The MBA Thread

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Tarmac, Aug 28, 2008.

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  1. 2balls

    2balls Senior member

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    Micro and macro have nothing to do with finance, for the most part. I find micro excruciating, econ in general really, as it's so theoretical. (*awaiting economist attacks*)

    An MBA in finance means loads of soft classes, some intro finance courses, some slightly advanced finance courses, a course in stats/econometrics and a micro/macro econ hybrid class. We have English majors doing an MBA in finance. If you want to do some coursework, a refresher in stats or an Intro to Accounting or Finance would be better, I think.


    Thanks for the advice.
     


  2. bananananana

    bananananana In Time Out

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    Anyone get any accepts yet from schools? So far only bad news for me.
     


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    I wonder how much pre-MBA experience matters when applying for jobs post-MBA.

    A friend of mine had his older sister go to HBS right after college. She has "meh" grades (3.1 or similar) and from a decent but unspectacular university in eastern Canada. She was in the reserves during school, but still, that's not huge.

    However, she found a really nice job upon graduation (Undergrad in 2004, HBS grad in 2006). Would her pre-MBA experience have much of an impact in her job search?


    Getting a good PE job without previous finance experience (Consulting, IB) would be hard, even coming from a top business school. Getting an associate position at a BB IB is not nearly as hard.
     


  4. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Senior member

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    Anyone get any accepts yet from schools? So far only bad news for me.

    I applied rd 2 at 5 schools. I won't hear anything until march at earliest.

    I'm considering adding a couple for rd 3. I know odds are much worse, but I'm a non-traditional "artsy" applicant with strong academics/gmat/experience. I get the impression that it evens out across rounds for weirdos like me. If anyone thinks that's wrong please say so.
     


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    My impression of round 3 (last round) was that its basically the schools' backup round. they are waiting for Ben Bernanke's son to apply. I don't think having an unconventional background will help. That said, if you have credentials (GMAT and GPA) and the school is not that prestigious, then they might want you.
     


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    My impression of round 3 (last round) was that its basically the schools' backup round. they are waiting for Ben Bernanke's son to apply. I don't think having an unconventional background will help. That said, if you have credentials (GMAT and GPA) and the school is not that prestigious, then they might want you.

    Yep. Round 3/4 (depending on the school) is mostly used to fill necessary gaps (race, gender, employment sector) and to grab up top students that didn't make it into a better school Rd 1/2. Last year, most top schools did little admitting in round 3/4. I got a personal phone call from UNC telling me that applying late resulted in a waitlist when applying Round 2 would have been an admit + scholarship. Nice to hear, I guess.
     


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    A friend of mine had his older sister go to HBS right after college. She has "meh" grades (3.1 or similar) and from a decent but unspectacular university in eastern Canada. She was in the reserves during school, but still, that's not huge.

    She got into HBS with a 3.1 GPA? How? What Canadian university did she attend?
     


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    She got into HBS with a 3.1 GPA? How? What Canadian university did she attend?

    3.1 or lower.


    Renaissance College. It's a 3 year leadership undergrad degree. It's subpar in things taught I though. It's liberal arts, leadership studies.,Not great education, though when I attended a few classes (determining what university I wanted) it seemed very Harvard like. Case studies, small classes, etc.
     


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    She got into HBS with a 3.1 GPA? How? What Canadian university did she attend?

    Canada is also known for having notorious grade deflation compared to the US. And if she had a high GMAT plus an interesting story (and she's a woman - that's equiv. to being a minority applicant) I can see it. Harvard has like 1000 kids in a class and you need to round it out with "interesting" people.
     


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    GRE is way easier, definite arb opp there

    it's not easier. The math portion is easier, verbal is tough as fuck.
     


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    To me , GRE is way much more difficult than GMAT
     


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    3.1 or lower.


    Renaissance College. It's a 3 year leadership undergrad degree. It's subpar in things taught I though. It's liberal arts, leadership studies.,Not great education, though when I attended a few classes (determining what university I wanted) it seemed very Harvard like. Case studies, small classes, etc.


    I went to Queen's University at Kingston. Not a bad school.
     


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    To me , GRE is way much more difficult than GMAT

    The relative difficulty of the verbal part is debatable. But the math part of both exams are a joke, esp if you've been educated outside the US (in an educational system where you actually learn something). I found high school math (at A-level under the British system) to be far more difficult and challenging that anything either GRE or GMAT have thrown at me. Simultaneous equations on a graduate school admissions test? Seriously!!
     


  14. CunningSmeagol

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    The relative difficulty of the verbal part is debatable. But the math part of both exams are a joke, esp if you've been educated outside the US (in an educational system where you actually learn something). I found high school math (at A-level under the British system) to be far more difficult and challenging that anything either GRE or GMAT have thrown at me. Simultaneous equations on a graduate school admissions test? Seriously!!

    What did you get on the GMAT quant section? If 50 or above then your opinion means something. If not, then I say the same thing I said to FLMM, which is you didn't see the harder questions.
     


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    What did you get on the GMAT quant section? If 50 or above then your opinion means something. If not, then I say the same thing I said to FLMM, which is you didn't see the harder questions.

    Good point. I got a 97th percentile in GMAT's quant and 93rd percentile in GRE's quant.
     


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