בעוד רוב תוכניות ה-MBA המובילות מצפות מהמועמדים שיהיו בעלי 3-6 שנות נסיון תעסוקתי, ישנן מספר תוכניות MBA מובילות שפתחו מסלול למועמדים צעירים ללא נסיון תעסוקתי משמעותי להגיש מועמדות מיד בסיום התואר הראשון או לקראת סיומו, ובמידה והם מתקבלים באפשרותם לדחות את מועד תחילת הלימודים בכמה שנים ולנצל את הזמן כדי לצבור נסיון תעסוקתי. תוכניות אלו הן בדרך כלל תחרותיות מאוד מאחר והן מקבלות רק מספר קטן של מועמדים. כדי להתקבל על המועמדים להיות בעלי ציונים גבוהים במיוחד ובעלי נסיון מנהיגותי, כדי לפצות על היעדר הנסיון התעסוקתי, וכן להיות ברורים מאוד לגבי מטרות הקריירה שלהם.
להלן פרטים על כמה תוכניות כאלו:
סטודנטים בשנה האחרונה ללימודים יכולים להגיש מועמדות לתוכנית בתנאי שהם עומדים באחד התנאים הבאים:
- סטודנטים לתואר ראשון.
- סטודנטים לתואר משולב ראשון/שני.
- סטודנטים לתואר שני שלא עבדו במשרה מלאה (כלומר התחילו תואר שני ישר אחרי התואר הראשון).
דרישות הקבלה ממועמדים המעוניינים להתקבל לתוכנית כוללות GMAT/GRE ו- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE במידת הצורך. האפליקיישן לתוכנית 2+2 זהה לזה של תוכנית ה-MBA הרגילה של הרוורד, אולם ניתן להגיש מועמדות רק בסיבוב השלישי. מועמדים מכל תחומי הלימוד יכולים להתקבל לתוכנית, אולם ביה"ס מעודד בעיקר אנשים מתחומי המדעים, טכנולוגיה, הנדסה ומתמטיקה להגיש מועמדות.
קצת נתונים על הסטודנטים שהתקבלו לתוכנית 2+2 שמתחילה ב-2016:
מתוך 1070 מועמדים התקבלו רק 12% כאשר 116 מתוכם התחייבו להירשם לתוכנית. מבין הסטודנטים, 39% הן נשים ו-24% סטודנטים בינ"ל. ציון הג'ימאט החציוני של המתקבלים הוא 730 וממוצע ציוני תואר ראשון הוא 3.75. 59% מבין הסטודנטים מגיעים מרקע של מדעים מדוייקים, בעוד 18% מרקע כלכלה ומנהל עסקים ו- 23% ממדעי הרוח והחברה.
Criteria for Deferred Enrollment
To be considered for deferred enrollment, you must be a full-time student graduating from your educational program this academic year. In addition, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
- You are enrolled in a combined undergraduate/graduate program, in which you are pursuing your bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously.
- You are enrolled in a graduate program, which you entered directly from an undergraduate program. If you took off an academic year or more between the two programs (to work full-time or do something else), you do not qualify for deferred enrollment.
- It is recommended to submit the application in the 3rd round.
Requesting Direct or Deferred Enrollment
If you meet the criteria for deferred enrollment, you may apply either to attend business school immediately following your university program (direct enrollment), or to work one to three years before attending business school (deferred enrollment).
In your Stanford MBA application, you must select the year in which you would like to enroll. Note that, even if you request direct enrollment, we may grant you deferred enrollment if we feel you would better contribute, grow, and learn after gaining full-time work experience.
If you request, and are qualified for, deferred enrollment, you will pay a reduced application fee of $100.
Choosing Between Direct or Deferred Enrollment
Choose direct enrollment if you feel ready to pursue your MBA because of your current academic background, extracurricular experiences, impact through internships and work experiences, and personal aspirations. Note that for most college seniors, deferred enrollment is a better choice.
