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Planning for MBA, some queries regarding it.




Hi Friends,
I completed my bachelors degree in comp. sc. from india with first class in distinction(no iitian here) in 2004 and migrated to canada on a "Permanent Resident" basis.For the initial 6 months i got no job particular to my industry and this site helped me a lot during the tough days.Finally i ended up with a job as a "software developer" in a reputed firm.

Now in 2008, i have 3 years of work experience with 2 java certifications and i was thinking that i should try to go for a MBA degree. I work full-time and so i think i should enroll myself in a part-time MBA degree program in York univ. and attend classes during the evenings and weekends.Since,I have never studied in a canadian school/college/univ,I would appreciate if someone can please advice me on the following:

1. Will a part-time degree at York be beneficial and will i get a good job after that?
2. with a comp. sc. degree and 3 years of working exp. what do you think would be the best course to go for.I don't have much idea about MBA courses but some friends say I should go for "Management Information Systems(MIS)".
3. I am thinking to apply for both "Rotmans" and "York" as they in GTA and i can attend evening and weekend classes. Do you guys think, it's easy to get admission in them?
4. How much time(in months) does it normally takes for a part-time degree and how much does it costs around (just tution fee as i have accomodation).

I would really appreciate if you guys can shed some light on this.

Thanks a lot
Mick


 
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Hello Mick,

Your planning is good.... haven't wasted much time ! Go get your MBA.

There are couple of Buisness schools in BC and they would probably cost about $ 50,000 + living expenses etc.. Generaly this is the range you are looking for.

Heared Schulich is good and so is Rotmans. These schools will have kind of orientation or what you call ... information sessions. Take a look at their website and you can probably ask questions (1-4) at the information sessions or send mail to the program coordinator.

Trust me, they reply !

Good luck

Weldall


 
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u might also want to check out Asper School of Business or
Edwards School of Business
in Western Canada.
solid programs and faculty ... but weaker on networking.

good luck, MBA!

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Thanks a lot Weldall and 905Desi,
I cannot choose the BC or Western Canada options as i have to sponsor myself and so i need to enroll into a part-time MBA thats close to my work place.

I will surely attend the information session Weldall and clarify my doubts...

Now, I should try to prepare for GMAT and see how much i score and take one thing at a time...


 
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Don't know whether it'll help but a couple of points...

1. From what I have heard, York's undergrad program is not worth the paper it's printed on. I talked to a few people when comparing universities in general in Toronto. Not sure if it translates strictly to the MBA program as well, but I'd assume there is some comparison.
2. Coming out of Rotman, you can expect to get 70-85K - that's the numbers I got from a conversation last week with a Canadian manager in my dept. A friend of mine with 10 yrs exp from India got around 10K more than that, I think.

Is 85K worth your time and the loan you will have to take? Do you think an MBA from Rotman will help your career substantially long term? That's something for you to figure out. I don't think it's worth the effort or money, but that's my personal take; yours could be very different.


 
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Is 85K worth your time and the loan you will have to take? Do you think an MBA from Rotman will help your career substantially long term? That's something for you to figure out. I don't think it's worth the effort or money, but that's my personal take; yours could be very different.


Thanks Alex,
Thats a very good point and thanks for the exact statistics. With around 3 year exp. i get around 60K with bonus/options etc and like you correctly said after spending 50K+ and 3 years of hard work would it be worthful ending up in a 85K-90K job???

I dont know the answer myself and if some senior members can reply to this, it would be really good. For me, since i just have a B.E degree and that too from a normal univ. in India, I thought MBA would be a good career boost option and i will also gain some canadian education under my belt.

Thats all i thought...


 
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Y'day I was at a seminar for Segal Buisness school, their cost is $ 47500 + $ 200 per semester (total 5 semesters).. This is for Exe MBA and part time .. alternate Fri / Sat.. 20 months. This includes books.. library etc and one night stay (Friday) at a Delta Hotel, Vancouver.

To do a MBA or not to do.. also depends on Age factor.. if you are investing $ 50,000 at 30 years.. it should be worth it.. thats how I view it.. you can get it back it terms of better job prospects / perks etc. you have another 25 yrs to to earn back your investment.

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Planning for MBA, some queries regarding it.
Well, its always better to have Canadian degree and higher education to enhance career opportunities. However, many factors play an important role in decision making process, whether to go for MBA degree or not. I had similar goal until last year about getting an MBA from Canadian University.

I did following.


I attended information sessions for following universities.

York University /University of Toronto/ Queens University / University of Western Ontario.


I met university representatives as well as students to get an actual idea. My conclusion is as below.

It seems that quality of education is good to gain knowledge. However, I was not convinced that after spending C$60K+; one would get opportunities upon completion of graduate management degree in Canada. It all depends on previous work experience as well as availability of positions matching one's skill set when one is hunting for higher responsibilities."

All individual circumstances are unique. Hence, in my case I decided not to pursue graduate management studies until next two years.

Wish you all the best.


 
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Originally posted by weldall

To do a MBA or not to do.. also depends on Age factor.. if you are investing $ 50,000 at 30 years.. it should be worth it.. thats how I view it.. you can get it back it terms of better job prospects / perks etc. you have another 25 yrs to to earn back your investment.



what a good point Weldall. I am 27, so i fall in that criteria :)

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It seems that quality of education is good to gain knowledge. However, I was not convinced that after spending C$60K+; one would get opportunities upon completion of graduate management degree in Canada. It all depends on previous work experience as well as availability of positions matching one's skill set when one is hunting for higher responsibilities."



You are right ecom but i was talking to some of my friends yesterday about this same topic and this is what most of us agreed upon. If you can afford the cost and time, going for a part-time MBA degree is beneficial because you are not losing anything. Some guys said initially this degree will not land you in a good spot but if you look at long-term this degree will certainly help you establish a good career in future.


So, back to GMAT preparations :)



 
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Studying MBA
Hi

Im interested in studying a MBA Program from Toronto. However, the main criteria for getting admission into MBA is that you need a 4 years bachelors degree or a Master Degree (if your from India). However, i have done my Bachelors Degree only from Mumbai University and wonder if there are any bridging courses or any way in which i can qualify for studying MBA. I have got 10 years of work experience with me. But the main point where I get disqualified is due to the 3 years Bachelors Degree.
Does anyone have any knowledge on how normally do Indians get into MBA Programs if they dont have a Master Degree.
Cheers


 
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