Qualifications for applying to a graduate business program

The basic admission standards for all masters level graduate business programs are the same. To be eligible to apply, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must show high promise of academic success. Applicants to the Professional MBA program must also meet the requirement of having three years of work experience prior to admission.

To maintain quality, only about 60 percent of all applicants are admitted into the University of Missouri-St. Louis graduate business programs. All aspects of a student's application — letters of recommendation, previous work experience, grade point average, scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT, etc. — are considered when making admissions decisions. For non-restricted admission an applicant must submit a GMAT score of at least 500 overall and must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who score below the 30th percentile on either the verbal or quantitative component of the GMAT are generally not admitted. A few students each semester may be admitted on a "restricted" status if their GMAT scores and/or undergraduate grade point averages fall slightly below 500 and/or 3.0 respectively.

Before admission to a graduate program in business can be considered, a student must:

  • Take the GMAT and have your scores sent to UMSL. Under certain circumstances, students may petition to Waive the GMAT Exam for the MBA, MSIS, and Graduate Certificate programs.

International Transcript Submission
For international students applying for graduate admission, we strongly recommend that you submit a “course-by-course report” from the World Education Services (WES), for each international transcript.

Third-party evaluations facilitate expedited processing of your application. You should contact World Education Services and request that a report be sent directly to UMSL International Student & Scholar Services. Failure to do so may delay completion of your application.

PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Please visit the PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management website to learn more about the specific admission standards for the program.