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Old 01-08-2014, 08:14 PM
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For example, if I want to go into Human Resources...

BUT I got a BA in Economics INSTEAD of a degree in a more related undergrad field BEFORE getting my MBA in HR Management then can that undergrad choicd affect my chances at an HR job?
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:03 AM
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I think in your situation, it would be an asset. Economics brings together a great mix of qualitative and quantitative skills and spans areas of finance, accounting, psychology, government/political science, history, and international relations.
I’m sure many people apply (and get) HR positions with solely an economics degree.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:04 AM
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It is a non factor in general, but I think economics is applicable to most every field.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:31 AM
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It's a non-factor because your MBA requires you to take bachelor's level prerequisites on top of your graduate level classes. That's why it is such a well-respected degree.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:08 AM
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I agree, non-factor...what may be of issue is if you have any experience...if not, you may have to work a couple years as a generalist to get that experience, at a lower salary, then move up or into another company for more money.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:12 AM
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It doesn't in the case you mentioned...Your undergrad program generally means little after a masters degree...The exceptions are licensed professions, where being an RN, CPA, etc might matter. So, while a nursing degree with an MBA might make a difference to a career in Hospital administration, in the broader business world, the MBA makes your undergraduate degree somewhat irrelevant. You don't ask your doctor or lawyer where they did their undergrad; you might ask them about law or med school. For HR, just about any BA is fine for getting into the field. Example: I know a guy in Medical School who did his undergraduate in Theology. He took lots of science classes to make it to Med School, but he DID NOT have a science degree. I also know a management major who is now in Dental School. He decided, his junior or senior year, to do so, and had to stay an extra year and take extra science classes, but he doesn't have a science degree.
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