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raulchebat

Joined: 03 Feb 2008
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Hult International Business School
Mon Feb 04, 2008 06:12 AM
I'm really curious about Hult International Business School in Massachusetts, especially since I prefer to pursue a one-year MBA. However, I'm not so sure about its "name," and if recruiters worldwide know its reputation, rankings, etc.

But, based on what I've read, it seems like a "hidden gem" in the MBA world..

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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reems
Joined: 03 Feb 2008
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Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:47 AM
Even i have heard they have opened a new campus in Dubai was wondering how good their program was
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raulchebat

Joined: 03 Feb 2008
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Sat Feb 09, 2008 02:03 AM
Thanks reems, yeah, I've been wondering too if Hult's program is really good.. I'm not so sure.. The only good thing about it is that its main campus is in Boston. Anyway, since Boston is a nice place (for study and work), would you recommend Suffolk University's full-time MBA program? I know it's not top-tier, but upon researching about it, I saw that it's a career-oriented school..
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reems
Joined: 03 Feb 2008
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Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:45 AM
If you are looking for a one year program - Why dont you try some UK business schools.. They have great programs and the university name is so well recognized that its really easier finding jobs out there... Nottingham, Durham, edinburg and lancaster are among the best schools in Uk . If you have 3 years managerial experience it would be a cake walk getting through them..if you fine going to UK
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fcabral
Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Fri Apr 04, 2008 03:46 AM
Hello,

I'm presently a student at Hult.
I can tell that the program is quite good. At least so far I really appreciate the quality of courses. Obviously some more than others but that is a question of preferences.

If you heard about Dubai you should also know about Shanghai the satellite campus. I'll be spending 6 weeks there taking electives. And finally Hult has recently announced taking over Huron University in London which will be re-branded next year. Only Insead can claim having something similar but not even close. If i is international exposure you are looking for Hult is hard to beat.

The program in fact is over 40 years old now. It is the former Arthur D. Little school of Business program renamed. After the bankruptcy of the consulting company the school was sold and had to change name.

The main issue faced is brand awareness of the school. But I believe that notoriety will grow significantly in the near future.

Even if it is not your first choice. The job market in the USA is tough right now. I would definitely consider Hult as an option.
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a_mukerjee

Joined: 08 Sep 2006
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Hult International Business School
Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:22 PM
Hello fcabras,
even if you appreciate the program you are currently doing, you should not compare it to INSEAD just because they have a compus in Dubai or Shanghai. You really can't compare those two schools, there are a different league.
Attiya
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fcabral
Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Thu Apr 17, 2008 09:49 PM
Hello again,

If you read carefully what I wrote you will notice I was talking about international exposure.
Yes, I can compare with INSEAD or any other school, for example our neighbors at MIT and Harvard.
Students here have the option to take electives in Shanghai (I will be 6 weeks there starting next month) and Dubai (for next intake). And from 2009 on in London also.
If there is any other school that can offer this please say so.

We cannot compare the prestige of the name. I know that counts a lot.
This was always a small school so the network is smaller, but we do have 40 years of Arthur D. Little graduates spread around the world.
And we also do not have a full time faculty. They all belong to other institutions here in Boston(Northeastern, Babson, Boston College, etc) . That is also why we don't show up in rankings, except for the economist.

If you are accepted by a top tier program and can afford it, unarguably that is the best option.
If you want a one year program in the US with a lot of international experience at a much "lighter" price, Hult is a good option.

Fernando Cabral

[Edited by fcabral on 17 Apr 2008]

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shari2k8
Joined: 11 May 2008
Posts: 1
Hult International Business School
Mon May 12, 2008 06:19 AM
Dear Mr. fcabral,
Kindly let me know the Career oppurtunities after pursuing one year programme at Dubai campus with elective at Shanghai. I have got 4 years work experience with Automobile company in India.
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cee
Joined: 12 Jul 2008
Posts: 5
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Sun Jul 13, 2008 09:37 PM
Check out the School of George Soros in Budapest/Hungary. (www.ceubusiness.org)

[Edited by cee on 03 Oct 2008]

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lukeh
Joined: 24 Oct 2007
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Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:16 AM
Hi,

It sounds like you've had a pretty bad experience.

