How can I pursue an MBA in the USA after completing a BBA from India?

Asked by Poonam Soni about 2 years ago

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Rashmi Mehrotra

Rashmi Mehrotra

J.P. Morgan || LSR’ 19

There’s not much to stop you from pursuing an MBA in the USA. If you can gather all the requirements, it's enough to set you up. I don’t have to revise that top business schools will need big numbers. So that depends entirely upon you. Other things than your marks are also important though. Don’t overlook any details here.

I have prepared step-by-step instructions to make this clear.. This will help you to see what things you need to focus. I’ll explain these in detail. Later on -

  1. First, select a location and then institute
  2. Gather all your academic transcripts and documents (undergraduate degree, school reports, ID, passport, photos etc.)
  3. Prepare work experience (program dependent)
  4. Attempt standardized test GMAT (or GRE)
  5. Prepare standard requirements like SOP, LORs and Essays
  6. Apply to online application
  7. Submit all asked documents and fill the application
  8. Answer all asked questions on the application
  9. Start visa & scholarship process (if get selected)
  10. Book a ticket and start your journey

Your grades, GPA, academic reports are the basic things you will need first. These are the absolute requirements you will need to submit for an MBA in the USA. The business school you are applying to will mainly look for your GPA in undergrad for eligibility criteria. Otherwise your scores are not a major problem.

Keep in mind that GMAT is basically an aptitude test that is designed for business programs. GRE is more flexible and can work as an alternative. But I recommend going for GMAT if possible. And in case you are hoping for a waiver of GMAT for the MBA in the USA, think twice. Even with global pandemic, not all universities have waived off their GMAT criteria. Especially top business schools still require a solid GMAT score to keep you as a deserving candidate.

You will also need an English language proficiency test score. This is an absolute requirement that is not flexible at all. The USA and Canada prefer TOEFL over IELTS. Therefore, same as GMAT, go for the recommended first. If not possible then alternative is fine. Work experience is an integral part of an MBA degree. No work experience required MBAs are common but they would still prefer a candidate wh does submit it.

Out of all asked things for an MBA in the USA, your SOP, LORs and Essays are the most critical documents. Based on these, your admission can be a yes or no. Many b schools in the USA tend to choose a solid candidate rather than a genius one. Keep all the details and information in your SOP and Essays relevant. Do not attempt edicts in your LORs. These are big NOs.

After all this preparation, hope to get selected.  And if you do, you can start preparing your visa and scholarship process. Because without your admission form, you can not proceed with those. I hope I made it clear enough. In case I left any detail for you and some other queries, just let me know. Thanks.

Ashish Yadav

Ashish Yadav

MentR-Me Team

Pursuing an MBA in the USA after completing a BBA from India involves several key steps. Here’s a detailed guide to help you achieve your goal. 

1. Identify Your Goals: 
Start by defining what you want from an MBA. Do you seek a specific specialization, networking opportunities, or a pathway to work in the USA? Knowing your goals will help you choose the right program. 

2. Research Universities: 
Look for MBA programs that match your career aspirations. Top universities include Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Each school has unique strengths and networking opportunities. 

3. Academic and Test Requirements: 
Ensure you meet the academic requirements. Most programs require a bachelor’s degree, a good GPA, and standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE). Since you have a BBA, you meet the degree requirement. Focus on scoring well on the GMAT or GRE. Also, prepare for English proficiency tests like TOEFL or IELTS if required. 

4. Gain Work Experience: 
Work experience is crucial for MBA admissions. Most programs prefer candidates with 2-5 years of professional experience. If you haven’t already, start working in a relevant field to build your resume. 

5. Application Process: 
Prepare your application materials, including a resume, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Your statement of purpose should explain your career goals, why you want an MBA, and why you chose that particular program. Tailor each application to the specific school. 

6. Financial Planning: 
MBA programs can be costly. Explore funding options like scholarships, grants, and loans. Many universities offer scholarships based on merit or need. Research these opportunities early and apply for them alongside your MBA application. 

7. Visa Process: 
After securing admission, you’ll need to apply for an F-1 student visa. The university will issue an I-20 form, which you’ll use to apply for your visa. Prepare for the visa interview by understanding your program and demonstrating your ties to India. 

Application Deadlines: 

GMAT/GRE: Plan to take these tests at least a year before your intended start date. 
University Deadlines: Typically, applications are due between September and March, but check each school’s specific dates. 
Pursuing an MBA in the USA is a significant commitment, but with thorough preparation and planning, it can lead to substantial career growth and opportunities. 






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