US universities with Consulting/Tech industry as top industry...


Hi guys...
I'm looking for US schools with Consulting/Technology as top industry..
My profile is as follows:
GMAT : 640
GPA : 6.7/10(out of 10 GPA)
Work exp : 5 years
pre MBA roles : technical team lead, project lead, PMO support and resourcing admin
Pre MBA industry : IT consultancy
Nationality : Indian
International exp : 2.5 years in South Africa
No .of promotions : 3
No of members in current team : leading 7 members
extra curricular activities :
1) school representative
2) college fund raising committee member
3) NGO (environment ) - in India
4) NGO - (children) - in South Africa
5) awards and appreciations from South African clients and immediate managers

Budget : USD 90 000 to 100 000 (including tution + living expense)

The following are the list of universities that I have shortlisted.

1. University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management
2. Boston College - Carroll School of Management
3. University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business
4. Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management
5. University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business
6. University of Georgia Terry College of Business
7. Texas A & M University Mays Business School
8. The College of William & Mary - Mason School of Business
9. University of Texas, Dallas Jindal School of Management
10. North Carolina State University- Poole College of Management


Please advice.

~Suhas.
Hi guys...
I'm looking for US schools with Consulting/Technology as top industry..
My profile is as follows:
GMAT : 640
GPA : 6.7/10(out of 10 GPA)
Work exp : 5 years
pre MBA roles : technical team lead, project lead, PMO support and resourcing admin
Pre MBA industry : IT consultancy
Nationality : Indian
International exp : 2.5 years in South Africa
No .of promotions : 3
No of members in current team : leading 7 members
extra curricular activities :
1) school representative
2) college fund raising committee member
3) NGO (environment ) - in India
4) NGO - (children) - in South Africa
5) awards and appreciations from South African clients and immediate managers

Budget : USD 90 000 to 100 000 (including tution + living expense)

The following are the list of universities that I have shortlisted.

1. University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management
2. Boston College - Carroll School of Management
3. University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business
4. Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management
5. University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business
6. University of Georgia Terry College of Business
7. Texas A & M University Mays Business School
8. The College of William & Mary - Mason School of Business
9. University of Texas, Dallas Jindal School of Management
10. North Carolina State University- Poole College of Management


Please advice.

~Suhas.
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Duncan
I don't think these are very realistic, with the exception of North Carolina, and maybe William and Mary if you have a very strong application. Work on your GMAT.
I don't think these are very realistic, with the exception of North Carolina, and maybe William and Mary if you have a very strong application. Work on your GMAT.
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Ayon
Suhas,

In my opinion from admissions point of view, you will be have a fair shot at Georgia Terry, W&M, NCSU. I had a 630 GMAT when I applied to MBA schools back in 2012/2013 and got admitted to UC Irvine. Since it was out of my budget (no scholarship) I enrolled in College of William and Mary.
You come up with a strong application and might have a fighting chance at other schools that you mentioned. However, don't expect any scholarship. It may go out of your budget, last I checked UC Irvine tuition for 2 years was $96,000.
$1000/month is a good ballpark estimate for your expenses regardless of your city. If you live in high cost areas like Orange county, CA or Boston, it might be higher.

Notre Dame, Texas A&M, BYU are very selective requiring GMAT 700+ from Indian engineering male profiles.

Let me know if you have any particular query for College of William and Mary.

Best,
Ayon
Suhas,

In my opinion from admissions point of view, you will be have a fair shot at Georgia Terry, W&M, NCSU. I had a 630 GMAT when I applied to MBA schools back in 2012/2013 and got admitted to UC Irvine. Since it was out of my budget (no scholarship) I enrolled in College of William and Mary.
You come up with a strong application and might have a fighting chance at other schools that you mentioned. However, don't expect any scholarship. It may go out of your budget, last I checked UC Irvine tuition for 2 years was $96,000.
$1000/month is a good ballpark estimate for your expenses regardless of your city. If you live in high cost areas like Orange county, CA or Boston, it might be higher.

Notre Dame, Texas A&M, BYU are very selective requiring GMAT 700+ from Indian engineering male profiles.

Let me know if you have any particular query for College of William and Mary.

Best,
Ayon
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Duncan
William and Mary is a great choice. Terry is harder to get into than you'd expect: it has great financial support, and that attracts very strong candidates.
William and Mary is a great choice. Terry is harder to get into than you'd expect: it has great financial support, and that attracts very strong candidates.
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Notre Dame, Texas A&M, BYU are very selective requiring GMAT 700+ from Indian engineering male profiles.