I dont have any experience of Hult or their staff personally, so I cant comment, but it would be interesting to get more feed back. I'm not sure its fair to criticise staff so individually. I dont know Stephen Hodges, but according to their website he does have an MA from Cambridge and a PhD from Manchester. Sounds fairly serious to me.

Has anybody else got any useful comments on Hult?
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gravitas
Joined: 29 Jul 2008
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Wed Jul 30, 2008 04:56 PM
Economist ranks them in the Top 20. In the world. Come on, how bad could they be (one person's anecdotal "evidence" aside)?
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darkKnight
Joined: 06 Aug 2008
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 02:48 PM
Hi,
I am an alum of Hult. Hence I may tend to have a soft corner. Based on the previous reviews here is my personal take.

Can't compare Hult to schools like Insead. I definitely agree there are lots of differences in terms of faculty, placements, brand name, quality of students. Insead definitely has a much higher weightage.

Having said that Hult is not a bad choice either. The faculties are very good and are drawn from some reputed schools. Some of the faculties are just superb and one of them teaches in Insead too. The program is good as the curriculum is in line with other top one year programs. It does not have a campus but considering the fact it is in Boston and in US definitely a better choice compare to UK school(for me US education and experience matter much more than UK). The school has has started agressively branding it self and expanding worldwide. These are good signs of its current leader. Since the school size is small (about 120 students per class) they don't meet certain criteria to participate in other ranking.

You may have difficulties in finding job due to its brand. But there are many students found jobs in and out of US. Even students have got jobs much before graduation. It all depend upon your work experience. Don't just count upon the MBA to job unless you have good work exp.

If you are looking for a one year program in US I would recommend(though Thunderbird is another choice but they are in Arizona, you don't like to go there). If you can get accepted to schools like Insead I would recommend Insead than Hult. I would not go to any schools in UK other than say LBS or one or two branded schools.

Hope this helps
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jazzoasis
Joined: 30 Aug 2008
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Sun Aug 31, 2008 08:45 PM
I'm also a Hult graduate. Graduated in Aug '07. I entered Hult with a GMAT of 710, and great big name MNC experience.

There are 2 sides to every coin. School branding and faculty may be of consideration (actually, I would say that the faculty is by enlarge good to top-notch). However, it is up to the individual student to take the initiative to learn, and to brand himself/ herself.

If one wishes to learn, I would say that the opportunity for great exposure is there at Hult. Since I've been there, there have been many improvements to the quality of the program and the school is growing in both size and reputation. The school is committed to providing the best it can and improving as fast as possible. It has taken many firm decisions and made significant investment towards this end, and continues to do so.

Many in my class have gotten good jobs. Many have successfully switched to consulting, investment banking, etc. Some are CEOs, CTOs within their companies.

In these times, even Harvard MBAs (a few who I know personally) have to face the reality of the market, but with huge student debt pressures. Lay offs are all too common in the big name investment banks, and the market is tough no matter who you are. Perhaps a smaller student loan and less of an "elitist" chip on the shoulder to carry would allow one to view the world in more practical terms. The MBA should be viewed as a starting point for learning, rather than the be all and end all. Nothing beats practical, real-world experience and fire in the belly.

Best courses in Hult : Finance, Innovation/ Consulting, Strategy, Global Management. Many others are great too.
I'll list them another day, as I need to check if the courses are still the same.

The Finance course is now superb (taught by a brilliant Harvard PhD with real world $$ experience). Innovation and Strategy are taught by experienced consultants (from Monitor, ADL) who are thought leaders in their field.

