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Indiana Kelley ($$) vs W.P Carey( $$$). SCM and Operations

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New post 10 Apr 2020, 00:16
Hi Gmat Club Experts,
I am very much enthused to share with you guys that I have received the admits from:

Georgetown Mcdonough@ 20K scholarship,
Schulich Canada $0
Eli Broad - Full Ride+ GA
W.P. Carey Full Ride+GA
Indiana Kelley@ 50% scholarship + Health insurance.

I am very thankful to everyone who have even slightly contributed to this amazing forum and thereby helped me in getting this far .
Folks, I still need your expert advice in choosing the right school based on my profile, Future goals and looming recession.
Profile: 10+ years of experience in merchant navy as engineer, delivering crude oil cargo all over the world. The job entails operations, maintenance, inventory management, policy compliance in different nations and clearing of inspections for garnering future transportation contracts.
Specialisation: I want to pursue supply chain and operations management complimented with business analytics
Post MBA goals: I wish enter into Retail/ecommerce as operations manager or as SCM strategist/analyst in a global organisation.
After much mulling I am now at the crossroads, one takes me to Indiana Kelley and the other to W.P. carey.
Here is my analysis so far about both schools:


Indiana Kelley:
Pros:
Good Brand name with global recognition,
Overall ranking as per US news, BW and FT,
The networking opportunities during the course, clubs and Globase events,
Me.inc program in MBA to create your story and pitch in front of employers,
Great reputation in career services.
STEM designation to FT MBA
Considered good in analytics( same as W.P. Carey)
Location advantage as most manufacturing and pharma companies are located in mid west.

Cons:
Not Famous for SCM and operations
Only 2% of the 2018 cohort were hired in operations
I still have pay around USD 82000 for the MBA
Major brands such as Amazon, Google, pharma companies do not come on campus for SCM roles
Post MBA roles in SCM are somewhat limited to strategy, for other roles in core manufacturing/ operations you have to network your way in
Looming recession due to covid-19 outbreak, internships are hard to find as per current students.


W.P. Carey:
Pros:
Ranked #3 in SCM and logistics as per US news and considered one of the best in SCM and operations.
Very generous Financial Aid along with GA postion(Stipend), hence the MBA will cost me almost nothing.
STEM designation to its FT MBA
Amazon, Google, Apple and pharma companies come to campus for SCM roles.
I can enter into core operations/scm roles though not sure about strategy/analyst roles.
Small cohort with higher avg GMAt, means I will be in company of more competitive students.
Good in analytics( same as Kelley)
Cons:
The overall MBA ranking slipped drastically beyond 100 in FT
Not very effective career services
Located in southwest , hence i considered it a disadvantage
Limited choices in clubs for aggressive networking
There seem to be much less events than Kelley does( Globase, public events in DC, case competitions)
Not much diversity among students and during my networking calls I personally felt a distance between US domestic students and others, not sure why.

As the deadline is closing each day, it stresses me out to make a right choice. I hope with your advice I will be able to make a good decision
Once again, I thank you for all the resources you have provided me through this forum.

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Congrats rajatvermaenator

You have really great offers at hand.

SCM and operation is my specialty. So, I'm glad to help. If you read my old posts. I always say there is another standard for supply chain education called Gartner.

I will rule out Mcdonough as it is neither supply chain powerhouse nor offering any comparable scholarship. Also, I won't count Schulich as it seems you prefer USA over Canada. Likewise, Kelley doers not offer same scholarship that the last 2 offer.

From SCM quality and scholarship, Eli Borad tops all schools. It is a known powerhouse for SCM and has the biggest academic staff for SC. In addition, The geography and career office support its position.

Then it comes W Carey, It is well known as supply chain powerhouse in the south west region. This program has a privilege over Broad that I like more than Carey. It is STEM program which can relief to you while searching for a job. I do not see the career office doing bad job in Carey at all. Its numbers are good. I do not know why you had this distance between you and current domestic students but let me advise you something, One aspect of MBA is to know people from other cultures and live this culture from them. It is not good to travel to a program that have this signification number of your nation. I recall bb has a point in this experience and he may share.

