Written by: Deirdre M. Kane, Assistant Director, MBA and Master of Finance Admissions, MIT Sloan School of Management
As an admissions officer, my job is to find the future experts and bring them to my school, but I am by no means an expert myself; however, there are a number of factors to consider before choosing an MBA program: fit, future, and fun. I don’t have the answers for you, but I do have some questions you should consider as you weigh your decision.
Fit is the most important of the three, actually, because your happiness should be your top priority. Have you visited the schools, talked to students, sat in on classes? Do you feel welcome? How accessible are the faculty? Do they have the extracurriculars (clubs, etc.) and a curriculum that will engage you? What is the culture like and does it align with what you need from a school? What are the school’s strengths (in academics, recruiting sectors, and so on) and do those strengths match the directions you are considering for your future? If you don’t know the answers to these questions for each school you are considering, you need to visit each school and find out before you decide.