(Closed) All Grad school bees (business majors especially)

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 3
8736 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d be interested in this as well as I’m also considering going back for my MBA since I’ve been unable to find work.

I have a few more questions as well in the MBA vein, I hope OP doesn’t mind.

How old were you when starting your MBA?

How many years job experience did you have?

How long did you study for the GMAT before taking it?

Post # 4
13764 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not a business student, but here’s my answers anyways!

(1) Masters in Criminology
(2) I am currently attending George Washington University in DC for it
(3) No, actually I don’t.  The program is much more narrow than they describe it to prospective students and put a much heavier emphasis on sociology over criminal justice or criminology-related courses.  That being said, the GW name means a lot, so it’ll be worth it in the end, I suppose.
(4) Yes, it is very much in line with my career, and I am pursuing the degree for professional development and advancement, rather than to get started with a career. 

– Try to sit in on a couple different classes before you enroll to get a feel for the program.
– Think of what you want: big vs. small class size, seminars vs. lectures, professional program vs. full-time student program, and see if the programs you select match that
– Because grad school is so expensive, make sure the second program you select (the extra classes for the MBA) is something you actually are really interested in.  Like maybe finance/accounting and an MBA would compliment each other really well and make you very marketable.

Good luck!

Post # 6
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

While I’m in pretty much the opposite field of an MBA– English!– I will say that most employers don’t look as favorably at online schools.  A lot of them are considered a waste of money and not as good of an education. 

As for me, I jumped into my MA right after I got my BA.  Right now I’m waiting to hear back from PhD schools– my ultimate goal is to teach at the university level, so I have to have all of the extra schooling. I didn’t want to take time off because I didn’t need it– whereas an MBA seems to require more life-experience (though I do have friends who just kept going straight through).  

Fiance works in business and he says nothing has been more helpful than actually working somewhere.  He wants to get a graduate degree eventually, but is waiting until we’re settled and then going to get his employer to pay for him to go part-time. (I’m jealous, I took out some loans for my MA!) Fiance says that his college experience is just a blip on his resume “XXXX University, BA in XXXX” at the top and then the rest is all experience because once you’re out there, employers only really care about what you’ve done on the job. 

Additionally, I love grad school.  I’m of the stance that you pretty much need graduate school to be competitive in today’s job market, unless you work a skilled trade where you mostly need experience.  A bachelor’s degree, at least in my field, is worth the paper it’s printed on– you’re going to need something like graduate school, crazy networking, or a helluva internship to get you out there and in a good job.

Post # 8
5836 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I start my MBA program (Part-time) next Tuesday!

I’m 27, had 5.5 yrs experience, I studied for the GMAT for like 6 weeks. I just booked a test date to force myself to study. I’d been kinda studying for months and I wasn’t getting anywhere. I’m going to NYU in person. Honestly… in my industry an online degree is pretty worthless. There are only 10-15 schools that anyone cares about. I view my degree as an investment, I wasn’t going to do it unless I was sure it would pay for itself within a few years of graduation.

Post # 9
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

1. I got a MBA.

2. I did it on campus.

3. It was okay, most of the classes were only as hard as my undergrad ones.

4. No my career doesn’t have anything to do with it, trying to get into something else but moving up in the government is near impossible.

5. I started when I was 22.

6. I had 1.5 years of job experience.

7. I only studied for a month or so, did pretty well.  Could have done better if the procters weren’t screaming at eachother during the math portion of the test and then ignoring me when I wanted to get up to take a break in the middle to calm down.

Post # 11
13764 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsSl82be:  Have you looked at UMD?  I think UMUC actually offers some online courses in its MBA program (I could be wrong, but I sort of remember it being advertised somewhere). 

I don’t want to discourage any of your options, but I do want to share a story about the Leadership route.  I used to run the intern program for a government office, and helped the hiring manager settle on which interns to hire.  One of the applicants had a minor in Leadership (there was a more involved title, but that’s what it boiled down to, and his reaction was “What the heck is that? What do you even study in that program?”  I know it’s an actual program and I’m assuming it teaches some valuable things, but I just wanted to pass that on.  That being said, coupled with an MBA, I think it could look good – primarily because it’ll show some incredible time management to get to masters degrees in such a short period of time. 

ETA: The girl in my story was in undergrad, so a different game all-together!

Post # 12
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@MrsSl82be:  ah, that makes more sense! I imagine a lot of an MBA is group-work, so I’d think it’d be beneficial to be near campus or to be able to meet in person. 

Post # 14
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

1. What did you get your Masters in? Business Administration with concentrations in Strategic Management and International Business

2. Where did you get it? In school or online? Villanova. In school, and I do recommend it for the learning that takes place. I think MBA professers in good programs are typically experts in their field and I think you learn a lot from being there with them, rather than online. I have had a few 50% online courses, and convenience-wise they were awesome, but I wouldn’t have learned as much with an entire program that was online. 

3. Did you like your experience? Why or why not? Loved it. Great networking (both classmates and professors), and I learned so much about business that will help me get ahead in my career. 

4. Is your career in line with your degree? If not, are you working towards that? Very much so. 

5. How old were you when starting your MBA? 26 and will finish at 28 (May, can’t WAIT!!)

6. How many years job experience did you have? 4

7. How long did you study for the GMAT before taking it? About a month, self study. The timing issue got me. I’m normally a super fast test taker so I didn’t properly prepare to do the math part quickly. 

If you are working and plan to continue to do so while in school, I recommend getting it done now (making the assumption that you don’t have kids). And be prepared for what an incredibly significant commitment of time and energy it is! My social life has taken a real hit, and wedding planning while working 50+ hours a week with 10-12 credits of school is a nightmare. 

But ultimately, it’s totally worth it. I’m happy to talk about it more if you wanted to PM me with other questions. 

Post # 15
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

To me, finance sounds like the best option. Unless you’re interested in either health care or human resource management (the second sounds a little like your background!)– the rest sound a little… something. If you told me you had a degree in entrepeneurship, I’d think you wasted money on a degree. 

But, again, humanities-student talking, so I could just be blowing steam!

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