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Non Business Majors applying to B-School? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2004, 16:47
Hello,

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how non-business undergrad majors should go about applying to B-school? Also, do B-schools assume you know subjects such as accounting and finance?

I have a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and a Master's in Electrical Engineering.

It seems to me that if I were to attend B-school, I'd be behind the rest of my class in this regard. So while everyone is focusing on recruiting, I'll be holed up in a library trying to learn econ, accounting, or finance.

I'll probably take some courses at a community college but still... I don't see how a year of community collge could stack up against 4 years of education.
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Don't worry about it- the majority of MBA students in this country don't have undergrad business degrees. I'm starting this fall with a poli sci degree.

Some schools require you take a calc or stats class before you enroll in the fall. Also, it's a good idea to pick up some refresher books and read them the summer before. I've heard that accounting is the hardest to pick up for non-business majors.
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Re: Non Business Majors applying to B-School? [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2004, 13:03
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Hello,

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how non-business undergrad majors should go about applying to B-school? Also, do B-schools assume you know subjects such as accounting and finance?

I have a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and a Master's in Electrical Engineering.

It seems to me that if I were to attend B-school, I'd be behind the rest of my class in this regard. So while everyone is focusing on recruiting, I'll be holed up in a library trying to learn econ, accounting, or finance.

I'll probably take some courses at a community college but still... I don't see how a year of community collge could stack up against 4 years of education.


Yours is actually a very common academic background in the MBA applicant pool and people like you do well at b-school. Your education shows that you have strong tech and quant skills, which b-schools like. They would also like to see in your application some on-the-job business savvy. So in your essays, resume, and interviews try to de-emphasize the techie stuff and focus on the more managerially relevant parts of your work experience.

Yes community college classes in accounting, econ, or finance can only help you.

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