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Hi All,

I hope everyone is well. I have a question regarding work experience prior to MBA applications that hopefully some of you may be able to answer.

What level of work experience is considered competitive at the top level of MBA programs (T14)? Currently, I work in IT Project Portfolio Management within a top 3 oil Company. The role is mildly strategic, but I wonder if it would be good enough to be competitive at the top level of MBA programs, given other aspects of my application are average for that level. Is it necessary to move to a role that generates more value and is more prestigious, or can I submit a competitive application with a solid 3-4 years within this field (given a promotion or 2). I would be targeting the lower end of the top 14.

Thanks for any and all experiences and insight!

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Hi lmcc412 ,

It is not about the type of role you are currently in.

All you need to show is the leadership skill. If you can prove them that "YOU ARE THE MAN" through your leadership skills or something out of the box, you are good to go irrespective of what your role is.

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lmcc412 wrote:
Hi All,

I hope everyone is well. I have a question regarding work experience prior to MBA applications that hopefully some of you may be able to answer.

What level of work experience is considered competitive at the top level of MBA programs (T14)? Currently, I work in IT Project Portfolio Management within a top 3 oil Company. The role is mildly strategic, but I wonder if it would be good enough to be competitive at the top level of MBA programs, given other aspects of my application are average for that level. Is it necessary to move to a role that generates more value and is more prestigious, or can I submit a competitive application with a solid 3-4 years within this field (given a promotion or 2). I would be targeting the lower end of the top 14.

Thanks for any and all experiences and insight!

Regards,

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Thank you both for your advice. All the best.

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lmcc412 wrote:
Hi All,

I hope everyone is well. I have a question regarding work experience prior to MBA applications that hopefully some of you may be able to answer.

What level of work experience is considered competitive at the top level of MBA programs (T14)? Currently, I work in IT Project Portfolio Management within a top 3 oil Company. The role is mildly strategic, but I wonder if it would be good enough to be competitive at the top level of MBA programs, given other aspects of my application are average for that level. Is it necessary to move to a role that generates more value and is more prestigious, or can I submit a competitive application with a solid 3-4 years within this field (given a promotion or 2). I would be targeting the lower end of the top 14.

Thanks for any and all experiences and insight!

Regards,

lmcc412


In terms of pure work experience it's honestly not that strong. IT project management is more technical than managerial. Although working for a big oil company and having that on your resume will give you a boost, but its not the same as someone coming from leadership, finance, or consulting who will have the jump on you.

It doesn't mean, btw that you cant make up for it in other areas, but in itself it's not necessarily very strong.

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