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Is 33 too old for an MBA?

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Is 33 too old for an MBA? [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2009, 11:55
I'm 33 and will be 34 when the Fall Semester begins. I'm single and have no kids but I'm worried my age will hurt me in the application process. I've worked as a restaurant manager for 11 yrs and want to get an MBA in order to advance my career. My practice GMAT scores have been around 680 but my college GPA was a 2.2.
What would be a good course of action for me? Executive MBA? Traditional?
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Age is less the issue in your case.

It comes down to what your specific career goals are and the sorts of schools you're after. Keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of b-school students have "office jobs" as work experience - whether it's corporate, engineering, nonprofit, healthcare, etc. As such, you will be at a disadvantage - not because adcoms look down on your job, but given that you've been a restaurant manager for so long, there are concerns about your ability to adjust to a traditional desk job (in whatever industry) -- it may seem silly or trite because you may feel it's not that big a deal, but to someone like an adcom who has either spent their entire career in academia or in the corporate world, they do feel it's a big difference (because they don't have personal experience outside of the "desk job" world).

Having said that, if your GMAT is respectable (i.e. mid-600s or better) you should be able to get into a local part-time, executive or full-time program outside the top 30.
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Re: Is 33 too old for an MBA? [#permalink] New post 27 May 2010, 10:10
Some schools accept older students : For example HEC Paris
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