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USC Marshall IBEAR Program, Cornell Johnson AMBA, or Cambridge Judge?

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Hi everyone,

I am currently debating between an MBA from the USC Marshall IBEAR Program, Cornell Johnson one-year MBA, or Cambridge Judge MBA. I have approximatley eleven years of work experience including rising through the ranks of a second tier consulting firm in the UK. I am originally from the US and have been working in the UK for the past seven years (my wife is British). We are looking to return to the United States and I thought that án MBA would be a good time to transition back and see if I can also use this time to break into MBB or explore other interests (or at the very least transition back to my second tier consulting firm in their US office but with the ability to negotiate a better salary/position).

Because of my previous work experience in consulting, the 2-year MBA does not make sense to me, and would only consider one year programs. With the end goal as the United States in mind, which program would you suggest? I prefer the warmer states, California would be great, but location is not too much of a factor, and would be quite happy with somewhere on the east coast including NYC - the best work opportunity will ultimately drive my decision. Which program has the better opportunity for me to pursue my goals?

I have also applied to Cambridge Judge since I am currently in the UK and would not need to worry about moving until after the MBA, but I am hoping that the Cambridge name would translate well in the US or would the other two programs have a much larger advantage given that they are US programs? Judge also gives me the opportunity to pursue other opportunities beyond consulting since they do allow for an internship.

Thank you all for your input.
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Re: USC Marshall IBEAR Program, Cornell Johnson AMBA, or Cambridge Judge? [#permalink]

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Congratulations on your great admits!

Interesting situation - it is good you have the bridge/option to go to your consulting firm back in the US - that gives a baseline of something. I would pick Johnson.

I don't know a whole lot about Judge/Cambridge and its brand in the US. I don't see many folks moving to the states after graduating and it is definitely not a big alum network. I don't see a lot of value going to Judge per se. Let me know if I missed anything (the only thing is that it would allow your wife to keep working in the UK and let you stay there for another 18 months). Moving back to the US after bschool may look like you failed to find a job in the UK and moving back home to lick your wounds (that is of course not true but that still makes it for an awkward interview answer as to why you moved to the US and why did you move after Judge...)

I feel that if you are looking to move back to the US, there is a lot of sense to get an MBA from the US (recruiting will be more straightforward, you can take advantage/part-take in the on-campus recruiting events, be on the same time zone, and finally have a US school name on your list, and alumni in the same hemisphere). Sounds like you worked for a well known consulting firm, so you should have a solid work experience record with some brownie points for having international exposure. MBB would only happen at Johnson as they offer on-campus recruiting. USC's on campus opportunities are much more scarce.

Johnson's Employment Report (2-yr program)
https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Portals ... Report.pdf
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New post 07 Feb 2018, 00:06
Thanks for the reply. This is helpful.

For me, Cambridge just seems like a completely different experience than the cookie cutter business schools that you see in the US - I know that each has their own unique specialty. But Cambridge (and Oxford too for that matter) you have the opportunity to live in a College and become apart of a community that are doing ground breaking research in all aspects.

Judge is fairly young, but I thought having the Cambridge behind your name would also carry over state side. I also believe that Cambridge is investing extensively in the school and over the next 10-15 years would truly be among the most elite. At the same time, thats 10-15 years aways and its not as practical as a US school and Johnson's placement, career services, and alumni are much more developed and matured.

Looks like the smart play is Johnson - in terms of fit, I also really liked every interaction with Johnson that I have had, which should not be discounted.
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New post 07 Feb 2018, 00:27
Good point, European schools are more research and theory-focused. You have to like that though. I have known a few people who attended Booth and Simon and who were not thrilled with classes taught by famous professors who did research all day long. They felt the professors were brilliant researchers but terrible teachers and their TA’s did a much better job at teaching and engaging students.

I do like the idea of a community- that would be a plus. Most schools do have some kind of an off-campus place where most students end up living (Aqua building for Booth, etc) and younusually be a part of the married community- they tend to hang together and mingle. I don’t know as much about Johnson.

PS. Cambridge name is definitely known due to undergrad and historic awareness as you know.... However, with Brexit, it is hard to tell how the Bschool will perform and I would not bet on the 10-15 yr horizon. You will hardly care at that point :)

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