Mba after Undergrad

I’m an incoming freshman at a CC. I plan on grinding up my gpa and getting good SAT/ACT scores to transfer into a Texas target or semi-target school. I’m somewhat confident I can break into IB during my undergrad. Not at a top firm or anything but I’m happy with just breaking in. I’m going to try my hardest regardless but I’m curious on y’all’s thoughts on getting an mba right after undergrad to try an start as a associate and I figure it’ll help switching firms/careers or just getting promotions. Thanks!

Don't do it. Firm will not bring you in at ASO with no work experience. The idea is fine but you need to get 2 years of work experience and then do MBA. If you get into any of the 2+2 programs that timing is fine, go work some corporate finance job and then do b-school. But doing MBA straight from undergrad is asking for trouble as you will simply be auto-dinged 

You're getting ahead of yourself. Get through CC with a 4.0 first.

But to answer your question...To get into any MBA program worth getting into, you need work experience. They're going to want to know what you can bring to an MBA class discussion, and you can't offer much straight out of undergrad. You would be in a classroom full of accomplished professionals with exceptional and diverse experiences, and all you could talk about were undergrad classes. It would be embarrassing if you could even get in. They'll also want to know why you want to get an MBA straight out of undergrad, and "I want to start as an associate" isn't a good answer. I can't even think of a good answer. It's a waste of money and time.

People use MBAs to switch careers and network. That means they already had a first job before entering an MBA classroom.

The best you can probably do is Harvard 2+2 or Wharton's Deferred Admission Moeliss Advance Access Program - where you apply in your senior year of undergrad. Even then, you're going to need work experience for a couple of years.

If your only reason for getting an MBA is to start as an associate, don't bother. Just get your first job as an analyst, work for a couple of years, and become an associate because a top MBA program isn't going to accept you without work experience. And working two years as an analyst to get an MBA and come back as an associate is a waste of money and time. You're also going to have to still answer the question of why you want an MBA.

Look up Poets and Quants to understand how competitive these MBA programs are and the type of students that apply. Also, pay attention to their work experience.

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