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Hi! I am Swati. I did my B.Com from DU. I want to pursue an MBA from a reputed college in the US. Am I eligible to apply?

At our study centres all over India, we often get such enquiries from callers. Study-abroad aspirants are concerned about their eligibility to apply to masters programs in the US. The reason? Undergraduate degree in the US is typically 4-years long and as such universities in the US have a 12+4 requirement for applying to masters. They do not consider a 3-year bachelor as a complete degree.

For example, according to the Stanford Graduate School of Business:

A three-year bachelor’s degree in any subject is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Stanford. The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree from India is required.

Harvard University is slightly more accommodating in this regard. It strongly encourages international students to get their transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). WES carries out a credential evaluation of a student’s Indian degree and converts Indian university credits into US university credits.

An international applicant is required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Equivalent degrees include international three-year bachelor degree programs.

But there’s good news! Of late, many top universities have been showing exceptional flexibility in this regard and have begun to accept the 3-year bachelor’s degree from India. (Read more here)

List of Universities in the USA Accepting 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Columbia University
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University
  • Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Northwestern University
  • Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

So, do US universities accept 3-year bachelor’s degree? The answer is: many do, while some do not. In case of any confusion, we recommend that applicants mail to the department of their choice for specific information regarding their 3-year bachelor’s eligibility. Good luck!

Have further questions? We’re here to help. Talk to our admissions counsellor for study-abroad guidance.

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