[Edited by jazzoasis on 31 Aug 2008]

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ibanker
Joined: 24 Sep 2008
Posts: 58
Hult International Business School
Thu Sep 25, 2008 06:29 PM
Just wanted to voice my opinion. I am a Hult alumnus. I have to say the school was good when I was there a few years ago. I graduated and moved to London with an investment bank. Now I am with a large hedge fund in Paris. The faculty at Hult were largely excellent and i really learnt a lot from them. Unlike faculty at a lot of other schools they brought real world experience to the classroom. This has proved invaluable to me in my career. I can see that the majority of those faculty are still at the school.

Since i graduated the school has improved even further. Their transformation into a global business school is actually pretty impressive. The recent graduates I have interacted with were largely happy with their experience, particularly those that had gone to study in Shanghai (wasnt available when I was there, but I think available for the last year or so). I think the combination of one-year, US MBA, global campus network is fairly unique and certainly worth considering.

Agree the brand of the school needs to improve, everyone understands that is the major weakness of a relatively young school. From my perspective it is improving every year though. However, certainly something worth taking into account if you do not have a "blue chip" name on your resume.
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lukeh
Joined: 24 Oct 2007
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Thu Sep 25, 2008 06:38 PM
That's really interesting - its always cool to have someone with first-hand experience give their assessment of a school, and your seems particularly balanced.

I'd also be interested to know the extent of your current contact with Hult. A lot of schools talk a lot of hot air about alumni relations, but again, it sounds like your involvement is very genuine. Have you met any other Hult grads since you left? In what ways do you think the school has improved since then?

Its also good to hear from someone comment on the whole "blue chip" thing, as I've always felt that many prospective MBAers place (although I can quite understand why), far too much emphasis on a narrow range of schools based solely on rankings, which - as we all know - are far from perfect measures.
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ibanker
Joined: 24 Sep 2008
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Fri Sep 26, 2008 06:43 AM
I have corresponded with a lot of graduates looking for banking jobs in Europe. But I certainly wouldn't say the school's alumni network is strong. The alumni program is certainly nowhere near as as good as Columbia or HBS, but there are regular updates and the staff/faculty are always happy to hear from me.

The most exciting change at the school is the development of the multiple campuses. I certainly would have wanted to spend time in Shanghai or Dubai learning what is going on there during my MBA. I hear they have totally restructured Careers and brought in someone from INSEAD to head it, but no idea how that is going. Probably difficult to judge in this market.

The biggest shame is that the school had to lose the Arthur D. Little name. ADL was a brand name so that really helped the school a lot. Would be great if they could change it back.

I think the biggest mistake people make is assuming that an MBA will solve everything. If you enter any b school with a poor resume then you will struggle to get a great job. All employers look past the MBA degree and really look at your experience, fit with the company and yur career performance todate.

The rankings are designed to sell newspapers more than help students make an informed decision in my opinion. My advice when spending (borrowing?) this amount of money is to talk to everyone you can (alumni, faculty, careers services) before making a decision. As with any consumer product the more informed you are, the more likely you are to be happy. Just relying on the rankings is like buying a car based on a newspaper review, but not taking it for a test drive. Who would do that?

I did a lot of research before joining Hult and I have to say I got what I expected. A great education. And friends all over the planet. It is certainly not for everybody, but then what b school is?
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lukeh
Joined: 24 Oct 2007
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Fri Sep 26, 2008 09:36 AM
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to answer a question properly. Thanks, ibanker!
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AAABond
Joined: 01 Oct 2008
Posts: 1
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Thu Oct 02, 2008 03:34 PM
1) ADL was the 1st management consulting (real consulting not IT outsourcing) firm ever (in the globe)...
2) ADL School of Mgmt has never been compared to MIT, Harvard, etc because the format of the program was not comparable...
3) Who's current Dean of MBA in INSEAD? Answer: Jake Cohen... well, Jake thought in Hult for a couple of years...and we enjoyed his teaching in Hult

The bad thing about Hult is that the brand (no longer ADL) is almost unknown... while INSEAD is very well known (especially in EU)...

