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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by james1988, Jun 5, 2008.
is it possible to get an MBA or an MPH during a year off in between college and med school?
MPH: Yes. However, as a caveat, do not think the MPH itself makes you a better candidate.
MBA: No. Reputable, useful programs will not take you if you haven't had any extended full-time work experience.
You would have to shop around and make sure that the classes would be completed by matriculation. People get masters all the time while waiting to matriculate. Most master programs are an additional year. However, if your focus (primary major) is not in business it may take longer.
Why not do a combined MD/MBA or DO/MBA? Some med schools have joint programs with some pretty good business schools. Also, the combined programs might be better geared towards the business of medicine.
Are you contemplating using one of these degrees, or is it just a gap filler? If the latter, you are better off (1) getting a job and earning money for med school, or (2) doing research that may lead to a publication or two that will enhance your future residency application, or (3) doing something fun you will never have the time to do again. If you think you might go into public health, get the MPH. If not, I see no point. The MBA tends to be intended to be a skill enhancement degree, not a program in which to originate business skills, which is why most programs require a couple of years of work experience (or require you to be in a combined program), and why the majority of folks who get MBAs are sent their by their employers, not there to get their first job. The better MBA programs are most typically two years long if you do it not as part of a joint degree. And business employers who require MBAs tend to focus on school pedigree, so it matters far more where you got your MBA than the fact of having gotten one.
You are about to launch into a decade of school and training. You don't want to burn yourself out on school before you start.
Don't waste your time. The OP has a history of ridiculous posts with absolutely no bearing on anything important whatsoever.
Yeah, but I answer for the folks reading this thread who might not be trolls more than the posters who are.