MBA with little work experience


jspace12

hi,
i am a law graduate holding a B.A.,LL.B (hons) degree. Wish to pursue an MBA from canada. I have a decent GMAT score of 710.However i do not have much work experience (six months since graduation). Can someone guide me about B- schools admitting students with little work experience.
also how difficult it is for a law graduate to seek admission to a reputed business school.
any help will be highly appreciated......cheers !!!!

hi,
i am a law graduate holding a B.A.,LL.B (hons) degree. Wish to pursue an MBA from canada. I have a decent GMAT score of 710.However i do not have much work experience (six months since graduation). Can someone guide me about B- schools admitting students with little work experience.
also how difficult it is for a law graduate to seek admission to a reputed business school.
any help will be highly appreciated......cheers !!!!
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lukeh

Hi,

there have been lots of debates about work experience on the board recently, so I would have a look at this postings.

Basically, I think that work experience is extremely important to the majority of business schools. You can see this by looking at the average age of their admissions. The average number of years of full-time work experience has risen dramatically for a lot of the top Business schools. Schools that only recently averaged two or three years now average five. Take a top business school like Wharton, last year only 2% of successful applicants had less than 2 years experience.
You dont want to end up choosing a much less reputable school, just because of the work experience issue.

Are you not eager to gain some more experience first?

Hi,

there have been lots of debates about work experience on the board recently, so I would have a look at this postings.

Basically, I think that work experience is extremely important to the majority of business schools. You can see this by looking at the average age of their admissions. The average number of years of full-time work experience has risen dramatically for a lot of the top Business schools. Schools that only recently averaged two or three years now average five. Take a top business school like Wharton, last year only 2% of successful applicants had less than 2 years experience.
You dont want to end up choosing a much less reputable school, just because of the work experience issue.

Are you not eager to gain some more experience first?


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jspace12

hi lukeh,
thanx for the reply.......its not that i am not in interested in gaining work experience.......its just that i wud want to do an MBA as early as possible as i think it wud be difficult for me to pursue an MBA at a later stage.......but i realise that work ex. is an important ingredient for admission to a reputed B-school.........thanx for the reply.....cheers !

hi lukeh,
thanx for the reply.......its not that i am not in interested in gaining work experience.......its just that i wud want to do an MBA as early as possible as i think it wud be difficult for me to pursue an MBA at a later stage.......but i realise that work ex. is an important ingredient for admission to a reputed B-school.........thanx for the reply.....cheers !
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lukeh

Sure, I understand, but it is worth remembering that if you are going to invest all of that money and time in pursuing an MBA, you do want to get the maximum possible return on it.

Let me know how you get on.

Sure, I understand, but it is worth remembering that if you are going to invest all of that money and time in pursuing an MBA, you do want to get the maximum possible return on it.

Let me know how you get on.
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a_mukerjee

Hi jspace,
in Canada schools usually ask for 2 years of work experience, not much left to go for you! Work for another one and half year and start researching for the best options for your MBA already now.
You can find programs without that requirement, but It is worth waiting, because the good schools are stricter on the condition of professional experience, as Lukeh says. It makes sense also, you'll benefit a lot more for your studies. You will see

Hi jspace,
in Canada schools usually ask for 2 years of work experience, not much left to go for you! Work for another one and half year and start researching for the best options for your MBA already now.
You can find programs without that requirement, but It is worth waiting, because the good schools are stricter on the condition of professional experience, as Lukeh says. It makes sense also, you'll benefit a lot more for your studies. You will see
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kailas

Please let me know the school websites which offer MBA s to candidates with 2 years experience.

Please let me know the school websites which offer MBA s to candidates with 2 years experience.
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lukeh

I think its still important to acknowledge that even though some university courses are only going to require 2 years work experience, the average number of years of work experience required by MBA schools in Canada is 2.4 years ranging from no work experience required to 5 years. However, on average, Canadian MBA students have 6.4 years of work experience.

You might find this list useful:

Athabasca University
Applicants with a bachelor degree must have at least 3 years of managerial-level work experience; those with an acceptable professional designation but no degree require at least 5 years of managerial-level work experience. Resume required for application

Brock University
Work experience is not required but is preferred. Resume required for application.

Cape Breton University
A minimum of two years experience in community economic development. Resume required for application.

Carleton University
Resume required for application.

Concordia University
At least two years of meaningful work experience. Resume required for application.

Dalhousie University
At least 3 years. Resume required for application.

First Nations University of Canada
Minimum 3 years work experience. Resume required for application.

HEC Montreal
A minimum of three years of work experience. Resume required for application.

Lakehead University
Resume required for application.

Lansbridge University
Applicants should have at least 1 year of full-time relevant work experience for the MBA program or 5 years of full-time work experience, including 2 years of management level employment, for the eMBA program. Resume required for application.

