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MBA Program decision, Profile Review for Engineer [#permalink]
17 Dec 2006, 13:04
I took the GMAT last Thursday, and my score was 690, which I was happy with since I only started studying 1 week prior to the test (my engineering school projects did not leave me any time until after finals week). Since I scored decently high I am reconsidered my initial plan for graduate business school. My profile is below:
22 years old, white male
Will graduate with B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in May 07 from the University of Central Florida, 3.5 GPA
I worked for 1 year as an engineering intern for a subcontractor for NASA at Kennedy Space Center, FL.
Currently I am working as an mechanical design intern with a large government defense contractor in Orlando.
690 GMAT (91%)
49 Q, 34 V, still awaiting AWA
Originally I was planning on entering the 1 Year accelerated MBA program at UCF. Since UCF is not known for being a top business school, I am reconsidering. I am now considering Rollins College (Forbes #47 for MBA programs), Early Advantage Program for students with little or no work experience.
1 Year Program
Can work at my current internship for 30 hrs/wk as a grad student, for $30K annually
Not known for its MBA Program
Good MBA Program (Best in FL, ranked #47 by Forbes for the MBA program)
Will not be able to work at current internship (internship is through UCF)
21 month program as opposed to 1 year
After graduating with my MBA, I will most likely enter the engineering field, since my undergraduate degree is in engineering, but I have always been equally interested in business.
My main goal is to not limit myself and my career to engineering alone. I would like to be able to work in financial and upper level management or investment (or start up businesses) one day, whether right after graduate school or later in my career.
Another goal for getting an MBA is just to become a better candidate for promotions/management positions in general in engineering companies that I might work for. Another secondary goal is that I like investing in real estate and stocks, and I might like to open up a business one day as well. I have never had time as an undergrad to take any business classes, so any classes I take will be interesting to me as well as possibly assisting me with future business investments.
My questions are:
1) Would Rollins do any more for me than UCF in allowing me to get a position in financial and upper level management and investment? Or would the fact that I am an engineer and do not have an undergrad in business most likely prevent me from getting those types of positions no matter where my MBA was from? UCF looks like the logical choice considering the other factors, but if a school like Rollins will open up so many more doors, and make more management positions available (that otherwise wouldn't be with a MBA from UCF) then it might be worth it.
2) Should I be looking anywhere else out of state? I was considering UNC & Duke for a little while.
3) Also, if anyone else has any other comments/suggestions about my profile, or about an engineering entering an MBA program and the business world, I would be glad to hear them, Thanks.