nonprofit background, can't decide on MBA


castellum
Hello everybody, I'm looking for some advice on where I should do my MBA... I have been working in nonprofit orgs over the past 4 years. I am sure that I don't want to work in nonprofits anymore, so that's why I want to do an MBA. I don't know what field I want to be in though. I know that there are good business schools here in Spain, such as IE and ESADE, but honestly I'd rather go somewhere else for a while and perhaps work abroad. I was considering an MBA in the USA, something like UCLA or the University of Florida (where it's warm), but even these are very, very expensive.

What other options do I have? Maybe somebody could offer me some general suggestions about which countries offer good MBA programs at reasonable costs, and I can take it from there.
Hello everybody, I'm looking for some advice on where I should do my MBA... I have been working in nonprofit orgs over the past 4 years. I am sure that I don't want to work in nonprofits anymore, so that's why I want to do an MBA. I don't know what field I want to be in though. I know that there are good business schools here in Spain, such as IE and ESADE, but honestly I'd rather go somewhere else for a while and perhaps work abroad. I was considering an MBA in the USA, something like UCLA or the University of Florida (where it's warm), but even these are very, very expensive.

What other options do I have? Maybe somebody could offer me some general suggestions about which countries offer good MBA programs at reasonable costs, and I can take it from there.
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Duncan
What do you consider to be a reasonable cost? Two of the schools you mention have fees that are below the average for the top 50 in the US, or top ten in Europe. Take a look at:

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What do you consider to be a reasonable cost? Two of the schools you mention have fees that are below the average for the top 50 in the US, or top ten in Europe. Take a look at:

GMAT Tiers - strong schools for your GMAT www.find-mba.com/board/27082

How to use LinkedIn to find the best school www.find-mba.com/board/33571

Shortcut to find the best US MBA www.find-mba.com/board/36065

Why you should take the GMAT http://bit.ly/WhyGMAT

Best schools for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143
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castellum
What do you consider to be a reasonable cost?

Under $50,000 would be great. Do you think that's feasible?
[quote]What do you consider to be a reasonable cost?[/quote]
Under $50,000 would be great. Do you think that's feasible?
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Duncan
In the US that get's you a very week school, certainly not in the top 100, like Creighton University or University of Richmond. I would look at Auburn U or University of Alabama if you have a good GMAT. Over 600 try Iowa State University or University at Buffalo,

But that money goes much further in Europe: Cass, EM Lyon, ESMT, University of Edinburgh, Lisbon, Rotterdam, TIAS, Vlerick are all world class...
In the US that get's you a very week school, certainly not in the top 100, like Creighton University or University of Richmond. I would look at Auburn U or University of Alabama if you have a good GMAT. Over 600 try Iowa State University or University at Buffalo,

But that money goes much further in Europe: Cass, EM Lyon, ESMT, University of Edinburgh, Lisbon, Rotterdam, TIAS, Vlerick are all world class...
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ralph
Duncan's right. Especially if the dollar keeps trending against the euro, Europeans are going to find that their money doesn't go as far as it used to in the US. And given the already high cost of education there, budget-minded students like you are getting less and less.

My suggestion would be to really try to think about your career goals before you make this kind of decision. If your long-term goals are to move to and work in the US, you should probably find ways to afford a ranked MBA program there rather than settling for something based on budget.

Otherwise, if you're open in terms of geography, other regions might offer better values. A lot of values in Europe, as Duncan has suggested, and in other places too: the MBA program at Nanyang in Singapore is within your budget, and ranked schools in Australia like Melbourne and AGSM are not too far off.

Of course, all of this depends on your goals and expectations.
Duncan's right. Especially if the dollar keeps trending against the euro, Europeans are going to find that their money doesn't go as far as it used to in the US. And given the already high cost of education there, budget-minded students like you are getting less and less.

My suggestion would be to really try to think about your career goals before you make this kind of decision. If your long-term goals are to move to and work in the US, you should probably find ways to afford a ranked MBA program there rather than settling for something based on budget.

Otherwise, if you're open in terms of geography, other regions might offer better values. A lot of values in Europe, as Duncan has suggested, and in other places too: the MBA program at Nanyang in Singapore is within your budget, and ranked schools in Australia like Melbourne and AGSM are not too far off.

Of course, all of this depends on your goals and expectations.
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Mamit
I agree with what Ralph & Duncan have said. I would suggest that you look for options in Canada, Australia, New Zealand all of which would be a little cost effective and at the same time offer settlement opportunities that you want.
I agree with what Ralph & Duncan have said. I would suggest that you look for options in Canada, Australia, New Zealand all of which would be a little cost effective and at the same time offer settlement opportunities that you want.
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castellum
I agree with what Ralph & Duncan have said. I would suggest that you look for options in Canada, Australia, New Zealand all of which would be a little cost effective and at the same time offer settlement opportunities that you want.

Thanks! On your advice I've been looking at schools in Canada ... Seem to be some good values there, like Concordia, Alberta, McMaster... I wasn't able to find many in my budget range in Aus/NZ, but I'll keep looking. Thanks again...
[quote]I agree with what Ralph & Duncan have said. I would suggest that you look for options in Canada, Australia, New Zealand all of which would be a little cost effective and at the same time offer settlement opportunities that you want.[/quote]
Thanks! On your advice I've been looking at schools in Canada ... Seem to be some good values there, like Concordia, Alberta, McMaster... I wasn't able to find many in my budget range in Aus/NZ, but I'll keep looking. Thanks again...
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mba hipste...
Melbourne and AGSM have great rankings in terms of international mobility, so these would be good choices if you really did want to work in Australia, but these schools are both, sadly, above your budget.
Melbourne and AGSM have great rankings in terms of international mobility, so these would be good choices if you really did want to work in Australia, but these schools are both, sadly, above your budget.
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Pia_11
Hi experts,
Please help me where all should I apply for a good Masters programs (MBA or MS)?

Work experience: Nearly 4 years n social enterprises; working with corporates for CSR, nonprofts in Business Development domain and currently a social entrepreneur working for women empowerment
GMAT Score: 600 (Q37, V35, IR5, AWA5)
Gender and citizen: Female, Indian citizen

Could you please recommend me where should I apply with my background and current GMAT score? I want to apply to US and Canada for fall 2017 programs.

Melbourne and AGSM have great rankings in terms of international mobility, so these would be good choices if you really did want to work in Australia, but these schools are both, sadly, above your budget.
Hi experts,
Please help me where all should I apply for a good Masters programs (MBA or MS)?

Work experience: Nearly 4 years n social enterprises; working with corporates for CSR, nonprofts in Business Development domain and currently a social entrepreneur working for women empowerment
GMAT Score: 600 (Q37, V35, IR5, AWA5)
Gender and citizen: Female, Indian citizen

Could you please recommend me where should I apply with my background and current GMAT score? I want to apply to US and Canada for fall 2017 programs.

[quote]Melbourne and AGSM have great rankings in terms of international mobility, so these would be good choices if you really did want to work in Australia, but these schools are both, sadly, above your budget. [/quote]
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