Doing Graduate Coursework (while still in undergrad)

One thing that can really set you apart on your application is having completed one or two graduate courses.  Many times, you can take the courses right at your university if you ask the professor directly.  If you are worried about jeopardizing your GPA, you can most likely opt to take the class pass/fail.

If you really want to step things up, you can opt to take virtual classes at an even more rigorous university.  I took a class at Harvard University Extension School, because I figured that if I could hold my own and earn a good grade in the course, I could show the admissions officers that I was more than capable of handling the rigor of MBA coursework.  I felt that this was especially important since I didn’t have full time work experience.  I had to show my maturity and readiness in other ways.

The course that I enrolled in was MGMT E-4240 Human Resource Management (due to my interest in human capital), and I would highly recommend it.  It is challenging while not being overly time consuming.  Essentially, the course is broken into 7 case studies (good to get under your belt for most business schools), of which you need to complete 2 plus a final exam that includes pieces of all of them.  The analyses take some dissecting and critical thinking, but I still preferred them to timed tests and homework, especially for a distance course.  I ended up receiving an “A” in the course and I have faith that a good portion of those reading this could do the same.

Whatever course you end up taking and wherever that course may be taught, you will definitely have a leg up on the competition.  You will have proven yourself more than capable of handling MBA coursework, and have a more solid, academically impressive resume because of it.

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