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Wharton MBA vs Yale SOM

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which school for Social Impact Sector

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I got an admit from Wharton and Yale in round 2 (NO scholarships from any school) and I am having a hard time to decide which school to go to. I am going to tell a little about myself and my thought process in choosing the schools. Any help is highly appreciated -

I have 5 years of experience - Computer Engineer by background -> Worked in Goldman Sachs for 3 years -> Teach for India fellow 2 years.
Interests - Love getting involved in the community activities like organizing events, like being close to nature, not a very hard party person, connect well with people in one-on-one conversations, also enthusiastic about arts.
Future aspirations - Want to work as a social impact consultant after MBA either with McKinsey, Bain, UN, World Bank, etc (Looking to work in the social impact sector but not necessarily non-profit). In the long-term, I wish to set up my own social impact consultancy firm in India (I don't have any entrepreneurship background).

Wharton -
1. Better brand
2. More chances of getting to know people going into entrepreneurship because of large class-size
3. Stronger alumni network in India and world-wide
4. Philly as a city better than New Haven (though it does not matter much to me)

Yale -
1. Considered better for social sector (actually non-profit sector, not sure of social entrepreneurship area)
2. Smaller class-size means higher chances of standing out and getting to know everyone
3. I had a great experience overall in terms of people extending the help starting from applications, alumni, interview.
4. Since I am an artistic person, having access to Yale school or drama sounds appealing (though it does not directly relate to my MBA) :P

At the end, I don't want to get diluted in the Finance school because I want to work in the Social Impact Sector. So, I am not able to understand if I will get enough opportunities to work on Social Initiatives. :roll:

Thank you in advance!

Originally posted by pca22789 on 31 Mar 2015, 03:52.
Last edited by PTK on 03 Apr 2015, 01:10, edited 2 times in total.
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New post 31 Mar 2015, 11:55
I think SOM would be a great fit for you. The social enterprise space is huge here, and what I love about SOM is how you can take a ton of finance courses and get the strong foundation while also learning how to apply those skills to another space, like social enterprise. We've had a ton of students go into this exact space and the recruiting here is very very strong. Happy to connect you with my classmates who went through this process-- PM me if you're interested.


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New post 02 Apr 2015, 21:37
Ask how many people got into Dalberg, FSG, or Bridgespan from each school. This would tell you which school places more student into social impact consulting. Yale SOM might be emphasizing social impact more but does it actually perform better than Wharton when it comes to job placement or social entrepreneurship?
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Re: Wharton MBA vs Yale SOM   [#permalink] 02 Apr 2015, 21:37

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