U.S. boasts of top Business schools like Harvard, Stanford and Wharton which are respected worldwide
Almost all US universities require 16 years of undergraduate education. That is, four years of education after High School/Junior College.
If you have a three year degree from an Australian, Indian, New Zealand university or such similar three year degree programs, you will not be eligible for admission to most MBA programs. You would require a professional four-year degree like engineering or other such courses.
If you have completed a three-year degree program like BSc, BA, BCom from an Australian, Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lankan universities, the advisable plan of action to maximize eligibility for US business schools is to do a Post Graduate degree like MSc, MA or Mcom, before applying to business schools in USA.
A one-year university affiliated program will make up for the fourth year required. The key point is to ensure that the program that you do is a recognized university program.
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Professional programs like the CA, ICWA, part time diplomas from a university such as those in management, communication may or may not be accepted, though most MBA programs now accept the Indian CA qualification in lieu of the fourth year graduation.
Independent certificate courses offered by private institutions like Aptech, NIIT, etc. will most likely not be accepted. The decision is based on each university’s individual evaluation.
One-year education of a two-year degree course (like M.Tech., M.A. etc.) may not be accepted by most schools. The full course has to be completed for qualification, unless there is a recognized university examination at the end of one year.
Note: No standardized policy exists regarding the acceptance of such programs. Some universities may accept the three-year Graduation Degree for a few programs. But keep in mind that preference will be given to candidates with 16 years of undergraduate education.
Most US universities recommend/require a minimum of two to three years of work experience. Though some universities may accept you without any work experience, preference will be given to candidates with work experience.
GMAT is required for almost all universities in US. It is also one of the most important criteria for admissions. If you are planning to study in a US business school, you must score high in this exam. For more information on GMAT
For international students, GMAT is required not just for admission but also for student visa. Your chances of getting a student visa to US are weakened if you do not take the GMAT, even if you have an admission from a business school.
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This is required by almost all universities in US. It is a fairly simple exam for most students who have studied in English medium throughout. The minimum scores required for most universities range from 550 to 600 on the paper based TOEFL and 213 to 250 on the computer based TOEFL.