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MIT vs. Stanford MBA - 5 Factors for Consideration: Location, Entrepreneurship, Class Profile, Employment & Curriculum

MIT vs Stanford MBAMIT Sloan and Stanford GSB are two of the top Business Schools in the world. Both are next door to exceptional undergraduate programs that regularly usher in radical new technologies. Along with other schools on campus, both Sloan and GSB are well known for its world-class entrepreneurial environment. Students with a tech background and an entrepreneurial attitude are naturally drawn to the schools, at times facing the dilemma of choosing one over the other. We have picked five factors for your consideration before picking one over the other.

1) Location

Stanford is in sunny California, while MIT is in the colder city of Boston. For many this might not be a deal breaker, but knowing that Bostonians have to weather, an 8-month of depressively low temperature while Californians can find warm weather in all four directions is a deal breaker for MBA applicants who want to experience the city while sharpening their negotiation and leadership skills in the class.

Stanford has a large campus, and is located in Palo Alto, a suburban area, with fewer transport options, and almost no other college students around except for those at Stanford. Sloan is in the city, with all major infrastructures close to the campus. The school is also next door to Harvard, and so presents a diverse set of opportunities to interact and network.

Location does not exist as an isolated metric in MBA research but plays one of the biggest influences on the culture you pick post-MBA. If Boston reeks of hierarchy, and in many cases overvaluing the institutions, Palo Alto is home to innovators in technology, notably Facebook, Tesla Motors, and Apple.

At first glance, the comparison between diversified Boston vs. technology-heavy Palo Alto might seem irrelevant, but if you were planning to settle down in either of the two cities, the attitude of the community towards innovators and ‘prestige seeking,’ ‘educated’ professionals would become apparent. Palo Alto has irreverence towards market leaders. This attitude has pushed many young Entrepreneurs to challenge the tech giants.

A glimpse of the top recruiters in Boston and San Francisco reveals the stark difference. 

Boston MBA Opportunities


San Franscisco MBA

2) Incoming Class Profile


A salient feature for both schools is a small class size of around 400 a year and thus results in extremely low acceptance rates that hover around 6% for Stanford and 13% for MIT Sloan. The middle 80% score range of MIT Sloan is 690 to 760 although the lowest starts at 550. Don’t count on the lower range. Stanford too has a distribution that is closer to the 700+ mark. MIT Sloan, however, does not have a TOEFL requirement. The admission team uses interviews as a tool to test an applicant’s English proficiency.
 
Incoming Class Trends

3) Entrepreneurship

The answer to the debate on whether an MBA is required for Entrepreneurship or not lies in the numbers. We compare the number and percentage of the MBA class opting for Entrepreneurship.

Complete Analysis on Entrepreneurship (Included in F1GMAT's Comprehensive MBA Research Guide)

4) Post-MBA Jobs

Candidates interested in Entrepreneurship are only a tiny fraction of the Stanford MBA 2015 class. When the class median base salary is $130,000 against the uncertainties of Entrepreneurship, MBA candidates took the safe option. The total guaranteed payment is a reason for the pressure to conform.

Complete Post-MBA Salary Trends and Comparative Table in MBA Research Guide

5) Curriculum

MIT Sloan MBA program offers flexibility for Career switchers as the first year curriculum is divided into a 6-month core while Stanford devotes the entire first year on the core, with topics covering General Management and Global experiential learning modules. 
 
GSB offers 100+ electives in the second year, from which students can choose 18. Sloan offers three optional tracks - Finance, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Enterprise Management.

Curriculum Breakdown

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If you are planning to apply to both the MBA programs, Download our Essay Guides.

MIT Sloan MBA Essay Guide
Stanford MBA Essay Guide

MIT Sloan MBABase SalaryStanford MBABase Salary
IndustryMedianIndustryMedian
Consulting (32.1%)$140,000Consulting(14%)$1,40,000
Technology (25.9%)$120,000Technology(28%)$1,25,000
Investment Banking (6.1%)$125,000Finance (31%)$1,50,000
Pharma/Healthcare/Bio-Tech(4.1%)$120,000Healthcare (6%)$1,27,500

Why Canada: A Complete Career Guide for MBA Applicants

Why Canada

1. To make it easier for you to choose the top Business Schools in Canada, we have ranked 8 schools based on post-MBA Salary.
 
2. The Book Analyzes all the ten provinces:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan on Post-MBA Job Opportunities in Oil & Gas, Media, Technology, Finance, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Life Science, Energy, Agriculture, Mining, Forestry, Construction, and Healthcare.


3. We have covered all the funding details (scholarships, loans, and other financial assistance) for the top 8 Business Schools in Canada

4. You don't have to read through hundreds of forum posts or spend hours Googling through scholarship and loan pages. We have summarized the funding with 
Name, Amount, Number of Awards and most importantly the criteria for selection.

5.
Our analysis summarizes the curriculum for the Full-time MBA program, dives into the class composition, and evaluates the post-MBA opportunities available at each school including the list of top Employers. 

Download Why Canada: A Complete Career Guide for MBA Applicants

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

Download How to Choose the Best MBA in US: The Ultimate Guide
(2018 Entering Class)

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

Download How to Choose the Best MBA in US: The Ultimate Guide
(2018 Entering Class)

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