They want my deposit money! Georgetown MBA vs. Columbia Business School Msc

Ok, I am poor and ill informed and desperate.

I have admits to a Columbia Business School Msc program and also to Georgetown's MBA.

Which one would be better overall perception to finance employers in NYC and Asia.

And which one would be best chance for NYC buy side firm?

I need to pay deposit for these programs very soon and I can't make up my mind.

Ivy league, NYC setting vs traditional MBA.


 
Best Response

You need to consider which program will have the best reputation back in China (I am making an assumption here). I would think that Columbia is the more respected band. This is important because there is a real chance you will not be able to find a job because of Visa issues.

IMO - Columbia is the one to pick.

1) Georgetown is a very good MBA, but not a top program. I love DC, but you'll be spending a lot of time on Amtrak or Bolt Bus to get to NYC.

2) If your goal is NYC, be in NYC. Columbia is a phenomenal brand, although their MSc programs tend to be international student honeypots. You'll be in NYC for networking and internships, something that is a lot more difficult all there way down in DC.

On a side note, I think culturally, NYC would be the better fit. DC has a transient culture and is obviously politically focused. NYC is more welcoming of internationals and from just a enjoying life perspective, I think NYC will be better for you.

 

Think of it like this.

Columbia MBA > Columbia MSc

Columbia MSc > Georgetown MBA

You have family in NYC which will be important. You need that social safety net when you are looking for work. You'll find plenty of people who you have a connection with in NYC. Not so much in DC.

If you were an American, my advice would be this. If you have some relevant work experience and a decent network, Columbia would be the best fit. Georgetown is a good MBA program and I am not taking anything away from them, but as you move down the ranking curve, OCR gets weaker and it just gets harder to break in. The MBA would only place you as an associate if you had prior work experience as well.

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