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After bachelors in aircraft maintenance , can I study MBA ?

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Mike’s Answer

You can not only move from Aircraft Maintenance to an MBA, but I'd recommend it. My undergraduate degree was in Electrical Engineering and I then went on to earn my MBA. What I would recommend doing is start looking at programs you are interested in. See what Foundations courses they require. I ended up taking 6, but could have narrowed that to 3-4 with some additional work in my undergraduate degree. I took Micro Economics, but should have taken Macro to be able to not take the Econ Foundation course. I also have Financial Accounting, but not Managerial. With a bit of extra work you can prepare yourself to minimize the Foundations you need.

Mike recommends the following next steps:

Research Programs you are interested in.
See what foundations courses they require
Try to cover basics while working on your undergrad in as many subjects as you can

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Zach’s Answer

Lisa is correct. Without a bachelor's degree in business (or economics) most MBA programs will require you to take several "foundation" courses prior to starting the graduate-level business courses. This may extend your total MBA program length by 1 or 2 semesters. It is all pretty seamless. You should not be discouraged from pursuing an MBA just because you do not have a bachelor's degree in business.

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Daryl’s Answer

Hi Tirth,

MBA programs are generally open to a very diverse set of backgrounds as most people here have indicated.

I wanted to share some hard data to help understand how common this is.

This link includes the current class profile in the Harvard Business School MBA program.

One of the areas listed is the undergraduate breakdown. You will see:
43% of students are economics or business backgrounds
38% of students are STEM backgrounds
19% of students are humanities and social science backgrounds

Most MBA programs publish reports like this that you can use to better understand what kinds of programs are valued at each program.


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Vijay’s Answer

Sure. Gain some work experience and then do executive course for working professionals by ITM Institute. It will help you gain all the professional skills that the present industry requires. Candidates gain knowledge regarding team management, time management and leadership too with the help of the course. Expert guidance is yet another plus.

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LISA’s Answer

Yes, you can study MBA.  An MBA can standalone from any previous bachelors degree.  I have a cousin that has a BA in  Psychology  and she just completed her MBA.  The MBA is giving her the business knowledge to bring into one day owning her own practice. 

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John’s Answer

Absolutely! I have an undergraduate focus in communication studies and I just finished my MBA last year. Many MBA schools like non-traditional (non-business) undergrads because they have different views and bring diversity to the school.

No matter what your background, you have some things to figure out though:

1. Learn to tell your story
You need to become an expert in explaining why you are shifting focus. There is nothing wrong with shifting focus, but learn to tell the story so others are interested/intrigued (that doesn't mean lie or exaggerate, just practice so it is smooth).

You should also be ready to explain how your background has given you skills that transfer to business (problem solving on an airplane for maintenance vs problem solving in business, engineering mindset - focus on processes, shifting to airline businesses - if that's what you want to do, etc).

2. Research your options
Not every school or program is right for every person. Look at the different options for getting an MBA and figure out what works best for you and your life. Rankings do matter, but not as much as fit. If it is a bad fit, then it won't give you the experience you need.

Best of luck to you!

John recommends the following next steps:

Learn to tell your story
Research your options

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Nishanth’s Answer

Sure! If you can get a good work experience and have a strong reason for pursuing an MBA, it should be easy. It is totally about the story you can tell. Please reach out if you need help with this.

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Kannan’s Answer

I think this should go ahead with MBA if you have the interest in doing this. I also think the options are vast in the aviation industry for MBA grads, in case you want to get back to the same industry. It would be an added advantage if you can understand on high level how aviation industry runs and how every decisions are made, what is the reason behind those decisions and how economy plays a role in this.