How young is too young for an MBA?

Thinking about the right age to do an MBA is kind of like thinking about the right age to get married. It depends on the individual and where you are in your life. You can look at average age stats, but the reality is that everyone is different. Everyone has different life plans and circumstances.

In your business school application,  you are guaranteed to be asked ‘Why do you want to do an MBA now, at this point in your career?’. You should have a good answer.

In Africa, the average age of full-time MBAs is about 34. Many of the business schools in Africa want to see management experience.

The average age for MBAs in the US however, is 28.  There are some programmes that only require two or three years of (really great) work experience. There a few outstanding candidates who are accepted in their early twenties.

The point is, that you might already be ready to start thinking about business school.

If it is on your radar, there are things you can do now to prepare:

  • Get a sense of the application timeline and deadlines.
  • Start your research and thinking about what you are looking for.
  • Speak to Alumni from different schools to see if the MBA is for you.
  • Take the GMAT. Your score is valid for 5 years.
  • Take on ambitious projects at work.
  • Find ways to demonstrate your strengths, and interests.
  • Set aside some money towards your studies.