Indeed, undertaking a Diploma in Management Studies is one excellent way of preparing for the MBA. But sheer experience on its own is not enough. Anyone reading the article should realise that they would need to demonstrate, not only that they had experience, but that they can learn at the appropriate intellectual level.
This is why it is very misleading to say that: "There is nothing in an MBA course which requires any prior degree-level learning."
OK, there is no prior subject matter which someone needs to have covered, but there is a level of intellectual analysis which is essential. So, if you want to take an MBA and you haven't got a degree, you need more than the experience - you need to show what you have learnt from it.
Co-ordinator of External Awards and former MBA Course Leader
Department of Management and Professional Development
London Guildhall University
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