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Question regarding possible future MBA.

I’m 26, engineer, poor undergrad GPA (2.9). Dream is to go to a certain MBA program full time in 4 to 5 years. This MBA program sometime breaks top 10 but is consistently at least top 15, and has a “partnership” with my undergrad school. Part of that partnership is that my target MBA program “understands” the uniqueness of my undergrad school and looks at it with special consideration in regards to GPA, etc…. but I don’t know how much weight that holds in reality. I only have a few months doing engineering since right after undergrad I went into the military for 2.5 years. I realize my undergrad GPA is a big red flag for said school (and others I’d be interested in). I’m currently doing everything I can to kick ass as an engineer and will be the sole structural engineer for my company with 1.5 years.

I’m wondering if it would be unintelligent to get a grad school degree in engineering on my company’s dime at my target MBA school. So start a Masters in engineering this spring, at my target MBA school. Can take classes to show my aptitude, then apply if not initially accepted. Finish 2.5-3 years later. Then, within a year or two, attend an MBA full time. I’m not interested in part time programs. Would MBA admissions look down on that Masters and say, “why get a masters if you’re just going straight to an MBA after?”. I also have already been accepted to another Masters of engineering program that would only take 2 years to finish, but is not at a well-known state school (although not a bad school at all), and I don’t believe would help sway MBA admissions as much or help in my career as much.

My reasoning is for getting this initial Masters is: 1. Help offset undergrad gpa, along with a strong gmat. 2. Go to my target MBA school for it, that way I’ll already have one degree from there, and it will help with admissions. 3. If I don’t get into any good MBA schools, atleast I’ll have a Masters in Engineering which can only help my career.

Is my reasoning legitimate, or would admissions look at this as a negative?

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They would not look at it as a negative, you just would have to make sure your career trajectory is clearly explained to them. I'm generally not in favor of just grabbing extra degrees to set your up for more school but if you are really focused on this one MBA program than this plan does offer you some flexibility especially since you have this red flag. I will say when you have a low GPA the most important thing is your GMAT so make sure nothing gets in the way of your performance there. No degree will be more valuable to them than that in their eyes
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