FT MBA - Alberta / Beedie / Haskayne ?


j2020

Hi All

I have received admit invites from Alberta, Beedie and Haskayne. I have 9+ years of I.T Consulting background and planning MBA to grow further in Consulting career.

Among the three, what I know currently is that, Alberta is more prestigious and I am inclined towards it. But, I am not sure if I should also consider location Calgary / Vancouver over Edmonton vs college program. OR any other factors to shortlist best program.

Please let me know your views and recommendation and points which I should consider in making a decision.

Hi All

I have received admit invites from Alberta, Beedie and Haskayne. I have 9+ years of I.T Consulting background and planning MBA to grow further in Consulting career.

Among the three, what I know currently is that, Alberta is more prestigious and I am inclined towards it. But, I am not sure if I should also consider location Calgary / Vancouver over Edmonton vs college program. OR any other factors to shortlist best program.

Please let me know your views and recommendation and points which I should consider in making a decision.
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Duncan

There's been some valuable discussion about those schools recently, especially about Calgary. Follow the discussion links in the 'Related Business School' section below. I suggest you use LinkedIn to see which school has the largest percentage of its alumni with MBAs in the consulting industry or in the firms you are targeting.

There's been some valuable discussion about those schools recently, especially about Calgary. Follow the discussion links in the 'Related Business School' section below. I suggest you use LinkedIn to see which school has the largest percentage of its alumni with MBAs in the consulting industry or in the firms you are targeting.
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smartcanad...

1) Alberta is one of the worst provinces to look for a job right now in Canada. An MBA will not change that.
2) Vancouver's economy is based on small and medium scale businesses and those are the ones most impacted by Covid19. Most of the IT consultants cater to that economy. If you want to be in IT consulting supporting larger companies (e.g. the big banks, etc), then you had better be where the action is (Toronto/Montreal) unless you have a specific skillset for a very high-demand application/system.

1) Alberta is one of the worst provinces to look for a job right now in Canada. An MBA will not change that.
2) Vancouver's economy is based on small and medium scale businesses and those are the ones most impacted by Covid19. Most of the IT consultants cater to that economy. If you want to be in IT consulting supporting larger companies (e.g. the big banks, etc), then you had better be where the action is (Toronto/Montreal) unless you have a specific skillset for a very high-demand application/system.
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j2020

@Duncan
I am trying to research LinkedIn only. I posted question here as I was not able to get relevant information on the forum when I reviewed Related Business School section

@smartcanada
I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile. Montreal is french dominated and it wont be possible to learn french at this stage.
If I join MBA this fall, then potential job search will start by 2021 but networking from this year or early 2021 only.
So, if I need to choose among Alberta or Haskayne, which would you recommend ?

@Duncan
I am trying to research LinkedIn only. I posted question here as I was not able to get relevant information on the forum when I reviewed Related Business School section

@smartcanada
I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile. Montreal is french dominated and it wont be possible to learn french at this stage.
If I join MBA this fall, then potential job search will start by 2021 but networking from this year or early 2021 only.
So, if I need to choose among Alberta or Haskayne, which would you recommend ?
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smartcanad...



@smartcanada
I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile. Montreal is french dominated and it wont be possible to learn french at this stage.
If I join MBA this fall, then potential job search will start by 2021 but networking from this year or early 2021 only.
So, if I need to choose among Alberta or Haskayne, which would you recommend ?


Neither. Given the situation, the risk/reward is not worth it for any of the Alberta MBA programmes.

My suggestion is for you to have a conversation with current students of these schools (contact the admissions team for names/emails) and get their opinion if it is worth it. Best of luck to you and hope you succeed in Canada (wherever you end up).

[Edited by smartcanada on Apr 07, 2020]

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@smartcanada
I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile. Montreal is french dominated and it wont be possible to learn french at this stage.
If I join MBA this fall, then potential job search will start by 2021 but networking from this year or early 2021 only.
So, if I need to choose among Alberta or Haskayne, which would you recommend ?[/quote]

Neither. Given the situation, the risk/reward is not worth it for any of the Alberta MBA programmes.

My suggestion is for you to have a conversation with current students of these schools (contact the admissions team for names/emails) and get their opinion if it is worth it. Best of luck to you and hope you succeed in Canada (wherever you end up).
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mba hipste...

I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile.

What does this mean? Certainly if the world-class MBA programs in Alberta would consider your experience, so should those schools in Toronto. Which schools did you contact?

