Thursday, August 21, 2014

MBA Bridge Programs for Three-Year Degree Holders

 MBA Bridge Programs for Three-Year Degree Holders
By Naimeesha Murthy 

Are you an international student or a professional seeking an MBA in the U.S.? American MBA programs are world famous for giving students a competitive edge in the business world through outstanding education, practical training, varied specialized programs, and incomparable networking opportunities and resources.

Typically, MBA schools in the U.S. expect prospective applicants to have completed a minimum of 16 years of education. In India, apart from fields such as engineering, medicine, and architecture, graduation in many popular disciplines requires 15 years of education. This means that many Indian students graduate with a three-year bachelor’s degree.

Have you graduated with a three-year degree from India? Listed below is some information that will help you better understand where you currently stand and how you should proceed:

Business schools that accept three-year degrees from India:

Business Schools [Read FAQ]
% of International Students
Source: HBS, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Kellogg official school websites

Generally, the universities' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section should answer any questions relating to the degree requirement, but if the information is not listed on the website, reach out to the admissions office via e-mail to get a definite answer.

What if the business school that I’m interested in does not accept three-year degrees?
If the MBA schools you want to apply to have clearly specified a requirement for 16 years of education or a four-year bachelor’s degree, don’t stress out! Before you jump to any conclusions, get your credential evaluated at World Education Services (WES), which is a not-for-profit organization with nearly 40 years’ experience evaluating international credentials. If you still have questions about how the U.S. universities evaluate your 3-year Indian bachelor’s degree, read more here.

During the evaluation process, if you discover that your Indian degree is not equal to a U.S. degree, then students can consider completing a one-year bridge course prior to joining a MBA program. Such programs are designed to prepare international students who hold a three-year bachelor’s degree earn credits to equalize the deree program to the U.S. undergrad program. Some universities that provide such courses include: 
To sum up, the process is not as complicated as it seems if you follow the steps below:
  1. Research MBA schools that accept 15 years of education. 
  2. Evaluate your degree equivalence.
  3. Complete your bridge program (if needed).
Let us know if this information has benefited you in understating the steps involved in pursuing a MBA degree from the U.S., leave us a comment belowwe would love to hear from you! If you would like to receive insightful information on studying in the U.S. or Canada in your e-mail inbox, subscribe to the WES Student Advisor newsletter in the top-right corner above.
Naimeesha Murthy is a Marketing Associate for WES Research & Advisory Services at World Education Services. Naimeesha specializes in business management and marketing and has experience in working with brands, both on-line and off-line. Naimeesha holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bangalore University, India and a master’s degree in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.


  1. Does a 1-year Postgraduate Diploma after completing the 3-year undergraduate degree also meet the required 16-year criteria ?

  2. I have been assessed as holding a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution by WES. I have a 3 year degree in Home Science from Mumbai University with 121 total credits and a GPA of 3.78. Please let me know what Masters Courses I can do(In the USA) to supplement my education. I live in the USA and have about 19 years of work experience.

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  4. MBA degree has become one of the booming areas and the driver for the success of any type of business in India..Its very important role in determining the growth and development of the individual, business users, executives, start-ups and other big organizations.

  5. Hi Naimeesha ,
    Does a 3 year bachelors from bangalore university and the college is NAAC accredited A qualify for 16 years of education .?

    Thank you

  6. Hi Naimeesha , I have 3 years BCA ( Bachelor of Computer Application ) from UGC approved university in India and currently appeared for my E MBA program ( online mode ) / UGC approved from India , waiting for my results .

    Can I still apply for a Masters now in USA ?


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