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Universities Accepting 3-Year Bachelor's and 15 Years of Education

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If you are planning to pursue masters from US or Canada, you must be aware of the fact that most universities require 16-years of education (12+4) from the applicants as an eligibility criterion.

But in India, the bachelor’s programs like BSc, BCom, BBA, BBM, BMM, BA etc. are completed in 3 years. And thus, by the time a student finishes their bachelor’s they have completed only 15-years of education (12+3). This can make transitioning into the post-graduate courses in international institutes with a 3-year bachelors a bit uncertain.

So, the students under such situation often wonder, “will 3-years of bachelors or 15-years of education could get them an admit for post-graduate in North-America?”

Well, the good news is there are several universities that accept 15 years of education for some of their post-graduate programs. In this article we have provided a list of the top universities in US and Canada accepting 3-years of bachelor’s for the master’s program.

And if your preferred university or master’s program happen to demand complete 16-years of education, we will also look into how can you make up for a year of education towards the end of this article.

Universities in the United States that accept 3-years of Bachelor’s (15-years of education) for Master’s:

  1. Harvard Business School
  2. MIT Sloan School of Management
  3. Duke University Fuqua School of Business
  4. Dartmouth University Tuck School of Business
  5. Columbia Business School
  6. University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  7. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  8. University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
  9. Carnegie Mellon University
  10. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  11. University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  12. Syracuse University Whitman School of Management
  13. Baruch College Zicklin School of Business
  14. Bentley University
  15. Johns Hopkins, Carey Business School
  16. University at Buffalo
  17. Texas A&M University
  18. University of Arizona
  19. University of California, Berkeley
  20. Santa Clara University
  21. Northeastern University
  22. Stevens Institute of Technology

Universities in Canada that accept 3-years of Bachelor’s (15-years of education) for Master’s:

  1.  Schulich School of Business
  2.  York University
  3.  Ted Rogers School of Management
  4.  Ryerson University 
  5.  University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business
  6.  University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

How can 16 years of education help you study abroad: Know about international universities accepting a 3 years bachelors degree!

What to do if the preferred university or programme requires 16-years of education?

Some universities do only acknowledge complete 16-years (12+4) of education for certain post-graduate programs. It is advised that students should contact the admissions committee of all the universities they are interested in.

And if your preferred university or post-graduate program happen to fall in the 16-year requirement, there are several ways you can go about to getting to your dream destination.

You could take a transfer during the under-graduation to a university in either U.S. or Canada for the 3rd and 4th year of education. You may have to repeat a year but this would add a year to your undergraduate education, fulfilling the required criteria.

You can also pursue a year-long postgraduate degree, such as M.Com, from India and then apply to universities abroad for a Master’s or PhD degree.

Another option is to pursue a PG Diploma or pre-MBA course from universities abroad and then applying for the degree programme. Contact the admissions committee of universities individually for more information about the same.

Furthermore, you can also get your degree evaluated by the World Education Services (WES), which is a non-profit organization that provides credential evaluation for international students aspiring to study in US and Canada.

WES recognizes some of the Indian 3-year undergraduate degrees as equivalent to a U.S. undergraduate degree only if-

  1. The degrees are earned in Division-1 category
  2. The university offering the undergraduate degree is accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with grade ‘A’ or better.


The number of international institutes acknowledging 3-year bachelor’s as in Indian education system has been on rise. One of the major causes behind this is the ever-increasing number of Indian students aspiring to study abroad. And lately, these students happen to come from diverse educational backgrounds and not just engineering and technology.

The universities and schools accepting 3-years bachelor’s degree usually provide information about the same on their respective websites, generally in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. Therefore, it is advised that you check with your university and its school about the same. If the information is not provided, students should consider contacting the admissions coordinator for the same.

Also it should be noted that several professional programs, which accept 15 years of education, gauge a candidate’s application holistically. And thus, they take into consideration the professional experience, extra-curriculars and other achievements of the candidate along with their academic credentials.

Students are advised to reach out to the alumni and those currently studying in your desired program at the selected universities. It is advised that one should start evaluating their colleges and sending out applications as early as possible.

Still unclear about which way to go for your study-abroad postgraduation plan? You can check out the Yocket Premium Counselling service to help find the best possible solution to your study-abroad concerns. You can start off with a free profile consultation call with one of our overseas education experts to get a better idea as to which university/program would be a good fit for you.

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