Dear Mentor:

Tell me about IT in Australia and MBA in USA.

I am currently finishing my Masters in IT from RMIT Univ in Melbourne. I am offered to do a PG here. I would like to know the state of IT here and if it is advisable. Also, I would like to get into one of the business schools in New York for MBA. Could you guide me how to go about it? What are the prerequisites? What exams do I need to take or are there sites that would give me that info? Thanks.

IT and MBA, Melbourne, Australia

Dear IT and MBA:

We unfortunately do not know what you mean by PG. It is not a commonly used term in the US. Moreover, abbreviations vary across countries, if not within a country. We can however make informed comments on the remainder of your inquiry.

Australia, as you know, is an advanced country, offering all the amenities, including state-of-the-art education. You are also probably aware that companies from other countries have set up shop in Australia because of, among other things, the availability of IT talent and facilities. Australia boasts, and rightly so, contributions to the IT revolution. So, the quality of your PG, whatever it means, is likely to be good.

Having said this, the IT revolution, including the Internet revolution, was fueled by the US researchers and entrepreneurs. Some of the most dominant and arguably some of the most innovative IT companies are from the US, and they have contributed substantially to the current and on-going IT revolution. The US is expected to sustain this dominant position, at least for the foreseeable future. Although emigration to the US is not a trivial legal matter, you may wish to consider the US for an IT profession; it could give you a state-of-the-art experience and good remuneration. However, you would have to be extremely determined in the US to beat the quality and relaxed pace of life that Australia offers.

Now let us turn to your MBA issue. The first requirement for entering an MBA program in the US is at least 4 years of college education that is at least equivalent to that of a Bachelor's degree in the US. This education can be in any discipline, from arts to sciences to whatever. You are typically required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test, a standardized entrance exam). Some schools also require international students, which you would be in the US, to take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language). Typically you would be exempt from this requirement since English is your first language. The iMahal Education section offers information on Entrance Exams. Another important element of the admissions criteria is personal essays. Top MBA schools pay particularly close attention to these essays to assess your ambitions and goals, your thought processes, and your ability to articulate clearly. Other items include letters of recommendations, official school transcripts, and so on. You may wish to read an earlier Dear Mentor: column, in which we address: How do I get into a top MBA program?

The iMahal Education section offers the List of Business Schools in the US, including the List of Business Schools in New York. You can also use the iMahal College Finder to identify colleges that best match your performance and personal needs. You would be able to restrict the search of colleges in the iMahal College Finder to New York.

The process for applying to an MBA program in the US is the same as it would be for any other country: find college(s) of interest, obtain application form and school-specific admissions requirements, submit the completed application form along with required documentation, and wait for the reply. You can obtain the details of admissions requirements and process, and application form from each school's website.

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