Does an MBA degree make up for no-name undergrad school?

I was wondering if going to a top 20 MBA or name brand MSF program would make up for a state bumble hell university that no one has heard of. Basically, will employers look at the person as being an alumni of the graduate school, or will the undergraduate institution still leave a stigma on the resume.

I guess one way I was looking at it is, Mitt Romney went BYU for undergrad, but everyone associates him with Harvard due to graduate school.

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Feb 23, 2016 - 4:09pm


@CorK2016" Thanks for your response. Can you shed some light into the long answer (specifically for MBA)? lol

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Feb 23, 2016 - 5:27pm

Going to a top MBA program will erase any concerns people have about you graduating from a no-name undergrad program. You could have gone to University of Phoenix online and nobody will care if you have a full-time MBA from Harvard, Stanford, or any of the top 10 MBA programs for that matter. Employers will assume your background is stellar (or at least pretty damn good) if you're admitted to one of these MBA programs.

As I've written before, I don't think the same is true of MSF programs.

Feb 23, 2016 - 5:51pm

Going to top MSF program proves you are a good student. It is common that people who have a 3.5+, 650-750 GMAT, but no return offer from BB IBD, MC, etc. are the ones who are admitted. It's meant to give you more quantitative skills but also gives you a good chance to get in a top company. Going to a top MBA proves you are a good student AND someone who has successfully moved up the ladder in a corporation (more than likely the MBB, facebook, Google, Amazon, BBs of the world) and quite often you were in a MC, PE, IBD, etc. role. I think the top MBA eliminates the no-name undergrad 95% of the time. Some megafunds may have "some" leniency to the top tier undergrad+top tier MBA profiles but the vast majority of people won't work there anyways.

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Feb 24, 2016 - 1:29am


Also for the record, BYU is a top school. Its well known that superstars go there due to religious reasons. Lots of kids will go to BYU despite being capable of getting into more target schools. The mormon network runs deep and those kids get great jobs.


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Mar 21, 2016 - 10:25pm

Does a prestigous MBA outweigh (or help counter balance) a non-Ivy Bachelors on Wall street? (Originally Posted: 01/23/2014)

In high school I really didn't take anything seriously. I partied way to much, never really did much work, and suffered a less than optimal GPA. I was inherently smart, a 34 on my first and only ACT, as well as 1500+ SATs, but my GPA kept me out of the Ivy's. Fast forward 5 years later to today, and I am coming up on graduating. I attend Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities) which is a fine school, but no where near the caliber of Harvard, Yale, etc. However, I have worked hard, I will graduate near, if not, top of my class, a 3.95 GPA, 740 on my GMATs as well as a fairly long list of extra-curriculum's and such. With my now refined image I plan to attend Wharton and hope that I can continue to do well. I have always kept Wall Street open as a career option (the stories of the fast paced trading floors and ever changing marketplace excite me to no end) however, would my MBA at Wharton outweigh the school I went to that falls so far below the Ivy's? Any and all responses welcome. Thanks.

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:28pm

Where you decided to go to school at 18 years old predicts your future and you will never be able to escape that.
You will be forced to work in Minnesota for the rest of your life milking cows and ice fishing.

Dude, BBs hire MBAs from those top schools all the time without ever having worked on the street. Prestige isn't as important as you think it is.

Stop drinking the koolaid.

Feb 24, 2016 - 11:50am

Honestly this is such a fucking stupid question. WTF is wrong with this forum.

If someone asks something about something specific and not commonsensical the standard response is "this question was answered 100 times, look it up"- though its usually not. Meanwhile this stupid shit actually gets responses. Like how fucked do you have to be to even think twice about this?

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:29pm

Definitely, after an MBA, nobody will spend much attention to where you ve been undergrad.
It is suggested to still maintain that in your CV, but there is no industry where will be given attention to that.

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