MBA Admission Requirements

Some of the prerequisites for MBA programs are:

  • Bachelors Degree: Almost all MBA programs require their students to possess a bachelor’s degree. Most universities do not mandate a specific undergraduate major to get into their MBA program.
  • Work Experience: Some schools require applicants to have adequate work experience – it varies from 2 to 5 years. Many MBA programs are intended for working professionals, top MBA schools take only professionals with experience in team management.
  • Competency Test: Aspiring MBA students must get a good score in either GMAT or GRE to get into good schools.


The GMAT is a standardized examination for many business schools in the USA. You need to get a good score in the GMAT examination to get into a good business school. Similar to GRE, GMAT consists of a Verbal and Quantitative section.

The GMAT contains:

  • A 30-minute Analytic division (which includes one essay)
  • A 30-minute Integrated Reasoning division
  • A 75-minute Quantitative division
  • And A 75- minute Verbal division


The GRE is the admissions test of choice for most non-MBA graduate programs.

The GRE contains:

  • A 60-minute Analytical Writing division (which includes two essays)
  • A Verbal Reasoning division
  • Two 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning divisions
  • 30-35 minute new division (either math or verbal)

What’s the Difference Between GRE and GMAT?

Some business schools are beginning to accept both GRE and GMAT score. So before taking either GRE or GMAT, it is wise to check out the admission criteria for the business schools that you shortlist.

The GMAT generally concentrates on mathematic abilities while GRE has a strong verbal/vocabulary emphasis. However, you need to have basic mathematics expertise to get a good score in GRE and GMAT.