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Madison (Wisconsin) vs Foster (UW)

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I've been admitted to two schools, WL by one:

Wisconsin (HR specialization) - 50% scholarship
Foster - 0% scholarship
McCombs - WL

Wisconsin pros:
-50% scholarship, possibility of 100% if I do an assistantship 2nd year

Cons:
-Cannot change specialization
-not sure how much money there is to be made in HR field

Foster pros:
-consulting program strong -> will more directly lead to management consulting (my preferred career choice)
-tech hub, favorite city
-strong placement for jobs and internships

Cons:
-no scholarship (at least $150k debt)


I don't know what to do... can someone weigh in?
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While I am not familiar with the HR track, I can tell you that my employer never cared what specialization I had on my MBA Diploma or even what degree i got my undergrad in. They just cared enough I had a degree for HR's sake and I could get it done from the job perspective stand-point.

I don't think getting an MBA with HR specialization is going to banish you to the red swingline stapler part of the office. The two programs are neck in neck in terms of this year's rankings but i could see Foster being a much more of a top 30 program than Madison that just broke that barrier.

Foster is some consulting and then heavy tech just because of the west coast. Madison, I am not as familiar with their placement stats. However, unless you really want to be in Seattle/Portland long term, i could easily see getting a free MBA as a much better deal. Foster is highly regional and while it does have a strong presence in Seattle, saving 120K is an easy decision.

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I sincerely appreciate your input. I'm thinking along the same lines.

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I would go with the money! The programs aren't differentiated enough for you to pass up the money
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Re: Madison (Wisconsin) vs Foster (UW)   [#permalink] 03 Feb 2017, 16:34

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