I'm thinking about applying for an MBA to start in Sep 2007. At the moment top of my list are the Said Business School (Oxford) and INSEAD. I'm also considering Cass (City) and the London Business School.
For a bit of background - I live in london, have a good degree from a top UK uni, have been working for an IT consultancy for the past 4 years, and have a GMAT of 760. Am still a little uncertain about what to do after an MBA, but know it's time for a change.
I have a preference for a 1 year course just because of the lower opportunity cost and the fact that most european MBAs are 1 year.
Here are my thoughts at the moment:
I think INSEAD is generally rated as the best 1 year course in europe, plus it would force me to pick up another language which would be a plus, as would the opportunity to live in both france and singapore.
Oxford I think is good, but probably not up there right at the top, however the Oxford name gives this a certain amount of extra prestige, particularly outside of the world of Consulting/Banking.
Cass again might not be quite top tier but I assume would benefit from its location and the kind of people that would choose to study there would probably be good contacts to have. Cass would probably also be the easiest of these 4 to get in to.
LBS is undoubtedly the best in europe, and would I suspect be the hardest of these 4 to get into. As I say, the main thing putting me off is the two year length of the course. Two years brings a lot of advantages of course - an internship, more electives etc.
LBS and INSEAD are probably the only two that would rank in a worldwide top 10.
So, are my impressions correct? Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these institutions?