Online MBA Admissions Requirements by Program

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An MBA takes hard work and dedication, and that starts with the application process. While each school’s admissions requirements differ, commonalities exist, and knowing what to expect is the first step in making a proper first impression.

All MBA programs require a completed application and processing fee. Prospective students will also need to prepare official transcripts from previous education, preferably with a competitive GPA and a bachelor’s degree in business, management, or another related field. Professional or executive work experience is always encouraged, and many programs ask applicants to submit a current resume along with their application.

Many programs ask for GMAT scores but may waive this requirement under certain conditions, usually based on relevant work experience. International students typically need to provide strong TOEFL scores in their application. A personal statement of one’s goals for study, one or more essays, and letters of recommendation are all standard requirements, as well. In addition to the above, prospective students may need to have an interview with program faculty as part of the application process.

Outside of the standard requirements, there are other factors to consider. Executive MBA programs may ask for several more years of professional experience compared to traditional programs. Advanced standing MBAs or dual degree programs may necessitate additional prerequisites. However, concentration tracks like marketing, finance, or healthcare will not necessarily have different admissions criteria, but they may include course prerequisites in the concentration area.

Admissions requirements vary from program to program and can even change from year to year, so much so that official websites may not be entirely up-to-date. In all cases, it is best practice to get in touch with a program representative to ascertain what is required.

The following is a list of more than 30 MBA programs in the United States and their respective GPA, GMAT, work experience, and other requirements.

School Minimum GPA GMAT Required? Work experience Other Requirements
American University None No No Resume, two essays, and two letters of recommendation
Arizona State University 3.0 Yes No Resume, short answer questions, and two letters of recommendation
Johns Hopkins University (Flexible MBA) 3.0 Waiver available At least two years Resume, two essays, and one letter of recommendation
Maryville University 3.0 No No Personal letter explaining qualifications for graduate work
New Jersey Institute of Technology 2.8 Waiver available No Resume, personal statement, and one letter of recommendation
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Executive) 2.8 Waiver available At least five years Contact school rep for more information
Northeastern University 3.0 No At least five years Resume and one essay
Norwich University 2.75 No At least two years Resume, statement of purpose, and one to two letters of recommendation
Ohio University 3.0 No Two to five years Resume, statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation
Pepperdine University None Waiver available At least two years Resume and one essay
Queens University None Waiver available No Two letters of recommendation and one interview
Saint John’s University 3.25 Waiver available No, but two to four years is preferred Statement of professional goals and two letters of recommendation
Seton Hall University 3.0 Waiver available No Resume, statement of purpose, and one letter of recommendation
Southern New Hampshire University 2.75 No No Contact school rep for more information
Syracuse University 3.0 Waiver available At least one year Resume, interview, two personal essays, and two letters of recommendation
The George Washington University (Healthcare MBA) None Waiver available At least three years Statement of purpose, resume, and two letters of recommendation
The University of Scranton 3.0 Waiver available At least three years Resume, statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation
University of Alabama Birmingham None Waiver available No, but two to four years is preferred Two reference letters or evaluation forms, plus resume
University of Dayton None Waiver available No Essay, personal statement, and one letter of recommendation
University of Dayton (Accelerated) None Waiver available No Essay, personal statement, and one letter of recommendation
University of Denver None Waiver available At least two years Resume, interview, two to three essays, three letters of recommendation
University of Maryland 3.0 Waiver available No, but two to four years is preferred Essay, plus letter of recommendation
University of North Carolina None Waiver available At least two years Resume, three essays, personal interview, and two letters of recommendation
Villanova University None Yes No Multiple essays and letters of recommendation — contact a school rep for more information
Washington State University 3.0 Waiver available No Statement of purpose, resume, three letters of recommendation
Washington State University (Executive) 3.0 Waiver available At least seven years of management, senior management, or executive experience Letter of organizational support, resume, statement of purpose, organizational summary, organizational chart, interview, three letters of recommendation
Widener University 2.7 Waiver available No Statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation
Winthrop University None Waiver available At least five years Contact school rep for more information

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