MBA Programs That Don’t Require Work Experience

No Work Experience

Welcome to MetroMBA's No Work Experience Guide.

As the world's best business schools continue to evolve, traditional methods of entry begin to change. For many schools, that means admitting students that do not necessarily have previous professional work experience.

Below, we've outlined some of the best business schools in the world that do not completely require work experience for admissions: a list that continues to grow year by year.

Georgia State University

For the Global Partners MBA, two to three years of work experience is preferred but not required. Rising junior managers and individuals with language skills and some business experience seeking a career in global business make great candidates for this program.

Georgia Tech
Mercer University
University of Georgia
Salisbury University

Professional experience is not required for the full-time MBA program at the Salisbury University Perdue School of Business.

University of Baltimore
Babson College

Applicants to the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College at Babson College do not need to have any previous work experience to apply for any of its MBA programs. 

Boston College
Boston University
Northeastern University
University of Chicago

The prestigious University of Chicago Booth School of Business does not ask applicants for its full-time, Evening or Weekend MBAs for work experience, although it is highly recommended.

Loyola University
Northern Illinois University
Baylor University

Applicants to the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business' full-time and Online MBA program are not required to have work experience with an application.

Texas A&M Commerce
University of Dallas
University of North Texas
University of Texas at Arlington
Colorado State

The Colorado State University College of Business Early Career and Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBAs do not require previous work experience in order to gain admission.

Texas Southern University

Full-time and part-time MBA applicants at the Texas Southern University Jesse H. Jones School of Business may not need to submit work experience with an application.

University of Houston
University of St. Thomas
London Business School

London Business School full-time applicants with less than three years of work experience may apply, if they can "superior academic credentials and truly outstanding evidence of leadership," according to the school admissions team.

Cal State, Long Beach

There is no formal work requirement in order to apply to the California State University, Long Beach College of Business Administration Accelerated MBA program.


The Columbia Business School full-time MBA does not explicitly require any previous work experience prior to admission, but it is recommended.

Hofstra University
Lehigh University
Seton Hall
St. John's
Drexel University

Applicants to the full-time MBA program at the Drexel University LeBow College of Business are not required to have previous professional work experience with an application.

La Salle
Temple University
University of Pennsylvania
Alliant University

The California School of Management & Leadership at Alliant University accepts applicants that have earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 into its MBA program.

California International Business University (CIBU)
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego State University
Babson (San Francisco Campus)

Applicants to the Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business' Blended Learning MBA in San Francisco are not always required to submit GMAT/GRE scores or have previous work experience.

San Francisco State University
San Jose State
UC Davis
University of Washington

Applicants to the UW Foster School of Business full-time MBA program are not required to submit work experience with an application.

American University

The American University Kogod School of Business Online MBA does not require work experience or GMAT/GRE scores for admission.

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