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Wharton ($) vs Kellogg ($$$) for health care general management

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New post 19 Dec 2019, 17:36
Hi All,
Pleasantly surprised to have a decision between Wharton ($10k) and Kellogg ($80k).

I work in FP&A for a health care provider. I'm passionate about health care and will stay in the same industry, but plan to switch to a general management role.

Wharton was my top choice because of their health care management (HCM) program. I know I want to stay in this industry and am really drawn to being able to take classes in a curriculum focused on it. Probably even more important to me is the network and having large group of students/alumni that hold leadership positions throughout the industry.

I really liked Kellogg as well and it aligns strongly to my interests with really good GM and health care placements. While Kellogg does offer a number of health care classes, it doesn't seem to be as robust of a curriculum/community around it. That being said, it seems quite feasible that my first job post MBA is the same between these 2 schools. Career outcomes (even if not immediate), are why I would consider paying the extra money to go to Wharton, but would there actually be any difference?

tl;dr Going into healthcare general management. Wharton HCM ($10k) or Kellogg ($80k)?
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Congratulations on your great work and great admits! I have no clear cut answer but I was thrilled to see your admit in the chat and here are my philosophical musings.

In a number of ways, business school is a road to your end goal which is a career shift or a job promotion. It is not the end goal, it’s only means to the goal. Kind of like a plane ride would get you to your vacation destination. Of course some choose to fly on Ryanair and others fly in Business. Except in this case it’s more like business class in Delta vs United. Not that different .... but the price is quite different.

One perspective would say that I think you can easily attend Kellogg without thinking twice about it if the recruiting is comparable. That is the end goal. On the other hand, You total cost of attendance with opportunity cost is $300,000 versus $370,000. Not that much different either.

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New post 20 Dec 2019, 14:57
Thanks for the reply bb! I think you hit the nail on the head, I liked the plane analogy :)

I am leaning towards Kellogg because I feel like I'll have a similar quality outcome/experience while saving a lot of money, but planning to spend the next few weeks pondering it some more.

P.S. Also thanks for running an awesome website that's been really helpful in this process! :)
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Sounds good. I would definitely discuss it more with those in the field who can reflect back potentially (not sure if you have a network to tap into or someone you can rely on but it would be great to get their perspective; usually for me, it will be something I never even thought of or a whole different lens).

P.S. $10K sounds like an interesting scholarship amount. It is almost a throwaway amount in a sense since it is a drop in a bucket. I wonder why they decided to even award it? Not sure if that's an invitation to check/ask for more? Perhaps worth checking the scholarship again? https://gmatclub.com/forum/negotiating- ... 12949.html
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Haha, I thought the $10k was funny too. I'm sure no one is choosing a program over 10k, I guess they were feeling charitable.
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New post 20 Dec 2019, 21:26
An extra $10K could easily mean three solid trips with your business school peers!

Joking aside, I would vote for Kellogg on this one. I don't really see a lot of difference in the two programs except Wharton's slightly higher reputation.

At that point, it is a very marginal improvement in your bragging rights (thanks bb with that excellent airline analogy). I would take the money at Kellogg. It may not seem a whole lot in the grander scheme of things, but financial flexibility is a great-to-have in business school, and it also opens more doors to taking risks. I, for some reason, always have the loan-repayment ghost lurking at the back of my wardrobe before making any career decision. Not having to do that would make me feel a lot more, I guess, independent. I would most likely look at the startup c3ai more seriously rather than be fixated at the super big tech FAANG.

Your mileage may vary, but in all circles, Kellogg is just as reputable as H/S/W.

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