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I NEED ADVICE! Indiana MBA Choices, And My Situation

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I NEED ADVICE! Indiana MBA Choices, And My Situation [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2010, 15:34
I recently graduated from the Kelley School of Business in May 2010, with a dual major in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. I have not went on a job search just yet, because I planned on helping my father with his own business for awhile and try the "entrepreneurship" route. My GMAT test is scheduled for November 17th, and the deadline for my school of choice is Dec. 1st. But this will give me plenty of time to be admitted.

Anyways, I always knew I was going to go back and get my MBA - the sooner the better I thought. So in July I began studying for the GMAT, and had a few schools in mind. Ball State University has a well-respected undergrad Entrepreneurial program, and their MBA is taught by the same professors. Not to mention the MBA is very affordable. However, their admission requirements are super easy - would only need a ~490 on the GMAT, etc etc. This scares me. Simply because if I am going to get an MBA, I do not want to go for just ANY MBA- especially coming from a prestigious school such as Kelley. I am having second thoughts about Ball State now. :oops: I am not even sure if I *want* to do the Entrepreneurship route - but if I did Ball State, that is what I would concentrate in.

I've been second-guessing my decision for the past couple of weeks, thinking about what I *really* should do. Ideally, I wanted to go to Grad school in January, and continue deferring loans. But now I'm having other thoughts. Butler University also offers a solid MBA program, has 600+ GMAT requirements, and is a well-respected program. The only thing is... I missed the deadline. I would have to apply by March 17th, to get in for the Summer session. However, this would give me more time to master the GMAT content, and get into a better school. I do not want to rush such a drastic decision. But I feel like I have been - simply because I want to get into a MBA program and the sooner the better. But maybe not.

So... if I decide not to start my own business, and have my MBA concentration in Entrepreneurship from BSU, would employers simply note that I have my MBA- and would they care about the Entrepreneurial aspect? And would they really care if it was from a Butler, or a Ball State? Not to mention going from Kelley undergrad to a Ball State program (no offense to BSU's MBA program)... would that look bad?

So many things going through my mind... Either way, I am taking the test November 17th to get a "feel" for it, and may still apply for BSU - but maybe I could transfer to Butler once in? Wonder if credits would transfer?... Or the first GMAT-attempt, if I do not get a 600+, I could spend the time until March studying to get into Butler.

What should I do?!
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Re: I NEED ADVICE! Indiana MBA Choices, And My Situation [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2010, 17:08
The first question I would consider is what kind of jobs do you think a Ball State MBA would land you that a Kelley BSc would not (considering you will have no experience between the two)? The MBA might actually have a negative impact where employers who would have hired you out of undergrad for positions that suit you do not hire you after the MBA simply because they think you are over-qualified for the position and they do not want to pay you an MBA level salary.
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Re: I NEED ADVICE! Indiana MBA Choices, And My Situation [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2010, 08:28
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I recently graduated from the Kelley School of Business in May 2010...
Anyways, I always knew I was going to go back and get my MBA - the sooner the better I thought.

So I read your post and am confused a little. As a person who has known they wanted an MBA, I would assume you are well versed in the degree and what employers generally want from MBA grads. The truth about an MBA is brand matters...fair or not...and you can't you get a second one.

Employment opportunities for MBA's are weaker than they were 5 years ago, and the places who still put a premium on the degree are looking for very solid work experience in addition to the degree. Rushing to get an MBA is generally not that good of an idea, get a little real world experience then in a few years look at what you should be doing.
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Re: I NEED ADVICE! Indiana MBA Choices, And My Situation [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2010, 10:12
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I recently graduated from the Kelley School of Business in May 2010, with a dual major in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. I have not went on a job search just yet, because I planned on helping my father with his own business for awhile and try the "entrepreneurship" route. My GMAT test is scheduled for November 17th, and the deadline for my school of choice is Dec. 1st. But this will give me plenty of time to be admitted.

Anyways, I always knew I was going to go back and get my MBA - the sooner the better I thought. So in July I began studying for the GMAT, and had a few schools in mind. Ball State University has a well-respected undergrad Entrepreneurial program, and their MBA is taught by the same professors. Not to mention the MBA is very affordable. However, their admission requirements are super easy - would only need a ~490 on the GMAT, etc etc. This scares me. Simply because if I am going to get an MBA, I do not want to go for just ANY MBA- especially coming from a prestigious school such as Kelley. I am having second thoughts about Ball State now. :oops: I am not even sure if I *want* to do the Entrepreneurship route - but if I did Ball State, that is what I would concentrate in.

I've been second-guessing my decision for the past couple of weeks, thinking about what I *really* should do. Ideally, I wanted to go to Grad school in January, and continue deferring loans. But now I'm having other thoughts. Butler University also offers a solid MBA program, has 600+ GMAT requirements, and is a well-respected program. The only thing is... I missed the deadline. I would have to apply by March 17th, to get in for the Summer session. However, this would give me more time to master the GMAT content, and get into a better school. I do not want to rush such a drastic decision. But I feel like I have been - simply because I want to get into a MBA program and the sooner the better. But maybe not.

So... if I decide not to start my own business, and have my MBA concentration in Entrepreneurship from BSU, would employers simply note that I have my MBA- and would they care about the Entrepreneurial aspect? And would they really care if it was from a Butler, or a Ball State? Not to mention going from Kelley undergrad to a Ball State program (no offense to BSU's MBA program)... would that look bad?

So many things going through my mind... Either way, I am taking the test November 17th to get a "feel" for it, and may still apply for BSU - but maybe I could transfer to Butler once in? Wonder if credits would transfer?... Or the first GMAT-attempt, if I do not get a 600+, I could spend the time until March studying to get into Butler.

What should I do?!


In my opinion, don't rush to get an MBA. I once read, "you can only get one MBA... make it count." I think that rings true.

If you have a decent GPA from Kelley, and you get your GMAT score in the high 600's, I don't see why you can't apply to Kelley's MBA program in a few years time. A Kelley MBA is leaps and bounds better than a Ball State or Butler MBA.
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