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Are five year dual programs looked down upon?

mrdude108mrdude108 Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
edited April 2011 in Business School - MBA
I have heard that the 5 year MBA programs aren't received well by potential employers for some reason, and I don't see anything like these degrees at any of the bigger school I would prefer to go to. A dual degree in 5 years just seems logical and more efficient than 4 years doing a bachelors degree. (I have about 2 years of coursework done)

The MBA portion of it would be to help be get a job in healthcare administration, and the BS in Bio would provide a background in Biology. Or would be better to just get a masters in healthcare administration?
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Replies to: Are five year dual programs looked down upon?

  • sakkysakky - Posts: 14,759 Senior Member
    I don't believe that 5-year programs are received any less poorly than the ad-hoc 6-year "program" of simply obtaining a 4-year bachelor's program immediately followed by a 2-year MBA. Indeed, one can always say that the 6-year 'program' is exactly what you had embarked upon, but that you just happened to finish it with a year to spare.

    Whatever poor 'reception' you might encounter from such a 5/6 year program has nothing to do with the program per se, but rather due to the lack of work experience you would have. But that's not the right comparison anyway. Obviously MBA graduates with no work experience will be less successful on the job market on average than those with extensive work experience. But the relevant comparison is not against the other MBA graduates, but rather against yourself, and specifically, what else you would have been doing had you not obtained the MBA. Let's be perfectly frank: most 23-24 year old college graduates with only 1-2 years of work experience don't really have jobs that pay well and provide promising opportunities to advance and learn. {Granted, if you can find such a job right after undergrad, then you can forgo the MBA.}
  • mrdude108mrdude108 Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    I see, yeah I had just heard that employers would rather have someone who did the actual strictly MBA program rather than it being an "add on" kind of situation which it would definitely be for me.
  • MSFHQsiteMSFHQsite Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    Get work experience. An MBA is useless without experience to add color to the degree.
  • mrdude108mrdude108 Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    What kind of work experience are they looking for? I've been non stop since junior year in high school but I'm not sure what kind of jobs they are looking for experience in.
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