Does MBB care where a prospective consultant attended undergraduate if the applicant has a prestigious graduate degree?

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For example, someone has an associates degree from a community college, and a bachelor's degree from a lower-ranking university (not top-25); however, has either an MBA or Ph.D. from a prestigious school (top 10).

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Dec 7, 2017

No, not really.

It doesn't even need to be an MBA. I know a guy who went to a pretty low ranked public school (but obviously was one of top students there), is now at a Top 5 University for a Master's, and is going to enter MBB as a first-year analyst. It's actually pretty common non-target undergrad -> target grad -> MBB.

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Dec 7, 2017

Hi Gucci, may I ask if your friend is in a non-MBA Master or MBA program? Thanks a lot

Dec 7, 2017
guccigirlswag:

No, not really.

It doesn't even need to be an MBA.

Dec 7, 2017

Engineering Master's. This is pretty common at my MBB.

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Dec 7, 2017

dont think they would care at all

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Dec 7, 2017

had an interview with McK a while back for a business analyst role and I went to a shit school

Dec 8, 2017

I can think of many examples at all three firms where that had been the case. Less frequent for non-MBA business graduate degrees in the US, but it still happens.

Dec 8, 2017

Thanks for the answer. By the way, how do MBB consulting firms view an applicant's undergraduate degree after they are in a masters program? Is there any weight placed on a person's undergraduate degree after someone completes an MBA or masters at a top-tiered grad school? I was told by one of my professor's, who never worked at MBB, that prestige/academic pedigree plays a role in getting people to partner... I am not sure if that is true, but is his statement factually true?

Dec 8, 2017

I don't have enough visibility to give a definite answer on this, but I would be highly surprised if a strongly performing junior partner/ (associate) principal/ director were denied promotion based on his or her undergraduate degree.

As far as I know, the graduate degree will be the one counting more than the undergraduate one. What could harm you is poor undergraduate grades.