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!
First of all Congratulations on your admits to Brandeis and Thunderbird!
I have accepted the offer from Brandeis and will be joining this fall :)
Now coming to the dilemma you are facing. Firstly, which is the field that you intend to pursue and what kind of profile are you seeking post MBA?
During my research, what I came across is that, except for the top 20-30 Schools rankings are not of much significance because at the end of the day they are just by media publishers based on different parameters.
What you must look for, is the strength of the department that you intend to opt as electives, the kind of opportunities available in that geographical range and yes the kind of environment that you prefer. And yes the Location does play a huge role when you consider Tier 2 schools.
Now as far as my limited knowledge about Thunderbird goes, I believe it's strength is Global Management/International Business Management(But you will have to talk to students/alumni about it in detail). On the other hand, Brandeis's strength is Finance & Economics and then comes International Business. So align your goals to what each school has on offer as it's strength.
As far as employment is concerned, I believe all Tier 2 school students have to work their way out to a great extent, baring the situation when he/she gets into a company that the school has good ties with and that recruits regularly. So this is where Location could matter and if the kind of companies you are targeting are there in Arizona/Boston or no.
As you said Brandeis is young, but is moving ahead rapidly and has Fantastic faculty! Also the kind of International Diversity(more internationals than Americans!) among the student pool that Brandeis would have, will in all respect give you the Global feel! The disadvantage could be that you would be competing with almost 15-16 B School students for jobs around Boston (A Challenge!) including the likes of Harvard, MIT, BU. But then if you are good, then why wouldn't you break through and if aren't then no B School could get you a job :P
Lastly, funding could also be a criteria for many.
These were a few views of mine. I hope it helps you make an informed decision! Do reach out if you have any other queries