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USC Marshall Vs. CMU Tepper, Post MBA healthcare/west coast

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Hi GMATCLUB!

I'm stuck in a predicament, I'm looking to go into the biotech/pharma industry on the west coast post MBA. I'd like to go into commercialization/downstream product management. I'm also starting to look into the possibility of healthcare consulting, namely PWC, ZS, LEK, IMS, etc. Knowing that I want to stay in California would USC be a better option? I'm leaning towards Tepper because of its quant focus/prestige/ranking. Whats more important?

(USC) Location vs. (CMU) quant focus/prestige/ranking

Coming from the west coast, i'm surprised that USC has a bad reputation, as USC has a GREAT name in california. Let me know what you think GC!
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Because of your location preference I voted for USC Marshall.

Marshall will likely have a stronger reputation in the California areas you're looking to work post-MBA and I don't see Tepper's quantitative reputation beating Marshall out on access to alumni and job opportunities for what you're looking for.
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Because of your location preference I voted for USC Marshall.

Marshall will likely have a stronger reputation in the California areas you're looking to work post-MBA and I don't see Tepper's quantitative reputation beating Marshall out on access to alumni and job opportunities for what you're looking for.


Hi dtse86, thanks for the response. I totally agree with you! I really feel that Marshall would give me a great place to focus on California.

The biggest thing is, the career center at Tepper seems to really care about the students, and would really help mold and prepare me for success in interviews and career guidance. Marshall is doing some rebuilding for their career center, and seems to lack the necessary tools to be effective for students. Although, I believe and hear that change is coming and the career center is making gains. Also, the clubs have really taken the opportunity to shine and mitigate the lack of career center. Do you think the career center should play a big part in my decision?
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Having good support from the career center can be nice, but a lot of times, even with a good career center, a lot of the work is on you and the networking you do in the professional clubs. Especially if you intend to work for a company that doesn't actively recruit from the school.

I don't know what Marshall's recruiting looks like, but I'm sure that most of the major MBA recruiters visit the campus and you'll have access to an alumni database so that you can reach out and network on your own as well.

I think the your best bet of identifying your employment chances are to look at the employment reports, and talk to current students and alumni. Find someone that's in the industry you're looking to enter post-MBA. They'll be able to give you the best idea of what to expect in your job search while in school.
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Ultimately, it's the students who get the jobs, not the career center. The USC degree is going to have way more pull on the West Coast than CMU will. You'll also be able to meet and network with potential employers, something you really shouldn't discount. And I don't think there's a substantive difference in prestige or opportunities between these schools, they're in the same tier.
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