MBA candidates usually apply for an MBA several years after completing their undergraduate degree. However, sometimes people get an MBA degree at their home country and then apply for additional MBA at a top business school abroad. Applying for a second MBA when you already have an MBA degree may enhance your business knowledge and boost your career.

If you are considering getting a second MBA degree, keep in mind that you may not be eligible to apply for an additional MBA at a top ranked business school if you already have a prior MBA. Take a look at the table below to learn which schools may accept you if you already have a prior MBA.


School Name Can apply (yes/no/subjective) Response from school
Stanford University Yes ” Even if you already have an MBA, you are welcome to apply. You should first review our course offerings to see how repetitive our program would be. Should you decide to apply, it is best to include a compelling reason as to why you wish to earn a second MBA from the Stanford GSB. In no way does already having an MBA put you at a disadvantage in the evaluation process. Please note that courses taken from another institution are not transferrable. You can see the MBA curriculum on the GSB website and course descriptions at”
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Yes Yes, you can apply. We do not exclude candidates who have an MBA or any other graduate degree. You should, however, fully explain your reasons for pursuing a second MBA in your application.
Northwestern University (Kellogg) Yes Previously earned degrees, even MBA’s, do not disqualify you from applying to Kellogg.
University of Chicago (Booth) Yes Yes, you may still apply if you already have an MBA.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) Yes Candidates with previous advanced degrees are eligible to apply. These candidates should, however, detail the reasons for their pursuit of an MBA degree in the application. We consider those with an advanced degree as other applicants. Advanced degrees are additional evidence toward academic success, but are not considered instead of undergraduate transcripts.
Harvard University Yes Thank you for your interest in the MBA program at Harvard Business School. Having a prior MBA degree does not preclude someone from being admitted to this MBA program.
Columbia University Yes Having previously completed an MBA at another institution will not necessarily decrease your chances of acceptance. However, we ask that you clearly explain why you feel a second MBA from Columbia will assist you in your pursuit of your short-term and long-term goals. Please also keep in mind that some of the MBA courses you have already completed may be redundant with the MBA curriculum at Columbia.
Yale University Yes You are welcome to apply for a full-time MBA at Yale SOM regardless of whether you already have an MBA from another institution. However, you will be asked to explain your rationale for a second MBA in the application process.
New York University (Stern) Yes Applicants who already hold an MBA are eligible to apply. The Admissions Committee evaluates each candidate holistically across three dimensions throughout their complete application: academic profile, professional achievements and aspirations, and personal characteristics. We seek students with strong intellectual ability, superior interpersonal skills, and a desire to create value for business and society.
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross) Yes We do accept applications from individuals who have an MBA. However, you must explain through your application why you feel you need another MBA degree.
Cornell University (Johnson) Yes You are eligible to apply, but you will need to use the optional essay to explain why you are pursuing another MBA.
University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson) Yes If you already have an MBA degree, you may still apply for admission if you make a case in your application for why you need a duplicate degree. The prior degree must actually say “MBA” or “Masters in Business Administration” for this issue to exist, and a duplicate degree may be justified if the first program was too short or narrowly focused to compare to a UCLA Anderson MBA.
University of Southern California (Marshall) Yes Yes, you can apply.
University of Texas–Austin (McCombs) Yes Having an existing MBA or graduate degree does not automatically disqualify an applicant from Full-Time admission at the McCombs School of Business. However, you will need to address why you are pursuing an additional MBA, and what further value it will afford you. The optional statement could be used to provide this information.
University of Washington (Foster) Yes Possessing a previous MBA will not deter the admissions team from reviewing your application
LBS Yes “A prior MBA will not eliminate a candidate from applying to London Business School. You will need to make a strong case why you need a 2nd MBA and why from London Business School.”
HEC Paris (France) Yes Yes, you are eligible to apply and we look forward to learning about your motivations for pursuing a 2nd MBA
Cambridge-Judge (UK) Yes Having another MBA degree would not be an issue, we would however ask you why you want to do another MBA and what are your career objectives.
IMD (Switzerland) Yes There is no problem if you already have another MBA diploma.
Oxford-Said (UK) Yes You are welcome to apply to the Oxford MBA however as you have already completed another MBA you would need to make it clear on your application why you wish to pursue another MBA programme, why you have selected Oxford specifically for this and how this will benefit you both personally and professionally.


School Name Can apply (yes/no/subjective) Response from school
University of Virginia (Darden) Subjective Thank you for your e-mail. If you graduated from a school in the United States, you cannot get a second MBA. If you MBA degree is not from a school in the United States, then you can apply to Darden.
Dartmouth College (Tuck) Subjective We do not typically admit applicants who already hold an MBA or an equivalent degree. If you believe you have something to gain that is unique to the Tuck MBA, and have something you can bring to your classmates as well and still wish to apply, you can use the optional essay to explain your decision to pursue a second MBA at Tuck.
Duke University (Fuqua) Subjective However, if an applicant has already obtained an MBA, we closely evaluate the transcript(s) for courses identical to those in our core curriculum.
Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) Subjective We will not accept applicants who have received an MBA within the U.S. however, we evaluate international MBA degrees on a case-by-case basis. You would need to apply and submit all of the required documents in order for us to make that determination. It may be helpful for you to view our curriculum . If you do not see significant overlap when compared to the courses that you took for your previous MBA, you may be eligible to be considered for the Tepper MBA.
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) Subjective Where did you earn your MBA? It depends on the location
Emory University (Goizueta) Subjective If you have earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the United States, you are not eligible to enroll in a Goizueta Business School MBA. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a rare case-by-case basis if the degree is considered not comparable to the academic and experiential content of Goizueta Business School’s MBA.
Indiana University (Kelley) Subjective If you earned your MBA from another institution in the U.S., then you would not be eligible to apply for a second MBA. If you earned a graduate management degree outside of the U.S., you would be able to apply. If this is the case, it will be important that you clearly explain in your application why you are seeking a second MBA.
Georgetown University (McDonough) Subjective We typically don’t admit students who previously hold an MBA degree. You can always check with WES to see if your MBA degree is equivalent to a US MBA degree.
Bocconi (Italy) Subjective Please send me your current resume so I have a full understanding of your background. I can then provide you with some feedback.
ESADE (Spain) Subjective We would need you to send us your CV and let us know your current city of residence.
IE (Spain) Subjective Many thanks for your email and your interest at IE. Would you mind to share your CV or LinkedIn profile with us in order to understand if you’re eligible to apply to our programs?
RSM (Netherlands) Subjective It all depends to which extent your previous university was accredited by the same organisations as RSM. This would be EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Should the other institute be accredited by at least one of these, then most likely it is not possible. Please ask us directly to make sure.


School Name Can apply (yes/no/subjective) Response from school
University of California–Berkeley (Haas) No if you already hold an MBA degree, you are not eligible to matriculate into the Berkeley Haas MBA program.
Vanderbilt University (Owen) No If you already have earned an MBA you are not eligible to apply to the Vanderbilt MBA program.