Does an MBA that was received abroad have significant value in the US?

Hi, everyone. I came to the US a few ago. I finished an MBA program oversees. Upon arrival to this country I got my diploma evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators and received the letter from this company stating thah I have equivalent of US MBA and Bachelor's. A couple of days ago I had an interview and the interviewer told me that my degree is pretty much worthless despite the evaluation. Has anyone ever been in a situation similar to mine? If so, how did you proceed?


Unfortunately, many employers in the USA feel that way. What you do is keep looking for another job and go I g on interviews. If you don't know how to use job search engines, its time to learn NOW. There are thousands of them .

Politically Correct

Both people could be correct. By convention countries all recognise one another's qualifications so your overseas MBA and BA would be the equivalent of a US MBA and BA. However, there are plenty of examples of worthless MBAs and BAs in the US, nothing new there. Undergraduate degrees in silly subjects are worthless and most US MBAs are a complete waste of money. How should you proceed? You can get a job in the US that does not require a degree or you can go home and get a job that considers your awards worthwhile. Nobody can tell you which is the best choice for you.


You need to look for companies that do international business, where your degree could make you a lot more desirable than the locals.


I suggest you go to a university in the US, present your transcripts and the evaluation you received and determine which, if any, of the courses you have already taken can be applied towards getting an MBA from that university. You would then be able to tell a potential employer that you have an MBA from a foreign university and are currently pursuing another at a US university. That would sure impress me.


You could apply for a job with the credentialing body that told you your degree was so valuable. If you're in a major city, looking for a job with an international company sounds like a good move


What you're experiencing is pretty common. Do you also have work experience in your field? What some people do is take the MBA off their resume, and get a job in the US based on your bachelors degree and work experience. What others do is enter a US MBA or masters program, to gain a US credential.

ibu guru

Unlikely, unless it was an exceptionally prestigious university such as London School of Economics or INSEAD. Major international companies would recruit such graduates, and typically assign them to work in the company's operations in the grad's country of citizenship. MBAs are a glut on most markets. Furthermore, if you studied outside the US, you have NO knowledge of US employment law, policies & procedures if you are in HR. Or NO knowledge of US taxation, etc, if you're in finance & accounting. Your degree is most valuable in your country of citizenship since you would have local references & recommendations, and country-specific knowledge of tax laws, tax accounting, HR, etc. IF you are looking for work abroad with an employment visa, due to the market glut of MBAs & need for country-specific background, MBA is NOT a qualification for any temporary employment visa anywhere. IF you are a legal permanent resident of the US (green card), you should take some specialized courses, e.g. US taxation & tax accounting if you're in finance & accounting, or HR courses or whatever your specialization is. But competition for jobs is very tough, and employers only want "proven performers" - those with several years of post-bachelor's experience with superior recommendations by the employer. They are not keen on hiring anyone with back-to-back bachelor's + MBA. And back-to-back BBA + MBA is pretty much the kiss of death for a career - too much better-qualified competition.