Prerequisites for MBA Programs
MBA prerequisites are requirements that the students are
expected to achieve prior to enrollment in an MBA program. While
the top schools are still more competitive and may have a long
list of conditions, less competitive programs that do not
require as many and can offer the students more flexible
possibilities to implement them. As a general rule, the most
basic prerequisite for all MBA programs is the successful
completion of a bachelor's degree.
While most applications do not specify any particular type of
bachelor's degree for admission, a successful completion of a
bachelor's degree at an accredited institution is required.
International students must present official documentation
translated by a corresponding degree. Additionally, all MBA
programs requires that international students are resident or
proficient in the language in which the program is implemented.
The most common way to demonstrate proficiency in English is
through a TOEFL exam. While some programs now accept GRE
(Graduate Record Examination) score, most MBA programs require
the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score for
admission. Your scores on the quantitative portion of the test
is particularly important.
MBA programs focus heavily on mathematics courses. If your
undergraduate transcripts showing low grades in mathematics and
reasoning courses, or you do not have sufficient math courses,
you should seriously consider taking extra courses, before even
applying to an MBA program. Although a high quantitative score
of GMAT remedies unsatisfactory undergraduate mathematics
coursework for uses additional classes or self-study in
calculus, statistics and economics will prepare you for
math-intensive work required during your MBA studies. If you are
admitted to a program without this coursework, it is likely that
you will be required to complete it before checking. Some MBA
programs also requires prior business courses and knowledge. Get
in touch with your school; It can offer refresher courses before
the academic year to prepare new students.
Most MBA programs recommend that applicants have a certain
amount of full-time professional experience. Many of the top
programs require two-plus years of on-the-job work, while other
exclusive MBA programs focuses on the candidate's management
experience. Most MBA programs also consider a candidate's
extracurricular experience during and after University studies.
Volunteerism and involvement in the local community are regarded
very positively, but applicants with more exceptional volunteer
experiences are on an extra advantage in admissions process.
Harvard University School of Business MBA program, for example,
does not have a minimum work experience of its candidates, but
instead focuses on past leadership candidates, a capacity for
intellectual growth and engagement in their communities. A lack
of recreational activities and involvement in the local
community is regarded as a weakness, and should be explained in
your application or in personal interviews.