According to Veritas Prep’s annual survey of M.B.A. applicants, which the Calif.-based GMAT test prep and M.B.A. admissions consulting company plans to release the latest edition of on Sept. 26, the number of people who applied to M.B.A. programs in 2011 with fewer than three years of work experience declined since 2010.

In 2010, 29.8 percent of 1,721 surveyed M.B.A. applicants had fewer than three years of professional experience and 52.5 percent had worked three to seven years. In 2011, according to the study of 867 participants, just 23.5 percent had up to three years’ experience and 58.2 percent had worked three to seven years. In both years, about 3.5 percent reported applying to M.B.A. programs with no work experience, and more than 17 percent for both years had worked for more than seven years.

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