Let me know if you have any particular query for College of William and Mary.

Best,
Ayon


Thanks Ayon.
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Notre Dame, Texas A&M, BYU are very selective requiring GMAT 700+ from Indian engineering male profiles.

Let me know if you have any particular query for College of William and Mary.

Best,
Ayon
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Thanks Ayon.
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William and Mary is a great choice. Terry is harder to get into than you'd expect: it has great financial support, and that attracts very strong candidates.


Thanks for the advice Duncan..
[quote]William and Mary is a great choice. Terry is harder to get into than you'd expect: it has great financial support, and that attracts very strong candidates. [/quote]

Thanks for the advice Duncan..

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Can someone advice about :

1. University at Buffalo School of Management
2. Texas Christian University - Neeley School of Business
3. Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management

I noticed that Temple univ(Philadelphia) - Fox school's average gmat is 640 with consulting and tech as top industry; TCU(Texas) - Neeley School's average gmat is 638 with tech as top industry; University at Buffalo(NY) - School of Management's average gmat is 613 with financial services and manufacturing as top industry.
Can someone advice about :

1. University at Buffalo School of Management
2. Texas Christian University - Neeley School of Business
3. Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management

I noticed that Temple univ(Philadelphia) - Fox school's average gmat is 640 with consulting and tech as top industry; TCU(Texas) - Neeley School's average gmat is 638 with tech as top industry; University at Buffalo(NY) - School of Management's average gmat is 613 with financial services and manufacturing as top industry.
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Ayon
Suhas,

Take a look at Uni of Pittsburg - Katz while you are at it. It's a neat program with total tuition around $60,000 and in a big city. I like their career services, they have several connections with companies such as Nationwide Insurance and Crane Co.

SUNY Buffalo is in Buffalo - which gets cold, very cold. Also it tends to attract students who have lesser work experience and their post MBA salary is lesser than other schools. TCU and Fox will try to get Indian candidates with highest GMAT, since GMAT carries weight in several MBA Rankings.
In my observation, schools outside Top 15 - 20 tend to see Indian engineering males little less holistically beyond their GMAT score. So even though TCU/Fox is ranked below than higher ranked schools having similar GMAT (e.g. Katz), you don't get any "edge" applying to lower ranked schools TCU/Fox.

Your ability to get into Consulting roles/ Tech industry will depend more upon your pre-MBA experience and your ability to tell a compelling story as in how does your pre-MBA exp + MBA skill set >= post-MBA job requirements

Best,
Ayon
Suhas,

Take a look at Uni of Pittsburg - Katz while you are at it. It's a neat program with total tuition around $60,000 and in a big city. I like their career services, they have several connections with companies such as Nationwide Insurance and Crane Co.

SUNY Buffalo is in Buffalo - which gets cold, very cold. Also it tends to attract students who have lesser work experience and their post MBA salary is lesser than other schools. TCU and Fox will try to get Indian candidates with highest GMAT, since GMAT carries weight in several MBA Rankings.
In my observation, schools outside Top 15 - 20 tend to see Indian engineering males little less holistically beyond their GMAT score. So even though TCU/Fox is ranked below than higher ranked schools having similar GMAT (e.g. Katz), you don't get any "edge" applying to lower ranked schools TCU/Fox.

Your ability to get into Consulting roles/ Tech industry will depend more upon your pre-MBA experience and your ability to tell a compelling story as in how does your pre-MBA exp + MBA skill set >= post-MBA job requirements

Best,
Ayon
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Suhas,

Take a look at Uni of Pittsburg - Katz while you are at it. It's a neat program with total tuition around $60,000 and in a big city. I like their career services, they have several connections with companies such as Nationwide Insurance and Crane Co.


Yes, I researched Katz graduate school. It's average gmat is 625. But I also noticed that its top industries(from employlemt statistics 2014- http://hire.katz.pitt.edu/mba/employment_statistics.php?year=2013 ) are : Manuf(38%), Fin srv(26%), Consult(8%), Tech(6%). I assumed that this school is not a target school for consulting industry and will be difficult for students who wants to get a consulting job.

I'm also gathering data from linkedIn regarding their alumni.

