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Should I be concerned about age for admissions into a top MBA program?

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Dear Consultant,

Intending to apply for the Fall 2018 intake, I am in the process of preparing for my GMAT which shall further be followed by the usual application activities. I have a work experience of about 7 years now and I am 32 years old now. Looking at the average ages mentioned in the statistics of top 20 MBA programmes , I can't help but be concerned about whether having a higher standard deviation from average age at these schools can go significantly against my chances of acceptance.

Answer to whether my concern is well founded would help me apply to appropriate schools

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New post 10 Mar 2017, 17:12
Hi KM - thanks for writing! Your concern is valid, since the average age for top schools for the full-time program is late 20s with about 4-6 years of work experience. For applicants over the age of 30, business schools do wonder why now is the right time (i.e. why they didn't apply earlier in their career) and are concerned about recruiters who might prefer younger applicants for the post-MBA jobs they're looking to fill. There are certainly exceptions every year, with students in each class who are in their 30s - however, if you decide to apply to a full-time program, you need to make a strong case for why NOW is the right time. Alternatively, you could look into part-time programs (which is a bit more flexible in age requirement) or executive programs (which have older applicants further along in their careers, but who are generally employer-sponsored).

I hope that helps! Do let me know of any other questions :)


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Dear Consultant,

Intending to apply for the Fall 2018 intake, I am in the process of preparing for my GMAT which shall further be followed by the usual application activities. I have a work experience of about 7 years now and I am 32 years old now. Looking at the average ages mentioned in the statistics of top 20 MBA programmes , I can't help but be concerned about whether having a higher standard deviation from average age at these schools can go significantly against my chances of acceptance.

Answer to whether my concern is well founded would help me apply to appropriate schools

Thanks
KM

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If rather be in class with someone who has 7 years of work experience, than someone with 2. You'll have a lot more to contribute to class discussion. I don't think 32 is too old for an MBA, I think it's appropriate! Good luck to you.


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mbaMissionNishaT wrote:
Hi KM - thanks for writing! Your concern is valid, since the average age for top schools for the full-time program is late 20s with about 4-6 years of work experience. For applicants over the age of 30, business schools do wonder why now is the right time (i.e. why they didn't apply earlier in their career) and are concerned about recruiters who might prefer younger applicants for the post-MBA jobs they're looking to fill. There are certainly exceptions every year, with students in each class who are in their 30s - however, if you decide to apply to a full-time program, you need to make a strong case for why NOW is the right time. Alternatively, you could look into part-time programs (which is a bit more flexible in age requirement) or executive programs (which have older applicants further along in their careers, but who are generally employer-sponsored).

I hope that helps! Do let me know of any other questions :)


kavish2000 wrote:
Dear Consultant,

Intending to apply for the Fall 2018 intake, I am in the process of preparing for my GMAT which shall further be followed by the usual application activities. I have a work experience of about 7 years now and I am 32 years old now. Looking at the average ages mentioned in the statistics of top 20 MBA programmes , I can't help but be concerned about whether having a higher standard deviation from average age at these schools can go significantly against my chances of acceptance.

Answer to whether my concern is well founded would help me apply to appropriate schools

Thanks
KM



Hi MBAMission,

Thank you for your reply. I had always suspected that an age higher than the average would be an issue. However I am quite clear that I do not want to attend an executive program. I do have a solid case , at least to my mind, as to why (a second) MBA now.

I already have an MBA from Indian B-school (top 15), completing which I worked as a Business analyst for an Indian IT giant for 15 months, followed by 27 months in a Bank under Relationship management/sales role for commercial banking and currently for the past 38 months I am involved in managing operations for my family business in Mumbai . With a focus on New Business development, I am involved in people management (a team of 20 people including those in the functions such as Accounts, Warehouse, Sales and Operations ). I think I am at a juncture where , having a strong business development, management and leadership experience of running & growing a 3 Million US$ turnover company for 38 months , a solid MBA program with subsequent international career will help me take that next big jump into understanding and working for a global business.

However I cannot comment on how much of a value would the above case be to a business vis-a-vis the applicant age of 32+

Would be helpful to know what colleges would be more likely to admit someone with my background

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KM

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If rather be in class with someone who has 7 years of work experience, than someone with 2. You'll have a lot more to contribute to class discussion. I don't think 32 is too old for an MBA, I think it's appropriate! Good luck to you.


