Help required for choosing B-school


jieu2969

Dear All,
I have offer from the below school:
1. UNCC (Belk College of Business) 17-24 months.
2. HKU- 12 months
3. Babson. 24 months

My decision, as of now, is biased by the amount of fees required to complete my MBA. As of now I am inclined towards UNCC, however I donot see much discussion on Belk college in the MBA forums(such as pagalguy etc.). Babson is good but tuition alone is almost double (even considering the $ that I got from Babson) that of UNCC. Does it worth investing double the amount ? How about the placement options after MBA in the above colleges.
About HKU i have not heard such good things and the MBA program is a new one.

Please post your insights and suggestions.

Regards,

Dear All,
I have offer from the below school:
1. UNCC (Belk College of Business) 17-24 months.
2. HKU- 12 months
3. Babson. 24 months

My decision, as of now, is biased by the amount of fees required to complete my MBA. As of now I am inclined towards UNCC, however I donot see much discussion on Belk college in the MBA forums(such as pagalguy etc.). Babson is good but tuition alone is almost double (even considering the $ that I got from Babson) that of UNCC. Does it worth investing double the amount ? How about the placement options after MBA in the above colleges.
About HKU i have not heard such good things and the MBA program is a new one.

Please post your insights and suggestions.

Regards,
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Duncan

Yes, it's worth investing the money. Compare the starting salaries. Very often an extra 25K or 50K in fees will lead to an extra million in lifetime earnings.

Belk is aimed at part-time students and doesn't have great careers services.

Babson and HKU are two of the top MBAs in the world, is broadly similar salaries, around $115K for recent graduates. HKU is an excellent university. The MBA is not new there: it's been expanded. It's been running an MBA since 1998 (and an internationally-oriented full-time MBA since 2001). http://www.scmp.com/article/437977/hku-expands-programme-bid-global-recognition

Looking at http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2013 HKU is 31st in the world and Babson is 80th. Babson is strong for entrepreneurship. HKU is well known for finance and international management.

Yes, it's worth investing the money. Compare the starting salaries. Very often an extra 25K or 50K in fees will lead to an extra million in lifetime earnings.

Belk is aimed at part-time students and doesn't have great careers services.

Babson and HKU are two of the top MBAs in the world, is broadly similar salaries, around $115K for recent graduates. HKU is an excellent university. The MBA is not new there: it's been expanded. It's been running an MBA since 1998 (and an internationally-oriented full-time MBA since 2001). http://www.scmp.com/article/437977/hku-expands-programme-bid-global-recognition

Looking at http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2013 HKU is 31st in the world and Babson is 80th. Babson is strong for entrepreneurship. HKU is well known for finance and international management.
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jieu2969

Hi Duncan,

Thanks for your insights. I had a chance to discuss with the current students of Uncc and Babson,(didn't get a chance to talk to HKU alumni), I pretty much get the same answer regarding the job prospects. Basically it depends on one-self -- networking, reaching out to hiring managers, attending job fairs etc... Yes the career service do help in giving out the links and resources.
Now the question is, if its pretty much the same for for both the colleges, does it really make a difference ? Please feel free to elaborate on this , because I may be completely wrong to have this perception.
About HKU, there is a thread running in pagalguy, and there is not concrete statistics about jobs post MBA. Efforts are ongoing to reach out to Alumni and current students. But the good thing is its One-year, and there is a International track (LBS/CBS) one can choose from.

Would anyone else like to share their insights ? Pls feel free to do so.

Regards,

Hi Duncan,

Thanks for your insights. I had a chance to discuss with the current students of Uncc and Babson,(didn't get a chance to talk to HKU alumni), I pretty much get the same answer regarding the job prospects. Basically it depends on one-self -- networking, reaching out to hiring managers, attending job fairs etc... Yes the career service do help in giving out the links and resources.
Now the question is, if its pretty much the same for for both the colleges, does it really make a difference ? Please feel free to elaborate on this , because I may be completely wrong to have this perception.
About HKU, there is a thread running in pagalguy, and there is not concrete statistics about jobs post MBA. Efforts are ongoing to reach out to Alumni and current students. But the good thing is its One-year, and there is a International track (LBS/CBS) one can choose from.

Would anyone else like to share their insights ? Pls feel free to do so.

Regards,
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Duncan

The college clearly makes a difference. Look at the rankings. Salaries differ greatly between schools.

There are published statistics about HKU in the FT rankings, in Business Week and so on. I don't understand why these are not concrete for you.

The college clearly makes a difference. Look at the rankings. Salaries differ greatly between schools.

There are published statistics about HKU in the FT rankings, in Business Week and so on. I don't understand why these are not concrete for you.
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ralph

Duncan has really good insight on this.

I'd add that you don't see a lot of discussion about Belk program on these boards because it doesn't really appeal to international students. Rather, its audience is local professionals: a large majority of the students pursue the MBA program on a part-time basis. And for an audience like this, there is less need for post-graduation career support, and the school predictably doesn't have as broad of an alumni base as the others you are looking at.

Duncan has really good insight on this.

I'd add that you don't see a lot of discussion about Belk program on these boards because it doesn't really appeal to international students. Rather, its audience is local professionals: a large majority of the students pursue the MBA program on a part-time basis. And for an audience like this, there is less need for post-graduation career support, and the school predictably doesn't have as broad of an alumni base as the others you are looking at.
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