MiF Bocconi vs MiM HEC

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Hi guys,
I am an Italian Business Administration student and I got two offers, one from HEC's MiM and one from Bocconi's MiF, this last one including a full scholarship (around 26k). I can't decide between the two, each one has its pros and cons. I actually do not have a shot-term goal, except from aiming as high as possible in terms of career. I personally like both "working with numbers" and dealing with consulting topics. To be honest, even if I had the MiM as my first choice (since the long, long-term goal is entrepreneurship), I do perform better in financial courses and find them more stimulating. For what concerns placement, France is not my goal, even if I'd be quite satisfied in ending up working in Paris (I really love that city); on the other hand London and Italy are two very good options for me. Finally, one thing that really pis**s me off is that the HEC campus (which according to some is also pretty bad) is in the middle of nowhere, and I really like "living the city". Maybe two years there are not too much of fun.

I am currently giving more credits to Bocconi, even if HEC has some exceptional points, including a more customisable program, a slightly better brand, and a more doable studying experience (smaller classes and not too hard courses, from what I heard). I like rankings, but I am also pretty sure that among the top 10 business schools it really comes down to how good you are, rather than brand, placement or whatsoever. Ending up in Bocconi, HEC, LBS or others does not make such a big difference if you are good.

I would like to have some of your opinions, especially if you have been studying in one of these two or have a direct experience.

Comments (9)

May 8, 2018

First of all, congrats.

Then, if I were you, I'd choose bocconi. You'll save 26k which is not bad and according to what you've said your long term goal is to become an entrepreneur. Hence, you are not "all in for IB". Btw, Bocconi opens the same door as HEC. HEC is better, way better, in France and maybe it's more linked with IB. But you're not so focused in it.

If you consider staying in Italy, bocconi is a no brainer. If you want to start your own business 26k more are good.

(Visto che sei italiano...che profilo avevi? io sto attendendo per Hec MIF
Fossi in te, sceglierei bocconi e terrei i 26k in saccoccia. Tanto caschi bene con entrambe)

May 9, 2018

Exactly, no brainer. Boccconi wins hands down. Gia che te lo domandi e preoccupante :-)

May 9, 2018

Well, HEC is such a strong brand that I think it is impossible not to consider it when making the choice. Do you have any specific reasons or experience for calling it a no brainer?
I know both are good alternatives, but I just do not want to regret my choice

May 9, 2018
  1. You're Italian. Milan is a great city and you will not have language issues. Furthermore, if you want to learn another language, Bocconi offers various courses.
  2. You have a great scholarship
  3. HEC is a MiM program, thus more management focused: you already have a bachelor in business.. Why taking same modules for the 2nd time?
    Be aware: Bocconi's MIF is really quantitative
  4. HEC is located in a very bad place

My two cents for you

Fidati, soprattutto visto che hai vissuto a Roma, dove e locata HEC e veramente terribile. Ho studiato in un posto simile e non vedevo l'ora di andarmene

May 9, 2018

Yes Marcus, you're absolutely right about the place (non lo consideravo troppo un fattore determinante, prima di aver passato sei mesi di Erasmus a Sheffield, ed e un peccato perche fosse stata in centro a Parigi sarebbe stata tutta un'altra storia). And I also see your point on studying again the same subjects, and re-strudying them would be quite boring and time-wasting. And I am not too worried about the quant part: I find it stimulating and I am pretty good at it.

My only concern was about "dropping" such a big name (and great program) and the long-term goal. Do you think that an MiF doesn't prevent you from a final goal in entrepreneurship? Maybe pursuing an MBA later in life (which would be even "less useful" after an MiM).

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May 9, 2018

Well, HEC is such a strong brand that I think it is impossible not to consider it when making the choice. Do you have any specific reasons or experience for calling it a no brainer?
I know both are good alternatives, but I just do not want to regret my choice

May 9, 2018

(Ti rispondo in inglese cosi se serve a qualcun' altro non lo riscrivo)
So my profile was:
Bachelor in Business Administration in English at Tor Vergata (good university but still not much above average)
GMAT 730 (49Q 40V)
No English test (not needed if you have a bachelor in English)
No internship experience except from some work experience not much related
High weighted average (GPA): 29.9/30

But I guess that much of the chances depend also on your motivation letter and interview! Anyway good luck for your admission!!

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May 8, 2018

holy moly!

(Italian: Mecojoni!)

May 9, 2018
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