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I am about to take my GMAT next month prior to applying in the first round of 2018 for the class of 2021. I ultimately want to go into consulting and then transition into PE and VC after several years in consulting. I am struggling with picking a concentration. Strategy seems to be the best choice for consulting but finance seems like a good VC choice. I am also struggling with what schools to apply to. I plan to remain in the south so I am considering Rice, Vanderbilt, SMU, UT Austin, Darden, and Duke. Any thoughts on a concentration choice. Anyone have any thoughts on the program quality of the schools listed above? Obviously Darden and Duke are top rate. I really like Rice and Vanderbilts sizes and location.

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New post 27 Sep 2017, 17:17
All nice programs for with UT, Duke, and Darden being the best fits for what you are looking to do. I would say base your choice of major off what you feel is your key development goal in b-school. I'm leaning Finance as it is a bit more concrete of a major and develops a more clear skill set but bring this decision back to its core and think through why you are applying to b-school and the skill set you wanted to pick up. Use that as your guidance for which avenue to take. Ultimately this decision will not have much of a bearing on your application, only issue would be if your development goals don't align with your major
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I agree that choice of major is not going to make a dent on your application. However, it shouldn’t be divergent from the career path you want to pursue. People normally take a major which supports their short-term goal. You’ll forget most academic inputs you mop up in the program in the long term.
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jelobb88 wrote:
I am about to take my GMAT next month prior to applying in the first round of 2018 for the class of 2021. I ultimately want to go into consulting and then transition into PE and VC after several years in consulting. I am struggling with picking a concentration. Strategy seems to be the best choice for consulting but finance seems like a good VC choice. I am also struggling with what schools to apply to. I plan to remain in the south so I am considering Rice, Vanderbilt, SMU, UT Austin, Darden, and Duke. Any thoughts on a concentration choice. Anyone have any thoughts on the program quality of the schools listed above? Obviously Darden and Duke are top rate. I really like Rice and Vanderbilts sizes and location.

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Well, if it helps, Rice is relatively strong in Finance and Accounting, Darden in General Management, McCombs in Accounting and Duke in Marketing.
As you said, Duke and Darden are ranked higher than the other schools you are considering, but rankings is not the most important thing - you should also consider other aspects that are important for you, like size and location, as well as job opportunities. To learn more about MBA concentrations and how to choose them, please visit: https://aringo.com/mba-specializations/
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