Irrespective of your GMAT score, your post MBA career goals and your penchant/hatred for saas-bahu serials, if you are an Indian MBA applicant there are a few schools that you’ve GOT to have on your radar. And it doesn’t matter if you are eligible or qualified to get in. The fact is most of your peers will be talking about it before, during and after you complete your MBA course from another university. So spend a little time getting to know these top MBA programs. Here’s MCB’s take on it.
- Harvard Business School (HBS) – A 100 years in the MBA business and the strongest brand in the market are good enough reasons to keep the Harvard flag flying high up there.
- Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) – Did you know it’s tougher to get into Stanford than it is to get into Harvard? Reasons – a rock solid brand that’s respected globally, an opportunity to interact with brilliant (and nice) classmates and get some vitamin D (and Vitamin $ in the form of venture capital funds for your new venture) in sunny Silicon Valley.
- Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton MBA) – After IIM (Indian/IT/Male), the next most common acronym, if you can call it that, in bschool world is H/S/W. And the ‘W’ in there stands for Wharton. Very ‘fact-based and data-driven’. Also quite strong in finance (and entrepreneurship), if that’s your cup of tea.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – ‘Mere paas Harvard hai, Stanford hai, Wharton hai…kya hai tumhare paas..haain?’. ‘Bhai, mere paas, Maaaa…ssachusetts Institute of Technology hai, bhaai’. Nuff said.
- London School of Business (LBS) – The strongest non-American MBA brand out there. Bang in the middle of London with easy access to all the top employers in the city. It offers a 16-month option if you are in a hurry to hit the job market faster.
- INSEAD – The chhotu-sa town (in comparison to France) of Fontainebleau came on to the global map and junta started getting inquisitive (with questions like ‘how the heck do you pronounce the name of the school and the town?’) because of this one institution. With a campus in Singapore, it’s spread its wings into Asia.
- Indian School of Business (ISB) – C’mon guys. Let’s go beyond patriotic rhetoric and accept the fact that this is THE best international bschool (being unapologetically judgemental here) we have back home that can compete with the old-timers out there. It’s cracked into the top rankings in a very short time and we’ve got high expectations and hopes for apna strongest desi contender. Give it time and breathing space though as others in the same league have had a long run-up to reach where they are.
- Indian Institute of Management (IIMA PGPX) – After proving their mettle in the traditional 2-year MBA space, they’ve now moved into the 1-year MBA domain. The idea – leverage a dhansoo brand and some kick-a** resources (including some superstar professors and strong industry connections) to reinvent the management education game. Will they be as successful as the other global 1-year MBA programs? Only time will tell.
- National University of Singapore (NUS) – An Asian program that allows Indian applicants to learn management in an international setting without burning a huge hole in their pocket, well at least in relative terms. The low investment and attractive RoI makes it quite popular among Indian applicants. Singapore is a commercial hub that hosts many domestic and global companies.
- ??? – Complete this one for me please. Are there any Indian or international business schools that you feel a strong spiritual connection with? Why?
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