How to Get an MBA

First and foremost, you need to know how to get started. In order to pursue an MBA, you’ll need to do the following:

Earn Your BA.

You must first complete an undergraduate program at an accredited university, though you do not have to study business as an undergraduate. Any major is accepted. Case in point, I received my MBA immediately after finishing my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.

Take the GMAT.

The admissions committee will be most interested in your academic track record, your scores on your GMAT exam (essentially the SATs for business school) and your work history.

Get Real World Experience.

Most programs expect you to have a couple of years of professional work experience before pursuing an MBA, although it is possible to be admitted immediately after you finish your bachelors degree program. With that said, it is becoming rarer for students to be accepted directly out of college, regardless of their academic achievement. MBA graduate program want to have worldly students with real-world working experience from which they can contribute valuable knowledge to their peers.

Research Programs.

Most major universities offer some form of MBA program. However, you should carefully research the programs you intend to join before you commit to one. Each school is unique in terms of its coursework, faculty, and philosophies. If you pursue an MBA, you want to make sure that you are joining one that is going to offer what you are looking for in your future career.

Know the Requirements.

You also want to know what the requirements are for these programs, and whether or not you are eligible to join. Many have GPA and GMAT cutoffs that you are going to want to be aware of before you apply.

It is important to note that the prestige of the university you choose can play a large role in how prospective employers will value your MBA degree. Thus, you should consider the ranking of the MBA program you choose to join when making your decision.