When are you too old for an MBA?
What most schools are looking for is about three to five years of experience post-undergrad with promotions or salary increases or a way to indicate that you are a top performer. You want to show that you’ve achieved a lot in a short period of time. If you have been at the same firm for six years without a lot of growth, if you’ve jumped around over the last eight years to different industries and different jobs but without a whole lot of progression, that’s going to worry them. What I would do if that’s the case is sit back and ask yourself ‘why is it that I want an MBA’? Is this really relevant to my goals? Would a part-time MBA be more appropriate? Would a Master’s degree in another field be more appropriate? If it is the full-time MBA that you’re going after, just know that you are a bit untraditional in this way, so you’re going to have to craft an essay and a story that really makes sense and speaks to the admissions committee.