Good GMAT Score vs. Work Experience in USA’s Top Ten B-Schools





Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts

Harvard Business School does not explicitly talk about work experience and there is no set range as such. 700-760 $61,225 per year (full-time)

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Not specific as well but the average work experience of the MBA classroom at Stanford is 4 years. 733-690 $64,050 per year (full-time)

University of Chicago (Booth)

Chicago, IL

Does not highlight the necessity of work experience specifically. 640-710 $63,980 per year (full-time)

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Philadelphia, PA

Usually asks for 5-6 years’ work experience between graduation and joining the MBA. 790-620 $64,920 per year (full-time)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

Cambridge, MA

Does not have a specific work-experience requirement, although students in the classroom have an average of 5 years of work experience.

Does not consider internship experience as full-time employment.

660-750. $65,446 per year (full-time)

Northwestern University (Kellogg)

Evanston, IL

Strongly recommends that you have at least two years of full-time work experience. 724-680 $64,059 per year (full-time)

University of California Berkeley (Haas)

Berkeley, CA

Asks for two or more years of full-time professional work experience following the completion of undergraduate degree. 760-680 $53,907 per year (in-state, full-time); $55,968 per year (out-of-state, full-time)

Dartmouth College (Tuck)

Hanover, NH

Tuck does not offer admission to applications with less than 2-years of professional work experience. On average, Tuck students have five years of full-time work experience 700+ average score $64,200 per year (full-time)

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale does not emphatically require work experience. In fact it encourages students to join straight out of undergrad.

Yale’sSilver ScholarProgramurges students to make the best use of the three years’ MBA to become a globally efficient manager and professional.

720 or higher $61,500 per year (full-time)

Columbia University,

New York

It requires at least one year of work experience to be eligible for consideration here. 715 or higher $65,988 per year (full-time)


This table highlights the expectations of top ten institutions that offer MBA in the United States and where they stand on the work experience vs. GMAT score debate. How much will your work experience augment your score? Does it make a difference? If so, how much? If no, how little?


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