I am Varun, a first year MBA Student at Brandeis IBS. I thought of starting this thread to help all those, who intend to apply/ applying/ have applied to Brandeis for the MBA program or it's other Graduate Programs.
Since I was in the same position last year I completely understand the anxiety and need to get 1st hand information from current students and trust me it is a boon as it helps you know the actualities of the school beyond the numbers and the website.
B-School is definitely much more than what prospective students think of it to be, so please do not hesitate to post your queries and I will try my best to answer them in the most elaborate manner.
Thanks a lot Idiopathist! Your detailed break-down really helps in understanding the facts that should be understood and analyzed before making a composite and uniformed decision!
I am looking forward to a career in marketing and advertising. Now, I have a friend who is currently a MBA student at Thunderbird and his interests lie in marketing as well. Just now, he secured an internship with L'oreal in NY. Now having said that, as per as your response and some prior research I have done, Brandeis is primarily a Jewish College, having proficient and efficient professors specializing in the financial stream. Therefore, my research has shown that Brandeis suits students or professionals wanting to pursue finance as a career. On the other hand, I have a couple of contacts who have graduated from Brandeis but are now currently employed as marketing professionals elsewhere, not necessarily in Boston.
Practically, I as a prospect student would like to study and work in a stream that I want to follow. Having said that, Brandeis is not known for its marketing programs. But as rightly said by you, yes, Brandeis does have a diverse culture where there can be a vivid integration of opinions and ideas that will open up more contacts and actually succor the chances of grabbing more opportunities. I have also received a 50% scholarship with 25% University Loan. Also, the fee structure is not that intimidating as Thunderbirds.
But there is a clear trade off here. Thunderbird is a better ranked University and its international business program is considered numero-uno globally (or so it is said). But it is expensive overall. I have lived in U.S. before and as a former student of the American education system, I know how colleges and universities work there. Boston would have hell of a competition (as rightly mentioned by you) as some of the best schools are situated in that area. And as an international student, it would be very hard if not impossible to secure a credible job there.
But hey, life is full of choices! The ones we take the most time to decide on are generally the ones which are prolific and matter the most! But thank you again for your incredible insight! Honestly, I was not expecting such an articulate and descriptive reply!
What is your profile if you dont mind me asking? Do you come from a financial background?
Thanks again Idiopathist!
My name is Abhishek Mahapatra. Just got an acceptance letter from Brandeis IBS with 50% scholarship and 25% University Loan. I have also Thunderbird as an option for their MBA.
I just wanted to ask how many of you are planning to go to Brandeis? As it is a relatively new program, is the IBS MBA a reputed one to that? I have done some prior research and I have found that Thunderbird is better ranked than Brandeis in terms of exposure and recruitment. What do you guys think?
I would really appreciate if someone can help me on this topic!
I've got the admission letter into IBS.Can you tell the process to get the I-20 ?
Rohan Mody SaysHey! so have u finalized on Baruch?
linhsit SaysI've just got my I-20 today. So excited
Have you got your I20?
linhsit SaysI also got an admit from Brandeis MAief Program. Hope to see you around!
costica SaysHey guys. I applied for the IBS MBA 2 weeks ago. Do you have any idea how long does it take until they give you a response? Also, i already had a face to face interview with one of the office of admissions members before applying. Do you think i will have to give another interview?
Well the website says 85% of the people were placed last year... and 86% foreign national students are placed...
so i thought the numbers are decent... help me understand...
i just got an interview invite from GW... please help me with the interview questions and overall experience please...
also i thought GW has almost 100% placements... is that not true?