Laurentian University
Applicants should have at least 2 years of relevant work experience but this requirement may be waived under specific situations. Resume required for application.

Malaspina University-College
No work experience is required. Resume required for application.

McGill University
Applicants must have a minimum of two years of relevant full time work experience after their undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

McMaster University
Candidates applying for the full-time or part-time options must have a minimum of one year of full-time, continuous managerial, professional or technical work experience. Resume required for application.

Memorial University of Newfoundland
You must complete Employment Experience Information Form. Resume required for application.

Mount Saint Vincent University
A minimum of two years of full-time, relevant work experience. Resume required for application.

Queen's University
A minimum two years of full-time, post-degree, professional experience (excluding internships and/or co-op placements). Resume required for application.

Royal Roads University
Applicants must have at least 5 years of relevant work experience. Resume required for application.

Ryerson University
Ryerson?s MBA:Preference will be given to applicants who have a minimum of two years full-time work experience or equivalent after graduation from undergraduate studies. Resume required for application.

Saint Mary's University
Full-time students should normally have at least two years of relevant post-degree experience. Co-op experience will be given consideration. Resume required for application.

Simon Fraser University
Two years of relevant work experience is the minimum required but the University recommends at least three years. Resume required for application.

University of Alberta
Applicants should possess a minimum of two years, full-time work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

University of British Columbia
Work experience is preferred and will help an applicant's chances of being accepted however, no minimum number or years of work experience is set. Resume required for application.

University of Calgary
Three years of appropriate employment at increasing levels of responsibility. Resume required for application.

University of Guelph
If the applicant has a 4-year degree then 3 years of industry-related work experience, including managerial responsibilities, are required; otherwise, the applicant will need 5 years of relevant work experience including managerial responsibilities. Resume required for application.

University of Lethbridge
Resume required for application.

University of Manitoba
Three years of professional work experience. Resume required for application.

University of New Brunswick-Fredericton
A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required; preferred experience is that which makes use of your undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

University of New Brunswick-Saint John
A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required; preferred experience is that which makes use of your undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

University of Ottawa
2 years of full-time managerial or professional work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Regina
Usually, applicants are required to have a minimum of 2 years of full-time, relevant work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Saskatchewan
Minimum 3 years work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Toronto
Two years of full-time work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Victoria
Resume required for application.

University of Western Ontario
Two years of work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Windsor
No work experience is required. Resume required for application.

Wilfrid Laurier University
Two years of work experience. Resume required for application.

York University
Two years of full-time, relevant work experience. Resume required for application.

I think its still important to acknowledge that even though some university courses are only going to require 2 years work experience, the average number of years of work experience required by MBA schools in Canada is 2.4 years ranging from no work experience required to 5 years. However, on average, Canadian MBA students have 6.4 years of work experience.

You might find this list useful:

Athabasca University
Applicants with a bachelor degree must have at least 3 years of managerial-level work experience; those with an acceptable professional designation but no degree require at least 5 years of managerial-level work experience. Resume required for application

Brock University
Work experience is not required but is preferred. Resume required for application.

Cape Breton University
A minimum of two years experience in community economic development. Resume required for application.

Carleton University
Resume required for application.

Concordia University
At least two years of meaningful work experience. Resume required for application.

Dalhousie University
At least 3 years. Resume required for application.

First Nations University of Canada
Minimum 3 years work experience. Resume required for application.

HEC Montreal
A minimum of three years of work experience. Resume required for application.

Lakehead University
Resume required for application.

Lansbridge University
Applicants should have at least 1 year of full-time relevant work experience for the MBA program or 5 years of full-time work experience, including 2 years of management level employment, for the eMBA program. Resume required for application.

Laurentian University
Applicants should have at least 2 years of relevant work experience but this requirement may be waived under specific situations. Resume required for application.

Malaspina University-College
No work experience is required. Resume required for application.

McGill University
Applicants must have a minimum of two years of relevant full time work experience after their undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

McMaster University
Candidates applying for the full-time or part-time options must have a minimum of one year of full-time, continuous managerial, professional or technical work experience. Resume required for application.

Memorial University of Newfoundland
You must complete Employment Experience Information Form. Resume required for application.

Mount Saint Vincent University
A minimum of two years of full-time, relevant work experience. Resume required for application.

Queen's University
A minimum two years of full-time, post-degree, professional experience (excluding internships and/or co-op placements). Resume required for application.

Royal Roads University
Applicants must have at least 5 years of relevant work experience. Resume required for application.

Ryerson University
Ryerson?s MBA:Preference will be given to applicants who have a minimum of two years full-time work experience or equivalent after graduation from undergraduate studies. Resume required for application.

Saint Mary's University
Full-time students should normally have at least two years of relevant post-degree experience. Co-op experience will be given consideration. Resume required for application.

