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     By Nandan442 80 13
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

" The moment I saw the mail from my dream university, welcoming me to their MBA program, I was so happy and on cloud nine. I lived the time of my life for the rest of my days in India before I flew to US. I was doing nothing stressful, enjoying all day, meeting friends and partying. I was happy that all my effort and struggle for the past 2 years , finally came good and I was as excited as ever to live my dream of MBA in a top school. I received a surprise gift of USD 50,000 from the university to fund my tuition to double my Joy. The day finally came and I got the best sendoff possible with my loving family and caring friends , all coming to the airport to say bye and wish me the best. I am generally an emotional idiot and would cry a lot for missing anything I like, but the euphoria of being able to realize my dream and the perception that I can come back whenever I want, made me leave as if I am going on a holiday. I never knew that I cannot meet any one of them at least for the next year or so :-(.

I had a good flight. I was travelling alone and during the flight, all my life till date flashed in my head. I had 100 questions running in my brain. Is it true am on the flight? Am I still dreaming? what if I did not apply to this school? can I survive in US? Did I made a mistake to not take the safer option? I kept on thinking and before I realized , I reached my destination. My cousin came to welcome me. Few hours after reaching his house, I started feeling that I am very very very far from my home and I started to miss it. My first tears in US rolled down my cheeks and I checked the price for a return flight. I felt like I am behaving like a 5 year old kid and calmed myself. In a few days I started enjoying my time. My best friends are around and I had a very good time with my cousins and friends.I spent two weeks in New Jersey and then left to Washington DC for my school. I felt sad,anxious, nervous , what not as I will have to live in a new place with people I never met.

I had a few days to adjust before my school starts. Luckily I have good roommates and it helped to settle down. I went to the school to complete some documentation and the moment I entered the school , I fell in love with it. I was soo excited to go to school on the first day , only to realize how strenuous and exhausting it is to be in the business school. I had a extremely demanding, horrible, terrible first week at school , which is just the orientation. I was happy that the Orientation is completed but I never know that what was to come is thousand times worse. The pre term or famously called hell at Georgetown started and we had a intense intense 3 weeks, full of classes and meetings. I was under a lot of stress to stay on level with the class. Everything in life seemed to be a fight. To cook and eat, to find some sleep, to study , everything seemed like one. I struggled a lot but at the same time enjoyed the challenge. I got the best possible study team with 4 awesome Americans and an equally awesome Zimbabwean and by the end of the term I had mixed feelings. I was happy that the term is over and sad at the same time that I will miss my team. Finally my MBA started officially...

The Euphoria ended. I sit in a class where people are from all parts of the world. I enjoy the mix and diversity but at times when I feel like sitting next to an Indian, I hardly find one. The feeling of missing home, friends, food and life back at home started to get to me. I started missing India each day and feeling like flying back home. I be with all kinds of people , I like some and frankly I hate some. Even with people I like a lot, people who are so good, I find it tough to be , because of the difference in age and thinking. Being so young, I have completely different view of taking things and I started to find it difficult to be with people even with those whom I like. I do not drink , I do follow a lot of religious practices that stop me from eating meat at times. As a result I do not find fun in parties. Every week its a fight between my resilience and my necessity to live the american life.Every simple thing seems so tough and it adds up to the frustration. I always thought MBA in US to be completely different from MBA in India in terms of the rat race for grades. I thought of taking time and learning something without the pressure of grades but surprisingly its the same situation here and the relative grading makes it even worse. I love the challenge but all other factors that pull me down , do not let me do my best. It took me a good part of 2 months to get used to this and now I enjoy it.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The professors are really good. Especially the finance and strategy professors run the experience of how your MBA will feel like.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

Admissions Team

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

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


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MBA Program Review
A Great MBA Experience
November 29 | 2016
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     By petitep 1 5
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

While I initially had trouble selecting a bschool to enroll in, I eventually chose Georgetown after visiting the campus, and in retrospect, I have no regrets. McDonough students are one of the friendliest and collaborative in the bschool realm, as well as diverse and intelligent. Even though McDonough emphasized academics and it often seemed career development wasn't as high a priority, it made me feel prepared for my interviews and post-MBA job. DC is a nice city to live in, metropolitan without being too hectic. Georgetown itself boasts a beautiful campus within walking distance of the city's prime shopping district. All-in-all, McDonough has been a fun and rewarding experience.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (2.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Georgetown MBA
May 31 | 2017
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     By awkwardcelebrity 5 5
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

The MBA program at Georgetown McDonough should be judged not only on the ranking of the program, but in the additional name recognition that comes from being tied to Georgetown University. The Georgetown name is known worldwide, and I have been stopped in multiple countries overseas by alumni when I'm wearing school hats or t-shirts.

The program itself is comprehensive, as you'd expect from a school at this level. The Global experience is not to be missed - in your second year, you consult with a company overseas and then fly and present your findings in-person in your final semester. This final travel with your classmates is a great opportunity to solidify those lifelong friendships you've created.

