11/25/12

Been searching the forums and the Internet for a while now and I haven't really found a discussion regarding what majors are favored by MBB.

Also, I have seen a lot of industrial engineering majors in MBB, but no business majors. Are these looked down upon or something?

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11/25/12

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11/25/12

Definitely wouldn't recommend business. Best are hard sciences or other analytical stuff.

11/25/12

Becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and your chance of getting into BCG or McKinsey suddently increases from 1 out of 5000 to 1 out of 5. Met so many Rhodes Scholars who are in BCG or McKinsey.

11/25/12

Engineering or science like maths, physics,... are sought after due to their analytical skills, but in general, it doesn't really matter.

11/25/12

If you're talking about undergrad majors... the last case team I was on, the associates had degrees in industrial engineering, business, and English.

Generally speaking, your best bet is an engineering degree, but a liberal arts degree is not at all disqualifying if you're otherwise a great candidate.

In reply to BCGDreamer
11/25/12

BCGDreamer:
Becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and your chance of getting into BCG or McKinsey suddently increases from 1 out of 5000 to 1 out of 5. Met so many Rhodes Scholars who are in BCG or McKinsey.

Have you really met many Rhodes scholars who tried and then didn't get a position at least one of BBM? I'd say a Rhodes Scholar odds are about 1 out of 1.05.

11/26/12

In the event that you don't happen to become a Rhodes Scholar ... ? ... your hard sciences and other heavy analytical majors will bode well. But like the first comment states, it's all about the GPA. Whatever you choose, make sure you're as close to Summa as possible.

11/26/12

Going to chime in and pose a Q, why do you think business majors aren't as marketable (this being taken at face value, no one major can seal one's fate as different candidates are different) ? I have met more soft science majors than business. Thoughts?

In reply to JackDevlin
11/26/12

JackDevlin:
Going to chime in and pose a Q, why do you think business majors aren't as marketable (this being taken at face value, no one major can seal one's fate as different candidates are different) ? I have met more soft science majors than business. Thoughts?

Business doesn't teach you how to think, its also an incredibly easy major

"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets."

-John D. Rockefeller

11/27/12

Echoing what everyone else said, just do whatever will get you the best GPA. Everything else is kind of secondary.

11/27/12

Just found out an interesting fact: the current managing director (CEO) of Mcknsey Dominic Barton and the current President/CEO of BCG Hans-Paul Burkner are both Rhodes Scholars.

In reply to JackDevlin
11/27/12

JackDevlin:
Going to chime in and pose a Q, why do you think business majors aren't as marketable (this being taken at face value, no one major can seal one's fate as different candidates are different) ? I have met more soft science majors than business. Thoughts?

how many top schools offer business majors?

In reply to F. Ro Jo
11/27/12

F. Ro Jo:
JackDevlin:
Going to chime in and pose a Q, why do you think business majors aren't as marketable (this being taken at face value, no one major can seal one's fate as different candidates are different) ? I have met more soft science majors than business. Thoughts?

how many top schools offer business majors?

MIT, UPenn Wharton, and UT Austin?

In reply to BCGDreamer
11/27/12

BCGDreamer:
F. Ro Jo:
JackDevlin:
Going to chime in and pose a Q, why do you think business majors aren't as marketable (this being taken at face value, no one major can seal one's fate as different candidates are different) ? I have met more soft science majors than business. Thoughts?

how many top schools offer business majors?

MIT, UPenn Wharton, and UT Austin?

Exactly.

You're basically clutching at straws once you get past MIT and Penn.... maybe Michigan, Georgetown, UVA, Cal, NYU.

11/28/12

Economics isn't a bad major either.....shows you can do the quant and is in a relatively related field. In addition, an understanding of economics (I found anyway) really helps with the case interviews.

11/28/12

I think consulting is the industry in which college major matters the least. Go to any office at any consultancy and you'll find a mix of engineers, econ, law, business and even sociology and philosophy. Pick a major that interests you and do well in school.

The business of business is business.

In reply to timlambcurry
12/4/12

timlambcurry:
BCGDreamer:
Becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and your chance of getting into BCG or McKinsey suddently increases from 1 out of 5000 to 1 out of 5. Met so many Rhodes Scholars who are in BCG or McKinsey.

Have you really met many Rhodes scholars who tried and then didn't get a position at least one of BBM? I'd say a Rhodes Scholar odds are about 1 out of 1.05.

This hype is ridiculous.

We have Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and Fulbright Scholars etc in our program. None of them were in the group which placed well. Not a single one. Every one of that group had their application dates or interviews pushed back for a variety of reasons.

http://firmsconsulting.com/2012/12/01/sepoct-case-...

(I can't vouch for these guys/ stats, but I see no reason why FC should be lying about this.)

12/4/12

I stand corrected. Perhaps because I would have loved to be a Rhodes Scholar back in the day but never could have come close and yet found recruiting for consulting relatively easy (although not without a lot of work), I overestimated the chances of the Rhodes scholar.

12/4/12

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