Do you need to have work experience for MBA in USA?Does working with your dad or your own startup count as work exp?

Asked by Raj Mehta almost 2 years ago

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candice samuel

candice samuel

Recruiting Manager, Operations at Apple

Yes, USA requires a minim work experience of 3 years but the average class profile of the top b-schools see an average work experience of 5 years. While working in your own startup can be counted as a work experience since you got the jist of basic entrepreneurship but there is also another option if you don’t have much work experience. 

So the best alternative for a student like you who wants to study management but without any work experience is to do a MiM. A MiM is equivalent to an MBA degree as it teaches you the same knowledge and skills. The only difference between the two is that a MiM degree is more relevant to students without any work experience as it introduces them to the corporate world in the right way. You being a fresh graduate should definitely consider doing a MiM rather than MBA. 

Let me know if you need any help with the universities that you can apply to or the admission process and I shall provide you with the detailed information. 

 

 


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Anubhooti Dubey

Anubhooti Dubey

MentR-Me
MentR-Me Team

Work experience is a crucial component of many programs MBA in USA, but its necessity varies. Top-tier programs often require or prefer candidates with substantial professional experience, as the curriculum is designed to build on this foundation. For mid-tier and flexible programs, applicants may be admitted with minimal or no formal work experience. 

In terms of unconventional work experience like contributing to a family business or founding a startup, these are absolutely considered valid experiences. The key is to effectively articulate the professional skills gained, challenges tackled, and any innovative practices you implemented. MBA admissions panels appreciate diverse professional backgrounds that can bring unique perspectives to the classroom. Be prepared to discuss the impact of your work, your leadership development, and how it prepares you for business challenges. This will demonstrate that your experience is both relevant and valuable to your MBA journey. 

 

 

 

 


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