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So, some US business schools state you need a 4yr bachelors

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Originally posted by KPMBA on 07 Jul 2017, 08:19.
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New post 07 Jul 2017, 09:56
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"All applicants to the MBA Program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy."


The term "professional designations" is little confusing. Not sure if it applies to masters degree. I think it refers to designations such as CFA/CPA but not to MA degree. You should contact admissions and check.
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KPMBA wrote:
"All applicants to the MBA Program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy."


The term "professional designations" is little confusing. Not sure if it applies to masters degree. I think it refers to designations such as CFA/CPA but not to MA degree. You should contact admissions and check.


I just phoned the admissions office and they said 'With an undergraduate degree from UCL, you'll be fine'. Still, the response I got from the MBA team stated:

"Thank you for your interest in Georgia Tech's MBA program! The equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree is a requirement for admission to Georgia Tech. A three-year bachelor’s degree does not meet that requirement. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count towards the fourth year of study."

Very helpful... :shock:
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New post 07 Jul 2017, 12:36
KPMBA did you ever give Georgia Tech a ring? Some of these conversation are better had in person or on the phone via email
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As long as you confirmed with each school's Admissions team, then you should be good to go. It may be best to receive an email confirmation in case you need to provide any proof when you end up applying to that school.
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Only few schools have this apparently unjustifiable criterion, as if an additional year of education has made or will make a difference to the applicant’s career. More so, when 3-year degree is common in commonwealth countries. What’s strange in this case is not even allowing a master’s degree to compensate for those who have undertaken a 3-year program (Narenn pointed this out). Most schools (and they’re very few) who require only a 4-year degree do have a compensatory master’s degree criterion.
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When I was researching MBA programs in the UK, most of them required an honours degree (4 year) from what I recall, the same as most US and Canadian schools, no?


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You will be safe at HBS apparently :-)
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New post 09 Jul 2017, 04:54
KPMBA This is the requirement in most of the business schools in the United States. One of my good friends who applied to McCombs ( University of Texas at Austin ) realized it later (after application submission) that his three year undergraduate degree in Psychology Honors from Delhi University won't be accepted. The business schools usually require a diploma or a master's degree to compensate for a three year undergraduate degree.

You will be fine because you have a Master's degree. You can anyway call the Admissions Team to confirm this.

PS: The professional designation in Georgia Tech note refers to certifications such as CFA, CPA etc. as Narenn noted.
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I see KPMBA I'm glad that somehow it worked for you :)
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keats Thanks, I've had a look and lots seem to have this requirement. I've spoken to a few admissions teams, however, and all consider UK 3-year degrees as equivalent to the US 4-year. Bit ridiculous that they don't consider 3-year degrees from India as equivalent


Yup.. thanks to Bologna Accord because of which 3 year degrees from continental Europe are accepted by US BSchools.
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Hi there :)

If it helps to know this, you are in the same boat as a number of applicants from India, where only professional degrees such as medicine and engineering are four year programs.
While the requirement of a four year undergraduate degree is unreasonable on many counts, you will be alright because you have a Master’s degree. We recommend that you write to the Admissions Committee of each of the schools you are looking to apply to, and let them know about your academic and professional background, as well as your fit with the program. This will help you gain clarity :)

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