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Getting into a Top 5 MBA Program [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2009, 23:25
Hi I'm actually still in undergrad school, I was wondering what would be the best things to major in to get into a great MBA program in the future?

I go to the University of Washington. Not the greatest school, but a really good public university, Top 50 overall, and Top 30 undergrad business school.

I want to major in Finance and Mathematics, is this a good major combo to apply for MBA in future? Also what should my GPA be around, it's 3.7 right now.


And is there a better major combo than Finance and Mathematics, my friend says I would do better with Math + Comp. Science, is this true?
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Re: Getting into a Top 5 MBA Program [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2009, 22:53
Guys I'm still waiting for an answer :cry:

But seriously, do you guys think Engineering + Math would be better than Finance + Math? I'm not going to the most prestigious university so I was thinking maybe I need to show my intellectual capability by majoring in 2 difficult majors. Would that show more from my side?

But the problem with that might arise in finding a finance related job. I want to work in the finance field either way, and with Engineering + Math, what kind of finance-related jobs will I find?


So its kind of close between those 2. What do you guys think?
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Re: Getting into a Top 5 MBA Program [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2009, 13:07
What you major in is irrelevant. B-schools aren't looking for math geniuses. They're looking for well rounded people who are accomplished outside the classroom.

If you think of college archetypes, they'd rather take the B-average student body president over the A+ physics geek.

So major in whatever you are most interested in. Not what you think impresses others.

As for jobs in finance, whatever shade of "math/quant" isn't what will get you the interview. If you want to work at a top bank, it'll come down to whether they recruit at your college (and if they don't, then it's not about your math skills, but about whether you know someone on the inside and can schmooze your way through the back door). And if they do recruit at your school, then it comes down to the interview which has a lot to do with your ability to communicate and interact with people.
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Re: Getting into a Top 5 MBA Program [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2013, 19:42
I agree with Alex. You can get into a great MBA program with a number of different majors - go with whatever you're most interested in. Right now, you should focus earning a good GPA (3.7 is competitive at top 5 universities) and getting a good post undergrad job. Without a few years solid work experience, you will have a tough time getting into good programs.
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