FAQ for Entrance to the MBA Program

Question: What must I do to apply to the MBA program?

Answer: Full admission requires the completion of all entrance requirements.

At a minimum, the application/fee and transcripts can be submitted. This will result in “conditional” acceptance. Prerequisites are allowed as a conditional MBA student but no MBA coursework is allowed until all entrance requirements are completed.  International students are not eligible for conditional admission.

Question: What are prerequisites and why are they necessary?

Answer: The term “prerequisite” represents an introductory body of knowledge that is required in order to begin MBA core courses.

Question: What are the MBA prerequisites?

Answer: See a complete list of prerequisites.

Question: How will I know what prerequisites I need?

Answer: When your application portfolio is reviewed, including your undergraduate transcripts, your prerequisite deficiencies, if any, will be identified. The more complete your application portfolio is, the more complete the prerequisite evaluation will be.

Question: What if I had these prerequisite courses several years ago?

Answer: As a rule, prerequisites need to be completed within the past 5 years. From time to time exceptions are made based on the total content of the application portfolio.

Question: What GMAT score is needed?

Answer: The average GMAT score for UIS MBA applicants is about 500. Lower scores have been accepted when accompanied by strong undergraduate GPAs and/or other strong application materials.  (No scores under 400 will be considered.)

Question: Who should write my reference letters?

Answer: Letters can be from instructors, employers, professional peers, or anyone who can evaluate your capacity to work at a graduate level. If you want to qualify with “evidence of substantial managerial experience and supervisory responsibility,” be sure you instruct your writers to address this issue thoroughly.

Question: What is the application deadline?

Answer: Applications for the Springfield campus are accepted and processed continuously. However, applications can take 3-4 weeks to process. Thus, it is suggested that you submit your application and all entrance requirements at least 6 weeks in advance of the semester in which you would like to begin coursework. Please note that some educational institutions take a long time to send out transcripts after you request them.

Graduate international applicants are given application deadlines by the UIS Office of Admissions.  If you have questions, contact Admissions.

April 1 is the application deadline for the Peoria MBA Cohort which begins only in the fall. Sometimes we are able to accept applications after this date, but only if vacancies are still available. Please contact the MBA program office for deadline exceptions.

Question: Where do I submit my application packet?

Answer: See submission instructions.

Question: How will I know if I have been accepted?

Answer: Acknowledgement of your application will be sent to you from the MBA program office. This will either be an acceptance letter or a checklist of items still needed in order to complete your full application to the MBA.

Question: When will I receive an adviser?

Answer: When you are ready to begin MBA coursework, you will be assigned a faculty adviser. During the admission process and while you are completing prerequisites, you will receive guidance from MBA program staff.

Question: What if I have unanswered questions?

Answer: Contact the MBA program office.