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     By siddharthac1 20 7
This review is for: Mason
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

My journey with Mason School of Business started back in the spring of 2013, when I first heard of it from someone who knew someone studying there. I believe that is how most international students end up choosing their schools. I was impressed by the professionalism and warmth of the admissions staff and was certainly awestruck by the beauty of the campus. Finally, when I had all of my offers, I ended up choosing Mason and joined their full-time MBA class of 2016. I will divide the remainder of my review into sections, the names of which would be self-explanatory.

1. Why I chose Mason: To put it simply, Mason was the best that I got. I know many students start preparing for GMAT dreaming of the IVY League, but in reality, maybe 1% or even less end up there. Mason was a decent option for me, it was ranked in the top 100 schools list of FT and was the best option for me considering several factors like tuition costs, scholarship etc.

2. What I liked about Mason:
Mason School of business has several areas where it shines out. Just to name a few-the faculty, executive partners, infrastructure, really thought out field trips, student community and corporate field consultancy projects. I am sure, any student doing their research on the school would find out more about the things I mentioned.

3. What I did not like about Mason:
The Career Services Department(called CMC by Masonites) could use some major improvement, if not a complete overhaul. I feel that this is one of the most important departments in any business school, because the ultimate aim of most people getting an MBA is to end up at a good job. While it is not that the CMC does not do its job at all, but its student support is definitely not up to the mark. What I also found is that most of the events it conducted, including inviting companies on campus, were less aimed towards the international students.

4. Did Mason meet my needs, goals and expectations?
To the most extent, yes. If I had to rate my overall experience, I would give it a 3.6/5. Most of my expectations were met. I got a good education and a valuable degree in the process, and to put it simply, I achieved some, if not most of my goals and I hope I would meet the rest of them in the coming years, I am still almost fresh out of school.

5. Will I recommend Mason to future students?
Yes, I will. Like most of the things that I have mentioned in my review so far, my experience was mostly positive. Most importantly, the school provides an environment very conducive to career growth and professional development. I may not be particularly happy with the CMC, but I know that they are not to be blamed alone, maybe I did not use them like I should've. But one thing is for certain, I wouldn't recommend an MBA to anyone who is under the impression that getting an MBA alone would take you places. Even if an MBA helps build the bridge to get to places, in the end it's still you who has to make the journey.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The way the MBA curriculum is set up at the school is quite brilliant, although I have a few gripes about it, mostly concerning the curriculum during the spring semester of second year. The work load on students is quite heavy during this semester, and considering that this is the final semester for full time students, most are busy looking for jobs (if you are not one of the lucky ones who has one already). I believe, a way to make this better would be to divide up the workload during the final year more evenly between the fall and the spring semester, considering that the fall semester is a cakewalk for most students. A way to do this is to offer a few of the electives during the fall semester as well, as most of them are now offered during spring.

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Location

Facilities

Admissions Team

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Tech

Operations/Logistics, Business Analytics

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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     By e507817 39 0
This review is for: Mason
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Program has a lot of diversity in terms of nationality and background. Classroom discussions are very engaging and interesting,. Faculty is a huge plus for the school. Like all MBA programs, curriculum is rigorous and you will have to take time for job search. Location makes it a little difficult for international students to network for job search. Career management center is helpful but is limited in its reach. The school needs to improve its alum outreach programs in order to help students with the job search. Facilities are excellent since the building was completed in 2008. Overall I would say that if the school is very good in providing an MBA experience but career opportunities are limited especially if you are an international student.

Overall BSchool experience
     (3.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Tech

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Admissions Team

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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     By twodice1 27 10
This review is for: Mason
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Mason provides a high level of education along with world renown professors (marketing/finance/supply chain/ops) that will prepare you well for life after b school. Unfortunately there is too much of an emphasis on school work as opposed to searching for a job, which brings down those too focused on grades.

Being close to DC means a wealth of opportunities as well as a good launching pad for networking. Strong alumni base in NYC as well as Asia means there are opportunities for those who want it. Mason also rides the coattail of William and Mary to offset its 30-40 MBA rank.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
My experience at Mason
November 26 | 2016
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     By AshleyCoster 1 0
This review is for: Mason
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Mason School of Business is a part of the Colllege of William and Mary. William and Mary is a very prestigious college being a public ivy and has a history of educating leaders here in the US . Established in the late 17th century the college represents culture and a strong history of education. This was my motivation to join Mason School of Business.
I would rate my entire MBA experience as Very Good. The Mason School has great professors that come from a variety of fields and nationalities that brings a lot of diversity to the education style. My cohort had around 35% population of international students which was a great experience for me.
The MBA program the way it's designed gives students the opportunity to collaborate among each other , with the professors and also with the business world outside while solving real life business problems.
The Executive Partner (Coaching & Mentoring) program is one of the most innovative and positive aspect of the program . It gives students the opportunity to learn hands on from the people who have had decades of experience of handling businesses , leading corporations and even more.
Mason School of Business has certainly met all my expectations. Being an international I had a full time job offer before I graduated and I love each day at the office now.Although, I still feel that the Career Management Center at the Mason School of Business has room for improvement but there's certainly no shortage for commitment
To future applicants my suggestion would be to definitely research the curriculum of the MBA program they are considering as it plays a very important role. Speak at length with your admission representatives and feel free to connect with Professors as well. This will help you get the most out of your application and ultimately your MBA

About professors, classes and curriculum

It is a very well designed curriculum and the quality of professors is out standing . I would rate them 5/5 for that.

About job placement process

The schools needs to improve the career management center, more so for international students those require sponsorship to work. The career center is a team of very enthusiastic members who are always ready to help students but it still needs more exposure to corporates . But I would say hitting a job is not easy anywhere, you need to put to efforts to the right direction and results will be positive

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Analytics

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location


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     By ganeshdubal 1 0
This review is for: Mason
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Academics experience was beyond my expectations. Faculty made sure I get fundamental business concepts. Case based curriculum helps to connect with real business world. Diversity and quality of classmates made the business school experience more rewarding. The Executive Partners program gave us opportunity to work with many industry leaders.

International students need to bring their A game to secure a good job opportunity. The students expecting to change their career path struggled most. The efforts taken by school for career opportunities are not good enough. The location of the school makes the job search even harder.

Networking is the only key to make your MBA successful.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school


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