Okay. What about Pforzheim? On-par with ESB? Overall
MBA/MSc in Germany/France/Netherlands
I already have a masters in Biotechnology. You are right, a specialised masters is an option. I applied for a Consulting masters at Leeds. What do you reckon?
Money and other quantitative data is a big part of consulting. A flagship MiM will be better than other specialised masters and similar or worse schools.
I'm 28, with a masters & 3.5 years work ex. Do you think an MiM woth 23 year olds at Bayes will be better than ESB MBA? For my career goals atleast.
Students in a top MiM are really impressive. I met some HHL MiMs when taking an MBA workshop there. Way smarter and more business savvy than the average 30 year old. It's harder work from Bayes, but there will be better roles. ESB is the simpler route, especially if you are focussed on the South-West of Germany. Obviously, I still recommend HHL.
Understood your point. I'm inclined towards Germany (the whole country, not just south-west!). Hence leaning more towards a cost-effective state uni in ESB. HHL MiM is only for business grads (I'm over experienced for most MiMs in GER). Will be German B2 before program starts and continue further. Although top consulting firms do prefer students from top bschools, it's lesser the case in Germany.
Also, what advantage does ESB have over a school such as EBS?
EBS has a weird reputation as the sort of place where rich conservatives send their dumb kids to find spouses. It doesn't seem academically very rigourous or effective in placing international students into work.
I researched on LinkedIn about EBS outcomes, talked to their grads & compared with ESB. Looks like although EBS does not have AACSB acc but the employers do recognise it as a good school & placements are good as well. But then, as per your review, ESB is a state school, a bit more rigorous. Is that so?
You may know more about EBS than me, so trust your gut over my opinion. Comparing the EBS DE MC alumni with MBAs with those of the other schools, some things strike me:
- A minority seems to have done their MBA at EBS: they are often alumni of pre-experience programmes.
- A glance at their profiles suggests these people are more German (and more local within Germany) than the other schools.
- A glance at their names suggests to me that these Germans are posher and benefit from more social capital.
- Because of EBS's location, they are more entwined with the economy of Frankfurt.
Trust your gut. Bayes and HHL are much, much better as schools than ESB and EBS, as their admissions requirements, outcomes, rankings, better resources, wider accreditation and academic research profiles suggest. Focus on the gap you need to fill to present better to employers, and assess these schools on their ability to fill that gap. I am aware of the recurrent complaints international students in the EBS MBA that placement and internships were not available to them. However, many of them had worse German than you. YMMV, as they say.
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Well explained. Bayes MiM/HHL MBA > ESB MBA > EBS
Comes down to country preference as well. But overall yes, "MSc from a higher ranked college will trump MBA from a lower ranked BSchool"
Relevance also matters. I used to work somewhere that hired a lot of Cass MiMs. The quality is really high and, to be honest, there a huge supply of talented people who want to study in London's top business schools. They've had excellent progression, exemplary in fact, while my friend from ESB had more traditional, modest progression. I would pick HHL because it will certainly give you a more active and dynamic alumni network, higher quality classmates and more of a personal transformation than ESB but a much better setting for language and acculturation, as well as a much better education, than the Bayes MiM.
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Germany is definitely my preference as I've lived there in the past. Will try my best for HHL, financially that is. Otherwise ESB is a good bet I suppose.
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