Simon Fraser University
Two years of relevant work experience is the minimum required but the University recommends at least three years. Resume required for application.

University of Alberta
Applicants should possess a minimum of two years, full-time work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

University of British Columbia
Work experience is preferred and will help an applicant's chances of being accepted however, no minimum number or years of work experience is set. Resume required for application.

University of Calgary
Three years of appropriate employment at increasing levels of responsibility. Resume required for application.

University of Guelph
If the applicant has a 4-year degree then 3 years of industry-related work experience, including managerial responsibilities, are required; otherwise, the applicant will need 5 years of relevant work experience including managerial responsibilities. Resume required for application.

University of Lethbridge
Resume required for application.

University of Manitoba
Three years of professional work experience. Resume required for application.

University of New Brunswick-Fredericton
A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required; preferred experience is that which makes use of your undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

University of New Brunswick-Saint John
A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required; preferred experience is that which makes use of your undergraduate degree. Resume required for application.

University of Ottawa
2 years of full-time managerial or professional work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Regina
Usually, applicants are required to have a minimum of 2 years of full-time, relevant work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Saskatchewan
Minimum 3 years work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Toronto
Two years of full-time work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Victoria
Resume required for application.

University of Western Ontario
Two years of work experience. Resume required for application.

University of Windsor
No work experience is required. Resume required for application.

Wilfrid Laurier University
Two years of work experience. Resume required for application.

York University
Two years of full-time, relevant work experience. Resume required for application.
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vivin_k

I just finished my B.M.S (bachelor in management studies) and want to do MBA in entrepreneurship from US...there are few questions i need to ask...

1.. can u suggest me a good university for MBA in entrepreneurship..

2... IS work experience necessary for all good uni.??
(i have been working part time for 2-3 years in my dads business... besides these i have been into stock market for 1 year n have quite a portfolio....I have done averagely in my xams and have a made a pretty brilliant project.. )

do i need work experience or is this enough (i have done the above mentioned during my college days.)

n what are my chances of getting into good B school..??

3... If work experience is a must then does being self employed count..???

it would be a great help if you could help me through this....i have been really confused about what is to be done....plzzz pplzzz reply...

I just finished my B.M.S (bachelor in management studies) and want to do MBA in entrepreneurship from US...there are few questions i need to ask...

1.. can u suggest me a good university for MBA in entrepreneurship..

2... IS work experience necessary for all good uni.??
(i have been working part time for 2-3 years in my dads business... besides these i have been into stock market for 1 year n have quite a portfolio....I have done averagely in my xams and have a made a pretty brilliant project.. )

do i need work experience or is this enough (i have done the above mentioned during my college days.)

n what are my chances of getting into good B school..??

3... If work experience is a must then does being self employed count..???

it would be a great help if you could help me through this....i have been really confused about what is to be done....plzzz pplzzz reply...
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fishball

Just as important is also learning how to spell correctly.....

Just as important is also learning how to spell correctly.....
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vivin_k

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brad12

I saw here lot of MBA and old members, I can't stop myself to ask question , What's the Best Way to Make Sure my Cover Letter is Well-Written and on Target?

I saw here lot of MBA and old members, I can't stop myself to ask question , What's the Best Way to Make Sure my Cover Letter is Well-Written and on Target?
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Hi,
Could you please let me know the following information regardig B Schools admission procedure:

I have 29 months of work experience till date. I am planning to pursue MBA from reputed Universities. I have very good academic percentage. I will take GMAT in Jan 1st week.
Somany people have suggested me to study in UK.
I have few schools in my mind including the top B schools. I cannot spend too much of amount. I am also looking for stipend providing Universities. How about the placements after MBA in Canada and UK? To get stipend from the unversites, suggest me the various criteria the University people will lokk in.
Some Universities I want to get in are:
Sculich, IMD, INSEAD, SP JAIN (Singapore) and some UK and US B schools. Suggest me the various criteria for these B schools.
I am an Indian. Also tell me when is the best time to get intoB school ( September intake or January intake). Thank you.

Hi,
Could you please let me know the following information regardig B Schools admission procedure:

I have 29 months of work experience till date. I am planning to pursue MBA from reputed Universities. I have very good academic percentage. I will take GMAT in Jan 1st week.
Somany people have suggested me to study in UK.
I have few schools in my mind including the top B schools. I cannot spend too much of amount. I am also looking for stipend providing Universities. How about the placements after MBA in Canada and UK? To get stipend from the unversites, suggest me the various criteria the University people will lokk in.
Some Universities I want to get in are:
Sculich, IMD, INSEAD, SP JAIN (Singapore) and some UK and US B schools. Suggest me the various criteria for these B schools.
I am an Indian. Also tell me when is the best time to get intoB school ( September intake or January intake). Thank you.
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Duncan

I think you should get your GMAT score and then come back after then. That is the key criterion for business schools.

