I know someone very well who is a board member of a business school at one of the world’s top ranked university. This university has a great business school for undergraduates but the MBA program is not at all held in high regard.
I have my eyes on a highly ranked MBA program at another university.
Will a recommendation from a board member of a business school improve my application or harm it when applying for an MBA program at another university?
I can see it harming my application because if I am such a good applicant for an MBA then why would the board member endorse my application for another university? Why wouldn’t he try and make me attend the MBA at his business school?
On the other hand I can see it improving my application. For someone in his position to endorse my application to attend another business school shows I must be a very good fit for where I want to go.
Do I ask this board member for a recommendation letter or find someone else? What are some of the pros and cons of asking this board member?