MBA in Australia without work experience
I get dozens of emails every week from students who have the same question: 'Can I do an MBA in Australia without work experience?'
The short answer is: Yes.
Some well-known Australian universities do accept students who have lesser work experience or no work experience into their MBA programs. In fact, some Australian universities even offer two versions of the program - the 'Executive MBA' for candidates who have significant work experience and a non-Executive MBA for other students.
Before I continue, I want to point out that if you have less or no work experience, then you should first evaluate if an MBA is the right course for you. There are several courses that are probably better suited to your needs. However, if you have already made up your mind about pursuing an MBA then read ahead.
MBA without work experience
As I said already, some top ranked Australian universities do have MBA programs that accept students without work experience as well as students with 1-2 years of work experience.
The curriculum of these MBA programs usually takes into account the fact that the students have lesser or no work experience. The programs often include internships and group projects to give you an opportunity to gain some industry experience. You will have to find solutions to real business problems while working with multiple people from different backgrounds, coordinating schedules and negotiating with various stakeholders. This is a great way for you to get a feel of how things play out in an actual work environment. It is also a great boost to your resume and an aspect you can highlight in your future job interviews.
The admission requirements vary from university to university. The marks that you have secured in your undergraduate degree will be the most important criteria in most universities.
Some universities will consider a combination of factors. For instance, low marks in your Bachelors degree can be offset by a good GMAT score. The eligibility criteria for the MBA program at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a good example of this. It clearly states that students need to have a GPA of 2.75 OR get the required GMAT score OR have a minimum of 4 years of work experience.
However, given that this is an MBA program, most admissions officers will take a look a holistic look at your application and will consider a number of factors - your extra-curricular activities, your statement of purpose, your English language test scores (IELTS/TOEFL scores) to name just a few.
Make sure you put in a lot of thought and effort into your application. It should reflect the best possible version of you.
If you are looking to find universities that suit your personal background then fill out our MBA assessment form here.
As I mentioned earlier, if you have little or no work experience then an MBA might not be the best choice for you.
So what are the other options?
That depends. Why do you want to do an MBA?
Do you come from a technical/engineering background and are you looking to build your management knowledge and skills? If so, then the Masters in Engineering Management program is something you should consider. You get a management qualification and develop advanced engineering skills at the same time - a great combination, especially when you have little or no work experience.
If you have a business or commerce background then you can consider the Master of Business program with a specialisation. Universities provide a whole host of specialisations ranging from traditional ones like Finance and Marketing to emerging areas, such as, International Business and Advertising.
If you are student with a Computer Science/Information Technology (or even someone looking to move to that field) then the Master of Business Information Systems program might be a good option.
There’s also a whole range of non-traditional management courses, such as, Sports Management, which are becoming increasingly popular.
The fact of the matter is there is no one size fits all formula here. The options are endless and depend on your background and end goals. Don't just jump into something. Find out what is best for you and then apply.
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