(Closed) MBA after 30? What are your thoughts?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Is getting your MBA a good idea after you are 30?
    Yes : (43 votes)
    77 %
    No : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Depends... I'll explain below : (10 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 20
    3209 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @Sasha2011:  I’m a law student, but have taken courses at Rotman. Many of my friends are in the joint JD/MBA program. 

    To be frank, McMaster is NOT a prestigious MBA program. Unless the program was being FULLY funded by my employer, I would not do my MBA there. I’d only pay out of pocket for Rotman or Ivey, and even then, I’d hesitate. 

    Post # 22
    82 posts
    Worker bee

    In two years, you’ll be 34 either way. You can be 34 with an MBA or 34 without an MBA.  Go for it!

    Post # 23
    2787 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Sasha2011:  I’m currently doing a part-time evening MBA, since I work full-time during the day as an engineer. I started last year when I was 29 and most of my classmates are over 30. Most people that go for an MBA have worked for a couple of years and have enough work experience to be accepted in a good program. I also have some friends that quit their jobs to get an MBA (full-time program) and they’re over 30. Whoever told you, an MBA is for people under 30 didn’t have his/her facts straight. For any good MBA program you need to have work experience to be a strong candidate and get accepted. Go for it! 🙂

    Post # 24
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was rather under the impression that you get the most benefit from an MBA program after you’ve had a good amount, and preferably a good range, of work experience in the relevant fields for your industry so the concepts aren’t merely theoretical. I also thought most good MBA programs won’t accept you without a good CV either. This means a good number of people getting an MBA are definitely over 30.

    I’ve been told that the greatest value you get from an MBA isn’t usually the book learning. It’s the networking and interaction and learning from and with your fellow classmates so picking a good school is more critical than for other programs because you’re picking it based on the possible composition of your class and what they bring to the table. This is probably true for other degrees too.

    Post # 25
    3209 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @Sasha2011:  in the GTA, Rotman would be best, followed by Schulich. Be warned that Schulich has a large number of international students from Asia/Southeast Asia who will generally go back to these booming regions.

    Personally, if I were to get an MBA, I’d go to Ivey. Moving to London would suck, but the networking and recruitment opportunities are fantastic. Rotman is too expensive if you don’t plan on pursuing i-banking after, and Schulich’s reputation abroad is better than it’s reputation in Canada.


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