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Any advise to help me choose between these programs?

Marshall USC or Babson (both are Full time program)

About me:
28 years old
Background in family business, my dad started our group of factories (total of three). I also have started a startup venture, and I am one of the directors of the biggest association of young entrepreneurs in Brazil.
My goal with the MBA is to expand our family business to other countries and reach new markets.
Therefore I am not thinking about job placement after the MBA, I want an MBA that I can learn more and use the knowledge to grow our company. I am also interest in increase my entrepreneurship skills since I also have personal projects that I want to launch. (I think I got this motivation from my dad)

I was thinking about Marshall because of the location (I also have an interest in knowing the entertainment business), and because of the alumni network that seems to be better. But I would like a second opinion from GmatClub.

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I would say Babson has the better reputation for entrepreneurship which seems to align well with your career goals. USC however has a much broader alumni network and is probably the more well known MBA program and closer to your family business. I would probably lean USC slightly here
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If you are interested in the alumni network then I would suggest USC. That said, go check out the LinkedIn profiles of both universities' 2018 graduating class. I did that during my university picking process and hands down USC has some of the most kickass profiles I've seen. Reach out to the alumni association as well and ask them about students with similar goals as yours. Maybe you'll get a better sense of the culture and of where you want to be.


Personally, I have friends who graduated from Babson (1Y MBA) and they became very entrepreneurial back in my countries. However, they were not quite as impressed with the academics compared to the rigor they faced during undergrad.

Also, if you're going to settle in Cali I think USC is the way to go as well.


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Babson is better in my opinion!
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Hi, Im also applying to USC (1yr) MBA. I have a profile similar to you (Family Business + Entrepreneur) and because of that im looking for something with that kind of focus.

In terms of ranking, both (USC and Babson) are similar. Its true that Babson has a name more related with Entrepreneur but USC has also a good relation. Also is in Cali, the place to be in this market.

I interviewed 3 weeks ago at USC and i see the campus and join a few clasess. I thing USC is the program.
By the way, USC have a big network.... something that can help if at any time
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USC is also incredibly well known for their entrepreneurship program (#5 in the country I think). I was a busines major there during undergrad and I had many friends who launched start ups while on campus (including myself). Many well known companies have been founded by USC alumns because of how supportive the school is towards entrepreneruship. The alumni network is also incredibly strong worldwide as someone else mentioned. I loved the strong school spirit, athletics, and living in a large urban city like Los Angeles. If you're interested in Media&Entertainment, USC alumns hold a lot of major positions within hollywood, known as the "USC Mafia", so it is easy to network and make connections if you want to move into that industry.

Babson is known as having the #1 program so they are synonymous with entrepreneurship in the USA but outside of academics the culture and school experience will be quite different from USC.

Originally posted by mbatrojan on 27 Feb 2017, 22:51.
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USC is an easy call here
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