Work Experience Requirement for LUMS MBA Admissions

Posted by on October 9, 2014 in LUMS MBA | 31 comments

LUMS is the premier institute for an MBA degree in Pakistan and has been consistently ranked as the number 1 place to get an MBA. A lot of my GMAT students who are planning to apply to LUMS MBA program ask me various questions regarding the work experience requirement of LUMS. Here is a comprehensive list of questions and answers related to the work experience required to get into LUMS.

What is the ideal length of work experience required to get into LUMS?

In the past couple of years I have worked with many students who applied to LUMS MBA. One thing that was common in majority of the successful applicants was not the duration of experience but the quality of work experience they had. A few of the successful applicants had no full time work experience but had a few internships lasting no more than three months. LUMS evaluate work experience not by counting the years, but by the maturity of one’s work, the depth of an individual’s decisions at work, the impact to the work environment and level of responsibility and foresightedness.

In my experience LUMS does not favor one industry over another and highly values applicants working in a small business or public institution.

What counts as work experience?

LUMS is more interested in the leadership and management skills that you have acquired over a period of time rather than the number of years. LUMS counts work experience as any opportunity that assisted you to develop your professional and leadership skills. It may be a major undergraduate project, a 4 week long internship or voluntary work for a non-profit organisation. Many times students in Pakistan think that LUMS only accepts applicants with full time post graduate work experience – this impression is wrong and LUMS does welcome applications from candidates who are in their final year of undergraduate education.

Please note that academic courses do not count as work experience.

Is there any specific type of work experience that LUMS is looking for?

None – in fact in my view, LUMS is looking for applicants who focus on learning from the work experiences that they have been involved in. You might be working for a Fortune 500 company in a role that does not let you learn much of the managerial and leadership traits; versus you may be working in a little known start-up company that gives you multiple roles and responsibilities. LUMS looks for applicants with the ability to handle the academic rigor of their MBA program.

I am still an undergraduate student. How can I improve my chances of getting into LUMS MBA program?

LUMS business school welcomes applicants directly from undergraduate programs who have a strong leadership and managerial potential. LUMS MBA is a highly quantitative program and prefers applicants with strong quantitative and analytical backgrounds. When preparing for the LUMS MBA program always make sure that you have good quantitative ability to handle courses in statistics, finance, economics, accounting etc. Take foundation courses in calculus and statistics and make sure you do well on the GMAT test, especially the math section.

Take up internships during summers where you are involved in team work and collaboration. Remember, its not the company that matters it is the quality of experience that does. For undergraduate applicants LUMS is also interested in an applicants involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service. Such fresh students are able to contribute more fully to the LUMS community.

I have less than one year of work experience. Am I at a disadvantage?

Each year LUMS welcomes applications from early career candidates who have less than 1 year of professional work experience. As I mentioned earlier, LUMS is more interested in the skills you have acquired up till now rather than the number of years. Just make sure that you highlight instances and examples where you have exhibited leadership and managerial potential.


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    You constantly mentioned about the skills lums will look for in a candidate. what skills are you actually talking about?

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      Work experience, leadership, team player, analytical abilities, problem solving.

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    My grades are not good and i want to do MBA from LUMS. Will it benefit me if I am applying for a full time graduate program?

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      Grades are only one part of the application – focus on getting good quality experience and a good GMAT 600+ SCORE.

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    Sir is the teaching experience count in LUMS MBA???

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    Hi, hope you are well.

    I am heading Finance department of dubai based company, in addition to this also leading administration side of the comoany, since company was partnership and I was hired because of my previous internship experience at the very start of my career, and had a chance to lead both departments( finance and adminIStration) so I accepted this offer. Now i am leading team of 3 and also acting as advisor of this growing comPany, will this type of experience help me TO get MBA admission IN LUMS.

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      Yes definitely – this type of experience is ideal to apply for LUMS MBA

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    I have already taken the GRE test last year. I am planning to apply to the LUMS MBA in 2018. Do I need to take the GMAT test? It is mentioned on LUMS website that any one of GMAT/GRE will suffice. Moreover, if I do not require GMAT, are there any disadvantages if I apply on the basis of GRE rather than GMAT?
    Thank you.

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      Hello Aqib, GMAT/GRE are equally acceptable at LUMS. There is no advantage of taking one over the other.

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    I am currently an undergraduate student at LUMS in my final year. I want to apply for a MBA right after graduation. Although I do have three, four internships under my belt, no work experience. What do you think are my chances of getting in? Some people have told me that they no longer take fresh graduates.

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      LUMS does not take any fresh grads anymore – in fact there have been only 1-2 cases in the past 2 years that LUMS admitted any fresh grads. Internships do count but full-time work experience is what is more important.

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    I am working in a public sector organization as AM (Finance) since five years, I intend to apply for LUMS MBA. Can you please guide me about the acceptance / weight-age of public sector job experience by LUMS for MBA. I am hopeful to get a 600+ GMAT score.

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      Hello Hassan, For LUMS no work experience is superior or inferior – LUMS simply requires work experience/exposure to the practical realm.

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    Hello Talha, I am a fresh electrical engineer from UET Lahore. If I start my own business by setting up industry related to electrical products does it count as my work experience if I want to apply for LUMS MBA in 2019?

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      Hello Hassan – yes that does count towards work experience. In fact any full time experience after graduation counts!

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    Hello Talha…
    Does experience of Clubs and Societies During Studies counts as potential experience for admission in LUMS MBA?
    I am an electrical engineer graduated in 2016 with CGPA of 2.65. I started working in my final year as office administrator in a newly started software company in Lahore . I have worked there for two years and the i joined Punjab Information Technology Board as a Lab Manager and currently working there. This post is basically as in charge of PITB.s Lab in UEt Taxila.
    Plus i have worked as General seceratery of my university’s Dramatics society for 2 years where i lead a team of 50+ members for multiple events all over the country.
    Iam planing to apply for admission in Lums Mba 2019..
    What should be my GMAT score for good chnaces for admission and how much my experience will count>?

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      Manan, No, only professional experience is counted as real experience. You have 2-3 years of professional experience so any score around 600 on GMAT will be fine

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    Hi talha, I am a chemical engineer working in quality control department in food factory from 2 to 3 months and this job is challenging that it has analytical and leadership skills and I want to apply to lums mba 2018. So how are my chances? What are my chances in round 2 applications?

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      Hello. Well 2 to 3 months is not a sufficient duration of work experience for LUMS MBA. I ll definitely advise at least 1 year.

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    Sir, can a DVM graduate apply for MBA in Lums ? will he be eligible to even apply ?

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    sir can w e do MBA from Lums after DVM (veterinerian) . will i be eligible to apply ?

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    Is there an upper limit on the number of years of work experience for LUMS MBA?
    I have 3 years of experience (Graduated as an engineer in 2015) and now I plan to apply for MBA in the next cycle.
    Will I be at a disadvantage by doing this?

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    Do you need work experience related to your bachelor’s degree only? I am an electrical engineer but i am working as a cotton dealer and i have license of cotton dealing work too.

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      Nope – any experience is accepted by LUMS

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        Okay thanks

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    So we need a minimum of 2 years of experience to get admission in MBA. Got it. But what is the requirement of Executive MBA in terms of years of experience?

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      5 years minimum work experience.

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