I'm a Non-Traditional Student. Should I Pursue an MBA?

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on September 22, 2011

I recently got an email from Leticia Henry. She asked the following: “I have been considering attending business school for an MBA in two years. I just graduated with a B.A in journalism, but have entrepreneurial ambitions, such as starting my own business. Do you think that a person that has no experience running a business and is not good with numbers, should go to business school?”

Here’s Doug Guthrie, dean of George Washington University’s School of Business, with the answer:

Click here to visit George Washington’s MBA profile.

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Reader Comments

Arun Gupta

October 16, 2011 10:07 AM


I have more than 13 years of experience in Developing and supporting IT systems. Most of my experience is in PeopleSoft ERP domain but on the technology side. I have gained some functional knowledge in Human Resources, Finance and supply chain. In order to further leverage my career, is it advisable to pursue MBA? Am I late in the game on account of 13 years in industry to do MBA? What career options I can have after completing the course?

I would appreciate your expert feedback on my questions.


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