If I were in you place, I would pick Carey up directly, although my preference to Broad.
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Congrats rajatvermaenator

You have really great offers at hand.

SCM and operation is my specialty. So, I'm glad to help. If you read my old posts. I always say there is another standard for supply chain education called Gartner.

I will rule out Mcdonough as it is neither supply chain powerhouse nor offering any comparable scholarship. Also, I won't count Schulich as it seems you prefer USA over Canada. Likewise, Kelley doers not offer same scholarship that the last 2 offer.

From SCM quality and scholarship, Eli Borad tops all schools. It is a known powerhouse for SCM and has the biggest academic staff for SC. In addition, The geography and career office support its position.

Then it comes W Carey, It is well known as supply chain powerhouse in the south west region. This program has a privilege over Broad that I like more than Carey. It is STEM program which can relief to you while searching for a job. I do not see the career office doing bad job in Carey at all. Its numbers are good. I do not know why you had this distance between you and current domestic students but let me advise you something, One aspect of MBA is to know people from other cultures and live this culture from them. It is not good to travel to a program that have this signification number of your nation. I recall bb has a point in this experience and he may share.

If I were in you place, I would pick Carey up directly, although my preference to Broad.


Thank you mo2men! I have already gone through your previous posts on the very same topic more or less. They were really insightful.
Though I wanted to ask whether the brand name of Kelley would prove to be more advantageous than Carey in longer run?

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rajatvermaenator wrote:
Mo2men wrote:
Congrats rajatvermaenator

You have really great offers at hand.

SCM and operation is my specialty. So, I'm glad to help. If you read my old posts. I always say there is another standard for supply chain education called Gartner.

I will rule out Mcdonough as it is neither supply chain powerhouse nor offering any comparable scholarship. Also, I won't count Schulich as it seems you prefer USA over Canada. Likewise, Kelley doers not offer same scholarship that the last 2 offer.

From SCM quality and scholarship, Eli Borad tops all schools. It is a known powerhouse for SCM and has the biggest academic staff for SC. In addition, The geography and career office support its position.

Then it comes W Carey, It is well known as supply chain powerhouse in the south west region. This program has a privilege over Broad that I like more than Carey. It is STEM program which can relief to you while searching for a job. I do not see the career office doing bad job in Carey at all. Its numbers are good. I do not know why you had this distance between you and current domestic students but let me advise you something, One aspect of MBA is to know people from other cultures and live this culture from them. It is not good to travel to a program that have this signification number of your nation. I recall bb has a point in this experience and he may share.

If I were in you place, I would pick Carey up directly, although my preference to Broad.


Thank you mo2men! I have already gone through your previous posts on the very same topic more or less. They were really insightful.
Though I wanted to ask whether the brand name of Kelley would prove to be more advantageous than Carey in longer run?

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I do not see Kelley's name will be of advantageous on long run at all. Also, Any school will be benefit you for 3-5 years. After that you achievements will be the main supporter to you.
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Thanks mo2men! I really appreciate your views here.

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Congrats on your admits. I would not pay 50% of tuition + stipend/other benefits for the priviledge of having a slightly higher-ranked MBA program that may in the longer run at some point (unlikely though) come handy.

I think the offers you got are pretty amazing and I would pick the STEM+FREE+ENJOY one ;-)

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Hey BB! I was waiting patiently for your expert comment.? Thanks a lot for weighing in as it gave me unequivocal direction.

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New post 11 Apr 2020, 19:13
Ha ha. Thank you.

Keep in mind it is just a perspective. Think about it, talk it over with your family, and sleep in it. Whatever you do, it is something you want to be committed to and something you are on board for. It won’t make any good to blame someone else (esp me :lol:) for the decision or have regrets and doubt it. MBA is a hard journey and it becomes destructive id you add doubt to it, so make the decision and make sure that you will not look back and wonder how it would have been otherwise. It does not help and you will never know anyway :-)

Good luck with your decision!

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I understand bb. Yes, I am and will be sleeping over it for the next two weeks as I have been doing so for the past 2 weeks.? I had paid the deposit to W.P. Carey previous month , the Kelley offer which came afterwards scrambled me a bit. Thank you bb and mo2men.

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