Second MBA in USA: Schools that will accept, and those that won’t

Second MBA in USA

There are many legitimate reasons why one would want to consider a second MBA in USA. Career progression, the need to learn advanced management skills in a specific topic area not explored in your first MBA, and the exposure and opportunity offered by top programs are often the frequently quoted reasons. While Asian and European schools are quite open to considering the candidature of applicants who already have a first MBA, not all schools in the US are as open. This article is meant to clear some of the confusion around this.

Masters Statement of Purpose

Applicants applying to an MBA with a first Master’s that is not an MBA should be aware that they do not need to bother with any restrictions imposed with schools on second MBA applicants. The restrictions are only for people who already have an MBA, and are not valid for people who have Master’s degrees in other areas, including in sub-areas of business management like Marketing.

Top US schools that accept second MBA applicants

Here is a list of top US bschools, all among the top 25 US MBA programs according to Forbes business rankings, that will accept second MBA applicants. Please note that this does not mean that there will be no questions asked on the need for a second MBA – that is a legitimate question, and it has many legitimate answers. This means only that the schools in the list immediately below are open to considering candidates who have a first MBA:

MIT, Wharton, Harvard, Kellogg, Columbia, Booth, Yale, Kenan Flagler, Kelley, McCombs, Emory

US schools that do not accept second MBA applicants

The schools in the list immediately below will not accept second MBA applicants:

Anderson, Fuqua, Cornell

Schools that say, “Well, it depends…..”

Schools in the list below will accept applications from candidates with a first MBA. However, they require them to meet certain conditions (e.g. the first MBA should have been awarded by a non-US institution):

Stanford, Haas, Tuck, Ross, Stern, Darden

For second MBA seekers out there, planning your application strategy, presenting clear and cogent reasons for needing a second MBA (and don’t be defensive – there are plenty of excellent reasons you could give them), and choosing your schools wisely is therefore important when looking at US institutions for a second MBA. Plan well, and may success be on your side!

One Comment

  1. Sushail Mehta
      April 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Can one expect a significant jump in pay packages post a second MBA? With 10 years of work experience and an MBA degree in Retail management, would it be a good option to consider a second MBA?

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