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Management Express

Vivek Kopparthi
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A good faculty and quality facilities have allayed his placement fears, writes Vivek Kopparthi

When I first came to the U.S., my thoughts were: “Will I get good education and a nice job so that I can at least repay my loan?” Since I am focussed on management — analytical and practical thinking have always played a key role in my decision-making.

This is the same for all management aspirants because they have to shell out more money than their friends, who are doing their Master’s.

I am pursuing Master of Science in Management at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. During this nine-month course (and an additional international management tour), students get acquainted with all facets of management.

The school is awesome (the American way of saying it), with well-qualified faculty. They use the latest management technology and have the best facilities (a four-storey building with every possible facility, accessible 24x7). They also have a vast alumni network.

The course spans nine months, and is intense with almost three hours of homework that is expected to be finished after each hour of class. The university also has agreements with firms for our projects.

The course is designed for aspirants who have less than two years of non-management experience. Hence, this course starts at a fundamental level, covering the very basic nuances of management.

WP Carey School accepts both GRE and GMAT scores. Importance is given to the candidate’s profile over material scores. Their website www.asu.edu has more information on the screening process.

ASU has the highest number of international students from 116 countries. The class population is diverse. For example, in my group — we have an engineer, biochemist, psychology major, public relations major, and a student with a background in industrial design and political sciences.

Having had varied experiences on campus, my worries concerning the course and placement waned, and I can now proudly say that I am confident of finding a job on my own. I would recommend this programme to only those students who have the grit and interest to pursue management, albeit in a short span. It is a nine-month breathtaking experience, and at the same time wholly rewarding!

The writer is pursuing Master of Science in Management at the WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

Email: vivek.kopparthi@asu.edu

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