ERIC Number: EJ960438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Academic Performance in MBA Programs: Do Prerequisites Really Matter?
Christensen, Donald Gene; Nance, William R.; White, Darin W.
Journal of Education for Business, v87 n1 p42-47 2012
Many researchers have examined criteria used in Master of Business Administration (MBA) admissions decisions. However, prior research has not examined predictive ability of undergraduate prerequisite courses in core business disciplines. The authors investigated whether undergraduate prerequisite courses predicted MBA success by analyzing the outcomes of 491 MBA graduates. The results revealed students who lacked business prerequisite courses performed better in MBA grade point average (GPA) than students who took prerequisites. Additionally, performance in undergraduate written composition is positively correlated with MBA GPA. Moreover, performance in undergraduate marketing, economics, and business statistics courses are significant predictors of MBA GPA. Finally, the authors found undergraduate GPA predicted MBA success. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Prerequisites, Business Administration, Masters Programs, Admission Criteria, Undergraduate Study, Outcomes of Education, Writing (Composition), Correlation, Marketing, Economics, Statistics, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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