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# Prerequisites & MBA Survival kit

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28 Jan 2007, 20:35
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I was wondering as to what kind of preparation gmatclub members from non-accounting/finance backgrounds are doing?

I am from an engg background, have absolutely no exposure to accounting, finance and any advanced statistics. I was thinking of joining a community college in summer to acquaint myself with them so I dont feel overwhelmed when the program starts in fall.

Has anyone tried the 'MBA survival kit' from mba.com? Will it suffice?
What other options would you recommend?
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28 Jan 2007, 20:55
I am seriously considering taking a course over the summer, but am having trouble doing it because frankly, its not how I want to spend my summer ! I think I will buy the stats book and just walk myself through it. I was worried about it but I've come to realize, surely, I am not alone...
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28 Jan 2007, 21:21
Rhyme, if you don't prepare, you may be alone.
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28 Jan 2007, 21:29
Yes, I too want to vacation in summer...I have to visit India for 3-4 weeks for a couple of must-attend-weddings in the family which clashes with my original plan of attending community college...which brings me to my original question...would anyone recommend the 'MBA survival kit' from mba.com?
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28 Jan 2007, 22:05
What school are you attending in fall ? The schools usually send out a truckload of stuff to look over before orientation.

Priyah wrote:
I was wondering as to what kind of preparation gmatclub members from non-accounting/finance backgrounds are doing?

I am from an engg background, have absolutely no exposure to accounting, finance and any advanced statistics. I was thinking of joining a community college in summer to acquaint myself with them so I dont feel overwhelmed when the program starts in fall.

Has anyone tried the 'MBA survival kit' from mba.com? Will it suffice?
What other options would you recommend?
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28 Jan 2007, 22:11
Michigan State University...I heard they have a boot camp just before school begins, but I dont want to wait that long to find out I needed more than that!
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29 Jan 2007, 01:29
You can browse through the book "10 day MBA" written by a Darden alum. It will give you a good idea of what to expect. You can identify areas in which you may need to do more background reading.

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Michigan State University...I heard they have a boot camp just before school begins, but I dont want to wait that long to find out I needed more than that!
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29 Jan 2007, 20:11
I've said this before, but beware the community college courses. Many of them are simply not rigorous enough to give you the preparation that you need.

Someone at the Cornell admissions office recommended UC Berkeley extension's courses - these are reasonably priced and count as pre-reqs for the Haas weekend mba. I hear stats is a good place to start - I will be taking that one soon.
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29 Jan 2007, 20:12
Any idea how much do they cost ? Is it a video broadcast ? Or online courses that you can take at your leisure ?

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I've said this before, but beware the community college courses. Many of them are simply not rigorous enough to give you the preparation that you need.

Someone at the Cornell admissions office recommended UC Berkeley extension's courses - these are reasonably priced and count as pre-reqs for the Haas weekend mba. I hear stats is a good place to start - I will be taking that one soon.
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29 Jan 2007, 20:14
I am taking their Basic Corporate Finance course..
its pretty good..

Just google Berkeley Executive development Online.. should get a bunch
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29 Jan 2007, 20:19
They seem pricey at ~750 bucks a course.

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I am taking their Basic Corporate Finance course..
its pretty good..

Just google Berkeley Executive development Online.. should get a bunch
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29 Jan 2007, 20:28
Well, compare that to the Cornell stats class I looked at. It was something like 1200 .... or maybe it was 2000? Either way, a stinkin' lot.
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29 Jan 2007, 21:30
I was referring to the online course. I can understand paying more for the classroom experience as there is considerable overhead. Cornell is private so
CHA-CHING !

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Well, compare that to the Cornell stats class I looked at. It was something like 1200 .... or maybe it was 2000? Either way, a stinkin' lot.
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29 Jan 2007, 21:32
I have not tried it but have heard about it.

MBAMATH.COM

Any idea about it? Somehow for $100 it looks to cheap to be effective. VP Joined: 20 Sep 2005 Posts: 1020 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 36 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 29 Jan 2007, 21:38 It is similar in content to the stuff that Duke has send me. JayNayak, all set for Chapel hill ? When do you plan to quit and move ? Let me know if you need any pointers on Visa stuff. jaynayak wrote: I have not tried it but have heard about it. MBAMATH.COM Any idea about it? Somehow for$100 it looks to cheap to be effective.
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29 Jan 2007, 21:57
lhotseface wrote:
It is similar in content to the stuff that Duke has send me.

JayNayak, all set for Chapel hill ? When do you plan to quit and move ? Let me know if you need any pointers on Visa stuff.

jaynayak wrote:
I have not tried it but have heard about it.

MBAMATH.COM

Any idea about it? Somehow for $100 it looks to cheap to be effective. Thanks for the offer man. Just waiting for the I-20. As soon as I get it, my official vacation starts. VP Joined: 29 Apr 2003 Posts: 1403 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 30 Jan 2007, 01:06 Even Kellogg has some compulsory Pre-Term classes. One of them is a credit class! VP Joined: 29 Apr 2003 Posts: 1403 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 30 Jan 2007, 01:07 Oh!! I just became a 'CEO in training' - how do I become a CEO!!?! Yuhooo! P.S.: I guess I can put that down in my resume - CEO in training of GMAT Club Director Affiliations: FRM Charter holder Joined: 02 Dec 2006 Posts: 732 Schools: Stanford, Chicago Booth, Babson College Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 82 [0], given: 4 ### Show Tags 30 Jan 2007, 04:40 Hey, I am taking Calculus course from UCB online. 740$ per course. It takes time also (atleast an hour every day). I mean there are 12 assignments to send and in the end there is a test which we need to clear to get GPA. I am given 6 months time to complete these assignments and test.

Imagine the time you need to spend if you are taking 3-4 courses.

Having said that, the course coverage is pretty good. Prof is cool.

But you need to put in lots of time say 3 to 4 hrs per day atleast, if you are taking 3-4 courses.
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lhotseface wrote:
You can browse through the book "10 day MBA" written by a Darden alum. It will give you a good idea of what to expect. You can identify areas in which you may need to do more background reading.

Priyah wrote:
Michigan State University...I heard they have a boot camp just before school begins, but I dont want to wait that long to find out I needed more than that!

I second that Idea. It is a nice book. Gives you a brief idea of almost all the major subjects going to be covered in MBA.
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