Is a Tuck MBA regional?

Partner Post Archive, December 17, 2013 | 0 comments
Tags: partners and families, advice, career, global, second year

I've been thinking internationally, lately.  As we're into December (a month when many, many second year students not taking mini-courses on campus are currently traveling around the world).  I believe the question of global recognition vs. possible regionality of a Tuck MBA may be a question in some applicants' minds.  I vaguely recall some questions coming our way when Will was applying to Tuck, wondering whether his degree would be as internationally recognized as those from other top MBA programs, whether we'd be able to "get out of the Northeast [U.S.]".

The Admissions and the Career Development offices can give you the official numbers and statistics about how many end up where, so I won't attempt to do that.  But I thought I'd share just a few examples from our own small experience -- call it empirical data -- as a student and partner in the Class of 2014.  As of December in his second year of the program (a full 6 months before graduation), Will's classmates and our friends already have job offers in major U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, and Denver, in addition to Boston and New York.  Outside of the U.S., friends have offers for positions in London, Toronto, and Korea.  And these are just the students in one partner's life -- I'm sure I'm missing many more of which I'm currently unaware!  With the extended winter break during second year of the program, we've also got friends around the world right now participating in global consultancies in India, Turkey, Hong Kong, and Uruguay.

Through my work for Dartmouth I also have some broader insight into the career trajectories of Tuck alumni, and can vouch that they end up all over the globe, including in Japan, England, China, Brazil, Korea, central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico, and India, as well as throughout the U.S.

Various business school rankings are also a testament to the caliber and national/international recognition of Tuck's program.  If you're unfamiliar, you can find a rundown of regular U.S. rankings here.

So as to whether or not we felt a Tuck degree would only be regionally recognized or somehow geographically limiting -- our answer was (and continues to be): "not really, no."

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