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How do HR recruiter view candidates with an MBA degree?


Priscila Jimenez Boca Raton, FL

I have a year left in my contract and I am trying to better equip myself for the world outside of the military. How do HR recruiter view candidates with an MBA degree?

12 March 2020 4 replies Military to Civilian Transition



Mary M. Burns Denver, CO

Working closely with a top MBA program in the U.S. (Chicago), I coach students in two MBA programs and have a good view of the marketplace, the industries most interested in MBAs (there are a lot!) and the many roles that have evolved beyond traditional banking, consulting and consumer goods. Todays, MBAs are wanted and desired in healthcare, many, many parts of the tech sector, in general management programs and much more.

Typically, firms that are mid size or larger are more inclined to MBAs; in many cases, it will be a challenge to continue to grow in a firm and advance without one. This is dependent of course, on industry and function. In most cases, the role will clearly state if an MBA is desirable or required. If required, HR Recruiters and hiring managers will select those resumes that reflect the MBA as a priority. I hope this is helpful! --Mary

17 March 2020 Helpful answer


Inthapanya Dariphone Smyrna, TN

In a corporate world a MBA is very desirable. 90% of my teammates have a MBA and some are consider to be mostly newly entry position. It would be very challenging to advance in position without a MBA. My advance- if you have the opportunity to obtain a MBA, do so while you can.


Grant Lewis Virginia Beach, VA

In my experience, HR recruiters will have a specific list of credentials provided by the hiring decision makers. If an MBA is listed as required or desired in the job description, it will be a go no-go step. You can get more information about whether it will actually help you get the job by researching the background of the decision makers. If many have an MBA, the company probably values an MBA. You can also research the companies benefits. If they will support employees MBA studies, they value the MBA.


Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

That’s a very generalized question. If you can focus your question or your targeted goal a little more, you might get better feedback.

Generally speaking to your question - it starts with job requirements, does the job require an graduate degree or undergraduate? In the most general of responses, more education is better but it’s also important to have a good balance of experience and proven results that you can bring to the table as a candidate for a job.

Hope that helps. Good luck.

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