A broad-based undergraduate program in the liberal arts is one of the most satisfactory preparations for graduate study in business administration and management, and large numbers of Denison graduates continue their studies in programs across the country. Although the current national trend is to encourage students to work several years between their undergraduate and M.B.A. programs, Denison students can receive advice on preparing for business school.
If you are planning a career in business, you may be interested in earning a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), a Master in Management (MM), or a similar professional degree. The purpose of an MBA education is to provide training in the theory and practice of business management. Professional management programs are based on the premise that people can learn to manage all types of business situations more effectively.
Liberal Arts & Business Management
As a liberal arts graduate you may find that you lack the administrative skills for immediate on-the-job application. Earning an MBA (or MM, MPA, etc.) may help you to acquire these skills. A liberal arts degree provides an excellent background for most graduate study, including that leading to an MBA. As a manager of people, money, natural resources, non-profit institutions or businesses, you will find that the skills you have acquired in a liberal arts curriculum will serve as an excellent foundation for future professional training. Most professional business schools will provide the training necessary to develop a career in accounting, finance, human-resource management, management consulting, management information systems, manufacturing, marketing, operations management, entrepreneurial ventures, small business, and even careers outside business: government, education, health care, arts management, and not-for-profit agencies.
Pre-Requisites for Business School
People from all fields earn the MBA degree. In 1999-05 nearly half of those taking the Graduate Management Admissions Test across the country were majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. While no major is specified for business school admissions, an ability to deal effectively with Mathematics is essential in most MBA programs. Most professional schools of business or management offer quantitative courses, which often require a background in calculus. In addition, statistics and operations research courses may be offered or required.
When to go to Business School
Most business schools advise the graduating senior to enter the work force immediately to gain experience before going to business school. The advantages are that you will have had at least one entry-level experience in a business/management environment which will give you more clear focus on your goals within the broad range of special management fields. As well, you will both contribute more to and gain more from the Case-Study Method which is widely used in B-schools.
Employer Funding of the Part-Time MBA
Many employers will provide tuition remission (80-100%) if you are willing to continue working for them while you work part-time on an MBA. Most MBA programs can be completed 1-2 years full-time or 3-4 years part-time. The advantage for part-timers is that you gain valuable work experience with no interruption in income and will incur little debt if you are supported by your employer. Obviously, working full-time while you are simultaneously working toward a degree requires excellent time-management and commitment.
Graduate Management Admission Test
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is required for admission to business school. Test dates (and regular registration deadlines) are offered year-round in hundreds of locations by appointment. Call a test center to schedule a test date.
Call 1-800-GMAT-NOW for the nearest computer-based testing site, or 1-609-771-7780 if you need testing for an accommodation.
The four-hour test measures general cognitive skills and abilities, not content areas. The various sections are:
- Reading Comprehension
- Critical Reasoning
- Data Sufficiency
- Problem Solving
- Sentence Correction
- Analytical Writing
Preparation for the GMAT
Denison has a new resource through the Ohio link library that has three free, timed practice exams for the LSAT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT— Learning Express Library.
- An online practice test in the various categories, just like the official exams
- Instant online score and detailed answer explanations
- A personalized analysis that identifies your strengths and weaknesses so you'll know how to prepare.
Self-Study guides published by the Graduate Management Admission Council as well as by commercial groups are available for you to use in preparing for the GMAT. In addition, commercial test preparation groups such as KAPLAN and The Princeton Review offer GMAT Prep Courses. Complete the free online GMAT practice test. For information about KAPLAN call 1-800-KAP-TEST for details.
The Application Process
To apply to business school, you will need to complete on-line applications or send away for applications for individual schools, since there is not a general application service for business schools. Applications ask for demographic information, academic transcripts, GMAT scores, and statement of intent. Additionally, applications request confidential letters of recommendation from faculty and previous employers. Career Services offers a Credential Service to assist you in gathering and keeping such letters on file for 5 years and will distribute them to business schools at your request.
MBA Catalogues & Other Resources
To learn more about MBA programs across the country, come to Career Services Resource Library and peruse The Official Guide to MBA Programs published by the Graduate Management Admission Council. You might find a booklet called "MBA: Q & A" to be particularly helpful.
Alumni are also wonderful resources of information. Use the Mentoring Directory in DenisonEverywhere to network with alumni who are willing to share information about various business schools and advice about their careers in business and management.
Business Schools Matriculating Denison Graduates
Classes of 1980-2007
- American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird
- American University, Kogod College of Business Administration
- Babson College, Graduate School of Business
- Baruch College, School of Business and Public Administration
- Bradley University, College of Business Administration
- Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
- Central American Institute of Business
- Columbia University, Columbia Business School
- Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management
- Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration
- Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
- Fordham University, Graduate School of Business Administration
- George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management
- Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration
- Loyola University Chicago, School of Business
- New York University, Stern School of Business
- Northeastern University, Graduate School of Business Administration
- Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
- Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business
- Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business
- University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business
- University of Dayton, School of Business Administration
- University of Denver, Graduate School of Business
- University of Florida, Graduate School of Business
- University of Illinois, College of Commerce and Business Administration
- University of Leuven (Belgium)
- University of Maryland, College of Business and Management
- University of Miami, School of Business Administration
- University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business and Economics
- University of Notre Dame, College of Business Administration
- University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School (Graduate Division)
- University of Pittsburgh , Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
- University of San Francisco, McLaren College of Business
- University of South Carolina, College of Business Administration
- University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
- University of Washington, Graduate School of Business Administration
- Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management
- Wake Forest University, Babcock Graduate School of Management
- Xavier University, College of Business Administration
Source: Alumni Survey of Classes of 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and individual class surveys 1996 - 2007