I am a currently studying at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. My Program is Master's in Operations Research & Supply Chain Management (ORSC). ORSC is a 39 credit course, spread over an 18 month course duration (1.5 year) and is a STEM accredited program which allows an OPT extension up to 24 months. This means you may be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States without a work visa. (You can visit the U.S. government's website for more information on the official website.) I clearly remember the time when I was in the application process, and it was difficult for me to get inside information and contacts for this course at this university since there were few Indian students who have been through this course. Hence, I would like to share my experience and a brief introduction including: course related issues, living arrangements, on-campus and off-campus jobs and other program related FAQs. I hope this article will be helpful for any related issue and question pertaining to the school, program, life and so on. I also welcome students to send me private emails that contain program specific queries. I hope to provide all the information you need for making your journey at Case Western Reserve University as smooth as possible. If there is any question, please see our official website of our program. All the most official and updated information is on the official website.
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Located on the beautiful campus of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Weatherhead School of Management (WSOM) was established in 1952, and is a Private Business School in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is the second largest city after Columbus in Ohio, thus offering an advantage of City life and excellent connectivity to majority of the places, and a half an hour away from downtown. The CWRU community has a variety of transportation options such as Circle Link Route (Green Link/Blue Link), Commuter Shuttle, Evening Shuttles like North loop and South loop, etc. and all with wheelchair accessibility. While Detroit and Pittsburgh are both 2-3 hours away, it also offers a 3 hour journey to Niagara Falls. Few things to begin with on your wish list- Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame CWRU Farm Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall Cleveland Museum of Art Great Lakes Science Center Horseshoe Casino (‘our own little Las Vegas’) Major Leagues teams include the CAVS with Lebron James (NBA), the Indians (MBL), and the Browns (NFL) Playhouse Square - second largest theater district in the nation (CWRU provides tickets to plays, games etc. at discounted rates as well) Festivals like “Italian Festival” in little Italy in August and “Beer Festival” downtown Metroparks, National Park Lake Erie, beautiful lakeside park Cedar Point - the best roller coasters in the world!
Featuring the sculptural profile, gleaming stainless steel siding, and gravity-defying angles that audiences have come to associate with the architect Frank Gehry, our building both sets our school apart and, quite literally, reflects our prestigious surroundings. Apart from the green campus with some state-of-the-art buildings and my course, I do boast about my school to other friends. The building has an area of approximately 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) and stands five stories tall. The building's decentralized design was chosen so that, “Faculty offices, classrooms and meeting areas are distributed on every floor to encourage informal interaction and complement the Weatherhead School’s learner-centered curricula.” This little academic building Ohio has proven to be a masterpiece.
Supporting the statement made by Yocket - "If you’re doing your Masters at Case Western, there’s a good chance that you’ll be living off campus, since that’s where most grad students end up". Although the university is building housing residents for Graduate students, there's a high chance that you'll end up staying off campus if you're an Indian student. In spite of having a city advantage, there are places that offer housing as low as $250 per month and could go up to $2500 per month. You'd have more idea when you're here. Living expense per month could be anything around $500-$650 per month if you're willing to share your apartment. Places like Little Ital, Cleveland Heights and Fairhill are famous amongst Indian students.
Professors at WSOM are passionate and highly knowledgeable. They encourage students and mentor them in excellent manner. My current class strength is of 42 [60% women] with an average age of 23 and 93% international students. Average full time work experience of the class is of 1.1 years (Range of 3 months to 2.5 years) with an average undergrad GPA of 3.4 on 4 pt. scale. I am having an excellent opportunity of International exposure since there are not many Indians in this program and the batch is quite diverse. My course is designed to expose the students with dual speciality - Operations Research and Supply Chain Management (which only few universities offer.) Apart from these - 9 credit hours (included in 39 credit hours) are taught from the business core which is the cherry on the cake. Green Belt Certification: The students in this course should complete a real industry project with companies in Northeast Ohio related in continuous improvement. The students who meet some GPA requirement and get A or B in Six Sigma will get a Green Belt Certification. SAP workshop: Each spring semester WSOM offers a three-week SAP workshop outside of class time for our students interested in learning more about the enterprise resource planning software - for free! Professors are easy to approach and the are very organized when it comes to course flow, course material and timeline of the entire program.
Jobs and placements
Getting a job should never be a problem at such a good university, but getting the job you desire may not be as easy as you’d wish it was. That’s why it’s probably a good idea to get in touch with the career center early, and sit for as many interviews as possible. The more options you have, the better. And it’s also not a bad idea to keep your acads slightly respectable – you don’t want to be rejected because of your grades.
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