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35 Now - Too Old to Get an MBA from a top school?

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I took the GMAT 10 years ago and scored a 740 with minimal study. I got into INSEAD the first time around, but decided not to go. It worked out well for me as I was able to make a significant amount of money through IP investments. Because of that I have annual passive cashflows of over $350K but I still plan to run my business while I'm in school

My considerations are the following: I went to a top tier state school for undergrad and grad school, but I just felt like I wanted a degree from a "prestigious" institution. My grades in undergrad weren't all that stellar since I basically stopped going to class after I got into grad school.

Does it make sense to get an MBA still when I really just want the degree and possibly the network? But I will be a good 10 years older than most students. I'm looking at mostly shorter programs, INSEAD/LBS etc. Although if I can get into Wharton/HBS/Stanford I would do it.

I know a lot of the comments might be that it's a stupid idea to get an MBA just to have the "paper." No job I'm going to get out of MBA school will be able to make more than I already do, so looking for a job is not important to me.

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I took the GMAT 10 years ago and scored a 740 with minimal study. I got into INSEAD the first time around, but decided not to go. It worked out well for me as I was able to make a significant amount of money through IP investments. Because of that I have annual passive cashflows of over $350K but I still plan to run my business while I'm in school

My considerations are the following: I went to a top tier state school for undergrad and grad school, but I just felt like I wanted a degree from a "prestigious" institution. My grades in undergrad weren't all that stellar since I basically stopped going to class after I got into grad school.

Does it make sense to get an MBA still when I really just want the degree and possibly the network? But I will be a good 10 years older than most students. I'm looking at mostly shorter programs, INSEAD/LBS etc. Although if I can get into Wharton/HBS/Stanford I would do it.

I know a lot of the comments might be that it's a stupid idea to get an MBA just to have the "paper." No job I'm going to get out of MBA school will be able to make more than I already do, so looking for a job is not important to me.


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People pursue an MBA for different reasons. For majority it is career progression but there is a minority with varied reasons. And adding another feather in your hat seems just as reasonable to me. Although, saying that in your essay wouldn't be prudent. Networking is a very strong reason to pursue an MBA. You do take out the most pressing issue with ADcoms i.e. your employability. Since you're not looking for one, you're not a liability to a school. You can pursue 1-year, 2-year or executive course depending on your circumstances. You will be surprised at how much you have learnt once you graduate from your MBA School.
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Look into EMBA programs, especially in the city/region where you want to build your network. I work a lot with EMBA candidates on their applications, and Wharton, Columbia, and NYU Stern for Finance, alongside MIT Sloan if you're into the tech or energy community are the best.

Take a look at my slideshare presentation I did last year highlighting each EMBA program, and let me know if I can be of any help, as each year I work with many EMBA clients and help them gain acceptance to the top programs:

https://www.slideshare.net/MBAIVYLEAGUE ... -in-the-us
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