Posted by: Louis Lavelle on May 26, 2011
Often, participants on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum pit one MBA program against another in their discussion threads. The goal, usually, is to decide which business school is best for the individual posting the question, and the programs used to always be in the same continent: U.S. programs did battle with U.S. programs, European b-schools went up against European b-schools. Not anymore. Lately participants have been asking for advice on choosing between U.S. and European business schools.
For example, BlueKiwi wrote about getting waitlisted at Harvard Business School (Harvard Full-Time MBA Profile) and accepted at London Business School (London Full-Time MBA Profile). And now he or she was wondering whether to enroll in LBS or apply to other American business schools next year. An entrepreneur, BlueKiwi, like many participants, was worried that an LBS degree would not reap enough American networking contacts.
While many business school experts keep reminding the world of the merits of European MBA programs, forum participants still have their doubts. What do you think? Are European b-schools gaining on their U.S. rivals? Or does an MBA from an American school remain the gold standard?
—Francesca Di Meglio
Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum , where prospective B-school applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.