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How long do you really need to work before applying for an MBA?

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Does being a girl help at all? I've heard that girls can get away with applying a bit earlier

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If you have a decent GPA and a good GMAT score, about 3-5 years. Getting promoted / showing career development helps too

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More years are also helpful for getting the post-MBA job if you do not intend to go back to your firm

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I'd say 3 since some places require 3 years experience prior to MBA in order to bring you in at the MBA Level

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You could start apply 2 years out if you progressed fast enough to the point where you were running projects or teamlets. But usually for most, they're still well within that analyst band and haven't had enough leadership experience.

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Girl minority? Being a girl definitely beats applying as a white guy. But if you're minority you're golden with even a 710 at places like Stanford.

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Thanks! So you essentially should apply when you're a consultant? I'm trying to figure out if I can do it in 2.5 instead of 3.5

And thanks for the heads up on the 3 years work experience D2! I'll look into that

Bain is correct. If you apply after 2, you'll have 3 by the time you begin at school

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