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Please help! Another masters before MBA to help offset undergrad gpa?

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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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LeeS14 wrote:
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?


This is a very unusual way to do it, so I am not sure I would recommend it. There are plenty of applicants who have a less than desirable GPA and the most common and effective way to make up for that is definitely to get a very impressive GMAT score. So I am not sure the adcom would understand why you complicated matters unnecessarily by getting another degree. (That is unless there is a very specific reason for you wanting that second degree in terms of where it will get you after your MBA or something)

Therefore, my recommendation for you would be to focus on your career and achieve something impressive at work as well as ace the GMAT. I think that will definitely help you more than another master's degree.

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Hi LeeS14,

Agree. Taking the path through Master’s degree is far from ideal. Score high on GMAT and do well professionally to put up a strong application.

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If I don’t get into any good MBA schools, atleast I’ll have a Masters in Engineering which can only help my career.

If you need a Master’s degree to boost your career in the short term, then it’s a different thing. Otherwise, few years down the line, your skills and past performance at work will determine where you go. Not the Master’s degree.
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LeeS14 wrote:
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?



I will add to the posts above - if you are trying to improve your quantitative scores through the MS. you can also opt for courses (stats, calculus, micro economics) at an college extension program. And as you have nailed it already- get a hiiiigh GMAT score
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LeeS14 wrote:
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?


That's an extremely expensive and long way to do it, and actually it STILL doesn't improve your GPA. Better, would be to invest (less) time and money into kicking ass on the GMAT!

Hope this helps,
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