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M.Eng. University of Michigan vs MS Northeastern University


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I got admits from University of Michigan- Ann Arbor for M.Eng. in Manufacturing Engineering and Northeastern University(Boston) for MS in Industrial Engineering for Fall 2017. 

Advantages of UMich- 

  1. Better University- ranked 2nd in the US(https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/industrial-engineering-rankings)
  2. Better location for getting a job in manufacturing
  3. Cheaper cost of living 

Advantages of Northeastern-

  1. It is an M.S. degree, so I think it would be easier for me to get an RA/TA as compared to M.Eng.
  2. Slightly cheaper tuition(difference is around $3000, so not a big deal)
  3. I have been accepted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership program(http://www.northeastern.edu/gordonleadership/), which means that a company would sponsor me for the Gordon program and allow me to do a paid internship with them. Since I am an international student, I will need to find the company myself.

At the moment, I am 90% inclined towards the University of Michigan since I like their curriculum more and it's more prestigious. My final objective is to find a job and not to do a PhD. I have not been offered any financial aid by either of the two. 

I would be glad to get your feedback, especially if there are any reasons why I should not choose the University of Michigan. Also, if there is an international student in this forum who has studied in the Gordon Leadership program, please let me know.


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I have made my decision. I have got an admit to the Tauber Program in the University of Michigan which gives guaranteed highly paid internships in addition to courses on leadership and operations. 

Michigan it is!

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