Can you compare Hult with Harvard, NW, Univ. of Chicago, Stanford, etc? No! But I would not compare INSEAD with these Bus. Schools either!

Can you compare Hult with INSEAD? Absolutely yes: the programs are very similar and the strategy (a campus in any continent) is the same.

NB: "Comparable" does not mean "the same"...

If you are interested only in a 1-Y MBA (as most of the guys who choose Hult) the advice I can give you is to apply for INSEAD, IMD, and HULT and go for the first 2 if they admit you and you can afford their tuitions ... Why I give you this suggestion? Because they have a stronger brand.

It seems there was someone complaining about Hult 'cos the School closed her/his email account etc... well look for other blogs (Harvard included) and see how many ppl that have been forced to leave the program are now complaining about the School... You will always find someone complaining...

I always believed that "you get what you pay for" and Hult is not Harvard... On the other hand, Hult's faculty body with (a couple of top-notch finance, economics and strategy professors) is pretty good... Could it be better? Sure, the Dean and the President have a lot to do but it seems that they are NOW moving in the right direction.

Unfortunately, a weak brand and a disconnect between the 2 Hult alumni and ADL alumni make the things a bit more complicated.

Anyway, there are Hult Students working in McKinsey (not in US 'cos McKinsey policy in US is to hire only top-10 schools so mind where INSEAD is in the ranking now) and other world-class firms.

The job you get after your MBA depends mostly on your previous experience and on who you really are!
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vidhi
Joined: 29 Sep 2008
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Hult International Business School
Fri Oct 03, 2008 05:45 AM
hey,
It would be a great help if someone can tell me the gmat score required for hult.

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cee
Joined: 12 Jul 2008
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Hult International Business School
Fri Oct 03, 2008 05:55 AM
At least 820 :) They want to surpass Chicago GSB within 2 years.
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vidhi
Joined: 29 Sep 2008
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Hult International Business School
Fri Oct 03, 2008 06:07 AM
cee... its not funny
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cee
Joined: 12 Jul 2008
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Hult International Business School
Fri Oct 03, 2008 06:17 AM
call them up... phone number available at www.hult.edu
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ibanker
Joined: 24 Sep 2008
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Thu Oct 30, 2008 08:40 PM
hey,
It would be a great help if someone can tell me the gmat score required for hult.

Vidhi, the average GMAT of Hult is around 580-600. Hope that helps.
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Lillian Hallberg
Joined: 09 Nov 2008
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Hult International Business School
Mon Nov 10, 2008 05:41 PM
One individual mentioned Suffolk University's MBA Programs in the threaded discussion here.

Suffolk University in Boston offers a Global MBA - Masters in Global Business Administration -- with concentrations in international finance and international marketing.

The program is based in the strength of the MBA core curriculum but every course beyond the core focuses on international business. Suffolk Global MBAs are required to enroll in a one-week Global Travel Seminar with five destinations to choose from: Business in India with travel to Bangalore; Business in Germany with travel to Franfurt and Munich; Business in Viet Name; the London Financial Markets; and Business in China with travel to Beijing and Shanghai. The 7 to 9 day travel component of the course takes place when there are not campus classes -- i.e. during spring break or between winter and spring semester; or between spring and summer terms. Students visit with corporate executives and complete live case studies.

The Full-Time Global MBAs must complete a three month full-time internship outside their home country during the months of June, July and August. Recent placements have included the World Trade Organization in Switzerland, Korres (a leading European natural cosmetics firm headquartered in Athens), Sully Finance in Paris, PAP Corp - owner of three ocean side resort hotels in Thessaloniki; and in the Boston area, Teradyne, Procter & Gamble, Monster Worldwide, and State STreet Global Advisors among others.

Career focused from day one........see the video at www.suffolk.edu/globalmba for a taste of the Suffolk MBA Programs
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cee
Joined: 12 Jul 2008
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Mon Nov 10, 2008 05:46 PM
www.ceubusiness.org
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