I'm currently considering to apply for MBA programs, mainly in Europe. My goal is to switch career into consulting or Pharma (in order of preference) in Western Europe. I have a life science PhD with total working experience of 6 years.
Currently I'm considering the following schools:
Dream schools (as they are expensive):
INSEAD, LBS, IMD
My Tier A:
HEC Paris, SDA Bocconi, St Gallen, Mannheim
My Tier B (as they are rather expensive, but not at INSEAD level):
IESE, Said, Judge
Safe bet (with the help of discount, scholarship, etc.):
ESMT, EDHEC, ESSEC, ESCP, CBS, Imperial
As you can see, it's rather long list and perhaps a bit unfocused. Any help to narrow down the list given my goals? I would prefer programs that have good career placement and rather affordable. Also how would you rate my safe bet category? Is it really better to have significantly more loan for a slightly better school or any of these schools would be fine?
[Edited by PhDMBA on Nov 26, 2019]