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Just calculate it as an potential ROI for each. Your network will be the biggest takeaway after you graduate. Look at what industries the alumni are in and which most closely aligned with what you want to do.

They extended me in state tuition for the first year as well as 5k off the bottom line and 12 hours a week for the first year for 7.5k work study. That seriously reduces the cost. I need to call and talk to see if I do well enough they will extend the same deal into year 2. If that's the case it will be cheaper than kogod.
post #1037 of 1044
Okay observation I've made...AU requires a 15 hour math program and UMD has an optional math prep. I'll probably do it if it's free...

But UMD has 70-90 hours of pre course work. How feasible is it for someone working 50 hours a week to finish this in a little more than a month?

I am almost intomidated by the amount and would probably change my last day of work from July 25th to the 18th.

The prep work is due the 8/10 and I can not start till I have everything set up which won't be untill 6/25.

Also this makes me think why doesn't au have prep work ahead of the semester. If they are not pushing me now will they during my 2 years there. I don't want to pay 55k and not come away with a skill set

Couple this with having to move out and into another apartment.
post #1038 of 1044

You're over thinking it :). My MSc program had prep work too. Pretty much basic and useless stuff given to you in order to have common ground and something to discuss when the course starts or if there is a history of students not being prepared for the course work. Usually the former.  Most people don't take it too seriously.

post #1039 of 1044
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You're over thinking it smile.gif. My MSc program had prep work too. Pretty much basic and useless stuff given to you in order to have common ground and something to discuss when the course starts or if there is a history of students not being prepared for the course work. Usually the former.  Most people don't take it too seriously.

I just don't like being behind the 8 ball. I used to get all my school work done ahead of time and I just don't see that being the case with this because I'm more than a month behind students who started admitted student weekend.

I guess I'll see after I make my decision and either commit to umd and decommit from au or vice Versa.
post #1040 of 1044

Greetings gents,

 

Mechanical engineer from UT, currently an SAP consultant in the oil and gas industry. Have really been toying with the idea of going back for the MBA. Started off strong back in March. Score was improving nicely (570 first test 640 1.5 months later). However, my motivations declined and things picked up at work, leaving me little time to study except for weekends. Haven't studied since end of April. If I am going to apply for Fall 15 I need to get my ass in gear. I turned 26 three weeks ago and for whatever reason I have the feeling that waiting and entering a program at 28 is too old. I know that graduating at 30 is still acceptable but did any of you have the same feeling when going back?

 

Many thanks!

post #1041 of 1044
I definitely don't think 28 is too old. as a matter of fact, it's actually the average age at most top schools. however, keep in mind that due to the nature of MBA recruiting , you're very unlikely to benefit from the extra year of work experience so i would encourage you to apply as soon as possible. I was 31 at matriculation (I graduated late at 25 due to a double major and an extended gap years + 6 years of work experience) and while I think age really isn't a factor (had plenty of classmates that were my age and even older), the amount of pre-MBA experience is. Consulting firms and banks, which hire the majority of MBAs, have all their new grads start as associate 1, regardless of pre-mba experience so it can definitely be a step-back for many. I had already done IBD and had no interest of going into consulting so it didn't matter in my case, but i have some classmates who really wanted to switch industry and will definitely be starting in a lesser role, including 2 ex PE guys who couldn't get a summer gig, freaked out and will soon be starting as IBD associates in the early 30s. i want to cry every time i think about them.

as for the gmat, i found the best way to get a high score (700+) if you're time constrained is to take 2 weeks off before the test and cram 14-16 hours a day. Most of my classmates did the same and we mostly agree that it's hard to study over a long period of time because you keep losing your form and forgetting the little trick to allow you to nail the tough questions.
post #1042 of 1044
agree with kasper, also I have my books for sale still if you wanna buy them wink.gif
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nvm books sold for $120 on ebay
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nvm books sold for $120 on ebay

You dog! What about the Styleforum kickback haha.

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