Preparing for business school without a business degree

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Taking the plunge into an MBA program with a non-business undergrad degree can be daunting, yet more than half of TCU’s Neeley School of Business consists of such students. 

Neeley grad Ayesha Narula is a former chemist who decided to get her MBA when she stopped learning new things in her job. 

“I went on a three-week tour of India and Thailand. That break really solidified that I didn’t want to work the rest of my life as a chemist,” she says. “I needed to broaden the fields I could go into. As I switched careers, I knew that the Neeley MBA would open more doors for me.” 

Ayesha presently works as a product manager with Galderma. She shares that she considered several MBA programs in Texas, but TCU’s effort to help her achieve her goals stood out. 

“At some schools you got the impression that you should be glad they let you in. TCU’s message is ‘We’re glad you’re here, and we want to be a partner in your success,’” she explains. “One of my professors repeatedly passed on my resume to companies—all on his own. I never asked. The fact that he would do that is amazing.” 

As with Ayesha and many students in similar cases, experts recommend taking a couple of years to work and round out your experience to improve your chances at getting into a better graduate program. 

At the Neeley School of Business, you will find smart and motivated students, who graduated from undergrad schools ranging from Stanford to the Air Force Academy. They bring work experience in investing, political fundraising, marketing, teaching, chemistry, the military and other fields. After graduation, they will work in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Boston, New York City, Omaha, Sydney, Berlin and all around the globe.  

The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools (2013 edition) rated Neeley MBA students at No. 7 in the nation for their ability to handle a rigorous academic program. The industry experience they bring to the classroom allows them to view business problems and opportunities from new vantage points. 

Students are collaborative, not cutthroat. Small classes and project teams build meaningful relationships with peers. It’s a perfect entrée into networking, and developing associations that will stay with our students throughout their careers.
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