MBA: Cornell Johnson vs UT Austin McCombs

Considerations when making decision:
1) Considering finances are not an issue (paying full both places), and its a blind decision (meaning no concern with location and open to career choice at this point) which place would you pick?

2) If interested in energy finance with a background in it, what would be your decision? Basically interested in energy finance but also open to exploring other options.

3) Which would play better for an international student who has no clue whether he would be allowed to stay in the US long term.


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Comments (6)

Jan 2, 2018 - 3:43am

Would choose based on location. If you want to be in Texas long term, than it's McCombs.
If elsewhere and especially north east, then Cornell easily.

For energy finance, McCombs easily.

Also, Austin is much more fun than Ithaca.

Fly to Dallas, Houston and Austin, and see how you like it and base your decision on that.

Jan 2, 2018 - 4:19am

If you want to do energy finance then it's UT Austin.

If you picture yourself outside Texas/energy, then Cornell.

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Jan 6, 2018 - 1:49pm

I agree with you there re energy and Mccombs. And that is sth I def want to do. Academically both are similar I get the sense but I also think Ill have more fun at Mccombs. Austin is a great city and i like the football culture at the school. And obv weather!

But after lot of thinking ive decided its Cornell eventhough i really do want to be in energy IB post MBA.

However for an international you have to think of a wide variety of things unfortunately.

The US work visa process is a fuck show at the best of times with a literal lottery deciding on whether you are allowed to stay. And Trump is making it worse.

And if i am made to leave US then internationally Id rather have Cornell on my resume than UT Austin. Eventhough its obv great as well.

Jan 6, 2018 - 4:16pm

Not to hijack the thread, but I'm also interested in these two programs for real estate finance. I know Cornell has the dual degree with the real estate program, but that's an extra year and UT has surprised me with how involved they are in real estate. Thoughts?

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