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Posted by at 24 May , 2009

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School selection is a complicated thing.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of long efforts, and I would never have been able to apply for more than one round. People who apply to 6+ schools over three rounds impress me for their resilience.

Also, because I had very little time, I had to make my shortlist as short as possible. No more than three b-schools.

My business school selection method:

For my research, I gathered the various criteria into 4 groups that could be laid on a quadrant: During studies vs. Post studies and Generic vs. Specific.


  • ROI and financing considerations (during studies: tuition fees, financing options, cost of living; post studies: post-MBA salary et salary down the line).
    Info to be found on the Business Week here and Financial Times website there.
  • Student life considerations (during studies: on or off campus, sport/enterainment facilities, clubs, teaching methods).
    Info on b-schools MBA websites or through campus visit.


  • Education prestige (during studies : professors, relationships with companies, MBA rankings; post studies : B-school rankings).
    Info on b-schools MBA websites, various places on internet, and also on Business Week here, here, there and there ; on Financial Times here and there ; and on Wall Street Journal here.
    Info on b-schools ranking on US News here and Financial Times there.
  • Network (during studies : admited student profiles; after studies : b-school alumni network).
    Info on the net and through discussions with alumni.

Criteria can be evaluated according to one’s professional objectives or personal constrains to create “fit”:

  • Geographical fit
  • Industry fit
  • Function fit

In my case, I had the following:

  • Geographic fit: Post-MBA work in Asia (China).
  • Industry fit: Post-MBA work at a French Luxury company.
  • Function fit: Post-MBA work in Internet Marketing.

And I had the following constrains:

  • Study in Europe – for family reasons.
  • Internship – to validate a potential career switch.

In the end, the business school that seemed to best fit into my objectives as HEC-Paris, especially with its double degree programme with Tsinghua in Beijing or CUHK in Hong Kong.
Additionally, I decided to give the London Business School a go to check how far I’d get.

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