Veteran: Second Bachelors Degree vs MBA
What's up everyone this is my first time posting on here but have been a long time reader. Here's my situation that I would really appreciate some guidance on:
I'm currently in the Army and in a special operations unit with multiple combat deployments to the Middle East. I'm starting the process of transitioning back to the civilian side and will be getting out of the military around March/April of 2023 and am certain that I want to go the IB--> PE route. I already have a BS but in a super non-finance major from a decent but super non-target school (think VA Tech, WVU, James Madison etc.) with a below average gpa for the industry of 3.1. Admittedly, I had no idea what I really wanted to do when I was younger and kind of just floated around during college but have done a lot of maturing in the time since then.
Since the military will fully pay for a degree through the GI Bill program, the first step in my plan to getting into the industry is to go get another degree, this time a more business focused one. I'm not sure which route would be more attractive though, get another undergrad degree in finance/economics or go for the more advanced MBA. Factors influencing my decision are; if I go for the second undergrad I'm confident I can get into a top 25. There are multiple guys who used to be in my unit that have similar college experience or none at all that have done it. If I go for the MBA though I'm not so sure I can get into as "prestigious" of a program but the MBA distinction is obviously higher than a bachelors (full disclosure I have not taken the GMAT yet).
So, boiling the post down to one hypothetical question. What would be more of an asset in breaking into IB, a second undergrad degree from a top 25 school or an MBA from say between a top 50-75 business school?
Appreciate any insight.