Best Global MBA Programs for Consulting

So, you’re thinking about getting an MBA,
and you’re interested in US-based programs, which are generally
top-tier and also global programs which can give amazing insight, perspective, and opportunities to see the world. We think you should look at both and here we’ve
separated out our top 10 global MBA programs for consulting. Hi, i’m Jenny
Rae, the Managing Director of Management Consulted, and a former
Bain consultant, as well as a Columbia Business School MBA. I didn’t go to get
my MBA because I wanted to go into consulting, because I actually did it
beforehand. But one of the things that I was thinking about when I picked my MBA program was what kind of international exposure it would give me. And I looked
at a number of both US and international programs. So let me walk through our list
of the top 10 programs. Number one, pretty unequivocally, is INSEAD. INSEAD has three campuses and programs, in France Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. And really it
has both a sterling international reputation, in part because it has a
requirement that you speak a second language when you go there, so everyone
is bilingual pretty incredible. But it has a accelerated 10 month MBA program, which is one of the top global experiences in the education world. INSEAD is included in many top lists of programs regardless of the fact that it
is global and not US based. And MBB firms are big recruiters at INSEAD. McKinsey leads
the pack, but the other MBB firms focus on that. So for any offices really
outside the US and even for some inside US positions, INSEAD is gonna be
great. One of the challenges of INSEAD is that it’s ten month popular program is
considered to be a little bit out of sync with standard recruiting processes
at other firms and organizations. And you don’t have the opportunity to do an
internship like you would in other places. So if you’re gonna choose any
one of the other programs or think about other schools that is at least something to factor in. But overall, INSEAD places a lot of people and does a great job at preparing
their students for consulting. Second on our list is London Business School.
London Business School is a very, very, strong program in the UK. And in addition,
London Business School is really focused on a shorter term process but they have
a pipeline for internships and for full-time. London Business School has
the prestigious location of being in London which is one of the consulting
hubs of the world. And it’s compared to INSEAD and Fontainebleau. It has a very,
very powerful alumni network that’s right just a Metro ride away inside London. The third is the Cambridge Judge business School. Cambridge Judge is a top-ranked Business School but even though it’s a top MBA program, it’s even
higher because of its focus on consulting, because it has a very strong
financial services reputation, but it has a very, very, very, intimate classroom
environment. Where students are supported throughout their entire career prep process. The other schools on our list have a very different kind of program something
not quite as large, and a lot of the starting base salaries are really high
for students that come from Cambridge Judge. HEC in France, is a top program and
we love going to HEC. It’s one of our favorite programs to go visit
because it’s really out in the middle of nowhere, which creates an incredible
opportunity for students to get to know each other. And there are a lot of firms
that hire from HEC, but most notably they have a broad set of consulting firms and
internal strategy practices, where they prepare you for the case interview and
then work with you through that. Oxford Said Business School is
another really top program in the UK. And Oxford is a really top program
overall, but about 95% of the class recently, came from outside the
United Kingdom. So out of all the schools that are on
our list they’re really probably the most global program, that we talk about. Because they have so many people coming from so many different places. One of the challenges that that brings, is
supporting students that are interested in going back to their home countries, or
supporting a lot of foreign students that are interested in staying in the UK,
for the MBB process, but they do an amazing job. The next one is the Rotman
School of Management in Canada. Rotman is a top program. It’s actually a little bit
larger than some of our other programs that we’ve talked about. And because of
this large focus and a very clear prestige differentiator over other top
MBA programs in Canada, Rotman does a great job of placing into the top MBB
programs, and the Big 4, inside the Toronto offices and inside other focuses
for Toronto consulting, for Vancouver consulting, for Montreal consulting, etc.
Next on our list is IESA in Spain. Now, IESA sends a lot of students to consulting. And they are considered to be a partner school to Harvard Business School with a
case method in the classroom. So students are fluid in discussing their
abilities, when they’re talking about doing powerful resourcing overall. And
they have a really strong training program for students that go through the
consulting prep process. However, some of the methodology is a little bit out there.
They focus on really creative structures, which sometimes don’t fit quite in the
same way with the standard consulting firms. So IESA in Spain, in Barcelona, has
gone through a lot of unique changes to address the global consulting, recruiting
process. Next on our list is Esade, also in Spain. And it’s a top program globally.
I think one of the challenges of being in Spain in general, is just that the
Spanish market for consulting is not nearly as large, as for example the UK
market. So that’s one of the reasons why these schools fell a little further down
on our list. Esade really places an emphasis on the flexibility in
consulting. And it’s focused on management consulting as a prep process, is a good focus for folks that are interested in going into it. Last but not least, we have a couple of Asian schools, which over time may very well disrupt some of the rest of the processes. But HKUST in China, in Hong
Kong, is one of the key areas where students that are interested in getting
MBA business training, overseas are interested in going. Especially if your
interest is in placing in Asia afterwards, or if you come from Asia. It’s
really tailored at career professionals that want to change careers. And so they do a good job of supporting their professionals in going into consulting.
And then finally, on our list is NUS. NUS is a top MBA program and
specifically again, focused on really great recruiting and also placement.
Because Singapore is smaller, unlike some of our Spanish schools, that
actually adds to its advantage. Because students won’t only find jobs in
Singapore, they’re gonna find them all over Southeast Asia, all over Asia, all
over Asia Pacific, all over EMEA and beyond. And because of its global nature,
NUS does a really good job of preparing students for consulting.
Overall, we have a lot of great schools that we feature, that focus on their
pathway into consulting. If you’re a school who’s interested in being
featured for what you do to help students break into consulting, we’d love
to help. We’d love to write an article about you, do a feature about you, and
help with additional programming to help your students as well. So please reach
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