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Five MBA Programs You Might Not Know About, but Should!

Five MBA Programs You Might Not Know About, but Should!

Many Indian MBA applicants interested in doing their mba abroad know the M7, the top seven business programs in the US, because they are highly ranked names that are globally recognised. But the reality is, there are so many amazing programs out there, which offer a better fit and real advantages for their students. And restricting yourself to the M7 might not be realistic, or beneficial, for you.

We interact with admissions officers and representatives from programs all over the world through campus visits and information sessions in Mumbai, and membership in professional organisations such as AIGAC. This helps us dig deep and understand how certain programs can help Indian applicants get the most out of their business school experience. These interactions enable us to give our clients more information about fit, philosophy and opportunities, and are also exciting ways to learn about what’s new at business schools, what the school has to offer applicants and what it expects applicants to bring to its community.

So here are snapshots of five programs that MBA applicants should seriously consider because they provide the kind of engaging learning opportunities, professional networks and transformative experience we know you are looking for in a business school.

INSEAD, For the Globalist
With campuses in three locations, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Fontainebleau, all fully integrated, plus countless other opportunities for international exchange, INSEAD truly is the global business school. While it’s possible to spend the entirety of this fast-paced, intense, 10-month program on one campus, most students chose to divide their time between at least two countries, and note that while the scenery and business opportunities change, the quality of instruction and programming remains the same.

Many schools talk about diversity, but INSEAD lives it daily. If you are looking for a program that will give you an expanded understanding of the world, which you can leverage to transform your career, this is the program for you. With prominent alumni ranging from the current CEO of Credit Suisse, the managing director of Tata International, the president of Switzerland and an Oscar-winning filmmaker, among thousands of others, the INSEAD network is truly limitless.

Some practical considerations: The average age of INSEAD students is {29}, GMAT score averages are lower than US-based MBA programs, one of the program requirements is fluency in two languages with an interest in gaining familiarity with a third over the course of the MBA.

Ross, For the Hands-On Learner
If you are looking for a truly interdisciplinary experience, Ross might be the perfect place for you. Ross’ commitment to action-based learning infuses every aspect of its MBA experience. From crisis management exercises in which students work to address urgent management issues over an intense 24 hour period, to the MAP project — Ross’ signature program in which MBA students spend 7 weeks in a company located anywhere in the world developing a real solution to the company’s real-life problem — everything at Ross is hands-on, professionally focused, and student-centric.

With the vast resources of the University of Michigan, and ample access for exchange, interdisciplinary inquiry and collaboration, including a variety of dual-degree options, this program is as far from a rigid business-only education as you can get, while still retaining the core rigour and training of a world-class MBA experience. With alumni ranging from the CEO of General Mills, to the CEO of PNC, to Google board members, the CFO of Nextel and an MSNBC anchor, Ross alumni work in every industry under the sun. Through the MAP project and other hands-on opportunities, backed by Ross’ focus on building strong analytic skills, Ross alumni walk out of the program with a comprehensive global network and professional connections.

Tepper, For the Numbers Guru
If you believe that leaders are taught, not born, then Tepper is the place for you. Carnegie Mellon’s MBA program has the trademark hard-numbers approach the school is so well known for, with a rigorous approach to business practice and organisational behaviour that well equips Tepper graduates for business. At Tepper, analytics are the name of the game, and while not everyone who attends is a former engineer, Tepper students tend to have strong quantitative skills and focus.

With a rigid core-curriculum in the first year, Tepper students don’t have access to electives until the second year. But the logic behind this is to create a strong foundation of shared knowledge and vocabulary as well as to provide an informed perspective for the right elective choices that support future career goals. Tepper students have full access to all of Carnegie Mellon University resources, and can take courses in at any of the world-renowned, top-ranked programs, such as computer science, robotics, life sciences, design, engineering and entertainment. With alumni like the CEO of the Lixil Group, scientific research pioneers, economists and sports professionals, Tepper has a long history of MBA graduates who make a difference in management practice. Intimate, data-driven and strategic-thinking oriented, Tepper prides itself in providing students with strong analytic tools that can create high-impact solutions to business problems efficiently and quickly.

Schulich, For the Customiser
With endless options and electives, a campus in Hyderabad, and an integrated approach to management education, York University’s business school is truly customisable and meets the needs of a wide variety of students. With the option to split your time between the Canada and Hyderabad campuses Indian students can truly adapt their business education to their business needs, and leverage their MBA for a global shift or a deeper local engagement.

The program’s unique eight-month-long consulting project is a tremendous learning opportunity that allows Schulich students to gain hands-on experience and connect with companies, industries, and a larger business environment. The project places students within a team for an extended period of time to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the business and finally they present recommendations to the company itself. With alumni like the CEO of TD Bank, the CEO of The Four Seasons, and founders of everything from recording studios to NGOs, Schulich alumni maintain close ties with the university. Located in the financial center of Canada, Schulich is perfect for the self-starter who is interested in transforming their thought process, immersing themselves in a long-term, real-world business scenario, and customising their experience in various ways.

IE, For the Pluralist
El Insituto de Empressa, or IE, is a business program based in Madrid, Spain, with an additional undergraduate campus in Segovia and programs in Media, Law and Business Analytics which MBA students can access with dual masters options. With a unique emphasis on humanities as part of business education, flexible options that incorporate digital and live learning platforms, and a strong entrepreneurial focus, IE offers students a rare holistic learning experience. Highly ranked internationally, the program attracts students with more years of work experience than many other programs, giving the community the in-depth focus and diversity of professional and personal perspectives that add tremendous value.

Options for the MBA include 12 and 15-month programs with high rigour and intensity that enables students to jump back into the business world quickly after graduation. With options to complete dual-masters courses in programs like cyber security, visual media, big data and more, IE also allows students to customise their degree and study everything that interests them. With alumni like the chief marketing officer at Coca-Cola, the founder of Groupon Spain, the CFO for Vodafone New Zealand, among others, IE’s global connections allow alumni all over the world to remain close. With a price tag that is far lower than many other programs, but a standard of education that is just as high, IE is a stellar alternate path for an applicant interested in rigorous yet holistic learning.

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  1. siom

    Thanks for sharing this post. And please post the blogs or information about MBA in operations management.


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