When are you too old for an MBA?

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.