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The best preparation for a highly responsible managerial career requires a six-year investment in higher education. In the first four years, pursue intellectual curiosity and develop analytic and communication skills—without regard to subject matter. Then, seek two to four years of full-time experience. Prior work experience helps establish the relevance of managerial decisions of formal course work in the MBA program and so contributes to group projects and discussion. Students entering better MBA programs average 27 years of age.

A survey of admissions directors at MBA programs around the country reveals that undergraduate business majors are at a slight disadvantage in applying for graduate study in business. Preferred undergraduate backgrounds are: mathematics, physics, engineering, economics, and other liberal arts majors. The best graduate schools of business prefer candidates with well-trained minds, without regard to subject matter. The MBA program will then provide the specific professional preparation for a career in management. Students wishing additional information about MBA programs should consult Managerial Studies