Choose deferred enrollment if you feel you would benefit from obtaining full-time work experience before enrolling. This is a good choice if you are unsure of your long-term professional path, and would like to explore an industry before earning your MBA.
Additionally, certain industries — private equity and biotechnology in particular — tend to recruit only MBA candidates with pre-MBA experience in that field, or with specialized knowledge. Management consulting firms also typically prefer MBA candidates with work experience. Deferring enrollment for a couple of years may be a wise decision if you wish to work in one of these industries.
If you choose to defer enrollment, we expect you to work full-time during the deferral period. Pursue opportunities that enable you to build expertise, enhance your skills and knowledge, expand your perspective, and develop professional judgment and self-confidence. We ask you in the application what your plans are for the period between graduation and your enrollment at Stanford.
The Wharton MBA Advance Access Programs are deferred admission programs that offer undergraduate seniors and graduate students in their final year of study a guaranteed pathway to the Wharton MBA after pursuing two to four years of quality work experience.
Wharton MBA Advance Access Program
The Advance Access Program is a deferred admission program that offers undergraduate seniors and graduate students in their final year of study a guaranteed pathway to the Wharton MBA after pursuing two to four years of quality work experience. The program seeks to recruit students who are innovative, intellectually curious and ready to take professional risks while impacting the world. Students from all academic fields and disciplines are encouraged to apply, and the program will accept a highly selective cohort of students whose academic and career interests expand the traditional notions of business education.
- Apply during your senior year (or final year of studies for graduate students) during Round 3 of MBA Admissions. Applicants will be evaluated similarly to the overall MBA pool.
- Follow your professional passions and obtain quality, substantive work experience. Advance Access students are encouraged to take professional risks during the deferment period, such as starting your own company, working for a nonprofit or pursuing global externships while working in traditional business industries.
- Your journey with Wharton starts from the moment you are admitted. During your deferment period, you will have access to a network of scholars having an impact professionally across the globe and will remain in contact with Wharton through online communities, electronic communications, invitations to student conferences and access to admitted student programming.
- Join us after two to four years of work experience, and bring all of your quality work experience to the Wharton classroom.
Wharton MBA Moelis Advance Access Program
The Moelis Advance Access Program is a deferred admission fellowship program that offers Penn undergraduate seniors a guaranteed pathway to the Wharton MBA after pursuing two to four years of work experience. The program accepts a highly selective cohort of Penn seniors whose academic and career interests expand traditional notions of business education.
- Apply during your Senior year for Round 3 MBA Admissions. Applicants will be evaluated similarly to the overall
- Follow your passions during the deferment period by obtaining quality, substantive work experience. Moelis Fellows are encouraged to work in a wide range of industries.
- Your journey with Wharton starts from the moment you are admitted. During your deferment period, you will have access to the Wharton community and professional development opportunities.
- Join us after two to four years of work experience, and receive a $10,000 yearly fellowship (or more based on merit) during the two-year full-time MBA program.
Getting accepted as a Kellogg Future Leader secures your place in our MBA program before you graduate. Then, we'll hold your spot for 2-5 years while you gain experience in the professional world. Once you're ready to step back on campus, you'll be fully integrated into one of our top-tier MBA programs. Another perk? As a part of your deferred enrollment, you’ll have access to premiere Kellogg resources and receive support from a dedicated admissions officer.
- Undergraduates in the last year of school, majoring in any discipline
- Master's students who went directly into a graduate program from undergrad
- Domestic and international students
What do I need to know to apply?
- No application fees
- GMAT or GRE required*
- TOEFL required for English-as-a-second language speakers, unless university school was conducted entirely in English
- Application includes brief essays, letter of recommendation, and interview by invitation
*GMAT/GRE optional for Northwestern University undergraduates
What do I need to know about deferring my enrollment?
