Offer for MBA at Non-prestigious

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New answer on Nov 18, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 02, 2018

If a consulting firms offers to pay for an MBA, does it HAVE to be at a target or prestigious school? or can you opt to get MBA from wherever? My undergrad has a strong non-prestigious MBA program but I love how they teach and how well their program works. Is this allowed or do they expect you to go hit IVY?

I'll take the hit on my resume for not have prestigious school name on it vs. going where I want to go

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Sidi
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replied on Mar 02, 2018
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers

What Bruno said. Additionally I can confirm that the same is true for BCG - there is a list of schools for sponsored MBAs, and any deviation needs to be approved case by case.

Special case in Germany: here consultants mostly opt to do a PhD instead of an MBA - in this case, one is free to choose any fully accredited university with the right to award PhD degrees. This is true for both McK and BCG.

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replied on Mar 02, 2018
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Hey,

At least in the McKinsey offices I know you have a list of schools from which you can select. If it’s outside that list you need to take your case to a committee to get it approved (which will only occur under exceptional circunstances, eg, personal constraints)

Anyway, to be honest I don’t think your reasoning would be strong enough, as it even shows a bit of ‘narrow vision’

best

Bruno

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Clara
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replied on Nov 18, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

You can choose whatever, but why choosing a non target school when it´s paid?

Good luck!

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Vlad
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updated an answer on Mar 04, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Generally not. Be ready to look for the support of your DGl / Career Counselor. You are in a better position to negotiate if:

  • You are a top / distinctive performer
  • You have the partners who will support you
  • You have a strong DGl / Career Counselor
  • You have a good reasoning (e.g. wife pursuing the same MBA)

Best!

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