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zoyakhan
Joined: 18 Nov 2011
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Sat Nov 19, 2011 01:32 PM
I am a fresher presently running my Dad's company.I want a degree with is more practical oriented hence I chose MBA or MSc Management.I have been given the following options by consultants here in India.
1. Aberdeen
2. Coventry
3. Sterling
Are any of these good? I have very good academic results. Should I wait for the sept intake of LBS for MSc management?

[Edited by zoyakhan on 19 Nov 2011]

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Duncan

Joined: 18 Apr 2011
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Sat Nov 19, 2011 04:33 PM
No, I think there is no point going into schools without international accreditation. Look at LBS or the schools ranked by the FT.
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zoyakhan
Joined: 18 Nov 2011
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 01:17 PM
I need a course which will help my business. I don't want a job later. Also I can surely not wait for 3 years and then apply. Right now I have a letter from stirling for MBA.I will be applying to aberdeen , liverpool hope, cardiff,coventry. But how do I choose among these?
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Duncan

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Mon Nov 21, 2011 01:22 PM
Without work experience you have two choices: either a freshers MBA without serious accreditation, or an MSc. An MSc from a ranked, accredited school will be much better. Look at these schools: rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/masters-in-management…

Of the programmes you mention, I would choose either Sterling, or one of the top MSc.
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zoyakhan
Joined: 18 Nov 2011
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Tue Nov 22, 2011 04:05 AM
Thanks for the reply. Really appreciated.
I read and concluded that MSc is more of an academic degree.Please understand I have my own company. The name of the university does not matter as much as the experience and exposure I will get from my course.I already have the letter from Stirling so is it no point applying to Coventry, Aberdeen and Cardiff? My consultant here says Coventry and Aberdeen are better than Stirling. Btw I am not going to major in Finance.Would you still suggest Stirling?
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Duncan

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Tue Nov 22, 2011 08:55 AM
Look again at the list of MSc degrees ranked by the FT. If they were *only* academic degrees and not also management development programmes, why would students get getting salaries like $86,928 at the Universitšt St.Gallen, $97,635 at WHU and $73,085 at HEC? This is three times the average starting salary. Take a look at the roles these students get getting hired into: they are getting much more senior roles than graduates from the pre-experience MBAs.

Aberdeen does not require work experience for their MBAs. Coventry and Stirling do. That makes a huge difference in the quality of your classmates, and they are the major part of the experience. The Aberdeen MBA is purely taught, with no mention of major projects, personal development workshops, case study writing, internships etc (www.abdn.ac.uk/business/smartthinking/mba/structure.php) Stirling at least has personal development, a research project and internships (www.management.stir.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-courses/mba). The Coventry MBA curriculum pages are offline right now (wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/bes/cubs/courses/Pages/pgft_BusinessEnvi… but I would look carefully at support for professional development and soft skills.

Stirling, of course, ranks normally in the top third of UK universities while Coventry is one of the 'modern universities' and ranks always below average (www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2011/may/17/university-le…. While now the name of the university does not matter, can you honestly say that the quality of the students, campus, professors, alumni network and facilities is unimportant? Those are what drive the rankings. And are you use you will always have your own company?

[Edited by Duncan on 22 Nov 2011]

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Mamit

Joined: 12 Dec 2010
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Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:14 PM
Hi Zoya,
I would strongly recommend you to opt for a MSc good B-School rather than going for an MBA program at not accredited university. I would suggest that you can also opt for MBM at Strathclyde which will give your an option to upgrade it to MBA at later stage.
Mamit
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zoyakhan
Joined: 18 Nov 2011
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:26 AM
Hi.. what are the chances of getting through if I apply to the best schools like LBS , Harvard , Stanford,Insead,MIT-Sloan,etc.
I have passed my 10th , 12th and BE with Distinction.
And at 22 I am looking after a medical equipment company on my own.
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Duncan

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Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:17 PM
When you have 700+ on the GMAT and four or five more years' work experience, you should be an interesting candidate for those schools.
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zoyakhan
Joined: 18 Nov 2011
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 02:16 PM
Yes I will work on my GMAT and I will grow this company.Then may be I will have a chance.,Thanks for all the input.When I make it big you people will remember this day!
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zoyakhan
Joined: 18 Nov 2011
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 02:17 PM
Only If I want the best will I get the best. If I have been a good student all my life and if I have big dreams.. why should I settle for something thats not the "best"
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