Is HSW MBA worth it coming from GS IB?

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Is it worth going to HSW for an MBA if I have 2 years of GS IB under my belt? Goal is to move out of finance, but won't almost all companies give me an interview with my background? How much additional value could the MBA have at this point?

Isn't the network I've built at GS going to be much better anyways than the one I could build at HSW? People here go on to stay in finance, take on corp jobs, PE, startups, etc. It seems like the network benefits of B-school would not be worth it. Interested in hearing other people's thoughts though.

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Jul 25, 2018

It kinda depends what you want to do next / if you can get it w/o an MBA. Without knowing more, I'd say H/S are worth it for you while W may not be. Keep in mind that GS IB -- > H/S is not going to be particularly easy as you will be competiting against others who did top BB ---> top PE/HF before applying.

Jul 25, 2018

I can't imagine anyone on this site better positioned to answer this question than you. You have a network of GS contacts. You must have a multitude of examples of people who did each path, no?

Jul 25, 2018

What is your goal after GS IB? And do you really think you can get into HBS?

Jul 27, 2018

The problem is that I don't exactly know what I want to do after. I could see myself going to a startup, working in industry, or trying consulting. But I feel that with enough work, I could probably get those jobs without an MBA.

There are some people at GS who go to b-school, but within the company (or at least my team) it seems to be looked down upon. I hear a lot of people say that there's no need for b-school since 2 years at GS will teach you everything and more than what you'd learn in b-school.

I know the strength of my own network here at GS, but it's hard to compare that to the network I'd get at HSW since I haven't been there.

Would love to hear from someone who actually has done the GS --> HSW transition and how big the additional value was.

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Jul 27, 2018

Can you build a model of GS and MS merging together?

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Jul 27, 2018
funnyspruce:

The problem is that I don't exactly know what I want to do after. I could see myself going to a startup, working in industry, or trying consulting. But I feel that with enough work, I could probably get those jobs without an MBA.

There are some people at GS who go to b-school, but within the company (or at least my team) it seems to be looked down upon. I hear a lot of people say that there's no need for b-school since 2 years at GS will teach you everything and more than what you'd learn in b-school.

I know the strength of my own network here at GS, but it's hard to compare that to the network I'd get at HSW since I haven't been there.

Would love to hear from someone who actually has done the GS --> HSW transition and how big the additional value was.

Then it's not the right time for you to go to business school. Work until you need b-school to get to the next thing you want to achieve.

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Jul 27, 2018

In assessing the network of H/S/W, I challenge you to remember that your potential alumni base will include people from all professions. I'm assuming the GS network is comprised of GS, financial sponsors and some industry contacts, no? I think the H/S/W brands will enable you to expand an already impressive network.

Jul 27, 2018

Fair point - thanks! I guess then the question is whether expanding my network is worth $200k in tuition + expenses, in addition to the foregone income over those two years. But I guess the answer to that question is pretty subjective.

Jul 27, 2018

Exactly, my friend.

Jul 27, 2018

This is probably the dumbest question I've seen a while.. There are plenty of ex-GS + buyside applicants that get rejected from HSW (emphasis on HS) every year.

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Jul 27, 2018

Your response is quite vapid and you've jumped to conclusions about me. I never said that I believe I have a 100% shot at HSW. There are a lot of people that have buyside experience and get rejected from HSW, but I've also seen people go straight from GS to b-school, including HSW.

My question is valid because one doesn't just apply to business school on a whim. It's a +12 month process that requires a lot of work from studying to the GMAT, getting recs, and writing apps. I'm just at the very early stages of thinking about an MBA and before diving into the long application process, I am hoping to get some data points from wherever I can, including people I work with, but also people I can reach through this forum.

Go troll someone else dude.

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Jul 27, 2018
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