If one of your priorities in choosing an MBA program is making sure that the school’s reputation will help you in your future career in your distant home country, then this post is for you. Or more precisely, this post is for you if you are coming to terms with the fact that the “best”…
Probably not too many people in this situation but every now and then someone asks about it.
The best business schools will turn you away; they won’t even accept your application. An undergraduate degree is a requirement of admission.
There’s a couple schools around the world who might give you a chance though. It’s a little strange for them to be called “graduate schools” of course if they’re willing to accept people who don’t have the undergraduate part, but whatever.
The one we know of that definitely will consider you without an undergrad degree is Oxford Said.
Here’s what they, er, said (chortle):
Do I need to have a degree?
A good undergraduate degree or equivalent is usually required. Applicants who do not hold such a qualification may be considered if they have a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility.
So that’s interesting.
Another program that very well could consider an interesting American or European (or South American or Russian or Canadian or anything as long as you’re not Indian) candidate is the Indian School of Business. Of course, this isn’t exactly an “MBA” degree – it’s the PGP which is the Indian equivalent. Of course, their website says that an undergrad degree is required, but if you’re a really interesting guy and you contact them with a really compelling reason as to why you want to go there… we’re betting that maybe they’d be willing to take a look at you. This is because they are committed to expanding their program beyond the borders of India and the best way to do that is to increase diversity among the class.
So if you’re in the unusual position of waking up one day and deciding that you want to go to bschool – without having completed college before – then maybe there are some options for you.