What to consider when choosing an MBA Program

The Center hosted Columbia University's Director of Admissions Michael Robinson, along with admissions representatives from several top MBA programs for the 2019 MBA Fair.

July 24, 2019

According to different surveys conducted, the top reason why individuals often pursue the competitive MBA course includes to increase job opportunities and salary, to remain competitive in the ever-changing job market as well as for personal gratification.  These among others highlighted during the recent MBA recruitment for the top universities in the USA recently held at the Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi.  The Center hosted Columbia University's Director of Admissions Michael Robinson, along with admissions representatives from several top MBA programs  including  UCLA-Anderson, University of Chicago-Booth, Northwestern-Kellogg, University of Virginia-Darden, MIT-Sloan and Dartmouth-Tuck for the regions MBA Fair

Africa continues to grow as an emerging market, and the top business schools in the USA are keen on tapping students from the region. This is to not only to continue to advance the technological innovations and innovations but be agents that not only shape and change the narrative of the continent but to learn from a global perspective and thereafter impact the continent.  Columbia University's Business schools conduct field studies to many countries around the world, including Kenya.  The International Chazen Study tours allow the students and faculty to one on one interaction with key business leaders in the region and learn more on technologies and innovations from Kenya and the continent. 

How do you settle on a Business School you ask? It all boils down to the individual and what their particular need is.  The different school has various lengths and modes of delivery, identify what works best.  Research on the respective schools, interact with alumni of the schools who live and works in the region and if one has the opportunity, visit the individual campus.

Other pertinent questions raised: How does one prepare for the application process for the various schools?  Michael Robison emphasized-"Tell your Story" in the most authentic way you know-how.  Ensure your current efforts, future endeavors, and how this will relate to the respective business school. Aside from the recommendation letters and tests, showcase other strengths and abilities such as leadership and all-rounded capabilities. 

Mario Lazzaroni, an alum of the Columbia  Business School '05,  asked if he would do anything different on his choice on school, noted he would not do anything different.  He emphasized the diversity in his classes, the business leaders and organizations he got to interact with, networks gained including some through the extra circular activities on campus, have maintained solid lifelong relationships, regardless of what part of the world they live and work.

 

For more information on the MBA Program visit: www.gsb.columbia.edu

MBA Fair