To be honest, I haven't looked much into FSU's program until just this moment so my answer will be much more generic than desired. In general, I've never seen a "requirement" that high. Are you sure it's not just the average in the class' profile? Next, admissions want to see a well-rounded profile so very rarely would one area make or break your profile. It's normally a combination of things (or conversely, a lack of cohesiveness in your application). With that being said, work experience is very important since it's a measure of your meaningful ability to perform. One who has had 5-7 years would more than likely have much more to contribute to the class than someone who's barely out of undergrad. If you have a good story and a good application regardless of your work experience, I would encourage you to take a more pro-active stance on trying to figure that answer. If you can, a campus visit would be great!
Stats by August 2014
28, Asian-American, Raised in the Bronx, NY. Moved to Houston by myself to graduate HS.
2.64 (downward trend) Economics degree from UT-Austin in Dec. 2009. No excuse, I spent 100% building a student organization that I'm still very active with today.
GMAT Goal: 710+, exam scheduled for September 14, 2013 at 8AM CST
WE: Sales Team Manager at Apple - business development and strategies for the Apple Online Store, Australia. I've also built my own consulting practice working with a successful Startup in Austin, TX, managing their online brand and helping them with analytics.
Past WE: Financial Services advising at Northwestern Mutual Financial, Equities Trading at Kershner Trading Group
Post-MBA Goals: Strategy Consulting or Brand Management in Tech/Fashion
EC: 3 years of National Council on Fraternity (VP, President), Current Chairman of Texas Exes, Asian Alumni Network (2012-2014)
Target: (1) Stern (2) Fuqua (3) McCombs (FT/PT)
Giving this 110%. I appreciate all advice and encouragement. Thank you, everyone.