- Deferment lasts 2-5 years
- Admissions deposit is $500, then $500 every year of deferment
Early career candidates are identified as those with three or fewer years of full-time, post-undergraduate work experience, including college students. If you are eager to enroll in an MBA program at an early stage of your career, Chicago Booth welcomes your application for admission.
SUMMER BUSINESS SCHOLARS
- Overview – Broaden your skillset, develop a global network of peers, and start your career with confidence. Through courses in finance, accounting, and marketing, liberal arts majors learn the language of business and open their possibilities to a whole new range of career options. Students who are already studying business gain a competitive advantage over their peers by exploring the Chicago Approach to management education.
- Criteria – Open to all current/recent undergraduates interested in pursuing an MBA degree in the future.
- Timing – Three-week summer program in July.
DOUGAN SCHOLARS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
- Overview – Highly motivated undergraduate students at the University of Chicago get greater access to Chicago Booth coursework, mentoring, and professional development resources. Students gain a deeper understanding of the discipline of business management through a rigorous six-course curriculum, selective cohorted programming, and advising by a dedicated undergraduate advisor at Chicago Booth.
- Criteria – Open to first- and second-year undergraduates at the University of Chicago. This program is currently not available to students at other institutions.
- Timing – Dougan Scholars complement their undergraduate studies with a rigorous six-course curriculum.
BOOTH SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Undergraduate students who are considering an MBA in the future can apply to Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program during their final year of studies. The Chicago Booth Scholars Program allows you to complete the MBA application process while still at your undergraduate institution, then start at Chicago Booth after a conditional two to four year deferment period for professional experience. Chicago Booth Scholars is an early impact program that offers promising undergraduates the chance to secure a seat in the next generation of MBA talent.
2018 PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
- UNDERGRADUATES ADMITTED – 43 Booth Scholars
- DEFERMENT PERIOD – 2-4 Years of Professional Work Experience
- GMAT RANGE – 670-770
- GPA RANGE – 3.19-3.92
- FEMALES – 56%
- INTERNATIONAL – 26%
Any current undergraduate student in their final year of study is eligible. We accept applicants from all undergraduate institutions. Candidates for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program are intellectually curious with personal maturity, competitive scores, and demonstrated leadership throughout college. Applicants also display a track record of quality internships, part-time jobs, and/or an entrepreneurial spirit.
Chicago Booth recognizes and values the diversity of backgrounds of all applicants. Candidates for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program should be able to articulate a potential career path and why an MBA is necessary in the near future. It is also important to show the ability to question the status quo, engage in the process of learning, and thrive in an academically rigorous environment.
CHICAGO BUSINESS FELLOWS PROGRAM
- Overview – Exemplary young professionals with three years or fewer of full-time work experience who are interested in earning an MBA while continuing to work can take advantage of the Chicago Business Fellows program, part of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. Chicago Business Fellows program offers the same academic experience and MBA degree as our Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Programs, with additional professional development programming.
- Criteria – Open to young professionals with three years or fewer of full-time work experience who have demonstrated strong leadership potential and excellent scholarship.
- Timing – Applications for Chicago Business Fellows in the Evening MBA Program is in spring or autumn. For the Chicago Business Fellows in the Weekend MBA Program, applications are once a year in autumn.
Darden’s future year admissions program is a deferred admissions program. College students can apply and be admitted to Darden while completing their final undergraduate year, but wait to enroll in the MBA program until they have completed three to four years of work experience.
Students in the final year of their undergraduate degree can apply to the Future Year Admissions program. Our next application cycle will be open to applicants in the Class of 2017.
The Oxford 1+1 MBA is a unique opportunity for talented individuals to combine a Master's degree from one of several Oxford University departments with our one-year MBA. As the global business environment becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, this powerful combination allows you to gain deep knowledge and expertise in your specialist fields, as well as developing a comprehensive understanding of business, exceptional leadership skills and practical experience.
This application process is designed for ambitious and forward-thinking students around the globe who want to secure a seat in a future MIT Sloan MBA class. Apply now, and then work for two to five years before beginning your MBA program at MIT, the home of innovation.
MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission is currently open to all enrolled full-time students who are:
- graduating or have graduated from an undergraduate degree program during the current academic year
- graduating from or currently attending a graduate degree program they entered immediately upon completing their undergraduate degree without full-time work experience
If admitted, successful candidates are expected to seek full-time work experience between two to five years. If you have questions about your eligibility for this program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Columbia Business School Deferred Enrollment Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain a few years of work experience with a guarantee of admission to Columbia's highly selective MBA program, and the flexibility to begin the full-time program two to five years after college graduation.
Columbia is looking for future leaders from all academic and personal backgrounds to maintain the diverse and supportive community for which Columbia is known.
Apply during your senior year in college or during a subsequent graduate program. When reviewing your application, the admissions committee will look at your academic background, any work experience or internships that you have, and your engagement in activities outside the classroom.
After completing your current studies and before starting your MBA at Columbia Business School, enter the workforce for two, three, four, or five years. Use the time to explore what drives you, knowing that you have the flexibility to start the MBA program when the time is right for you.
As an admitted student you are part of the Columbia Community, and will have access to conferences, events, and School-wide resources to enhance your academic experience and to help you throughout your career.
When you are ready to start the MBA program, send us a letter of intent, specifying whether you want to enroll in January (16-month program) or August (traditional 20-month program featuring a summer internship.) You will have the option to choose the program that fits your personal and professional goals.
Who is eligible for the Deferred Enrollment Program:
- Students graduating during the current academic year from a bachelor's degree program.
- Students completing a graduate degree program. Candidates must have started the graduate degree program directly after completing their undergraduate degree to be eligible for the Deferred Enrollment Program.
- Students enrolled in Ph.D. programs, law school, or medical school are not eligible. Please apply through the standard MBA or EMBA application process.
- Online application
- Academic transcript
- Standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE)
- Current resume (feel free to include a note on any post undergraduate job offers)
- One letter of recommendation from a professor, mentor, internship supervisor or employer
- One Essay
Candidates will be notified if they are invited to interview with Columbia Business School.
There is no application fee for students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or eligible graduate-level program. Once admitted, students will be required to submit a $500 deposit two weeks after admission. Subsequent deposits will be due each year that you defer. The year that you decide to matriculate you will also be required to verify your work experience during the deferral period.
Undergraduates who are considering an MBA in their future can now apply to the top-ranked full-time MBA program at Berkeley Haas. Accelerated Access allows you to complete the MBA application process while in your final year of study, gain conditional admission, and then start your study at Berkeley Haas after a two to five year deferment period for professional experience.
Accelerated Access will be initially open only to UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students in their final year of study, with a plan to expand to students throughout the University of California system and then more broadly in the future.
During your senior year of undergraduate study, apply to Goizueta’s Early Admit MBA and gain advanced admission to our top-20 ranked One-Year MBA, Two-Year MBA, or Evening MBA. We’ll defer your MBA enrollment while you enter the workforce and gain 2-5 years of work experience after earning your undergraduate degree.
The NC Business Next program is a unique opportunity for graduating seniors or recent graduates to enter the school’s top-ranked Full-Time MBA Program. The program is open to students with less than two years of professional experience from all undergraduate majors and there are no prerequisite courses. Students with proven quantitative skills, internship and leadership experience, and an analytical mindset are encouraged to apply.
Open to students from any major, the NC Business Next program features:
- NC Business Next fellowships: When you apply, you will be automatically considered for a fellowship.
- NC Business Next mentorship: While you’re in the program you’ll partner with an MBA Dean’s Fellow and receive peer mentorship and guidance that can help you succeed in the program.
- Analytical Skills Workshop (ASW): As part of the NC Business Next program, you’ll participate in our intensive Analytical Skills Workshop prior to starting your MBA coursework, which will bolster your knowledge of critical business topics.