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MBA- Which top schools would be my best bet?

AJDroidAJDroid Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited March 2016 in Business School - MBA
1. International student taking my bachelor in my home country
2. Would look for 3-5 years of working experience before MBA (preferably 4)
3. Finance major (thinking about investment banking career)

Thinking about names like Stern, Marshall, Haas, Columbia, Booth, Wharton (dream MBA). or schools that offer 1-year MBA program (preferably) like Kellogg and Cornell.
and Saïd, Judge, Warwick, or LBS for UK. (Love that UK schools most likely offer an MBA degree after only one year, would that make it harder to get in?)

Haven't took my GMAT yet, preferred IELTS since requirements ain't as high as TOEFL. Haven't done college here yet but thinking about 3.5+ GPA which is a cum laude here (it's a well-reputated business school, at least in my country)

Which top MBA schools would be the easiest in term of admission for international students without U.S. or UK degree? An American or British MBA degree would do me a world in my country, so school's reputation is KEY.

Replies to: MBA- Which top schools would be my best bet?

  • TooOld4SchoolTooOld4School Registered User Posts: 3,199 Senior Member
    edited March 2016
    I'd wait to see how you do on the GMAT. It you want to be admitted to the top schools try for a 750 or greater. That, along with your work experience, recommendations, essays and your college grades will determine where you could get in. It's a long way away , but you should consider taking the GMAT and/or GRE (some MBA programs and all graduate programs accept it) at the end of your undergrad when you are still in school mode (good for 5 years). Your work experience and future interest will dictate where you apply.
  • AJDroidAJDroid Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    bump. wished i had more replies here tbh.
  • UCBUSCalumUCBUSCalum Registered User Posts: 775 Member
    TooOld4School is correct. You need to have your GPA and the GMAT/GRE set before considering some of the above US schools you mentioned. In general, these US schools, in addition to work experience, require a fairly high GMAT score and a good GPA. I don't know how these schools would factor in a GPA from a foreign country, but that is why there is a standardized test like the GMAT. Maybe some of these US MBA schools have a specialist for foreign students to evaluate foreign applicants.
  • AJDroidAJDroid Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited March 2016
    @TooOld4School @UCBUSCalum thanks guys. would the school in which I obtain my undergrad degree be crucial for admission?

    It's neither in USA or UK so they might not know the name of this school, I mean, if you obtain your undergrad from Haas with a 3.5, I bet it would make it smoother to get in. Or if the GPA will be the only thing that matters. Btw, GPA scale in my country is 0 to 4, which practically is the same.
  • TooOld4SchoolTooOld4School Registered User Posts: 3,199 Senior Member
    Your undergrad school matters less and less the further away you get from it for business school. In general, top business schools admit students from upper middle and above universities, but there are lots of exceptions based on experience. There is nothing you can do about it anyway at this point.

    US Schools generally require the equivalent of a US (4 year) Bachelor's degree. That means if you have a 3 year bachelors in your home country, that might not be sufficient. You should check with the individual graduate school for their requirements. There are exceptions but they are rarely granted.
  • AJDroidAJDroid Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    @TooOld4School Yeah it's more like a private business school rather than a university that offers various majors. Actually the best in my country, but it might still be unheard of in the USA, and yeah it's a 4-year institution.

    I'm thinking about taking my MBA 4 years after I graduate. Would be around 27-28 by the time, can't postpone anymore though I need my MBA degree real quick tbh.
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