Some schools don’t really focus on this issue but a few of them do – including Tuck in particular, who in the past wouldn’t even consider a candidate with a prior MBA or MBA-similar degree, like the PGP from India. They are (somewhat?) loosening those restrictions in the new admissions climate but even if you…
International applicants whose education was not in English have additional requirements as part of their MBA applications. Not only do you need to take the TOEFL for many schools — the ones that haven’t done away with that requirement already, at least — but you also need to get a hold of your academic records.
We’ve actually covered this in quite a bit of detail before so we’ll first direct you here:
- Requirements for international applicants and non-English transcripts and recs
- MBA programs that don’t require the TOEFL for international applicants
Today’s post is meant as a heads-up about these requirements, since they will take a long time to procure and you need to take advantage of the weeks you’ve got stretching ahead of you till Round 1.
If your transcripts are not in English, then you need them translated, and some schools have very explicit rules for what they’ll accept.
If recommended for admission we will require an official transcript and degree certificate issued by your University. We require that you send academic documents in both the original language and in English. We accept an official English translation by a university official or by a certified ATA translator. You can utilize the following websites to search for and reach out to a certified ATA translator:
ATA homepage: http://www.atanet.org/onlinedirectories/
ATA website for searching for certified translators in a certain country: http://atanet.org/onlinedirectories/individuals_tabs.php#tabs-2
*Only individual translators can be certified by ATA. Documents prepared by translation companies with ATA membership DO NOT suffice. Documents prepared by a certified ATA translator should show the ATA-Certified Translator Seal.
Again, that’s only upon admission and they will give you time to get all the documents together. However, if your transcripts aren’t in English NOW then you need to get them translated in order to apply and so you may as well go through this process of doing it the right way from the beginning. Meaning, using one of these approved translators, exactly per the terms that the school is going to require.
Most schools right now are bending over backwards to make it easier, not harder, for the applicants, especially those coming from outside the U.S. However, Berkeley Haas is subject to the rules of UC-Berkeley and they still tend to be more restrictive in some ways; the TOEFL requirements at Haas are also stricter than you’ll find at other schools. We’re posting this to show one of the more extreme cases. Not all schools will have this stricter ATA certified individual translator requirement, but the ATA-certified version will be accepted at all of them.
Meeting the most restrictive requirements now is only going to make it easier later — and if you have your details buttoned up and put together in the app itself then you’re only going to impress your admissions reader even more, because they will see that you have done your research on every last requirement. That tells them that you’ve taken the time and put in the effort, that you’re taking this seriously, and that you’re prepared and ready for the challenges ahead in pursuing your graduate business education in the U.S. All good things to convey!!
And of course you’ll need to write good essays, but there’s a little bit of time still before you need to be sweating about that. 🙂
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Sometimes people want to apply to bschool without taking the GMAT — and a few programs will definitely consider you. Those are mostly the Executive MBA tracks.
But applying for an MBA without a bachelor’s degree?
That seems like a non-starter. After all, the MBA is a graduate degree. The way you get into graduate school is to first complete undergraduate.
Like, one is a pre-requisite to the other.
Turns out, maybe not, at least not if Tuck’s latest move signals a possible trend.
We’ve heard before that London Business School would accept candidates into their full-time MBA program who have sufficient work experience to truly impress them, even if they didn’t have a bachelor’s degree — or at least, they’d take your application and consider it. We’ve not had firsthand experience working with candidates who applied through this route. Presumably LBS has indeed accepted some along the way.
For all top U.S. business schools, a four-year bachelor’s degree was a requirement to apply, or an equivalent education since in some countries a three-year bachelor’s is the standard. Schools like UC-Berkeley Haas would say they’d consider your app with a three-year bachelor’s but they made it clear you’d be at a disadvantage. They prefer to see a prior master’s on top of the three-year bachelor’s in order to be properly qualified for their MBA program.
But starting this season, Tuck has apparently lifted even the three-year bachelor’s requirement. Their new website says that they’ll consider a candidate with the appropriate leadership and presumably business experience that shows they are qualified, even if that candidate does not hold an undergraduate already.
We’re guessing that this may have been sparked by their new-ish certificate program called Next Step which is designed for transitioning military and retiring elite athletes who are looking for a way to move into business. Many people in those cohorts don’t have the traditional undergrad experience. So in order to make the MBA accessible to those on the fringes who may still be super impressive in their own realms, then this new more lenient no-bachelor’s-required policy has been adopted.
Depending on how someone ends up applying there, we can even see that perhaps a high percentage of candidates in this category could potentially make it in. After all, if you’re motivated enough in your life to date to have come across the need for an MBA from such a seriously non-traditional path, then that sort of right there says that maybe you’d be qualified and capable of success in most any endeavor you try. After all, training for the Olympics requires a certain level of commitment and drive — right? If you were at the top of your category in such an incredibly demanding and competitive field such as that, then we can see why Tuck would be interested in considering you for more.
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