School Selection for MiM

School selection
  • Posted by Hellrope on 07/16/13 7:56pm

    Hi Thomas,

    Let me first give you a brief about my profile. I'm in my senior year at an engineering college in India.

    Nationality: Indian
    GMAT: 750
    GPA: 9.15/10
    High School: 94%

    Internship and Extra Curricular:

    1. Did a 4 week internship at GM India. Worked on their cylinder block production line.
    2. Worked part time for about 1 year with a start-up that organizes Model UN conferences and trains students for the same.
    3. Instituted a national level debate tournament in my college and we've had 2 successful editions of the same.
    4. Won awards in 2 national level debates and in 8 Model UN conferences (Chaired twice)
    5. Organized a 15 member volunteer network in college. Worked for about 4 months with 2 NGOs. Helped one of them organize their local science fair and the other in relocation of displaced children.
    6. At high school won awards for public speaking and academics and was elected house captain.
    7. At high school, won intra school events in swimming, football and basketball and a silver at the district level in shooting. Have also done sailing and trekking while in school.

    Though I'm interested, I'll have to finance my MiM with a loan and that kind of bothers me. I am looking for schools with strong MiM programs where I would have a good chance at getting a scholarship. I'd really appreciate if you could help me out with the same.

    Also, could you give me your views on how MiMs at LBS, HEC, Duke and St.Gallen compare when it comes to return on investments and career prospects for international students?

    Eagerly awaiting a response.

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 07/18/13 12:39am

      Hi there,

      thank you for your questions. I think you have a great profile and you will certainly gain acceptance at most top MIM programs. Here are some thoughts.

      You have very good chances to receive a scholarship or even several ones for a simple reason: Schools will want to "get" you due to your great profile. If you signal them in your application that you have a business plan for your studies but that this business plan builds on a 10%, 40%, 70% or whatever scholarship then I see your chances very high that you'll get it. I do recommend you, however, first visit the Financial Aid websites of teh schools you mentioned and read their offers and criteria.

      You have a pre-selection of very renowned schools already. Now comparing these schools regarding the career impact makes a lot of sense - but not only regarding general statistics such as "How many percent of your MIM graduates found a job within 3 months after graduation" - but more specifically abotu whether the schools offer you career prospects that match YOUR GOALS. For instance, if you want to work in investment banking then a school with less contacts to such employers may not help you much, even if this school is a top school and has great career statistics. At this moment, hence, I recommend you to contact the schools' admissions offices and career offices (after screening their websites for career statistics).

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf