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April 22, 2019
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Joined: Mar 14, 2014

Posts: 145

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Self-reported Score:
710 Q50 V34

Very Good Regional School, with Pros & Cons

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This review is for Mason

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2019

Experience during the program

Very good regional school which benefits from the William & Mary brand.

While there are many things one could discuss regarding the school. These are what I would look at while making my decision (as an international applicant) – Ranking, Jobs, School Brand, location, scholarship.

• US News ranking (https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings) which in my experience is the most accurate reflector of B-schools in US.
William & Mary stand at 54th position (It is a relative factor based on individual targets/criteria)
• Location: It is very important, which I wasn’t unaware of while making my decision. Although William & Mary is in close proximity to DC, it is different compared when located in a city with so many companies/professionals to network with. This must be offset by offline networking the individual must do on his/her own.

About professors, classes and curriculum

School has abundance of resources for individuals to utilize to its fullest. Some things I feel unfair is the class distribution. Diversity is decent but not high compared to other B-schools. The distribution of GMAT score is uneven and weighed heavily on the international segment. The school curriculum is intense and not flexible, which makes one cannot have major and minor of his choice (Eg: Finance & Marketing).

About job placement process

In terms of Jobs

• US News ranking (https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings) which in my experience is the most accurate reflector of B-schools in US.
William & Mary stand at 54th position (It is a relative factor based on individual targets/criteria)
• In terms of Jobs post MBA
School is in close proximity to Washington DC (Capital) which makes Consulting as a one of the most seeked out job positions. But since most of the consulting jobs are federal it will be a tough route for International students who want to get into consulting post MBA. Most of the top consulting firms such as BCG, McKinsey or Bain & Co tend to hire mostly from IVY schools while other consulting firms incline to hire native speakers.
Similar is the case with Finance. For internationals it is hard to crack into finance industry who are looking for sponsorship especially if not without the IVY brand backing one up. But for those who doesn’t need sponsorship the school has some excellent finance faculty and outreach (alumni in finance industry)
Located in east coast and predominantly being regional school, the school brand might have a good pull in west-coast, where technology sector is dominant. So it would be a culmination of ones hard work, luck, past experiences and skill which might help you get a job in tech sector in west-coast but highly unlikely. (PS: I come from tech background)


Overall BSchool experience (4.0)
Schools contribution (3.0)
Classmates rating (2.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network
Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Consulting
Finance
Marketing
Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school
Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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