Average Age and Work Experience at the Top MBA Programs

We have collected data from all the top MBA Programs, according to Financial Times’ Global MBA Rankings (2018, in this post). The tables represent the nature of the class profile in the programs. These are in no-way indicative of cut-offs or benchmarks.

We have broken up the tables according to geographical locations. Each location shows the general pool of applications, with North America sharing most of the 4-5 years of work experience candidates within 30 years and Europe and Asia pushing towards a higher end. The Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) are known to mostly enrol students who are fresh out of college, post CAT. Hence the youthful numbers and relatively low work experience.

Note: These tables are representative lists. Please refer to the official pages for changes and updates.

Average Age and Work Experience for MBA in USA

FT Ranking Business School Average Age Average Work Experience (years)
1 Stanford Graduate School of Business 27 4
3 University of Pennsylvania Wharton 28 5
5 Harvard Business School 27 4.2
6 University of Chicago Booth 28 5
7 Columbia Business School 28 5
9 MIT Sloan 28 4.9
10 University of California Berkeley-Haas 28 5
12 Northwestern University Kellogg 28 4.2
15 Yale School of Management 27.5 5
16 Darmouth College Tuck 28-29 5.3
17 Cornell University Johnson 28 5
19 Duke University Fuqua 29 5-6
23 New York University Stern 28 5.3
25 UCLA Anderson 29 5
26 University of Michigan Ross 28 5
30 Georgetown University McDonough 28 5.4
32 University of Virginia Darden 27 4
37 University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler 27 5
40 Carnegie Mellon Tepper 28 5.7
44 University of Texas at Austin McCombs 28 5.8
45 Rice University Jones 28 5.6
47 Emory University Goizueta 26 4
48 University of Washington Foster 28 5.7
50 Washington University OlinWashington University Olin 28 4.8
51 Arizona State University Carey 29 5.5
54 Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller 28 5
55 Purdue University Krannert 29 5.5
55 University of Maryland Smith 29 5
58 University of Florida Hough 27 4
59 University of Southern California Marshall 28 5


Average Age and Work Experience for MBA in Canada

FT Ranking Business School Average Age Average Work Experience (years)
78 McGill University Desautels 28 5
86 University of Toronto Rotman 27 4.3
90 Western University Ivey 28 4.8


Average Age and Work Experience for MBA in UK

FT Ranking Business School Average Age Average Work Experience (years)
4 London Business School 29 5
13 University of Cambridge Judge 29 6
27 University of Oxford Said 28 5
36 Alliance Manchester Business School 29 6
41 Warwick Business School 32 9
46 City University Cass 30 7
51 Imperial College Business School 28 6
61 Cranfield School of Management 32 10
64 Durham University Business School 31 9
70 Lancaster University Management School 31 7.5
73 University of Edinburgh Business School 31 7
92 Leeds University Business School Not specified > 3
98 University of Strathclyde Business School 31 9
100 University of Bath School of Management 30 7


Average Age and Work Experience for MBA in Europe

FT Ranking Business School Average Age Average Work Experience (years)
2 INSEAD (France/Singapore) 29 6
11 IESE Business School (Spain) 28 4
20 Esade Business School (Spain) 29 5
21 HEC Paris (France) 30 5.8
41 Warwick Business School 32 9
24 IMD (Switzerland) 31 7
29 SDA Bocconi (Italy) 29 5.5
37 Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University (Netherlands) 29 6
60 University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) 30 6
61 Mannheim Business School (Germany) 30 5-6
75 Edhec Business School (France) 30 8
80 The Lisbon MBA (Portugal) 31 7
88 ESMT Berlin (Germany) 30 7.5
94 WHU Beisheim (Germany) 29 5.3
94 University College Dublin Smurfit (Ireland) 30 8
96 Essec Business School (France) 30 6-7
99 EMLyon Business School (France) 31 7
100 Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) 30 6


Average Age and Work Experience for MBA in Asia

FT Ranking Business School Average Age Average Work Experience (years)
2 INSEAD (France/Singapore) 29 6
8 CEIBS (China) 29 5.8
14 HKUST Business School (Hong Kong) 28 5
18 National University of Singapore Business School (Singapore) 32 7
22 Nanyang Business School (Singapore) 28 6
28 Indian School of Business (India) 26.6 4.2
31 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (India) PGPX 32 9
33 University of Hong Kong (HK) 28.6 5.6
34 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Antai (China) 30 6.1
35 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (India) EPGP 30 7
42 Fudan University School of Management (China) 32 8
43 CUHK Business School (China) 30 6.9
49 Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian (Singapore) 30 5-7
51 Sungkyunkwan University GSB (S Korea) 31 ~7
78 Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (India) PGPEX ~30 8


Average Age and Work Experience for MBA in Australia

FT Ranking Business School Average Age Average Work Experience (years)
63 AGSM at UNSW Business School 29.6 6.7
66 Melbourne Business School 28 5.7


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  1. Abhi Bansal says:

    Hi Sameer, I am textile engineer and I have been working as a production engineer for almost 2year and before that I had worked as a merchandiser in textile manfacturing industry for 6 months. Now i want to do executive mba in 2019 . so please tell me that this experience is sufficent for 1year program and Is this experience count in mba programme.?

  2. ARVIND SINGH says:

    I am having 2+ years of work experience.
    Marks in 10/12/BTech-56/63/75.
    Want to pursue MBA . Which MBA option would be best 2 year, 1 year, Distance through niit imperia,certificate courses from IIM?
    PLZ HELP & ADVICE if any other option are good.Plz tell regarding that too.

  3. ABHI says:

    To maintain a company well, which kind of MBA course is suitable and required.

  4. SARASWATI says:

    Hi! samir
    I am 47 year old done MBA Finance distance education, i worked in so many firm from typist to account assistant, but i am facing problem now to get job. Please sujjest.

  5. arun says:

    Hi Sameer

    I see you are answering all the questions in your blog, that’s really nice. What are the chance for an Army jawan to complete his MBA from the B school.


  6. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Abhi: The experience will count, but it’ll be less for most international programs. A better option would be to work for a coupel of years more before applying.

    @Arvind: Full-time programs work the best. If you can wait for a couple of years, you can consider any good 2-year MBA program in the US, or 1 year programs in india (like ISB), Asia, Europe.

    @Abhi: All good MBA programs cover the basics of running a business. Once the basic foundations are covered, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest. Here’s what they’ll cover as part of the basic syllabus: https://www.mbacrystalball.com/mba-syllabus

    @Saraswati: Distance education degrees generally aren’t valued as much as full-time courses. If you’re current skills aren’t helping you get a job, you could consider gaining news skills that are in demand.

    @Arun: We’ve covered several perspectives for ex-Army officers who are considering an MBA for a career change:

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