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Q: Need a Degree to do an MBA ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Need a Degree to do an MBA
Category: Reference, Education and News > Job and Careers
Asked by: warren1-ga
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Posted: 18 Jun 2004 08:59 PDT
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Question ID: 362953
Do I need a Bachelors Degree to do an MBA ? is an Associates Degree
accepatble ( 2 year Diploma in Electronics and Computing )
Subject: Re: Need a Degree to do an MBA
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 19 Jun 2004 06:11 PDT
Dear Warren, 

Basically, yes. For an MBA, one needs a bachelor (B.A.) degree, as
Sharkalissa mentioned: MBA means "Masters of Business Administration",
a degree that follows the bachelor degree.

However, some MBA programmes do accept students without a bachelor
degree, based on life experience or other elements:

Edinburgh Business School (Distance learning): "If you do not have a
first degree, you may become a matriculated (i.e. enrolled) MBA
student by meeting the requirements for the award of a postgraduate
certificate. This requires you to pass examinations in three MBA
courses, one of which must be a core course." (SOURCE: Edinburgh
Business School MBA, Admission

James Cook University (Australia) 
Entry into the MBA without a bachelor degree is dependent on
successful completion of Graduate Diploma of Management at a credit

University of Western Australia 
If you do not have a first degree, it is still possible to use your
management experience as a basis for entry to the Graduate Certificate
or Executive MBA courses.

Capilano College
"If you do not have a university degree, but feel you have comparable
life and work experience, talk to our faculty. We will assess people
on an individual basis, although it is rare that anyone is admitted
without a degree."

Manchester Business school 
"If you do not have a bachelor degree then you must be at least 27
years old. You will need to complete an additional essay ? details in
your application pack."

You may find other schools that have even moer lax admission policies
but be warned: I also found schools, such as "Mount Rushmore
University" ( that offer admission without a B.A.
However, these schools are not accerdited institution, their degrees
are not recognised or reputable, and without refering to that specific
school I've mentioned, some of them are known to be "diploma mills".
Check the reputation of a school before you enroll.

At the end, let me recommend to you to consider making the necessary
courses that would turn your associate degree into a bachelor one.
There are many distance learning possibilities, but it might be easier
to check first with your local community college.

I hope this answered your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarifications on this answer before you rate it. My search strategy
included looking for [MBA + "without a first/bchelor degree"].
Subject: Re: Need a Degree to do an MBA
From: sharkalissa-ga on 18 Jun 2004 10:29 PDT
Yes, you need a bachelor's degree to get a master's degree
(MBA=Master's in Business Administration)
College goes in stages:
--after this you are considered a graduate and anything after is
post-graduate work, anything before you are an undergraduate.

It has to be either an Associates in Art or Science, not an Applied
Degree, (which computer degrees tend to be sometimes).

Also, I was told that many MBA programs require you to have experience
in the business field first - to make sure that is really what you
want to do with your life.

Hope that helps! :-)

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