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New post 16 Mar 2017, 17:53
Hi guys,

I'm an international student (Asian) with 4.5 years of experience in IT (an MNC). I got admits into Fuqua (no $) and McCombs ($10k scholarship).

My goal after graduation is to work in product management in tech industry, preferably in CA or TX.

I would like to seek your advice on these two programs. My thoughts are as folows:

1) Fuqua: I was rejected last year, waitlisted this year in R1 and just got admit in R2 with no aids.
Pros:
+ Team Fuqua and Be Consequential culture.
+ Higher ranking and reputation either in US or Asia.
+ Larger alumni base.

Cons:
+ Big chunk of investment ($130k tuition fee). I have a family with kid so finance is one deciding factor.
+ Location given my post-MBA goal.

2) McCombs: showed me the love at my first application. I got impressed with my interviewer's background.
Pros:
+ Lower tuition fee ($90k after scholarship). Lower tax/healthcare/education fee.
+ Location: a lots of tech companies there. Closer to CA.

Cons:
+ More of a regional school.

Do you think Fuqua worth $40k more given my situation. Thanks a lot!
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Hi guys,

I'm an international student (Asian) with 4.5 years of experience in IT (an MNC). I got admits into Fuqua (no $) and McCombs ($10k scholarship).

My goal after graduation is to work in product management in tech industry, preferably in CA or TX.

I would like to seek your advice on these two programs. My thoughts are as folows:

1) Fuqua: I was rejected last year, waitlisted this year in R1 and just got admit in R2 with no aids.
Pros:
+ Team Fuqua and Be Consequential culture.
+ Higher ranking and reputation either in US or Asia.
+ Larger alumni base.

Cons:
+ Big chunk of investment ($130k tuition fee). I have a family with kid so finance is one deciding factor.
+ Location given my post-MBA goal.

2) McCombs: showed me the love at my first application. I got impressed with my interviewer's background.
Pros:
+ Lower tuition fee ($90k after scholarship). Lower tax/healthcare/education fee.
+ Location: a lots of tech companies there. Closer to CA.

Cons:
+ More of a regional school.

Do you think Fuqua worth $40k more given my situation. Thanks a lot!


The long-term benefits of going to Fuqua may be worth the $40k and more. Other points:
- Neither Fuqua nor McCombs will really give you too much of a shot at jobs in CA. Fuqua jobs will be more east cost focused, with of course many in the research triangle itself. McCombs will be more TX focused, with limited CA influence. Some exceptions possible.
- Fuqua is a much stronger brand and will get you into stronger contention with the top names in tech consulting and product management (assuming you are heading to tech-focused career), just from a career perspective. From a learning perspective, both programs have a lot of depth when it comes to tech/product management.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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New post 19 Mar 2017, 01:54
GyanOne wrote:
tungkelvin wrote:
Hi guys,

I'm an international student (Asian) with 4.5 years of experience in IT (an MNC). I got admits into Fuqua (no $) and McCombs ($10k scholarship).

My goal after graduation is to work in product management in tech industry, preferably in CA or TX.

I would like to seek your advice on these two programs. My thoughts are as folows:

1) Fuqua: I was rejected last year, waitlisted this year in R1 and just got admit in R2 with no aids.
Pros:
+ Team Fuqua and Be Consequential culture.
+ Higher ranking and reputation either in US or Asia.
+ Larger alumni base.

Cons:
+ Big chunk of investment ($130k tuition fee). I have a family with kid so finance is one deciding factor.
+ Location given my post-MBA goal.

2) McCombs: showed me the love at my first application. I got impressed with my interviewer's background.
Pros:
+ Lower tuition fee ($90k after scholarship). Lower tax/healthcare/education fee.
+ Location: a lots of tech companies there. Closer to CA.

Cons:
+ More of a regional school.

Do you think Fuqua worth $40k more given my situation. Thanks a lot!


The long-term benefits of going to Fuqua may be worth the $40k and more. Other points:
- Neither Fuqua nor McCombs will really give you too much of a shot at jobs in CA. Fuqua jobs will be more east cost focused, with of course many in the research triangle itself. McCombs will be more TX focused, with limited CA influence. Some exceptions possible.
- Fuqua is a much stronger brand and will get you into stronger contention with the top names in tech consulting and product management (assuming you are heading to tech-focused career), just from a career perspective. From a learning perspective, both programs have a lot of depth when it comes to tech/product management.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.


Thank you for your advice.

As an international student who needs to count on luck on H1B lottery after 1-year OPT, finance is very important to me.
Anyway, I will ask Fuqua for some $ and decide.
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New post 19 Mar 2017, 09:27
There will be far better answers than mine but just as a person who grew up in Texas and has been researching McCombs for brand management, I'm a fan of UT. The alumni network for Longhorns is just incredibly strong and if you include the undergrad (which to some degree should be factored I believe) than it's also massive.

It's a tough question and just such an immense amount of factors that you have to consider but if your looking at Texas (I presume Austin even more specifically) and California McCombs will serve you very well for the former. My understanding is Duke truly does focus on East Coast whereas I've met a good chunk of UT alum in San Francisco as well. Also consider looking at some of the companies you want to work for (potentially) and see how many grads from each program work there. You can go to the schools linkedin profile and search the alumni list for general guidance.

I think $40k is no joking matter but considering this will potentially be your last investment of this nature that will impact the course of your career try not to factor money in as much as possible and go off of culture, curriculum, and alumni network strength/location. Best of luck!
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New post 19 Mar 2017, 23:25
If you're international all the more reason to go to Duke because of its stronger international brand.

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