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It’s harder than ever before to get into business school, and the competition is getting younger.

Set foot on any university campus today and one thing is clear: students from all over the world make up a significant portion of the student body.  And that’s especially true at graduate schools of business. Why do international students come here to study?

In these increasingly competitive economic times, it’s easy to think that the MBA — or a master’s degree in general — is the new bachelor’s degree, and that you have to go back to school if you want to advance your career.

Is there a “right time” for you to pursue your MBA on a full-time basis? The answer for many college seniors or recent college graduates students is unquestionably “Yes, and the right time is now,” especially if you haven’t majored in business.

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson has served in her current position at Bentley University since 2003. She has worked in higher education in the Boston area for more than 15 years. Mary is originally from Vermont and has a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College. Mary has worked with most of Bentley’s graduate programs over the years. Currently, she works with students interested in the MS in Human Factors in Information Design and the MS in Information Technology.

Debbie O’Brien

Debbie O’Brien began her career in admission at Loras College in Iowa, where she stayed to serve as an undergraduate admission counselor after graduating magna cum laude. Since joining Bentley in 1993, she has worked with most of the university’s graduate programs, including the Evening MBA program and, most recently, the MS in Accountancy — our largest graduate program. Her current responsibilities are the MS in Finance and Student Ambassador programs.


Corrie Lefebvre

Corrie Lefebvre joined the Graduate Admission team in 2010. Her experience includes higher education posts around Boston and Burlington, Vermont. Corrie is from upstate New York and earned her bachelor’s degree at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. She moved to Boston in 2007 to pursue her MEd at Northeastern University. She works with students interested in the Professional MBA, MS in Taxation and the MS in Financial Planning.



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