Determining Your MBA Eligibility

Determining Your MBA Eligibility

One of the first considerations of prospective Master of Business Administration (MBA) students is whether they will be eligible to enrol in their chosen programme. At AIB, applicants must satisfy the minimum entry criteria for the first stage of the course – the Graduate Certificate in Management – following the successful completion of which they can move forward with the MBA.

We understand and recognise that not every MBA candidate will have travelled the same path in their career. Students of the MBA come from varied backgrounds – some with years of experience but no prior study, some with both years of experience and formal qualifications, and others who are early in their careers with a Bachelor’s degree under their belt. Thanks to this diversity, AIB MBA graduates join a network of alumni that is both deep and wide, with students and alumni from over 90 countries around the world. For a breakdown of the key criteria for entry into the AIB MBA and more, see below.

Prior education of an acceptable standard  

The most commonly satisfied MBA entry path is the successful obtainment of a Bachelor’s Degree paired with at least two years of relevant work experience, putting the student in great standing for successful enrolment. Aside from this level of education, there are also a couple of other options when it comes to past studies. For example, an Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) may be acceptable if the prospective student also has at least three years of relevant work experience. There is also the possibility of subject exemptions from previous aligned postgraduate study completed in the past 10 years, but this is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Due to the numerous qualifications that exist, each prospective student must discuss and verify their prior education with an AIB Course Advisor to determine whether it satisfies the MBA entry criteria. If it does not, one of the below options can also be considered.

Relevant and recent work experience

The MBA is a degree that requires students to pair their practical experience with business theory. Without this experience, students may have difficulty applying the theory to real-world business situations and are therefore unlikely to get as much from the degree. This prior experience is therefore considered an important factor for MBA candidate eligibility, as it sees students gain the practical education they are promised. That being said, this experience can vary – some applicants boast more than 20 years in a high-level business role, whereas others are relatively new to their roles. Those with managerial experience in particular can fast-track their enrolment into the AIB MBA, with more than three years of verifiable management experience in addition to two years of relevant work experience required. Again, the suitability of this experience for the MBA is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced proficiency in the English language

Aside from the core MBA eligibility criteria, students of the MBA are required to possess excellent verbal and written English communication skills to be able to deliver in assessments at a Masters level. When an applicant’s primary language is not English, they can sit a number of English tests to demonstrate proficiency, including the IELTS Academic Test and TOEFL. If you are unsure whether you would meet the criteria, it’s important to discuss your specific circumstances with a Course Advisor.

Transfer from another learning provider

If you have begun an MBA, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Management at another institution, and would like to transfer, you may be able to apply for exceptions or a course fee reduction on a subject-by-subject basis. This does not grant you automatic enrolment as every learning provider differs, but if you meet the criteria discussed above, you may be able to fast track your degree through recognition of prior learning. This is a welcomed benefit for many students as they have already put significant effort into their studies.

What do you think?

With flexible start dates and achievable entry criteria, the AIB MBA is the choice of many students. I am wondering though, has this article given you a better understand around MBA eligibility?

If you have any further questions, I encourage you to contact AIB to chat about your specific circumstances.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.  


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