Older applicant


Which MBA programs in the Chicago area are "older applicant" friendly? I am defining older applicant as being between 40 and 50.

Which MBA programs in the Chicago area are "older applicant" friendly? I am defining older applicant as being between 40 and 50.
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This kind of question comes up occasionally on this board - I'd encourage you to read through these threads to start with:

http://www.find-mba.com/board/35540
http://www.find-mba.com/board/29872

Even the top tier programs admit 40+ year-olds, but not at huge rates. But this more reflects the role that full-time MBAs play for people: they're often used to switch job functions or industries, and younger people tend to want to to this more than older folks who are more likely to be settled in a career path.

In short, no full-time MBA program is going to be aimed specifically at older applicants, nor is any going to be "older friendly," to a huge degree in comparison to others. It's simply the nature of the degree that you'll be an outlier most full-time programs (versus part-time and executive programs.) The key would be to demonstrate that your goals mesh with what the business school can provide.

This kind of question comes up occasionally on this board - I'd encourage you to read through these threads to start with:

http://www.find-mba.com/board/35540
http://www.find-mba.com/board/29872

Even the top tier programs admit 40+ year-olds, but not at huge rates. But this more reflects the role that full-time MBAs play for people: they're often used to switch job functions or industries, and younger people tend to want to to this more than older folks who are more likely to be settled in a career path.

In short, no full-time MBA program is going to be aimed specifically at older applicants, nor is any going to be "older friendly," to a huge degree in comparison to others. It's simply the nature of the degree that you'll be an outlier most full-time programs (versus part-time and executive programs.) The key would be to demonstrate that your goals mesh with what the business school can provide.
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