Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Mizzou

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by JoshD, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I have created this thread to update with this 3-way I am in.

    I have been admitted to the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri for the Masters of Science in Finance.

    Application has been submitted with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University for the Master of Science in Quantitative Management. I got an email this morning that the admissions committee approved my request for a GMAT/GRE waiver based on my educational background and professional experience. I have an interview on Monday March 2nd and then my application material is in the hands of the admissions committee.

    I have everything completed for the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University for their Master of Science in Finance program. Right now I have hit a glitch in the application where is says I am missing information however the application coordinator and admissions rep cannot see an issue with my application and IT has been contacted. The admissions rep has already stated she is pretty well certain I will be admitted.

    I will update once I hear from Duke and Johns Hopkins as those are my top 2 choices irregardless of price.
  2. JP007

    JP007 Member

    Good luck!!!

    Have you thought about MIT's SDM program? Extremely strong program with a (partial) distance option. I believe you can also wave the GMAT/GRE.
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  3. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Thank you!

    I looked into itb I do not think it would be a good fit for me and my career goals.

    I will not get an admissions decision until Mid March at the earliest so we shall see!
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    If you’re going for the big-splash-brand-name then I think Duke wins.
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    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I agree, the Fuqua School of Business has been long standing with reputation; while Carey Business School established 13 years ago. Also the Carey Business School did not achieve AACSB accreditation until 2017.
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  6. JP007

    JP007 Member

    Fuqua's a top program among the three, the others don't hold a candle to it....
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  7. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I have my interview with Fuqua Monday Morning. It'll likely be mid-March before I hear from both Carey and Fuqua. I will update once I know more! I just have to decide, Finance or Business Analytics? Vastly different fields and vastly difference career paths.
  8. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Also, despite Carey Business School being in its infancy compared to the others, I would likely choose it over Mizzou. The finance professors are VERY impressive, the Johns Hopkins name holds weight and the course offerings are phenomenal.

    If I get admitted to both Carey and Duke, I will have a lot of internal reflecting to do. Lol
  9. Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius Active Member

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  10. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

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  11. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Great program! I will have to read up on it some more. Ideally, I would want a GMAT/GRE waiver because my scores are essentially "expired" and I want to avoid taking it right now if at all possible. However, if I really like this program I am not opposed to taking it.

    I wonder if they allowed the Executive Assessment like other top business schools have started doing?
  12. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    Well, Josh . . .

    Have you considered Harvard? Or Yale? Or Stanford? Have you considered Texas Tech? Or North Carolina A&T? Or Boston University? Or Boston College? Or BYU? Have you considered the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople?

    You haven’t considered these programs? Well, why not???

    Yes, there’s a message here . . . You have narrowed your picture down to three: Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Mizzou. The last thing you need is a bunch of wazoos trying to overload you with additional choices that, with your intelligence and experience, you would have considered already if they were relevant. The result of said wazoos is to create a state of information overload in which your head spins so much that you look like Linda Blair in The Exorcist and, once it stops spinning, we can only hope that it once again faces forward.

    If I recall correctly, you’ve already crapped out of one or more programs. It’s time to pick one carefully and go with it, with one back-up in place in case you don’t like the one you’ve chosen – which you won’t know until you’re actually enrolled.

    Here’s what information overload is: Many years ago I needed a cell phone, long before everyone had one. I went into one store and they had some 30 phones from which I could choose. I couldn’t make up my mind. That’s information overload. I went into another store and they had three phones from which to choose. I picked one out and walked out a happy camper with a phone.

    Online programs have grown so exponentially that, if anything, there are now too many choices. So once you’ve got things down to a short list of choices with which you would, in theory, be a happy camper, stop trying to expand the list any further.

    So, have you considered any of the programs in South Africa? Australia? England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales? Huh? Huh???
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  13. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    There are certainly a very large, and overwhelming, amount of distance learning options for those in the business field. Most are at state schools and it is very nice to see more prestigious universities beginning to step into this realm with certain program offerings. While many on this forum seem to search for quick and cheap, I am striving to find the best I can get admitted to.

    I have researched programs more than I would like to admit to help me be able to make the most well-informed decision that I can. I will have admissions decisions from Duke and Johns Hopkins in a couple of weeks and odds are I will select one of those programs should I be fortunate enough to get admitted.
  14. JP007

    JP007 Member

    I agree w/ Josh.

    If you’re looking for a top business school instead of cheap/quick, the amount of distance programs is limited. Duke ‘s Fuqua School is a great business school. I have friends in the full time MBA program and the MBA has definitely opens doors for them in finance, great alumni network as well. Good luck!!!!!
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  15. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Interview this morning with Duke went well! I had about a 40 minute phone call with Ed Anderson who is the Assistant Director of Admissions in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. He was very personable.

    One thing I did ask was what they were looking for in their first cohort in terms of numbers admitted, backgrounds, etc. He said they are not concerned about have an overflow of applicants in which everyone is competing in terms of GPA, GMAT/GRE, etc. He said they are wanting to make sure that each person admitted would be a good fit for the program and that they have a high probability of completing the program. He said the first cohort could range from 30-60 depending on how many qualified applicants there are.

    He also said, since I have my MBA the admissions committee may recommend I be admitted to the accelerated 10-month program instead of the 19-month program. If so, this would shave $26,000 off the cost of the degree.

    Overall, I am excited about the possibilities with this program. I know that I have not been admitted, and I very well may not get admitted, but if I do get an admissions offer I will likely accept it over the other offers.

    Johns Hopkins University is following with a VERY close second currently.
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  16. JP007

    JP007 Member

    Great news on Duke! The accelerated 10-month program / cost savings is fantastic.

    Fuqua is a solid T10/T15 program that will open doors in the business world.

    Best of luck and let us know how it goes!!!
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  17. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    It sounds great. There really are no bad choices in this situation.
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  18. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    What is Duke's Price Tag?
  19. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    The 19-month program is $66,000 and the accelerated 10-month program is $40,000.

    Johns Hopkins program is just over $50,000.
  20. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    Yeah, I'd suggest going with the Duke program if you know you can finish it within the 10 month accelerated time frame. For $40 grand that's a very attractive price point for a name brand/ranked school. I would put John Hopkins as second slot just in case you have second thoughts. Either program should fit you well and will open doors as mentioned earlier. Keep on checking in on them to make sure you make in and tell us the good news!
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