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Department of Economics

Undergraduate Economics

MBA

The best preparation for a highly responsible managerial career requires a six-year investment in higher education. In the first four years, pursue intellectual curiosity and develop analytic and communication skills—without regard to subject matter. Then, seek two to four years of full-time experience. Prior work experience helps establish the relevance of managerial decisions of formal course work in the MBA program and so contributes to group projects and discussion. Students entering better MBA programs average 27 years of age.

A survey of admissions directors at MBA programs around the country reveals that undergraduate business majors are at a slight disadvantage in applying for graduate study in business. Preferred undergraduate backgrounds are: mathematics, physics, engineering, economics, and other liberal arts majors. The best graduate schools of business prefer candidates with well-trained minds, without regard to subject matter. The MBA program will then provide the specific professional preparation for a career in management. Students wishing additional information about MBA programs should consult Managerial Studies in 258 Buttrick, Professor William Damon, the Managerial Studies advisor, or the Career Center. Or Meg Risen, Administrative Assistant in Managerial Studies.

A good source of information about graduate training in business is Peterson's guide to MBA programs
Profiling 700 MBA programs around the world. Provides essential details on entrance difficulty, program focus, costs, placement, and career level of participants.
ISBN 1-56079-366-X, 900 pages, $17.95 pb available at bookstores.

At the library, try:

The Official guide to MBA programs, admissions & careers.
Princeton, N.J. : Graduate Management Admission Council
MANAGEMENT library reference HF 1131 (Non-Circulating)
CENTRAL library reference HF 1131 .O355 (Non-Circulating)

Here are some websites that may be helpful:

* Marr/Kirkwood Official Guide to Business School Webs
* Business Schools (Yahoo!)

For information about the five-year BA/MBA with the Owen School, please see the Managerial Studies website. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/managerial_studies/