Deferred MBA Programs Stigma?

Hi - incoming full time analyst in a month. Recently was admitted to an MBA program deferred (Wharton - am likely going to accept), but am wondering if I should have this listed on resume/Linkedin for PE recruiting. I know there's some preference for H/S, but I wasn't sure if recruiters would see already being committed to W as a detriment or a positive. Any advice appreciated!

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Jun 5, 2021 - 9:36pm

If you already have a top target uni on your resume (HYPS), then leaving Wharton off might be beneficial for the few PE shops that have the preference towards H/S. If you come from a less renowned school (especially a non-target), then the Wharton brand can only help.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 6, 2021 - 12:13am

So some people are embarrassed that they're getting an MBA from Wharton?  Wow, tough crowd. 

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Jun 6, 2021 - 12:32am

I think OP is referring to his chances with PE recruiting at those prestige-heavy shops like Berkshire/Centerbridge where all the associates end up at HBS/GSB or don't get an MBA. Potentially weighting the chances recruiters question why you weren't able to get into HBS/GSB since they want the best of the best (which is stupid because of the amount of luck involved). 

  • Prospect in PE - LBOs
Jun 6, 2021 - 8:42pm

This is absolutely ridiculous. I get that there is a lot of Harvard / Stanford or bust mentality for certain folks, but none of these firms would detract a potential candidate for going to Wharton. There are several kids that don't get into H / S from even the megafunds that go to W. I doubt Centerbridge or Berkshire is looking down on an all start Associate candidate for getting into Wharton. 

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 6, 2021 - 1:41am

Seems like this might not be favorable to certain PE firms who favor H/S if they view you as already pre-committed to Wharton, unless you can reneg/apply again to H/S

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Jun 6, 2021 - 8:43pm

I would omit for any firm with a history of promoting associates through without an MBA and/or with associate/senior associate programs of >2 years. Said differently, congrats on the acceptance, but it's not a great look if you already have an exit plan for a firm that expects high performers to stay.

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