Notre Dame vs Cornell Johnson

Hello, I need help deciding between two schools for my MBA, I primary work in Renewable energy as an engineer, want to stay in Chicago and hope to find a job after the MBA in Chicago, this is the main reason I am considering Notre Dame vs Cornell. Would appreciate any information, for example would it be easy to find a job after Cornell in Chicago. Again I am an engineer and would like to either do a rotational MBA program in energy after the MBA or work in business development, any help is appreciates.
Oh, one more thing, I am originally from Jordan and thinking to maybe move back there to open my own energy firm in 5 years.
Both are 1 year programs, but Cornell costs 30K more.

Thank you

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Mar 7, 2016 - 3:12pm

First off, I did go to Cornell for undergrad and took MBA level classes so I am biased. However, In my opinion, there are 4 things to consider.

1) "Prestige" - I know alot of people hate to acknowledge this, but it's very real. You will get opportunities because Cornell is a great brand. (Notre Dame is too in Chicago, but Cornell is an Ivy). In addition, Cornell has a sustainability concentration that from what I heard is pretty well respected. I'm not sure if Notre Dame has something similar. Edge: Cornell

2) Time- If you do the 1 year program, recruiting starts when you get on campus and there's no opportunity for an internship. You really have to know what you want and give it 100% to get the job you want after you're done. You also might miss out on networking. Would probably look into a 2 year program (even thought it might cost more) Edge: Even

3) Money- You get what you pay for (most times). I'm sure your education will be the same likely either way (unless there are other courses mixed in with your MBA that you can take across either University). I would also say that Cornell's sustainability concentration can, but not necessarily, make it worth the price tag. Edge: Cornell (slightly)

4) Location- Notre Dame has a huge edge here because getting into Chicago for recruiting is so easy. South Bend isn't necessarily great, but you can literally take a trip into Chicago every weekend to go clubbing, partying, etc. if that's what you're into not to mention information interviews and first rounds, final rounds, and the like. That, and you won't have to convince any employer how tied you are to the area. If you do a one year MBA at Cornell's NYC campus, you could still be in a solid (albeit expensive) location as well so there's that. Otherwise, Ithaca is about the same distance from NYC as Chicago is from South Bend. Edge: ND

Overall, this is a rough analysis and I'd probably lean towards Cornell, assuming money isn't the biggest factor for you.

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Mar 7, 2016 - 7:54pm

Go with Cornell. 30k is nothing in the long term. Notre Dame is a good school but the difference between the rankings is sizable enough that you should go with Cornell. Notre Dame is a semi-target where Cornell is a solid target school.

Again 30k is peanuts and the difference is sizable.

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