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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


02 May 2016 472 Book icon 2 mins Share

When should you Apply for an MBA Programme?

We look at some of the top MBA programmes and also examine when would be the best time for you to apply to study an MBA!

02 May 2016 472 Book icon 2 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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The Career Creating Degree

The MBA degree is considered to be one of the safest postgraduate degrees in terms of career placements and return on investment.  When the degree is secured from a leading international B-School; then the career opportunities are brighter than ever with a safe and secure pay-check. This is one of the primary reasons why an MBA will never go out of fashion and despite the global economy in turmoil and tumbling crude oil prices; the number of students applying to study at B-Schools is on the up-swing. This article will offer insights on when you should opt to study for an MBA!

Why Work Experience Matters?

Most premier B-Schools require applicants to the MBA programme to have a minimum of two years of work experience. This is one criterion that you should keep in mind when you are applying to study an MBA. There are numerous universities offering direct entry without work experience as well. But we would recommend you to get work experience and figure out what you would like to do. In many cases, we have seen individuals getting drawn into the career they choose on completing their undergraduate studies and sticking to it.

A lot of students go on to complete an engineering degree, work in core engineering or IT and then proceed to do an MBA. There are opportunities to branch into Engineering Management, Marketing, Finance or core Project Management. Based on one’s strengths, undergraduate degree and relevant work experience; the appropriate MBA specialisation can be selected.

To reiterate, we would recommend that you get valuable work experience before you apply to study an MBA abroad.


The World’s Premier B-Schools

The world’s premier B-Schools as per the latest Global MBA rankings are as follows:

  1. Harvard Business School
  2. London Business School
  3. Wharton Business School – University of Pennsylvania
  4. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  6. Columbia Business School
  7. IESE Business School
  8. MIT: Sloan School of Business
  9. The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
  10. Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

As you can observe, the majority of these B-Schools are based out of the USA. You can learn more about the scope of studying an MBA in the USA.


The GRE vs the GMAT is a long standing tussle; to put things in perspective the GRE is an entrance test for students aspiring to study non-management postgraduate programmes. The GMAT has been the number one testing exam for those looking to study a postgraduate business programme. Over the years the GMAT has evolved considerably with marked shifts in scoring pattern and the exam structure. It is very important that you are aware of the GMAT scores that you need to get to join the B-School where you plan to study. Ensure that you meet all prescribed entry requirements before you submit your application.

Are you keen on studying an MBA abroad; but are worried by the various options on offer? Don’t worry; we have a team of experienced study abroad experts who can guide you to pick the right B-School and MBA programme. Get in touch with us right away to fulfil your study abroad dreams.

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