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  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
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    Management Science
  1. Dartmouth vs Duke MEM

    Congratulations on these excellent admits. Now getting to your question, it depends on your goals. If you want more exposure to management, duke(fuqua) seems to be more logical. I had applied to both these programs too. And if given the choice, I would have opted for Dartmouth for the following reasons: 1)Excellent placement record 2)Close-knit community owing to its small class size 3)The faculty, especially Mr. Ross Gortner, takes a lot of pains to ensure that everyone gets an internship and a job offer in their area of interest. To add to all this, you have a scholarship(yes it isn't 40%, but it is still good enough). You'll even get the "IVY" tag, if that matters to you at all. Dartmouth's alumni network is very extensive and extremely helpful. I have gotten very positive and encouraging response from my interaction with their current and past students who've been very helpful. Go with your heart. I don't think you'll regret joining either of these programs. Wishing you all the best!
  2. Deciding between Engineering Management Programs

    Hi, Yeah, I have been accepted to UCB MEng and Dartmouth MEM so far. Haven't heard back from Columbia. Your decision depends on your interests. If you intend to work in tech, Berkeley is the way to go, and if finance/consulting is where you see yourself, Columbia is the safest bet. Dartmouth lies in between with great placement record but location is a big bane for the program-you have to work slightly harder to get the position of your choice. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to discuss anything. All the best!
  3. Only One Acceptance - Now What?

    Look, if you think that you can do better than this program, then you should try again because later you might end up regretting that you didn't. Next year, the competition may be less or it may not(in fact there is a good chance it may increase due to latest regulation to give preference to Phd candidates for H1B; this is just from the perspective of an intl student) but one thing is for sure - you're only going to do your PhD once. Rest is up to you. No one else can make this decision for you. If you feel that your research goals align with this program, then go. If you think that there's a better program out there that might suit you more, then there's no harm in waiting a year and trying again next fall or maybe in spring. Hope this helps, Wish you all the best!
  4. It may be the case that the school you are talking about is accepting students with lower GRE/GPA than yours. However, you must pay heed to the fact that graduate schools look at the overall profile of the candidate and not just the scores because taking a 3 hour long exam doesn't represent the kind of work one does over a span of 4-5 odd years. It would simply be illogical and skewed to think that they would. Schools look at the overall profile of the candidate to see whether that person would be a good "fit" for their program. Since you got the nod, it means that they find your profile suitable for their program. The reason is the same for accepting other candidates. They must have covered through work-ex/research/future goals (and intent) what they lacked in their scores. To sum up, congratulations on getting admitted into a school(especially MS in CS) that you want to attend. You should go to this school if you intended to, irrespective of others' acceptance, and if you're not satisfied, you can try again. You may end up being overwhelmed by the caliber of students in your program after all. All the best!
  5. Dartmouth MEM vs Uwaterloo MMSc

    First of all, thanks a lot for responding! Now getting to your question, I haven't received any funding yet but there's a chance that I might get 20%-40% partial scholarship on tuition fees(cost after scholarship- USD 60k). I am looking to work in a stable role in fintech/analytics for a few years. Country doesn't really matter. I just don't want to regret giving up Dartmouth(Ivy League) for Waterloo(Cost w/o any assistance even if I extend my program for a year and plan to do co-op=USD 25k at max). How is Waterloo's reputation? and will it add to my CV in terms of brand if I plan to do my mba from an Ivy in the future.
  6. Hi, I don't have an acceptance from Waterloo yet, but I'm really confused between these 2 programs. Waterloo would probably cost less than half of Dartmouth. However, taking tuition out of the picture, which one in your opinion seems better? Kindly keep in mind that I also hope to get some exposure/work ex after my graduation. Please send in your suggestions. all your opinions are welcome and would be highly appreciated. Thanks!