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# Help Spideyeclipse27 decide between AMBA and MBA

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26 Nov 2008, 22:30

Last edited by spideyeclipse27 on 08 Dec 2008, 12:02, edited 1 time in total.

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26 Nov 2008, 23:28
Personally, I would only consider an AMBA if:

2. If I planned to return to the same company that I was coming from pre-bschool
3. If the AMBA admit was from a much much better school than my regular MBA admits

Given that all I know about your circumstance is the brief post above, my opinion should be taken with a huge grain of salt, but my vote goes to Duke MBA.
Regular MBA is already quite fast paced and you'll get the benefit of an internship which should help you try out a company to see whether you like it there without being completely committed.
Also, you'll probably build much stronger bonds with your classmates in a 2 year program which I think is one of the greatest assets you'll have coming out of bschool.

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27 Nov 2008, 22:02
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
I am an engineer with 4 WE in US and planning to get back to Technology industry. I need an H1B visa to work in US. That said, I have an admit from Duke and am waiting for Cornell AMBA decision. What do you folks think I should go for? the AMBA (12 months) or Duke MBA. Is an AMBA sufficient for what I want to do or would it be too much of a risk?

If you want to stay in Technology then I think the Cornell program is perfect for you. If you want to switch to something like consulting or finance, then I think it'd be better to do the full two year program. I think the internship is necessary for a transition.

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29 Nov 2008, 06:52
spidey, firstly, many congratulations on the Duke admit. I read some of your essays last year and am delighted with this news and with your progress. I am personally biased toward full time MBA at Duke - simply because I feel that it may be a better long term investment for you in yourself. Good luck and once again very well done.

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29 Nov 2008, 07:54
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
I am an engineer with 4 WE in US and planning to get back to Technology industry. I need an H1B visa to work in US. That said, I have an admit from Duke and am waiting for Cornell AMBA decision. What do you folks think I should go for? the AMBA (12 months) or Duke MBA. Is an AMBA sufficient for what I want to do or would it be too much of a risk?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Duke's early action binding? Also, isn't the deposit to Duke due before you hear from Cornell?

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30 Nov 2008, 12:59
Yes, it is binding!
LeftOut wrote:
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
I am an engineer with 4 WE in US and planning to get back to Technology industry. I need an H1B visa to work in US. That said, I have an admit from Duke and am waiting for Cornell AMBA decision. What do you folks think I should go for? the AMBA (12 months) or Duke MBA. Is an AMBA sufficient for what I want to do or would it be too much of a risk?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Duke's early action binding? Also, isn't the deposit to Duke due before you hear from Cornell?

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