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Thursday’s Headlines: Applying to an MBA program? You may have a better shot without a business degree

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If you’re an engineer applying to get into an MBA program, your odds of acceptance are better than that of someone with an undergraduate degree in business, according to Businessweek. Top admissions officers at the nation’s MBA programs increasingly prefer candidates with degrees in something other than business. Business undergraduates made up 54 percent of those taking the GMAT in 2010, up from 50 percent in 2006.

Business school admissions officers are looking to change that.

“We want 75 percent of our class to be non-business undergrads,” says Sara Neher, assistant dean for admissions at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. “In some respects, there’s a higher bar (for business majors) than for non-business majors.”

She has some advice for business degree holders applying to MBA programs: “Because they are most likely in business careers now, they probably have concrete examples of how they have worked in a team and led a team,” she says. “Really bring those out in an essay or interview.”

And there’s this piece of wisdom, which could apply to any major: “Take electives outside of business. Show some broader world view.”


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