Thursday, May 27, 2004

Choosing the MBA

Given the tough time that I had evaluating schools to pursue my MBA at, as well as needing more information of the school that I chose, I thought that I would set up my first blog to give some insight to the experience from a Kiwi perspective. Although I am now in Europe, I will soon be making the move to Hanover, NH to attend Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. I was looking for a solid all-round education with a strong finance/strategy slant, and I think Tuck is one of those hidden gems out there. I didn't know much about the program, but it seems strong in private equity circle(often mentioned in the same breath as Harvard), has an excellent student population (primarily Consulting and Finance) and is perceived to be on par by students other top schools.

I still haven't told my other schools that I will be declining as I am suffering from buyers regret. Duke is supposedly strong in finance, but when visiting the university I got the impresion that there are administrative problems, particulary in career services (the head of Finance as well as Career Services were leaving). Yale seems to have alot of non-profit influence, which I would like to get away from. Tuck is the choice for me, but it feels great to be wanted.

At the end of the day, my decision came down to Tuck having the best student population, based on work experience and educational background, career services and commitment to teaching. My only concerns with Tuck are it's isolation and lack of a strong investment component. Contrary to most Kiwis, I tend to prefer the city, but my visit to Tuck has helped to offset some of these concerns.

There will be more to come as I start down my experiential road...