Best Undergrad Major for M&A

<p>What is the best undergraduate major for getting hired for Mergers & Acquisitions?</p>

<pre><code>* Accounting
* Finance
* Marketing
* Operations and Supply Chain Management
* Organization and Human Resources
* Managerial Economics and Strategy
* Management
* International Business
* Entrepreneurship
* (or if there is something that I didn't list)
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<p>To tell you the truth, M&A requires that you major in any subject you like. As long as you took a few classes in Economics and Statistics, you'll do fine. It's better to have a 3.7+GPA in your favorite major than to get a 2.6 GPA in a pure business major. </p>

<p>I used to be in the same boat as you. But I decided that if I'm spending a lot of $$$ for my college education, I might as well get my money's worth by studying what l like instead of preparing for a job that can replace me at any time.</p>

<p>WHy do you want to do M&A? No one recruits for just M&A except for advisory roles (Houlihan, KPMG M&A advisory). The rest you get hired in for investment banking at the Bulge and Middle Markets and then either get put in the advisory group based on your interest or work in a "super group" like financial institution or TMT (tech media telecom) where you do capital raising, restructuring and M&A. it really depends. Thus, to do M&A you need the same background for an ibanking, which is strong school, strong grades, and something showing interest and motivation in the field (internships, econ/finance/math related degree). You dont need a specific degree per se, but it helps to show you know something about the field so you can hit the ground (or cubicles) running and know whats going on. Double majoring might be a good way to do that, or even a minor in a business related field or even just a few classes in accting or finance.</p>