Hey guys if I accept an associate offer from McKinsey rn, I was planning to apply for an mba this year. If I get into a good program what’s the likelihood of getting it paid for, and do I return as an associate just at a higher band? So folks return as engagement managers ever?

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Associate is the post-MBA level. My understanding is that you can only come in at EM with significant experience matching the role.

It’s unlikely they’ll pay for it. Sometime they’ll pay for school for Associates or EMs but if you’re there less than a year first it’s unlikely. BAs have to be at the firm for over a year and a half before they’re eligible.
If turn down the offer now and do an MBA and reapply you’d still come in as an Associate. Although you may make it to EM in a year instead of 2.

We won’t pay for it

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