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#140 RSM MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Brandon Kirby

Brandon Kirby, Director of MBA Marketing & Admissions, RSM MBA

“What I think really makes us unique is the outcome – what happens after the MBA. 97% of our students are international, 75% of whom come from outside the EU. That’s important when you consider that 85% of our international students stay in Europe after they graduate. So we have a very strong success rate of being able to place graduates from around the world in the Netherlands and also in other European countries as well. So for a candidate who’s looking to study in Europe and get a few years of experience afterwards, there’s very few programs that can compete with that track record.

Brandon Kirby, Director of Marketing & Admissions, discusses what makes the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.

Program Highlights (8:07) | Admissions (28:32) | Scholarships (57:48) | Careers (1:04:40)

RSM MBA Highlights (last updated Aug 2018)

  • 12-months, Jan intake, 130-140 students/year
  • Typical Class: 6 years work exp / 38 nationalities / 640 GMAT
  • Q1 and Q2 are focused on 13 core corses, Q3 is focused on career concentration & living management project, Q4 on electives and exchange opportunities
  • RSM is looking for individuals who are open to change, challenge, and opportunities
  • Graduates can apply for a ‘job-seeker’s’ visa, which allows them to stay in the Netherlands for 1 year post-MBA while searching for a job; this visa can start within 3 years of graduation
  • Placement, Class of 2017: 90% w/job offers w/in 3 months, $80,229 USD avg starting salary
  • Top Destinations, Class of 2017: 58% Netherlands / 27% Europe ex-Netherlands / 10% Asia / 3% Latin America / 1% North America
  • Top Industries, Class of 2017: 39% consumer products / 9% technology / 9% financial services / 8% healthcare / 7% energy
  • ~40% of class receive scholarships worth 10-40% of tuition
  • Ranked #1 in Netherlands and #37 worldwide by The Financial Times in 2018

About Our Guest

Brandon Kirby is the Director of Marketing & Admissions of the Rotterdam School of Management’s MBA Program at Erasmus University. Brandon got his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler through the OneMBA. He ran a restaurant for 10 years, then worked in branding and marketing before joining the RSM MBA program.

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