Good GMAT Score VS. Work Experience Weightage In Australia’s Top Ten Schools

If you are a person with low GMAT score or haven’t even considered GMAT but have a couple of years worth of experience in the real world, Australia is the place to think while you are thinking your MBA. The Australian MBA selection process looks beyond GMAT score and primarily focuses on profile based selection. Naturally, a substantial work-experience makes for a sound case for an applicant.

This table highlights the expectations of top ten institutions that offer MBA in Australia 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?




AGSM at UNSW Business School

Considered as one of the leading B-schools of Australia, AGSM asks for minimum two years’ work experience from applicants 550 or higher

Melbourne Business School

A two years’ work experience is a mandate to make it to the MBA classroom of MBS 680 or higher

Monash University

Monash, which has a great international and countrywide standing requires an applicant to at least have three years’ work experience before applying here 600 or higher

University of Southern Queensland (USQ), School of Management and Enterprise

Minimum of 2 years full-time work experience is required here Profile based selection but 550 or higher is preferable

Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide

With a completed bachelor’s degree from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent degree from another tertiary institution)- a minimum of two years relevant work experience
Without a completed bachelor’s degree: a satisfactoryGMATTest score and at least seven years relevant work experience
600 or higher

Deakin Business School, Deakin University

A good undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience. 550 or higher

Sydney Business School,

University of Wollongong

Requires two years full-time relevant professional or managerial work experience. Unspecified

Central Queensland University (CQU)’s School of Business and Law

Requires three years of relevant work experience. Unspecified

La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University

Requires three years’ relevant managerial experience but applicants with more than eight years’ relevant managerial experience without an undergraduate degree may be considered for professional entry. 550 or higher

Griffith Business School, Griffith University

Griffith is very particular about work experience and states clearly- “To gain entry into the Graduate Certificate, you will need a minimum of six years full-time work experience, which includes four years of relevant work experience and two years in a role requiring leadership skills.” 550 or higher


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