Why is work experience a requirement for MBA nowadays?

About 40 years ago this was not the case. People such as Jamie Dimon, Dick Kovacevich, Steve Fossett and many others were able to complete a MBA straight out of undergraduate college without prior work experience, at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, etc. Nowadays you have to have at least 2 years of work experience. What has caused this change? Why is work experience required / important nowadays and not then?

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    Many business schools have changed their curricula and offer many classes where previous work experience is used for educational purposes in the classrooms to provide personal examples, etc.

    However, some business schools will admit student directly from undergraduate school.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Most graduate programs, not just MBA, prefer their students to have a couple years experience in their field of study before applying for admission. Someone who has real world experience in addition to a bachelor’s degree will bring more value to a classroom discussion. Graduate school focuses a lot of interaction and problem solving rather than the teacher standing around lecturing from a book. A lot of people graduate with a bachelor’s degree, get out into the field, hate it and switch professions. Most graduate programs accept student with an undergraduate degree in a different field as long as they have some kind of relative experience. Graduate schools want to make sure you understand the field and are serious about advancement. There are too many people jumping into graduate school who are unsure about their career and/or not prepared.

  • John
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Theory gets you on the road to your profession. Practical work towards the final qualification will make you better at your chosen profession. It's no good having the theory without practical experience in any job. Would you like to have theoretical trained surgeon do your operation without him having been trained practically?

  • 1 decade ago

    You do not have to have work experience you can still get a good MBA degree. You should check out Adelphi if you are thinking about getting your MBA it is a great school. http://www.adelphi.edu/amMBA

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