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MBA After MBBS: Eligibility, Best Specializations, Benefits, Top Colleges

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: July 13, 2022 10:53 pm IST

'MBA after MBBS????' asked my colleague when I introduced her to the topic. Going for a management degree after MBBS seems a weird idea at first glance but it has its benefits and provides a unique edge to a medical professional over other PG options in medicine.

How to Pursue MBA After MBBS

Medical education is one stream that lacks variety when it comes to the big question of 'What's next?' as is the case with many other streams of education in India. Students who have completed an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree are often compelled to take up an MD (Doctor of Medicine) course.

MD is a good choice of postgraduate course for doctors and allows them to specialize in the field of their choice. Still, there are plenty of higher studies options after MBBS that remain unexplored by thousands of MBBS graduates. MBBS graduates also find themselves out of options if they want to switch fields but the trend is changing as an increasing number of medical professionals are now opting for an MBA (Master of Business Administration) course.

An MBA is not the most obvious choice for a professional pursuing a career as a Doctor. Many might even consider it weird to go for an MBA after MBBS but we just prefer to call it 'unconventional'. If you have decided to go for an MBA after MBBS and joining an MBA college in India, it becomes important to weigh your options carefully and do extensive research about the subject before you take the leap.

Why Pursue an MBA after MBBS?

This is the first question you need to ask yourself. Why even go for an MBA after MBBS? Is an MBA degree worth it after you have spent 5.5 years completing a medical degree? Will pursuing an MBA after MBBS add value to your career? Different people may have different answers to these questions but here are a couple of reasons why you should go for an MBA after MBBS.

  • To explore career opportunities in the management of healthcare establishments.

  • To develop entrepreneurial skills.

  • To give your career a boost.

  • To avoid the intense competition at the level of PG medical courses.

  • The critical thinking and analytical skills developed during MBBS studies are beneficial in an MBA course.

Eligibility Criteria for MBA after MBBS

Candidates who are applying for MBA courses after MBBA must first ensure that they are eligible for the course. While the MBA eligibility criteria are common across most of the colleges, some colleges have specific requirements for their course. These may be related to work experience or marks in the qualifying degree. Here are the details of the eligibility criteria for MBA in India.

  • Candidates applying for an MBA course must have completed a graduate degree. An MBBS degree is considered valid for MBA admissions.
  • The college or university that has granted the MBBS degree must be recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Medical Council of India (MCI).

  • Most of the MBA colleges in India require applicants to have scored at least 45% - 50% aggregate marks in their graduate degree.

  • In addition, colleges also require candidates to have received a passing score in all of their graduation subjects.

  • Some MBA courses may require candidates to have certain years of work experience. This is especially true if you are going for a Part-Time MBA or an Executive MBA course.

  • Eligible candidates may also be required to qualify in an MBA entrance exam. Depending on the requirement specified by their college, candidates may have to appear for an exam such as CAT, CMAT, GMAT, XAT etc. Some MBA colleges also offer merit-based admissions on marks in graduation.

    Candidates can also explore the option for direct MBA admission without entrance exams.

Colleges conduct their own selection processes for shortlisted candidates. In this, colleges may ask candidates to appear for a Written Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Check the related articles below for more details about the MBA selections and how to succeed.

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Steps to Pursue an MBA after MBBS

Since it is not common to pursue an MBA after MBBS, an MBBS graduate who wishes to take this pathway does not have many examples for reference. Thus, it becomes vital to do careful research and look at every aspect before starting the process. Here are the things that you should keep in mind when going for an MBA on the basis of an MBBS degree.

  • The first step would be to define your career goals and comparing the benefits of pursuing an MBA course. Go through the details about your choice of course and college. Carefully weigh your options before making a decision.

  • Since MBBS graduates are mostly working and can have long working hours, preparing for an MBA entrance exam can get difficult. There is a tough competition for top colleges and a good score is required for admission to a top B-school.

  • Qualifying in the entrance exam and then going through the selection process can be a tough nut to crack. You should have a good preparation strategy to be able to manage your time and resources. Here are some articles to help you prepare.

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Best Specializations for MBA after MBBS

It is very important for MBBS graduates to choose the correct MBA specialization for their postgraduation. Here are some of the top MBA specializations after MBBS that you should consider.

MBA in Healthcare & Hospital Management2 years
MBA in Hospital Administration
MBA General Management (GM)
Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Hosptial Management (PGDHM)1 - 2 years
PGD in Health Administration
PGD in Hospital Administration

Benefits of Pursuing an MBA after MBBS

Management is an essential aspect of every field and especially so in the healthcare sector. There is a lot that goes behind managing a hospital which stays invisible to the naked eye. As doctors, medical professionals often get the first-hand experience of the effort and knowledge it takes to properly run a healthcare establishment but they are often left confused about how it is done. The MBA course brings this unique perspective to an MBBS graduate.

MBA is one of the most popular choices of postgraduate courses in India. The career scope after MBA is immense and extremely diverse. Management education for healthcare professionals has its very own benefits.

  • It helps medical professionals to join the sector of healthcare management.
  • It provides the necessary managerial skills, which can come in handy if you wish to open your own hospital or clinic.

  • Having knowledge of multiple disciplines can give your career a boost and improve the value of your resume.

Top Colleges for MBA after MBBS

Here are some of the top colleges that you can consider when going for an MBA after MBBS.

CollegeCourseCourse Fee
(Approx. in Rs. lakhs)
Amity University Manesar (Gurgaon)MBA in Hospital & Healthcare Management5.32
Jagannath University, JaipurPGD in Hospital Management--
Ansal University, GurgaonMBA in Healthcare Management7.96
Christian Medical College (CMC), VellorePGD in Hospital Administration--
Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies (MRIIRS), FaridabadMBA in Healthcare Management5.30
Faculty Management Studies (FMS), DelhiMBA in Healthcare Administration0.20
Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), JaipurMBA Hospital and Health Management9.60
Jagannath University, BahadurgarhMBA in Healthcare & Hospital Management4.00
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), MumbaiExecutive PGD in Hospital Administration1.20
Apollo Institute of Hospital Administration (AIHA), HyderabadMBA in Hospital and Healthcare Management--

If you have any queries about MBA admissions after MBBS, ask our experts on our CollegeDekho QnA Zone. Here are some other related articles regarding MBA colleges in India.

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