FAQ for Entrance to the MBA Program
- What must I do to apply to the MBA program?
- What are prerequisites and why are they necessary?
- What are the MBA prerequisites?
- How will I know what prerequisites I need?
- What if I had these prerequisite courses several years ago?
- What GMAT score is needed?
- Who should write my reference letters?
- What is the application deadline?
- Where do I submit my application packet?
- How will I know if I have been accepted?
- When will I receive an adviser?
- What if I have unanswered questions?
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.
Answer: The term “prerequisite” represents an introductory body of knowledge that is required in order to begin MBA core courses.
Answer: See a complete list of prerequisites.
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.
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.
Answer: GMAT scores in the 500s are preferred. Lower scores have been accepted when accompanied by strong undergraduate GPAs and/or other strong application materials. (No scores under 400 will be considered.)
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 “substantial managerial experience and supervisory responsibility,” be sure you instruct your writers to address this issue thoroughly.
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 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. Your application portfolio is not complete until we have received your transcripts.
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.
Answer: See submission instructions.
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.
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.
Answer: Contact the MBA program office.