Graduate Business Admission Standards

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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.

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.

Applicants must complete the following before admission to a graduate business program is considered

Note:The GMAT is waived for applicants to our Flex MBA, Online MBA, MSIST, MSCST, MSSCA, and graduate certificate programs in the Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 semesters. GMAT waivers for applicants to the MAcc program are offered on a case-by-case basis; MAcc applicants should contact to determine whether they qualify for the GMAT waiver. Applicants to all programs must meet all other admission criteria to qualify for the GMAT waiver.

  • Submit two recommendation letters. Please enter the names and email address for your recommenders within the online application.
  • Submit a current resume

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