About professors, classes and curriculum

99% of the faculty are great, there are a few that aren't as much but you'll find out who they are pretty quickly. They keep classes small enough to encourage interaction, and the overall class size of 250/year keeps the alumni network large enough, but class sizes small enough.

About job placement process

The school has made great strides in job placement, and has some strong connections beyond the traditional consulting/marketing/finance tracks - specifically, entrepreneurship, nonprofit, and government work. Keep in mind that job placement, like any school, will still be largely up to you. The career center can provide connections and support, but at the end of the day it's just one tool in your toolbox - which should also include connections you develop on your own, connections from undergrad, and connections through your classmates.

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

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Location

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
Georgetown M17 Review
May 28 | 2017
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     By jdive324 1 0
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

McDonough provided the tools I needed to achieve my career aspirations. The location of the school provides ample opportunity to work with international organizations. The practicing professors that are brought in are also incredible - some really heavy hitters including David Roux (Private Equity)

For a career search, some legwork and networking will need to be done on your own. The Georgetown brand does carry a lot of weight, but do not rely purely on career services to achieve your aspirations - you must include personal initiative as well. You can land a job at almost any firm from McDonough, but many of the top firms will need to be pursued outside of official avenues. For consulting, the Big 4 come on campus as does Bain (plus lots of smaller firms).

About professors, classes and curriculum

Professors are fantastic. Many are still practicing and are titans of their industry. (I.E. David Roux)

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Real Estate

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
Georgetown MSB Review
December 21 | 2016
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     By Cchristoefl 1 0
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Georgetown MSB was a great experience for me. As a career switcher I thought the school did a great job of providing me with all the necessary information and opportunities to explore different career paths. The classes were all helpful, for the most part, and the student body was active and engaged.

The Career Services department was excellent and were actively engaged in helping you find a job. Through the school we had access to most major employers in the finance and consulting fields and a fairly strong alumni network to rely on.

There was a wide variety of electives to choose from and the core classes were challenging and manageable. Georgetown requires a global business consulting project in the second year that requires you to travel to a foreign country for a week. The projects you got to work on were interesting and it was a great experience overall.

Being a dual degree with the law school I can say that the business school goes above and beyond to care for its students.

For future applicants I would suggest stressing your ability to contribute to a global mindset as it is highly valued by the admissions team.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking

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


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MBA Program Review
Very Diversified Community
November 25 | 2016
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     By krisyang 9 1
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

There are so many student clubs, including career clubs and social clubs. Students can find their own interests and inclusion.
The curriculum is pretty intense, the opening term has two courses to offer. It is the best way to get adapted to MBA studying in fall semester.
Steers Real Estate Center is super resourceful for students like me who have real estate focus on post-MBA career. There are many real estate courses such as real estate private equity, real estate public equity and real estate public debt. And workshop Real Estate Clinic is very practical and helpful. Student can devote to Real Estate Clinic, underwrite live deals and real transactions for real estate investment companies.

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

Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Real Estate

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By SH786 2 7
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Classes are engaging, students are motivated yet down to earth, and career opportunities are abundant. MSB really provides the foundation to be successful in the professional world and helps you build a strong network of peers to support you as you continue to progress. Although there is a heavy presence of DC-based firms on campus, the Georgetown brand name is nationally recognized, which gives students an advantage when applying to jobs outside of the career center. The career center is constantly increasing presence of companies on campus and providing numerous opportunities to find placement in the ideal job upon completion of the program.

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

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Great experience overall
January 27 | 2016
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     By pboudet2 0 0
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Great solid school overall.
Perfect for applicants who are following traditional post MBA paths in consulting, Finance, General management and Marketing. Location also clearly helps with govt and non profit jobs.
Opportunities are slightly less numerous in the less traditional pths such as Tech, Real Estate, Media, Auto, etc... but coaches in the career center are really helpful.
I loved my coach - he clearly helped me in landing a great strategy internship in tech in San Francisco at a top tech firm.
Culture is great and collaborative. Very healthy competition.
Great diversity with 40%+ internationals students (I am an international student myself).
FYI, DC is great and changing rapidly. Quality of life in DC is extremely high.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Hoya MBA 2014
January 26 | 2016
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     By jgn24 19 18
This review is for: McDonough
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2014

Experience during the program

While consistently ranked as a top 25 MBA program, MSB is truly a "hidden" gem relative to the rest of the top 25. All the resources are there for students to pursue whatever career path they desire - it's up to the students to put in the effort. Nothing is handed to you but everything and anything is possible with a MSB degree.

Biggest pain point is with scholarship funding. The endowment size is small relative to peer institutions. Dean Thomas is well aware of the funding needs and I hope he's able to drive results.

Note: IB recruiting is absolutely the game changer for Gtown. They compete at top 10-15 level for MBA hiring.

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

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Facilities

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

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Admissions Team


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