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USC Marshall vs ISB vs Fletcher (MIB) [URGENT!]

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Hi guys!

I'm having a hard time picking between the schools. Here is a little bit about my background:

Female, 26 years old, Indian
GMAT: 710 (low quant score)
GPA: 88% (studied in India where percentages are used)
Undergrad: Not a branded university in India - but also pursued and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in my first attempt
Work experience: 3 year articleship in the Big 4
+ 1.5 years in the valuation team at another big 4
+ 1.5 years at an early-stage VC in Bangalore, India

Programs I have been accepted to:
- USC Marshall (50k scholarship)
- ISB (no scholarship)
- Fletcher (MIB program - 50k scholarship - have asked for more)

Post-MBA: stay in the investment space (VC, PE) or perhaps work for a start-up. If I go to Fletcher, it will probably be to work at an international org like the World Bank, IFC, ADB, etc (in their investment arms).

I have already decided to defer ISB by a year since I am not ready to begin in less than 10 days. If I choose to do ISB I will extend my internship (see below) and travel a bit.

I have an exciting 3-month internship lined up in South Africa that begins in May (and the option of extending that internship all the way up to December).

Need inputs ASAP!!!! :?

Applied to these schools in R1 and got rejected: LBS, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, HEC (all without interview)
Applied to these schools in R2 and got rejected: Kellogg, Yale, Berkeley (all without interview)
Applied to INSEAD in Feb for Jan 2020 intake: Rejected (all without interview)
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New post 13 Apr 2019, 06:40
Fletcher MIB seems like the perfect choice, especially with the funding being offered. It is a great brand name internationally, and the kind of degree being offered is a lot similar to dual degree in MBA and International affairs. Fletcher seems to align well with your goals as well - international organizations as well as investment space. Finance curriculum of the Fletcher School would prepare you to breeze through the interviews. You could also do an exchange with Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth or HEC Paris while at Fletcher.

I don't know much about ISB. But, fletcher is much better than USC Marshall. A few friends of mine chose the Fletcher School over Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Fletcher provides the option to complete 25% degree from Harvard Graduate Schools. Harvard allows their students to take classes at Fletcher.
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