Stern sophomore

<p>Hey to anyone who has any advice on gettin a mba later im a sophomore at nyu stern and would be interested in wat steps to take.</p>


<p>First of all, make sure you get good grades. If you want a shot at a good MBA program, you need at least a 3.3 GPA, preeferably 3.5+.</p>

<p>Secondly, once you graduate from Stern, you want to start working in a challenging job and demonstrate success with consistant promotions and good recommendations. You need to work at least 3 full years before applying to top MBA programs.</p>

<p>Obviously, you want to score over a 650 on your GMAT, preferably in the 700 ballpark.</p>

<p>Finally, and many great applicants get rejected for ignoring this rule, you MUST have a good reason for applying to MBA programs. It is not enough to say that you feel like it is the "right time" or the "next logical step". It is not enough to say that you want to hone your business skills or make connections or get a better job and make loads of money! You need to know why you want to get an MBA and it has to ring true.</p>

<p>I have a question as well. What is the process by which one leaves their job to get an MBA? Do they simply quit their jobs?</p>

<p>Rizdiz, it depends on the company. Some companies encourage they talent to apply to MBA programs and some will go as far as to pay for it in advance. But in most cases, yes, you have to submit your resignation. Even then, most of those companies will want to keep in touch and some will probably offer to take you back when you graduate.</p>

<p>Let's not forget the burgeoning presence of part-time MBA programs that only do not require that you resign your job, but actually frown upon your doing so. The philosophy behind many part-time MBA programs is that while you may not benefit from the total immersion that full-time students enjoy, you will be able to achieve a quick turnaround payoff from what you learn because you will be able to apply what you learned at your job.</p>

<p>Nor are part-time MBA programs restricted to lesser-luminaries in the B-school galaxy. Northwestern-Kellogg and Chicago are 2 of the finest business-schools in the country, and both of them offer part-time programs. So do other highly regarded B-schools like Berkeley-Haas, UCLA, Michigan, and, well NYU-Stern. </p>

<p>One thing I will say is that if you're bent on a career change, as many B-school students are, then a part-time program may not be appropriate. Part-time programs are geared more towards students who want to stay at least within the same industry if not within the same company and want to gain the skills and credentials to advance from within.</p>