[quote]I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile.[/quote]
What does this mean? Certainly if the world-class MBA programs in Alberta would consider your experience, so should those schools in Toronto. Which schools did you contact?
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Sika

U of A or U or C is good in long term, even all the top 10-12 CDN schools are pretty decent.For IT gigs or for any job i guess, you will need to be flexible and may even have to travel for job interviews/networking..There are lots of folks i know in Vancouver/Calgary/Sask. who make a lot more and have a much better role/profile than folks that are in Toronto/GTA. so a lot could change in 2 years!.
Jobs in Canada are very much based on how you connect with folks, your background etc and less on the school you go to. Talk to any Rotman/Queens grad (former international student), and they will tell you that while it helps, international candidates in my mind  have to focus more on their softer skills, 
 Send me a note if you would like to chat offline. All the best!

U of A or U or C is good in long term, even all the top 10-12 CDN schools are pretty decent.<div>For IT gigs or for any job i guess, you will need to be flexible and may even have to travel for job interviews/networking..There are lots of folks i know in Vancouver/Calgary/Sask. who make a lot more and have a much better role/profile than folks that are in Toronto/GTA. so a lot could change in 2 years!.</div><div><br></div><div>Jobs in Canada are very much based on how you connect with folks, your background etc and less on the school you go to. Talk to any Rotman/Queens grad (former international student), and they will tell you that while it helps, international candidates in my mind&nbsp; have to focus more on their softer skills,&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>&nbsp;Send me a note if you would like to chat offline. All the best!</div><div><br></div>
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mba hipste...

Yes, I very much agree with the above. But I'd note that while there are quite a few IT / tech-type jobs in Vancouver, it's quite a (comparatively) expensive city - living there is getting to Toronto-level costs. 

Yes, I very much agree with the above. But I'd note that while there are quite a few IT / tech-type jobs in Vancouver, it's quite a (comparatively) expensive city - living there is getting to Toronto-level costs.&nbsp;
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PB



@smartcanada
I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile. Montreal is french dominated and it wont be possible to learn french at this stage.
If I join MBA this fall, then potential job search will start by 2021 but networking from this year or early 2021 only.
So, if I need to choose among Alberta or Haskayne, which would you recommend ?


Neither. Given the situation, the risk/reward is not worth it for any of the Alberta MBA programmes.

My suggestion is for you to have a conversation with current students of these schools (contact the admissions team for names/emails) and get their opinion if it is worth it. Best of luck to you and hope you succeed in Canada (wherever you end up).

Agreed, considering the given Covid-19 Condition, the job market is highly impacted, situation might get better until the course is completed,lets say - Dec 2021?I am also looking for MBA from either University of Alberta or Haskayne for FALL 2021 for below reasons-1. MBA programs are flexible as classes are structured weekend with 2 yr duration which can grant me 3 yr PGWP. Work life balance can be acheived.2. Quite affordable as compared to Rotman,Ivey or Schulich.3. Cost of living will be less compared to Toronto So by the time i complete my MBA , the job market might be improved considering on a happy path considering no other pandemic occurs.

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@smartcanada
I had checked with colleges in Toronto and they didn't consider my experience for class profile. Montreal is french dominated and it wont be possible to learn french at this stage.
If I join MBA this fall, then potential job search will start by 2021 but networking from this year or early 2021 only.
So, if I need to choose among Alberta or Haskayne, which would you recommend ?[/quote]

Neither. Given the situation, the risk/reward is not worth it for any of the Alberta MBA programmes.

My suggestion is for you to have a conversation with current students of these schools (contact the admissions team for names/emails) and get their opinion if it is worth it. Best of luck to you and hope you succeed in Canada (wherever you end up). [/quote]<div><br></div><div>Agreed, considering the given Covid-19 Condition, the job market is highly impacted, situation might get better until the course is completed,lets say - Dec 2021?</div><div>I am also looking for MBA from either University of Alberta or Haskayne for FALL 2021 for below reasons-</div><div>1. MBA programs are flexible as classes are structured weekend with 2 yr duration which can grant me 3 yr PGWP. Work life balance can be acheived.</div><div>2. Quite affordable as compared to Rotman,Ivey or Schulich.</div><div>3. Cost of living will be less compared to Toronto</div><div>&nbsp;So by the time i complete my MBA , the job market might be improved considering on a happy path considering no other pandemic occurs.</div><div><br></div>
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laurie

1. MBA programs are flexible as classes are structured weekend with 2 yr duration which can grant me 3 yr PGWP. Work life balance can be acheived.

Are you certain you'd be eligible for a student visa for a weekend program?

[quote]<div>1. MBA programs are flexible as classes are structured weekend with 2 yr duration which can grant me 3 yr PGWP. Work life balance can be acheived.</div> [/quote]<br>Are you certain you'd be eligible for a student visa for a weekend program?
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