Please advice how would analyse these data for prospective students.
[quote]Suhas,

Take a look at Uni of Pittsburg - Katz while you are at it. It's a neat program with total tuition around $60,000 and in a big city. I like their career services, they have several connections with companies such as Nationwide Insurance and Crane Co. [/quote]

Yes, I researched Katz graduate school. It's average gmat is 625. But I also noticed that its top industries(from employlemt statistics 2014- http://hire.katz.pitt.edu/mba/employment_statistics.php?year=2013 ) are : Manuf(38%), Fin srv(26%), Consult(8%), Tech(6%). I assumed that this school is not a target school for consulting industry and will be difficult for students who wants to get a consulting job.

I'm also gathering data from linkedIn regarding their alumni.

Please advice how would analyse these data for prospective students.
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Ayon
Stats can sometimes be misleading in that we tend to infer even what's not implied.

Most schools outside top 20~30 are rarely a target school for Consulting Industry / firms. Let me give you an example. UIUC is a target school for Deloitte, but for their undergrad program - not MBA. But that doesn't mean that MBA grads from UIUC don't get employed in Deloitte.

This year, two of my friends in UIUC attended Deloitte's presentation with undergrads (after seeking permission from CMC of course). They cleared the rounds and now will start in Deloitte's Chicago office. In another example, College of William and Mary is a target school for Deloitte - but only for their Federal practice. So only US citizens gets recruited specially if they have security clearances. EY also comes to W&M, as W&M is a target school for EY - but again for the undergrad and MAcc programs not MBA.
But this year, one of my classmate networked, used connections and now will start working for EY in NYC (that classmate was also previous EY employee in India).

Another example, Katz/UIUC doesn't feature as Amazon's target school. Ross does and so does Foster (because of proximity) however, my friends at Katz & UIUC got in touch with Amazon's recruiter, cleared all of Amazon's rounds and now are employed there.

I used LinkedIn to find people who graduated from my shortlisted schools and were working in my target companies. Then I contacted them to ask how did they made the transition, how much did school help? how much did alumni help? how did they make the connection and so forth.

Hope it helps,
Ayon
Stats can sometimes be misleading in that we tend to infer even what's not implied.

Most schools outside top 20~30 are rarely a target school for Consulting Industry / firms. Let me give you an example. UIUC is a target school for Deloitte, but for their undergrad program - not MBA. But that doesn't mean that MBA grads from UIUC don't get employed in Deloitte.

This year, two of my friends in UIUC attended Deloitte's presentation with undergrads (after seeking permission from CMC of course). They cleared the rounds and now will start in Deloitte's Chicago office. In another example, College of William and Mary is a target school for Deloitte - but only for their Federal practice. So only US citizens gets recruited specially if they have security clearances. EY also comes to W&M, as W&M is a target school for EY - but again for the undergrad and MAcc programs not MBA.
But this year, one of my classmate networked, used connections and now will start working for EY in NYC (that classmate was also previous EY employee in India).

Another example, Katz/UIUC doesn't feature as Amazon's target school. Ross does and so does Foster (because of proximity) however, my friends at Katz & UIUC got in touch with Amazon's recruiter, cleared all of Amazon's rounds and now are employed there.

I used LinkedIn to find people who graduated from my shortlisted schools and were working in my target companies. Then I contacted them to ask how did they made the transition, how much did school help? how much did alumni help? how did they make the connection and so forth.

Hope it helps,
Ayon
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ezra

I used LinkedIn to find people who graduated from my shortlisted schools and were working in my target companies. Then I contacted them to ask how did they made the transition, how much did school help? how much did alumni help? how did they make the connection and so forth.

This is really great advice.

I'll just add this: Consulting jobs aren't confined to the Big Three and the Big Four. There are a lot of smaller, "boutique" firms that have strong relationships with schools that aren't in the top 20.

For instance, Slalom Consulting recruits from Georgia Terry, while Point B often hires MBAs from Foster.
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I used LinkedIn to find people who graduated from my shortlisted schools and were working in my target companies. Then I contacted them to ask how did they made the transition, how much did school help? how much did alumni help? how did they make the connection and so forth.[/quote]
This is really great advice.

I'll just add this: Consulting jobs aren't confined to the Big Three and the Big Four. There are a lot of smaller, "boutique" firms that have strong relationships with schools that aren't in the top 20.

For instance, Slalom Consulting recruits from Georgia Terry, while Point B often hires MBAs from Foster.
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