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Haas EWMBA vs UW Foster

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Hoping to get a little perspective. Wondering if it's worth going to Haas over Foster PT? Currently 29, salary at 135K working for a major tech company. Right now I'm based in Seattle, and don't really want to move right now, but open to it in 3-5 years. As I'n thinking about schools I'm trying to think about the long term ROI but getting a little stuck. It looks like Haas being in the top 10 is awesome long term, but I'm wondering if it's worth it given I already have a decent salary and a lot of working years left. Also to boot, If I were to attend Haas I believe I'd have to take loans vs. Foster where I know I can pay it loan free + saving somewhere in the neighborhood of 70K in the three years (which I would heavily invest). I want to get an MBA to move to more strategic roles in tech, more focused on analytics to drive marketing strategies. I think both programs can help get me there, it's just a matter of what really makes sense. Haas' network and reputation are attractive, but flying every week would be a drawback since I couldn't network. On the UW side, the Seattle network is super strong, and the price tag is super manageable, but it is at best a Top 30 school. I have my BA from Harvard, and also worried about the perception that if you go to a top school for undergrad you have to go to a top school for grad.
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Same boat as you - I work in Seattle and I assume you either work at AMZ or Microsoft. I am applying EWMBA or Booth. Thinking of relocating internally.
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Hoping to get a little perspective. Wondering if it's worth going to Haas over Foster PT? Currently 29, salary at 135K working for a major tech company. Right now I'm based in Seattle, and don't really want to move right now, but open to it in 3-5 years. As I'n thinking about schools I'm trying to think about the long term ROI but getting a little stuck. It looks like Haas being in the top 10 is awesome long term, but I'm wondering if it's worth it given I already have a decent salary and a lot of working years left. Also to boot, If I were to attend Haas I believe I'd have to take loans vs. Foster where I know I can pay it loan free + saving somewhere in the neighborhood of 70K in the three years (which I would heavily invest). I want to get an MBA to move to more strategic roles in tech, more focused on analytics to drive marketing strategies. I think both programs can help get me there, it's just a matter of what really makes sense. Haas' network and reputation are attractive, but flying every week would be a drawback since I couldn't network. On the UW side, the Seattle network is super strong, and the price tag is super manageable, but it is at best a Top 30 school. I have my BA from Harvard, and also worried about the perception that if you go to a top school for undergrad you have to go to a top school for grad.


Amazonians I work with think about an MBA for the long-term future and are willing to forgo the 150K salary in order to have a top school on their resume, and hopefully, this will help them break into upper management down the road.

I'm not even so sure that it really makes sense for you to do a part time MBA as a way to get into a more strategic role, is that really worth the time and energy? Would you need an MBA to do that is my question. Maybe something more limited like this? https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/executive-education/individual-programs/executive-programs/bigdata.aspx

What would a part time MBA from Foster do as a way to get you into that more strategic role, would that get the job done?

What I'm alluding to here is that you should really think about your short term and long-term goals and make that the criteria for your decision.

It kind of seems like you just want to be focused on work in Seattle for the next 3 to 5 years anyway, maybe doing an EMBA at Wharton SF down the road would make more sense. Or really, if you are interested in data analytics that drive marketing strategies, check out the Kellogg EMBA which is in Miami monthly or Chicago.

I will say though, it is unlikely that you will become more willing to forgo a higher and higher salary. It’s best to do school when there is a lower opportunity cost, but also experienced enough to put the concepts into place.
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