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UT Austin (McCombs) vs USC (Marshall) for Real Estate

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Hi All,

Admitted to both UT Austin and USC Marshall without any money. I am interested in pursuing real estate long term and am thinking about a post-MBA role in acquisitions or private equity. Both programs appear to have fairly strong real estate programs. USC offers a dual MBA/Masters in Real Estate Development program which allows you to get two masters on pretty much the same timeline, something I am considering. That said, I am open to exploring other opportunities during the program.

I have lived in California for 10 years and love it here. Realistically, even if I attended UT Austin, I would probably be looking to get back to the West Coast post-graduation.

I feel like UT Austin has a better overall MBA reputation. Both schools have incredibly similar class profiles in terms of GMAT/GPA. USC would arguably have a stronger network in the Southern California area where I ultimately would like to reside. UT Austin's program is about $9k cheaper in tuition each year and has a lower cost of living, however I feel like career opportunities should outweigh short-term financial discrepancies.

Any advice, input, or insights? It seems to me that it is a question of reputation vs geographic location. Do you agree? How would you weight them?

Thanks in advance!
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I think if you are sure you're going back to California anyways you should go to USC. That aside, Austin is a great city to live in, and I know lots of Californians move there for business due to similar culture/fit. McCombs has great resources for real estate finance too, including a student managed real estate PE fund. Either way I don't think that there is a wrong answer here.
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I would stay in LA and join the Trojan network. Seems it would be counter productive to move away and sever some of your connections only to move back later and rebuild them.

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Congrats for the admission offers!

If you want to work in California after the MBA, I agree that USC would probably be a better choice. However, as you said UT also has a concentration in Real State and a Real Estate Center, maybe you could reach out to some McCombs students pursuing careers in Real Estate to ask their opinion.

McCombs has just opened its new building, Rowlling Hall, and I believe it's a great time to join their MBA Program!
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Thank you very much for the feedback everyone! I have submitted my deposit to USC and am incredibly excited to be joining the Trojan family.
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