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Cooksey, Elizabeth C. & Rindfuss, Ronald R. (1994). Prior Activities and Progress in MBA Programs. Research in Higher Education, 35(6), 647-668.


Many graduate business programs encourage, and even require, postbaccalaureate work experience as a criterion for program admission. In this research we use data from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 to examine the extent to which MBA students actually experience a hiatus in their educational careers, and whether their work/education profiles differ from those of other graduate students in the United States. We also address whether this emphasis on educational discontinuity in the formal sense has any effect on how the student progresses through the MBA program. Our results suggest that interrupting school between the BA and MBA leads to a higher likelihood of part-time enrollment, and a consequent lower probability of completing the degree program in a timely fashion.


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Research in Higher Education


Cooksey, Elizabeth C.
Rindfuss, Ronald R.