There are very few scholarships available for UK MBA programmes, and the easiest way to get them to improve your GMAT score.

PS I totally agree with Ezra's comments below.

I think you should get your GMAT score and then come back after then. That is the key criterion for business schools.

There are very few scholarships available for UK MBA programmes, and the easiest way to get them to improve your GMAT score.

PS I totally agree with Ezra's comments below.
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ezra

As Duncan says, you'll need a solid GMAT score for these programs. Take a practice test to see where your score would fall generally - and keep in mind that the average score for the schools you mentioned are usually about 650.

Your 29 months of experience is good - schools in this range usually require at least two years.

As for stipends - or scholarships - these are pretty rare in most cases, unless you have some kind of exceptional profile. However, as an Indian applying to these schools you are in a highly competitive group, so ask the schools but I wouldn't count on it.

Some UK programs you can look at:

Cranfield School of Management
Oxford/Said
Durham Business School
Manchester

Keep in mind that in the UK, post-MBA work visas are becoming harder to get. Sometimes schools will help you with this, and sometimes not. You should research visas there, and talk to the career services departments of the schools you are interested in for specific info.


Some Universities I want to get in are:
Sculich, IMD, INSEAD, SP JAIN (Singapore) and some UK and US B schools. Suggest me the various criteria for these B schools.
I am an Indian. Also tell me when is the best time to get intoB school ( September intake or January intake). Thank you.

As Duncan says, you'll need a solid GMAT score for these programs. Take a practice test to see where your score would fall generally - and keep in mind that the average score for the schools you mentioned are usually about 650.

Your 29 months of experience is good - schools in this range usually require at least two years.

As for stipends - or scholarships - these are pretty rare in most cases, unless you have some kind of exceptional profile. However, as an Indian applying to these schools you are in a highly competitive group, so ask the schools but I wouldn't count on it.

Some UK programs you can look at:

Cranfield School of Management
Oxford/Said
Durham Business School
Manchester

Keep in mind that in the UK, post-MBA work visas are becoming harder to get. Sometimes schools will help you with this, and sometimes not. You should research visas there, and talk to the career services departments of the schools you are interested in for specific info.

<blockquote>
Some Universities I want to get in are:
Sculich, IMD, INSEAD, SP JAIN (Singapore) and some UK and US B schools. Suggest me the various criteria for these B schools.
I am an Indian. Also tell me when is the best time to get intoB school ( September intake or January intake). Thank you.</blockquote>
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Does a co-op student who has completed his/her BBA at a Canadian university need work experience of 2 years to apply for MBA?

Does a co-op student who has completed his/her BBA at a Canadian university need work experience of 2 years to apply for MBA?
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Duncan

Most internationally accredited MBAs will expect three years of work experience, but you need to look at that university by university.

Most internationally accredited MBAs will expect three years of work experience, but you need to look at that university by university.
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Thank you Duncan and Ezra. I am happy with your response. I'll get back to you with my GMAT score. Could you also suggest about schulich in canada and Insead, IMD in Switzerland B schools.
Could you

Thank you Duncan and Ezra. I am happy with your response. I'll get back to you with my GMAT score. Could you also suggest about schulich in canada and Insead, IMD in Switzerland B schools.
Could you

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Does a co-op student who has completed his/her BBA at a Canadian university need work experience of 2 years to apply for MBA?
Currently, I'm completing my Bachelors of Management in Business Economics from University of Alberta. Can I do MBA right after it and which is the best B-School in Canada?

Does a co-op student who has completed his/her BBA at a Canadian university need work experience of 2 years to apply for MBA?
Currently, I'm completing my Bachelors of Management in Business Economics from University of Alberta. Can I do MBA right after it and which is the best B-School in Canada?
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Duncan

As I said above, ,ost internationally accredited MBAs will expect three years of work experience, but you need to look at that university by university. They may count the full-time equivalent of the co-op years, but some only look at work experience post-graduation. Without serious work experience you will not be likely to get into the best b-schools in Canada (http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-school-university-ranking-in-canada.html)

As I said above, ,ost internationally accredited MBAs will expect three years of work experience, but you need to look at that university by university. They may count the full-time equivalent of the co-op years, but some only look at work experience post-graduation. Without serious work experience you will not be likely to get into the best b-schools in Canada (http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-school-university-ranking-in-canada.html)
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ialmadi

Dear All,

I have a diploma (two years after the high school) and have over 10 years work experience and i want to apply for MBA in Canada.

What are my chances in finding such collage since i don't have a bachelor degree?

Thanking your help

Dear All,

I have a diploma (two years after the high school) and have over 10 years work experience and i want to apply for MBA in Canada.

What are my chances in finding such collage since i don't have a bachelor degree?

Thanking your help
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