Is there any scope for an MBA

MBA requirement: work experience

While many business schools and universities (especially in the USA) were often more flexible in terms of professional experience in the past, this has now become an integral part of the admission regulations. This can mainly be attributed to two factors:

  • On the one hand, many MBA courses are based in part on the experience and knowledge acquired in everyday working life. In addition, they aim at a lively exchange between the participants, so that these mutually benefit from their experiences can.

  • On the other hand, the providers also hope that their graduates will be able to return to work as quickly as possible after graduation - which will then have a positive effect on the reputation of the universities.

How much work experience is required?

How much professional experience you have to bring with you always depends on the individual provider. As a rule, at least one to two years is required, but it can be significantly more. For an Executive MBA, at least five years are sometimes mandatory.

There can also be differences in the recognition of professional experiencethat was completed before the first degree (e.g. Bachelor, Diploma). While some providers recognize this (at least in part), others only accept professional services that have been achieved after the first degree and have a direct professional connection to it.

In fact, there are quite a few universities and business schools that allow a certain amount of leeway in terms of professional experience or recognize alternative services as admission qualifications. For example, there is a chance that a very good final grade from the first degree or a good personal justification can compensate for a lack of professional experience. On the other hand, professional experience at some institutes can even be rated so highly that it can replace the first university degree in some cases and thus also give applicants without an academic background access to an MBA course.

Unsure? Just ask!

Are you unsure whether your professional qualifications are sufficient for a place in the Master of Business Administration of your choice? Then you should first to the student advisory service of the respective provider. They can tell you which previous achievements are recognized or not. You can also find out here whether an application with an alternative qualification is also worthwhile.

Special case Executive MBA (EMBA)

As indicated above, the EMBA courses are a special case. The so-called "Executive Master of Business Administration" is aimed only at interested parties with many years of management and leadership experience who would like to qualify for senior positions.

In this case the providers usually require professional experience of at least five years; Depending on the course of study, it may also be possible that the applicant must already have practical experience in the management area or a comparable leading position.

We have put together all the important information in a separate section on the Executive MBA.