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Duke MQM vs LBS MAM  [#permalink]

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New post 11 Apr 2019, 10:41
Hello everyone,

I have been admitted to Duke master's in quantitative management and LBS master's in analytics and management, both are without scholarships and focus on data science/machine lerning.
About me: Undergraduate student in Germany with Chinese background.
Early career goal: data scientist in finance or consulting, preferabley in the US. Tech-industry would be my secondary choice.
Now I can't decide between these two and need your help.

Duke pro: (in declining impotance)
I prefer to live in the US so an american school should have the upper edge
MQM with finance track instead of general business courses at LBS
Strong alumni network in consulting
Warm culture

Duke con:
Not so strong in finance, less opportunities for on-campus recruiting
Very short program (10 months). As an undergraduate student, I prefer longer programs.
Durham is a small city with less job opportunies

LBS pro:
Stronger brand name? In Europe definitely, I'm not sure about the situation in the US. Globally, LBS might be considered slightly higher in reputation?
High reputation in finance (IB)
Very strong location

LBS con:
Completely new program: In Summer 2019, MAM will be offered for the first time at LBS. So I am worried about the quality of the program, even though LBS is a strong brand name.
Since I prefer to live in the US, the chance for me to find a job there after graduation from LBS is marginal
Contains seveval courses in general management, such as marketing and organisation, which I am not interested in at all.

LBS has Less tuition fee (about 45000 USD in contrast to 65000 USD at Duke), but higher living costs, so the expense should be about the same. My Chinese friends suggest me to go to Duke while my German friends are all for LBS.

Thanks for your anwsers!
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New post 11 Apr 2019, 19:58
Given your goal of staying in the US, I would recommend going to Duke.
Is MQM a STEM degree? If yes, Duke is a no-brainer
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New post 12 Apr 2019, 04:28
Hi magicleman

I'm familiar with Duke program and MAM in general.

In light of your goals, Duke is your destination. It is STEM program withing less time as yiu said. Actually this is an advantage you in your early career. You want to go out quickly for job. No need to spend more than one year in master. The location of Duke is with the 'The Triangle' area. You can google this area to know about in tech. Also, Duke's recruiters are strong.

I were to advice you to go to LBS in case of working in Europe. Going to the US through LBS master won't help you in light of immigration policies and also strong pool of candidates inside the states.

Good luck
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