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I searched all open forums for the single title phrase "MBA" and there were none, surprisingly. So I thought I'd start. Many people here, especially on Mens Clothing seem to work in business, and I presume some of them went to business school. Opinions on MBAs? Worth it? Waste of money? You liked the coke parties? Did you get your current job through MBA connections? Is it just to get higher-paying jobs or did it somehow land you your dream job? Did you go to a top ranked school? Do you consider yourself money-centric (Andy Fastow FTW)? Did you go to a lower-ranked school, if so what was your experience? I have my GMAT in the bag already, I am on the verge of starting about 5-6 applications.
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I've studied but still need to take the GMAT. The plan is to do the four-year JD/MBA program at UGA.
Very interested in everyone else's experiences.
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I still have to finish 2 years of undergrad, a masters and only then will I consider jumping on the MBA bandwagon.
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University of Florida MBA here. Best decision I have ever made.
post #5 of 1042
Good idea on the MBA thread.

I'll throw a question out there - for those of you who did an undergrad in business, how was your experience in doing a MBA? I know the MBA is a good way to reposition yourself or get into a more recognized school; however as someone who's done a business undergrad I am really not looking forward to wasting a year on intro accounting, intro finance, etc.
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Originally Posted by norymeoreason41 View Post
University of Florida MBA here. Best decision I have ever made.

What did you/are you going to do with it, if you don't mind me asking?
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I have my B.A but I'm considering going back for the MBA part-time. Seems to be the thing to do, lots of schools offers part-time MBAs to people with 2 years work experience. The only thing I'm concerned about is my total lack of any finance/statistics/economics background, so I have to take a prep year and it could tear me to sheds. LOL.
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thought i'd bump this thread. I'm really interested in hearing peoples thoughts.
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University of Southern California MBA here. No regrets. Costs a ton of money but it's connected me to people and opportunities that I would have had a hard time connecting with otherwise.

USC isn't top ranked in the Stanford/Harvard/Wharton sense but the network is unbelievable, especially in So Cal and many parts of Asia.
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Graduated with my MBA from Arizona State University this past May.

We moved up to #22 in the US News rankings while I was there and #8 among public universities.

Of course right now that doesn't mean much as I'm still looking for a job.

I enjoyed the experience and thought it was definitely worthwhile.
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What did you/are you going to do with it, if you don't mind me asking?
Sure - I don't mind at all. My interest is in Human Resources. This is primarily the reason I got my MBA (UF has an HR specializaton). Now I am an HR Manager for a large corporation only 1 year out of my MBA. Huge salary leap and a fantastic career that I actually enjoy.
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Graduated with my MBA at the height of the 80s Wall Street fever. One of the best decisions I ever made, it got me the job I wanted and the connections I needed to succeed.

Cost an arm and a leg too, and if I had graduated during the bust I might not be singing the praises of the MBA.
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I am studying in Germany, so things might be a litte bit different in the states then here, but I really don't see the value in a MBA program for my career. I have my bachelors degree in econ and will be graduating in April with my masters degree in econ. Plus, I'm starting with the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) program in december and will hopefully start working in Investment Banking then next summer. I don't think I would learn any new "business" related stuff since the MBA was, at least as far as I know, designed for people with degrees in physics, engineering and similar backgrounds. So, in essence two master degrees in economics and business doesn't really make much sense to me. I'd rather do a PhD after getting some work experience...
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Originally Posted by speedfreak View Post
the MBA was, at least as far as I know, designed for people with degrees in physics, engineering and similar backgrounds.

I have never heard of this before. Can someone elaborate?

I thought getting the MBA was pretty standard.
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I have never heard of this before. Can someone elaborate?

I thought getting the MBA was pretty standard.
speedfreak is right about the history of the MBA. It was originally for nonbusiness professionals who needed training in business.
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