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Can an engineer get an MBA?

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Can an engineer get an MBA?

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In most cases, individuals from various work or academic backgrounds can earn admittance into most MBA (Master of Business Administration) graduate programs (including the most prestigious ones offered through prestigious universities, such as Harvard, Stanford, and other Ivy League schools). Although an engineer (or any other professional) is often eligible for the MBA program of their choice, he or she will likely need to obtain the following credentials and qualifications first:

*Earn a 4-year (Bachelor's) Degree Through a U.S. Accredited College or University

Assuming one is a professional engineer, this academic credential will likely already be met.

*Obtain Relevant Work Experience

Although not always required, many MBA admissions committees prefer accepting applicants who have strong academic AND business backgrounds and experiences; therefore, current engineers may want to first seek at least a year of relevant business experience before pursuing an MBA program, especially if is through a prestigious, top-tier institution.

*High Scores on the Respective Exam

In addition to having a high undergraduate GPA score (i.e., 3.5 or higher), prospective MBA students should also strive for high scores on their MBA-entrance exam. Depending on the school's and the student's preferences, one can usually take one out of three possible exams: GRE, GMAT (a test designed specifically for business-oriented students), or the EA (reserved only for experienced business professionals).

For more information about what an MBA program generally entails, check out this article: Master of Business Administration (MBA): Degree Overview.

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