November 12, 2019
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Finding the right length and scope of MBA program that is suited for you based on years of experience is as critical as selecting the ideal Business School.
Let’s take a look at the MBA options: (1) 1-year Full-Time MBA Program (Europe i.e. INSEAD or U.S. i.e. Cornell-Johnson), (2) 2-year Full-Time MBA Program (U.S. i.e. HBS), (3) 2-Year Executive MBA Program (U.S. i.e. Columbia), (4) 2+ year Part-Time MBA Program (U.S. i.e. NYU-Stern).
Typically, 30-year old candidates have 6-8 years of professional experience and would therefore flourish and excel in a program that is part-time, executive or even 1 year MBA (the average age for a full-time 2 year MBA is typically 25-26 and that is the age the school is looking to recruit). As such, the best available options would be the Executive MBA (EMBA), Part-Time MBAs (both for working professionals) and the One-year MBA which all historically have higher average age.
Nonetheless, for those 30+ year old candidates that are eager to still pursue a traditional Two year MBA, then below is a great list complied by MBACrystalBall, which highlights the average age and number of years of work experience for those applying to the Full-Time MBA in the U.S.:
You will see that for the 2 year programs you are just outside the age range for all the schools. Of course exceptions are often made but that should give you a good idea of other programs to explore instead of a Full-Time 2-year MBA.
I also wanted to point out the differences between a 2-year MBA and EMBA (as noted by MBA vs. Executive MBA: Which Is for You?):
Finally to summarize here is a great article on the topic: Getting Into B-School When You’re 30+
Hope this helps!
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