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New post 13 Mar 2017, 10:34
Hi again - thank you for providing this additional information! The first thing I'd recommend doing is, among your schools of initial interest, confirm that you are still eligible for an MBA given that you already have one (even though it's from outside the US). Schools' policies vary so I'd check with them directly. If you are eligible, then wanting international exposure is a valid point, but you'd have to be very specific regarding the skills/experiences you're hoping to gain from the specific program.

Regarding school options - I'd use eligibility as a starting point, then research which schools offer the international skills/experiences you're hoping to gain so you can make a strong case for them.

Hope that helps! :)


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mbaMissionNishaT wrote:
Hi KM - thanks for writing! Your concern is valid, since the average age for top schools for the full-time program is late 20s with about 4-6 years of work experience. For applicants over the age of 30, business schools do wonder why now is the right time (i.e. why they didn't apply earlier in their career) and are concerned about recruiters who might prefer younger applicants for the post-MBA jobs they're looking to fill. There are certainly exceptions every year, with students in each class who are in their 30s - however, if you decide to apply to a full-time program, you need to make a strong case for why NOW is the right time. Alternatively, you could look into part-time programs (which is a bit more flexible in age requirement) or executive programs (which have older applicants further along in their careers, but who are generally employer-sponsored).

I hope that helps! Do let me know of any other questions :)


kavish2000 wrote:
Dear Consultant,

Intending to apply for the Fall 2018 intake, I am in the process of preparing for my GMAT which shall further be followed by the usual application activities. I have a work experience of about 7 years now and I am 32 years old now. Looking at the average ages mentioned in the statistics of top 20 MBA programmes , I can't help but be concerned about whether having a higher standard deviation from average age at these schools can go significantly against my chances of acceptance.

Answer to whether my concern is well founded would help me apply to appropriate schools

Thanks
KM



Hi MBAMission,

Thank you for your reply. I had always suspected that an age higher than the average would be an issue. However I am quite clear that I do not want to attend an executive program. I do have a solid case , at least to my mind, as to why (a second) MBA now.

I already have an MBA from Indian B-school (top 15), completing which I worked as a Business analyst for an Indian IT giant for 15 months, followed by 27 months in a Bank under Relationship management/sales role for commercial banking and currently for the past 38 months I am involved in managing operations for my family business in Mumbai . With a focus on New Business development, I am involved in people management (a team of 20 people including those in the functions such as Accounts, Warehouse, Sales and Operations ). I think I am at a juncture where , having a strong business development, management and leadership experience of running & growing a 3 Million US$ turnover company for 38 months , a solid MBA program with subsequent international career will help me take that next big jump into understanding and working for a global business.

However I cannot comment on how much of a value would the above case be to a business vis-a-vis the applicant age of 32+

Would be helpful to know what colleges would be more likely to admit someone with my background

Thanks
KM

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New post 14 Mar 2017, 19:09
Hi mBAMission,

Thank you for your guidance.

I personally know some of my friends who are attending Full time MBA programmes at Booth, Stern and Cornell all of whom already had had an Indian MBA before they applied for MBA programmes at the above mentioned schools. That gives me some confidence as to acceptance of wanting to pursue an MBA from US School despite having already earned an MBA from another country.

However do you suggest writing to the admissions committee of the preferred schools asking for the same?

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New post 15 Mar 2017, 11:03
Hi again - I would include your rationale for wanting a second MBA in your Optional Essay within the application. For each school you're applying to, double-check that getting a second MBA is something they'd allow - and if so, include your reasoning in your essay.

Hope that helps!


KM2018AA wrote:
Hi mBAMission,

Thank you for your guidance.

I personally know some of my friends who are attending Full time MBA programmes at Booth, Stern and Cornell all of whom already had had an Indian MBA before they applied for MBA programmes at the above mentioned schools. That gives me some confidence as to acceptance of wanting to pursue an MBA from US School despite having already earned an MBA from another country.

However do you suggest writing to the admissions committee of the preferred schools asking for the same?

Thanks
KM

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