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Rank these business majors?

MAnns1MAnns1 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
in terms of finding undergrad jobs/internship, AND MOST IMPORTANTLYY getting into business school (GPA/ interest level)

Can you also list a few colleges/universities that have good business programs, but aren't too hard to get into?



Accounting
Finance
General Business Administration
Marketing
International Business
Management of Information systems
Entrepeneurship

Replies to: Rank these business majors?

  • TheDidacticTheDidactic Registered User Posts: 2,113 Senior Member
    I'm not sure the exact hierarchy but here goes nothing.

    Finance
    International Business
    Accounting
    General Business
    Marketing
    Entrepreneurship
    Management of Information systems

    Indiana University Bloomington is great but selective. What are your stats?
  • IrreplaceableIrreplaceable Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    I think accounting is the best. You learn concrete skills (like an engineer), and accounting is also the language of business, so you learn how a business functions. If your GPA is 3.5+ and you have decent interviewing skills, you would have a very good chance of getting a job at one of the big 4 firms. Lots of great exit opportunities if you can stick it out a few years. Even if you can't get a job at one of the big 4 firms, there are other big firms you could work for, like Grant Thornton, or you could work in the private sector. Investment banks also hire accounting majors. An accounting major can do anything that a finance major can do, but a finance major can't do everything that an accounting major can do.

    International business and entrepreneurship are too broad. They would be better combined with a second major. I've listened to several business seminars by entrepreneurs, and one of the points that they focus on is the important of marketing when launching a business. You have to market your product/company to investors and to consumers. So if you're interested in entrepreneurship, maybe double major in marketing.

    Schools with good business programs that aren't too competitive:
    Brigham Young University(!!!!!)
    Temple University
    Southern Methodist University
    Texas Christian University
    Boston University
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    The Ohio State University
    Penn State University
    UIUC
    Baruch College (!!!!!)
    Fordham University
    San Jose State University
    Cal Poly SLO
    Babson College
    University of Alabama
    University of Alabama at Huntsville
    Bentley University

    Would be more helpful and specific if you posted your stats.
  • BatesParent2019BatesParent2019 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    For MBA, none of the above. Your best bet is to major in anything technical like econ, math or a lab science and double major or minor in English.

  • MAnns1MAnns1 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    GPA (weighted): 3.9
    ACT: 30 (31 E, 33 R, 27 S, 29 M)
    SAT Scores: 1980 (650 M, 650 W, 680 CR)
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    Super Score: 2030
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    Language National Honors Society (11th-present)
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    Church youth group/Vice President (11th-Present)

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    AP Biology (scored 3)
    AP Physics
    AP Environmental Science
    AP US History
    AP Literature
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    Attended Princeton Summer program (9th grade)
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  • BatesParent2019BatesParent2019 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    edited June 2015
    I am assuming you live in NJ.

    Lehigh
    Bucknell
    TCNJ
    Loyola Maryland
    Elon
    Villanova
    James Madison

    TCNJ cannot be beat for value in the area and campus is very nice. The program is excellent. You would probably also qualify for merit money.

  • TheDidacticTheDidactic Registered User Posts: 2,113 Senior Member
    edited June 2015
    Stockton has a great business program too. Between the opportunity of working at the Seaview resort plus their hotel management articulation program with Cornell, Stockton has solid academics. Merit money can definitely be available there too.
  • NavalTraditionNavalTradition Registered User Posts: 1,060 Senior Member
    It really depends on what kind of opportunities you are interested in. Accounting and Marketing are really not commensurable, for example, two totally different fish.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 39,608 Senior Member
    If your goal is a top MBA, you should have a combination Major/Minor that includes one quantitative (Statistics is great, but Math, Physics, Engineering, CS, all work) and one "traditional Liberal Arts" outside of the previous ones, such as History, Philosophy, Classics, a Foreign Language, Economics...
    MBA classes include all kinds of majors and Business majors are a minority, whereas they often make up a majority of applicants, ie., your odds are minuscule if you're not a Wharton/Stern/Babson/Mendoza graduate, whereas any strong major in other subjects has a better shot.
    Stanford separates Business Majors from others, and you'll notice they form only 14% of the total; Harvard lumps business majors with economics, which together form a large group, but the split falls toward economics. Penn has the largest group of business majors (27%) and it's still quite a minority considering the percentage of applicants.
    https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/mba/admission/evaluation-criteria/class-profile
    http://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/admissions/class-profile/
    http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/class-profile/Pages/default.aspx

  • AoDayAoDay Registered User Posts: 703 Member
    I'm not really sure how one would create a ranking of business majors because as @NavalTradition mentioned they are all completely different subjects. The majority of MBA schools list "business" as an overall undergraduate major and don't breakout specifically between marketing, finance, management, etc. so there isn't really any way to classify a given major increasing your likelihood of acceptance. Additionally you would need to know how many applicants applied from each major to determine the acceptance rate (by major), and not just the top level breakdown of majors/industry experience.

    As for specific schools, I would look into state schools such as UCLA, Penn State, Indiana, SUNY, and U Michigan to start.
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