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Your age and work experience are always taken into consideration by the MBA admissions committee of a business school. The admissions committee’s goal is to form a diverse class and to do so it also looks at your age and the number of years of work experience. Therefore, while researching your target business schools, it’s important that you look at these numbers to assess how you stand in comparison to the latest class profile. To help you in your research, we have compiled this data on average MBA age and work experience at top business schools in the US, Europe, and Asia. The numbers have been taken from the business schools’ official websites.

Please note that these figures are for full-time MBA programs only and they do not signify any cut-offs. And, if you are above 30 years of age and you think your MBA dream might not become a reality, think again. Here are 2 articles you’ll find interesting:

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Average age and work experience at top US business schools

The average age of the incoming class of 2018 in top US business schools was 28 years and the average work experience was 5 years. As you go through the below table, you’ll see that average age and work experience is pretty much the same across all the US business schools except Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. The top 10 US business schools also showcase an average age and work experience of 28 years and 4.7 years respectively. Here is a list of average age and work experience at top US business schools.

Average age and work experience at top US business schools
Business School Average Age Average Work Experience
Wharton 28 5
Harvard Business School 27 4.3
Stanford GSB 27 4
Booth School of Business 28 5
Kellogg School of Management 28 4.2
MIT Sloan 28 4.9
Dartmouth Tuck 28 5.3
Columbia Business School 28 5
UC-Berkeley – Haas 28 5
Yale SOM 27.5 5
Michigan – Ross 28 5
Duke – Fuqua 29 5.6
Virginia – Darden 27 4
Cornell – Johnson 28 5
UCLA – Anderson 29 5
NYU – Stern 28 5.3
CMU – Tepper 28 5.7
McCombs 28 5.8
UNC – Kenan-Flagler 27 5
Emory – Goizueta 26 4
Indiana – Kelley 28 5
Washington – Foster 28 5.7
Georgetown – McDonough 28 5.4
Notre Dame – Mendoza 29 5
Rice – Jones 28 5.6
USC – Marshall 28 5
Georgia Tech – Scheller 28 5
Washington – Olin 28 4.8
Michigan State – Broad 28 4
Arizona State – Carey 29 5.5
Minnesota – Carlson 28.6 4.7
Wisconsin School of Business 28 5
Vanderbilt – Owen 28 5
Ohio State – Fisher 29 5.4
BYU – Marriott 29 5
Penn State – Smeal 29 5
Rochester – Simon 28 5.5
Purdue – Krannert 29 5.5
UC-Irvine – Merage 29 5
Maryland – Smith 29 5
Boston – Questrom 27 5
Pittsburgh – Katz 27 4.5
Texas-Dallas – Jindal 28 5
Texas A&M – Mays 27 5
Iowa – Tippie 28 4.3
SMU – Cox 28 5
Rutgers 29 5
Georgia – Terry 26 3.2

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Average age and work experience at top business schools in Europe

European business schools tend to have slightly older students as compared to US business schools. The average age and work experience at European business schools are 29.3 years and 5.6 years respectively. This figure is based on the business schools featured in the table below. For more information on average age and work experience of top business schools in Europe, please refer to the table below.

Average age and work experience at top business schools in Europe
Business School Average Age Average Work Experience
INSEAD (France/Singapore) 29 6
HEC Paris 30 5.8
London Business School 29 5
University of Cambridge Judge 29 6
University of Oxford Said 28 5
IMD (Switzerland) 31 7
University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) 30 6
Mannheim Business School (Germany) 30 6
SDA Bocconi (Italy) 29 5.5
IESE Business School (Spain) 28 4
Esade Business School (Spain) 29 5
Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) 30 6

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Average age and work experience at top business schools in Asia

The average age and work experience at Asian business schools are also higher than that of US business schools.

Average MBA age and work experience at top business schools in Asia
Business School Average Age Average Work Experience
HKUST Business School (Hong Kong) 28 5
National University of Singapore Business School (Singapore) 32 7
Indian School of Business (India) 26.6 4.2
CEIBS (China) 29 5.8

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