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Hi All,

I need some help in making a selection on a good EMBA school that would be a good fit based on my credentials.

Indian/male/33yrs/working at Top 5 financial services firm in the US/12 years of work experience/in Information Services/Undergrad - Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Univ of Mumbai/GPA 3.9.

GMAT -660 (Q-50 94%, V-28 48%) AWA awaited

I am interested in pursuing my EMBA from a top 5-6 schools, but since I am based on the east coast (South NJ) my preferences are Wharton, Columbia, and ??? Here is where I need some expert advice.

I spoke to the Wharton adcom and they mentioned that I need to retake my GMAT to even have a shot at being considered.

Columbia on the other hand is too expensive (almost as expensive as Wharton and other EMBAs, but I haven't convinced myself of the value of this school compared to Wharton, Chicago, Kellogg). Since I am going to be self-sponsored for the most part I have to watch the expenses as well.

The other option I am considering is applying to NYU Stern (part-time), any suggestions on picking EMBA vs Part-time are also welcome.

Thanks in advance !!

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by shyam_kumar_11 » Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:09 am
Dear Admission Consultants,

Would really appreciate your analysis and comments on my profile and suggested next steps.



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by Lisa Anderson » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:47 am
Dear Shyam,

With 12 years of professional experience, I think you will find the EMBA programs more beneficial than part-time programs. Not because there is a difference in curriculum, but because of who your classmates would be. I'm not sure why you think Columbia is not worth the price tag but Wharton, Chicago and Kellogg are. They are all equally fine programs with similar reputations.

There are many great EMBA programs in the New York area. Keep in mind, that rankings are on full-time programs so you should not be using those as any sort of indication of a school's EMBA program. NYU is a great school--if the part-time program's average years of work experience is more in the 7-9 year range, then it might be a viable option for you. If you think you can work a remote program and travel there periodically, then you might consider a few programs like Duke or Carnegie Mellon.

I would encourage you to do a little research on other programs in your area that offer the curriculum you seek and broaden your school possibilities.

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by Kelly McDonald » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:57 pm
Have you taken a look at Cornell? The offer a few EMBA programs, one out of their facility in the Palisades, another is a joint program offered with Queen's University in Canada. It's a weekend program done through teleconferencing to several locations across the US and Canada.

I'm 3 months into the Cornell-Queen's EMBA and enjoying every second of it