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Carnegie Mellon or USC Marshall B-school for Medical Admin MBA

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My dad's friend, knowing that I went to B-school, asked me my opinion. He's been a medical professional (a surgeon) for 30 years and is in very good standing within his community and profession. He has been the regional chief of staff and would like to now get an MBA which would allow him to do consulting work and apply for big jobs in medical admin. He has spoken with a lot of people and apparently the two best places that offer that program are USC and Carnegie Mellon. I honestly don't know how to advise him on this, because I'm not familiar with either university, yet superficially one would imagine CM to be a better school.

What advice would you give to someone like this?
post #2 of 7
I'd probably ask where does he prefer to work and live once school is done if by universities are good in his chosen field. If he wants to work on the West coast then USC would obviously be a better fit than CMU.
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Carnegie
post #4 of 7
CMU is known for its quantitative side so he will probably have to be fairly comfortable with quantitative stuff to be successful at CMU.

Also a random thought, USC has a medical school but CMU does not. I would think it would be easier for a med admin MBA student to go to the med school to take some courses if desired.
post #5 of 7
I'd imagine Tepper to be a better school than Marshall as well; USC's undergraduate program is fast rising , but its graduate programs lag behind considerably.
post #6 of 7
I went to CMU for undergrad and have no knowledge of the USC program. At CMU, I know the Health Care Management/Public Policy studies at Heinz College gets a lot of kudos (consistently pretty well ranked). I think the ability for him to dabble in those as electives would really get him better prepared than most traditional MBAs.
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Aren't Fuqua and Wharton the top schools for health sector management MBAs? My guess is that because of his experience and existing connections, reputation won't matter as much anyway though, and just a preference of west vs. east coast.
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