rubey419 Posted May 7, 2014 Share Posted May 7, 2014 Long time listener, first time caller. I'm a college student attending a low-tier small private school in the Southeast. Unfortunately, not having a good mentor with the expertise such as yourselves until recently with the discovery of this forum and others, I was stooped into buying into my school's Finish a MBA in only one extra year! diploma mill campaign and am now just two classes away from finishing my dual BS/MBA. Of course, I realize my error now and that any MBA worth having requires work experience and should be ranked in the top 10-20 (which my university is faaarrr from). My original career goal was to go into healthcare administration at a mid-sized or VA hospital and work my way up, where the MBA prestige perhaps has less bearing. But now I am looking into proverbial forks in the road...what if I want to become a healthcare consultant (which I've started to become pretty interested in as of late)? Or go into the executive level at a major hospital system? Then of course a Tuck or Fuqua will be looked upon favorably by McKinsey or MD Anderson than my no-name B school, ceteris paribus. And I know that prestige will only matter more as my generation navigates the competitive job market now and decades into the future. Again, wish someone had told me this earlier! But I don't have the MBA paper yet so its not too late I hope... So two choices I'd appreciate input on: 1) Finish MBA from my low tier program. Do the classic way of working hard, networking, and getting experience to progress my career. I can also get a MHA or MPH from a good school (Cornell, Columbia, etc) but will the completed MBA from my current low tier program put a taint on my CV? As how a University of Phoenix masters degree looks worst than having a masters at all (ex. from the eyes of Big Consulting Firms)? Other points to consider: MPH or MHA programs are less competitive than MBA, but can I explain to the AdCom how having the prior MBA would not be redundant as a suitable MHA or MPH candidate? 2) Quit my current MBA program as sunk costs, start career for experience, then go for the top B schools later. Would I be able to explain in my application why I quit my earlier program? Assuming I can even get into a top 20, is the "prestige and networking" benefit of a top program worth my exit from an earlier, less prestigious MBA program, in the perspective of the AdCom? Any constructive feedback is welcomed. Harsh, or otherwise. Thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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