Full Time MBS vs IE GMBA+


Mohamed77

I have two offers from manchester (Full time) and IE (online mba).

I know that both universities are prestigious. But, I'm skeptical about the employers' perspectives regarding online programs.

My background:
1.5 years teaching assistant for financial accounting
3 years assurance services at PwC
GPA: 3.8
CPA & CGMA (U.S)
Awards - top of my accounting class & employee of the year at PwC in 2012
GMAT: 570

Finally, I'm willing to leave my job for a full time program (like MBS) if it will be much rewarding than online MBA.

Any advice regarding which program is better ?

I have two offers from manchester (Full time) and IE (online mba).

I know that both universities are prestigious. But, I'm skeptical about the employers' perspectives regarding online programs.

My background:
1.5 years teaching assistant for financial accounting
3 years assurance services at PwC
GPA: 3.8
CPA & CGMA (U.S)
Awards - top of my accounting class & employee of the year at PwC in 2012
GMAT: 570

Finally, I'm willing to leave my job for a full time program (like MBS) if it will be much rewarding than online MBA.

Any advice regarding which program is better ?
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Duncan

If you're particularly focussed on employment, then a full-time programme will be much better because of the more hands-on opportunities for projects and internships, and the face-to-face events with employers and career services staff.

If you're particularly focussed on employment, then a full-time programme will be much better because of the more hands-on opportunities for projects and internships, and the face-to-face events with employers and career services staff.
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Mohamed77

Duncan. Thanks for your prompt response.

I have one more question, please. What if I joined LSE for MSc accounting and finance this october and try to apply for top 20 MBA by november 2014. Will having Msc from LSE an asset on my application for top MBA ? Or the admission committee of the top schools will assume that my approach is towards academia.

My point is, I want to combine the accounting experience from LSE with the managerial one from a top business school , in a condensed three years (9m Msc & 2 yrs MBA)

So, my question is my opportunities on applying for a top business school while I'm studying at LSE.

Thanks again for your valuable advices.

Duncan. Thanks for your prompt response.

I have one more question, please. What if I joined LSE for MSc accounting and finance this october and try to apply for top 20 MBA by november 2014. Will having Msc from LSE an asset on my application for top MBA ? Or the admission committee of the top schools will assume that my approach is towards academia.

My point is, I want to combine the accounting experience from LSE with the managerial one from a top business school , in a condensed three years (9m Msc & 2 yrs MBA)

So, my question is my opportunities on applying for a top business school while I'm studying at LSE.

Thanks again for your valuable advices.
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Duncan

LSE won't hurt. Another year of work , some interesting nonprofit volunteering, and a 700+ GMAT would be just as good.

LSE won't hurt. Another year of work , some interesting nonprofit volunteering, and a 700+ GMAT would be just as good.
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Mohamed77

(1) Do you mean that I apply for fall 2016 instead of 2015 ?

(2) I don't think that returning back to work for one year and then quitting again is a good idea. I mean, I'll have multiple job turnovers in short periods on my resume, which I think isn't a good idea.

(3) I do agree with you that I need to have higher gmat. But, again, I would like to know your opinion about: "is it ok to apply for mba while I'm already on another masters degree ?" I anticipate a question on the interview like "why didn't you apply for an mba at first?" How may I respond to such questions? I hope that you get my point.

Thanks again, Duncan.

(1) Do you mean that I apply for fall 2016 instead of 2015 ?

(2) I don't think that returning back to work for one year and then quitting again is a good idea. I mean, I'll have multiple job turnovers in short periods on my resume, which I think isn't a good idea.

(3) I do agree with you that I need to have higher gmat. But, again, I would like to know your opinion about: "is it ok to apply for mba while I'm already on another masters degree ?" I anticipate a question on the interview like "why didn't you apply for an mba at first?" How may I respond to such questions? I hope that you get my point.

Thanks again, Duncan.
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Duncan

1. No, I'm suggesting that you don't take the MSc, but instead become a more competitive candidate.
2. See 1. That's not my suggestion.
3. It can't hurt too much: it has some strengths and some weaknesses. It will make it look like you had the wrong expectations of the LSE, and you'll need to either explain that you wanted to leave work and really focus on finance and accounting so you could enter a highly quant MBA, or perhaps a one-year MBA...

1. No, I'm suggesting that you don't take the MSc, but instead become a more competitive candidate.
2. See 1. That's not my suggestion.
3. It can't hurt too much: it has some strengths and some weaknesses. It will make it look like you had the wrong expectations of the LSE, and you'll need to either explain that you wanted to leave work and really focus on finance and accounting so you could enter a highly quant MBA, or perhaps a one-year MBA...
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