2008年3月28日 星期五


I have been admitted to the MBA programs at Babson (Boston) and UF (Warrington at Florida)
Please help me decide which one I should take (both are 1 year MBA programs)
Profile - GMAT 6XX, greater than 3 years exp in sales (outside US)
Target - marketing position after MBA in USA
Advantages of Florida = higher ranked (rank 37 in US news ) / marketing program is ranked 15 (in US news) / lesser costs
Disadvantages of Florida = since i want to work in the US, not a very strong job market for MBAs in florida
Advantage of Babson = good brand / boston is a good market for mbas
Disadvantages of Babson = higher costs / known only for entrepreneurship
Since the economy is weak , i am not sure whether an international will find a job in US next year .. so i might have to go back to my home country and this will make it difficult to pay the student loans

although Babson is the best for entrepreneur, you can see why in their very sophisticated program design, it's at least 3 to 4 levels more advanced than UF, no matter in marketing, finance, operation, leadership...etc., whereas UF is not particularly weak but mostly fundamental generals in all fields. But it's good for entry-level, though.
sorry for being quite bias here, my sister graduated from UF and it's a great school. But if you're going to marketing, you'll meet lots of well-seasoned entrepreneurs with tons of real-life marketing experience, and believe me, as an entrepreneur myself also, you'll know how hard is the real-world marketing, also you learn about 30 times deeper than those fundamentals, while the subjects are still the same.
go for the more experienced, way more sophisticated curriculum design, and also more down-to-earth network. it'll worth it.

[Program Fitting]IU, OSU, MSU


Hi Guys,
Its that time of making choices. I have been accepted at following schools
IU - Good ranking, great marketing program, waiting for schol info
OSU - great resources, strong ops and logistics, waiting for schol info
MSU- great supply chain and ops, bad location, full schol + stipend
Vandy - great finance, good location, 30k schol
I am an engineer and most likely want to do operations and finance...
Any suggestions are appreciated...
My profile 700/5yrs WE-Automotive/Operations & Finance major.

Hi Harry
For some reasons, I believe your decision doesn't lie in these schools or which one has the best fin or ops or whatever it is. All 4 schools have totally different career paths for you. The main criteria is why and how do you need your fin and ops based on you 5 yr engineer background. It depends heavily on where exactly are you heading for, and what specific parts do you need from either fin or ops. How do you weight them and why.

Why would you like to go operation and finance as an engineer? these are totally 3 different planets. I believe the reason lies within your original rationale and it must be a good one, and it'll definitely be your criteria to choose these schools from. What's your goals and career paths look like?
IU has almost the best marketing strategy curriculum in the league, while it's really shining on this field that it's easy to overlook its strong finance. While Vandy does have almost 2 levels more sophisticated courses than Kelley, Vandy goes to experiencial and higher academic finance.

For the supply Chain and operations, OSU connects more completely toward the front end and market-oriented, and it's harder and tougher to balance through the value chain. But there's a weird part that MSU although has a better reputation on supply chain and ops, the courses seems smaller selection than Fisher.

But all these are only the school part. All that matter is where exactly are you going? what kind of combination or mixture do you need on fin and ops, and why that mix will help you achieve your career in which field? the school selection should be based more specifically on what elements do you need and why, not from any rank or vote.

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