’re doing well... I have a friend from Cox and he’s in a VP role at a tech company
Having said that, you seem to have a convincing story, so you should consider a top 15 school

Stanford, Harvard, MIT, etc they value startup experience

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That's good to hear JohnJohnJ.

My GMAT is an issue.
It's not 700+.
Hence, I feel I would not stand a chance.

Yeah, BU is a great option but tuition is higher comparatively with very little scholarship.
Any views regarding Maryland Smith?
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If you have a good story, a low GMAT will be overlooked. I think you stand a good chance with the top business schools too, you must try it.
I were you, I would apply to all top 15 schools and then decide

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I have no idea about Maryland, I know one of the ex CEOs of HP was from there and she ran for president

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If you have a good story, a low GMAT will be overlooked. I think you stand a good chance with the top business schools too, you must try it.
I were you, I would apply to all top 15 schools and then decide

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That's amazing to hear!!!!!

I can try to apply in a few in R2 as I don't have anything to lose now!!

Thank you for writing this encouraging message.
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Apply to all top 15. Do update the forum about your applications/admits/interviews.

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If you have a good story, a low GMAT will be overlooked. I think you stand a good chance with the top business schools too, you must try it.
I were you, I would apply to all top 15 schools and then decide

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JohnJohnJ, I think it is great you are so positive. I would like to understand what information in this topic or what the applicant has shared makes you feel their profile stands a good chance that warrants the advice to apply to ALL of the Top 15 schools?
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