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Hi All,

I would be moving to Canada in Feb'19 as a Permanent Resident and would want to do a 12-16 months course in Analytics or Business. I have digged through various University websites and forums, shortlisting a few courses. (Deadlines in Jan/Feb)

1) Masters of Management Analytics - Rotman (UoT)
2) Masters of Management Analytics - Desautels (McGill)
3) Masters in Business Analytics - Sauders (UBC)
4) MBA in Management of Technology - Ted Rogers (Ryerson)
5) Full Time MBA - Beedie (SFU)

There were other options as well (Ivey, McMaster) but either deadlines or a pre-existing MBA were the issue.

I urge the members here to provide a little bit of guidance as to which schools would be better (and if I fit the bill as well) from a job prospective in Banking or Retail Analytics.

My Profile :
Indian Male ; Age - 28
Bachelor in Engineering in Information Technology in 2012 (U.S GPA - 3.01/4); 2 years in software development (2012 - 2014)
MBA in Information Technology in 2016 (Gold Medalist) (U.S GPA - 3.9/4); 1 year as Area Sales Manager in India's biggest Telecom provider and 8 months in IT Recruitments (Till Feb'18)
Life Member Indian Red Cross, Head of MBA Entrepreneurial Cell.
GMAT in Nov'18 (660 : Q-47 ; V-34 ; IR-5 ; AWA-4) ; Do intend to improve on that by Mid Jan'19
I am moving to Canada to have an ironic "fresh start" and have burned through almost all of my savings in the process

Criteria and Objectives :
I understand that there are multiple nuances to any Admission process. However, it is the general pattern I wanted to know about.
Since whatever course I do, it would be on a student loan. I wanted advice on which schools to target based on my profile with a good job placement scenario, and also do factors like (location - Toronto vs Vancouver) or (reputation Beedie vs Sauders) play a significant role when it comes to the job market.

Thanks a lot in advance,
Anirudh Kapoor
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Hello anirudh279 ..... welcome to the community.

Though I am not an expert, as this post was unattended I am trying to address some parts of it as per my understanding. I am sure that our valued GC Club partner JonAdmissionado (Jon and his team) will help you more with their expertise. Just that they are extremely busy during this crazy R2 session.

Here are my 2 cents :
1. GPA and experience look fine.
2. GMAT is on a touch lower side for an international applicant in top 5 Canadian Schools.
Please go through the link to understand the ranking and the avg GMAT scores: https://gmatclub.com/forum/mba-in-canad ... 81966.html
3. The other elements (essay, LORs etc) of the application are very important in the process.
4. Please do not get my words wrong, but, you need to do research and find the best fits for you. I would reach out to the current students, adcoms to get perspectives and shortlist.

Hope this helps!!
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New post 29 Dec 2018, 21:02
I agree that your GPA looks solid & also that it would be great to improve your GMAT score (which it sounds like you are already planning to tackle). In general you want to at least hit & ideally exceed a school's average GMAT but in your case since you have the existing MBA & are an international applicant I'd do your best to exceed it. As an Indian male engineer you also find yourself in the toughest demographic out there when it comes to applications & it's also one that tends to have very high GMAT scores.

In terms of job placement following the degree, definitely reach out to the schools for their stats on employment & recruiting so you can see if your target firms are represented. You can often find this employment data on their website but if it's not there schools are generally more than happy to share it with you. That info will also help you make an argument for why that school is the best fit for you.
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