Dear Mentor:

Are 16 years of education needed to qualify for an MBA?

I am 36 years old with a B.Sc (Physics); i.e., 15 years of education. Do I have to complete 16 years to qualify for GMAT? Are the one diploma courses conducted by JBIMS,NMIMS accepted as university courses?

GMAT Requirements, Mumbai, India

Dear GMAT Requirements:

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). GMAC has nothing to do with university admissions, other than conducting the GMAT as an independent body and then passing the scores on to those universities identified by the candidate. Admission decisions are made strictly by individual universities based on their own admissions requirements. Consequently, GMAC does not require any educational qualification - it just wants you to follow the stated process for taking the GMAT and to pay the required fees. Anyone can take the GMAT.

It appears that your real question is this: Do I need 16 years of education, at least 4 of which are university education, to qualify for admission in the US for an MBA? The answer is yes. Typically, you would need a Master's degree or a 4-year engineering degree from India to qualify. However, some schools may consider relevant work experience and waive the requirement for the 16th year of education. We refer you to the iMahal Education Section and the List of US Business Schools.

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