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Rotman vs Carlson (UMN)

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New post 05 Apr 2012, 14:54
Hello All,

I have admit to both Rotman and Carlson. While I have full scholarship to Carlson, I have none for Rotman. I do want to settle abroad after MBA (I come from India). I want to primarily be involved in business development projects in tech domains.

I heard that it is easier to get a PR in Canada than it is in US. Dilemma Sad

Can anyone give me some insights to help me make a more informed decision?


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New post 06 Jun 2012, 09:19

I too am an applicant from India and have been unsuccessfully applying to b-schools for quite sometime now..
The answer to your question lies in the one liner below. No, I ain't kidding when I am saying this

"Carlson..? What's that? And where is it??"

Personally speaking, I haven;t heard of this school in the last 3-4 years that I have been applying to b-schools. I have had calls and interviews, dings and admits but the financial part is something that I am weak at, so lack of scholarship affects my chances of going for an MBA outside the country

However, having said that.. Rotman is anyday way better than any other b-school in Canada (of course the exception is Ivey, in case you are planning for consulting as a post-MBA career).
So in case you have got the financials part taken care of, I think you should take the jump... All the best..!
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New post 06 Jun 2012, 10:26
I would definitely go for Rotman! Better school and better prospects for emmigration.
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New post 06 Jun 2012, 12:47
Carlson is well admired regionally. There are tons of fortune 500 companies in the twin cities region who have close ties with Carlson.

Your career goals are little unclear. By business development in Tech, do you mean business dev for consulting companies? IBM, Infosys, Tata? or Biz Dev for high tech silicon valley, Google Facebook?

If earlier is the case, either schools will give you equal opportunities to recruit for those companies. If its the later, you will have difficult time at either of the schools. Fyi, Google is one of the most sought after places to work for MBA graduates as per a recent survey (poetsandquants for detail).

Rotman may open some doors in Toronto financial services specifically. At the same time, going from Carlson to Canada isn't difficult either.

Coming from India, I don't expect you to have $100k in a savings account (I could be wrong). Starting out a similar career/job from one or other, the difference of $100k in debt is going to significant for you in your future personal life and your ability to change careers/geographies. Do keep that in mind.

Please don't "just" go by rankings or who and who hasn't heard about which brand name. Look at your own career goals and see how the school and the education is going to help you.

Yes, the wait is shorter in Canadian immigration processing, that is because there are less immigrants and that is because the opportunities are less. I hope I made my point.

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New post 06 Jun 2012, 13:38
This is an easy decision. Rotman is a good MBA program at one of the world's best university (University of Toronto), located in one of the world's best city (Toronto). A Rotman degree will open doors in Canada that Carlson cannot, furthermore a Rotman degree will open door outside of North America that Carlson can never open. As mentioned above, it's also very easy for international students to stay and work in Canada. Assuming that the cost is similar for you, Rotman should be the front runner here.
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