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Applying for Business School

There is no "right" age or amount of work experience necessary to apply to an MBA program. The average age range for most full-time students entering MBA programs is between 25 and 27, though programs have students ages 23 - 43 years or more.

Admissions are based on three basic criteria:

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • GMAT scores
  • Experience

Undergraduate Coursework & GPA

Top business schools regularly report that a high percentage of their students come from liberal arts backgrounds, with English and history among the most common undergraduate majors.

Consider classes that will allow you to explore a wide range of disciplines. Coursework in English is often cited for honing verbal and written communications skills. Coursework in more technical fields such as economics, statistics, and math can help you build a good foundation for material you will see again in an MBA program.

The most important goal is to do well in whatever program of studies you choose. Business schools give grade point average (GPA) significant weight when evaluating MBA applicants.


Consisting of three main parts delivered in English and administered in test centers around the world, the GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical and writing skills that you've developed over time. The exam helps graduate programs assess your qualifications for advanced study in business and management. Your scores are good for five years, so you have the ability to take the GMAT and start your graduate studies now or later.

Work Experience

Because work experience, as reflected in personal essays and recommendations, is used to evaluate MBA applicants, excellent work experience can increase your admissions chances. MBA programs rarely accept students directly from college. Business schools emphasize the importance of work experience because that experience develops problem solving, interpersonal, leadership, and teamwork skills in a way that undergraduate classes do not. Work experience offers exposure to everyday business problems – problems considered in MBA coursework. Also, business schools expect students to contribute to class discussions by calling upon personal experiences from their careers. One highly competitive option for current undergraduates is Harvard Business School's 2+2 Program.

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Other Business Programs

Masters of Accountancy Programs

This specialty program usually runs one year in length and contains 10-12 three-semester credit courses (30 to 36 semester hours total). The program may consist of all graduate accounting courses or a combination of graduate accounting courses, graduate tax courses and other graduate business electives. The program is designed to not only prepare students for the CPA examination but also to provide a strong knowledge of accounting principles and business applications.

Contact for students interested in accounting: Prof. Ben Baker, CPA, Department of Economics

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Masters of Management Programs

These programs usually run one year in length and provide liberal arts students with a foundation in business.

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