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Is there an issue if I attended the same school for MBA that I also went to for my undergrad?

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MBA from same school as undergradI graduated from CSUF 5 years ago and I am thinking of pursuing an MBA, with that same school being one of my choices for grad school. Attending their program deals a lot of advantages for me but my main concern is the issue above. I went to a few info sessions before for different schools and have asked this same question to the facilitators and professors and all have given me differing answers, but mostly say a potential employer's input on this is based off on their personal preference or opinion. Is there any merit to this at all?


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Christie Jahn
Title: CFO
Company: Prime Investments & Development
(CFO, Prime Investments & Development) |

I went through this same confusion quite some time ago and I was told then by my advisors that if I was staying in state (where everyone would recognize my college) it wouldn't matter, but if I was leaving state it could. I left and moved several states away and it has not made an impact on my career opportunities. I believe it's "you" that makes the difference.

Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
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(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

This is just to stress a point -----> You could go to Harvard but if your hiring person is from Yale, he/she might NOT think highly of you.

Christie is right. It is all about YOU! I have worked with people who went to Ivy league schools and wondered how they got the job....moreso, why are they still in the job.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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(President & CFO, |

To add to Emerson "stress" point, if you get your MBA with a concentration in Finance, but the hiring person wanted organizational behavior, you're in the same boat.

If you want the MBA, get the MBA. If you want a concentration in bar hopping get that, because at the end of the day, you need to please yourself; you'll never please everyone else....


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