Best Undergrad Major for MBA's
As mentioned above, there is no required undergrad major for going on to get an MBA. Students from just about any background can and do go back to school for an MBA, usually after several years of work experience. Whether your major is in English, Mechanical Engineering, or Economics, you will still be able to go for your MBA.
Many students assume that they will have an edge if they study Business or Economics as undergrads. Business majors, however, don't make up the majority of admitted MBA students. To use one top school as an example, at Harvard Business School the statistics are as follows: 40% majored in Humanities or a Social Science, 33% in Engineering and Natural Sciences, 26% in Business Administration, and 2% Other.
Furthermore, only 19% of students in Business Week's top 10 MBA programs studied business. According to Business Week, a non-business major is often viewed as an advantage when applying to top MBA programs. The take home message is that you should study what interests you undergrad. If the student's ultimate goal isn't in finance or banking, it isn't necessary to study economics or business.