Entrance Requirements

NOTE: These requirements have been revised for Fall 2019 admission.  If you reviewed the entrance requirements earlier, you may observe some changes.

All MBA entrance requirements must be completed and GPA/GMAT scores must meet entrance requirements to register for MBA courses.

  1. Begin by completing and submitting an online application.  (A downloadable application is also available.)  Later you may return to your electronic application file to upload other documents.
  2. You will have an opportunity to pay the application fee online after submitting the online application, or you may return to your Application Status Page* at any time to pay.  The application fee can also be mailed to the UIS Office of AdmissionsNote: If you have been a previous degree-seeking student at UIS, the application fee is waived.  (Do not pay and an admissions processor will manually review your file to document this waiver.)  Other fee waivers are available in some cases.
  3. Official transcripts from every college or university you have attended must be submitted to the UIS Office of Admissions.  If you are in the process of completing your degree, include a transcript now from your current school.  (A final transcript with your degree successfully documented will be required upon completion.)  If you have provided transcripts to UIS previously, they will likely still be on file.  You will be notified if anything is missing.  Note: Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA below 2.0 will not be considered.  A cumulative GPA over 2.5 is preferred.
  4. Submit a current resume.
  5. You may need to provide a qualifying GMAT total score.

UIS uses the GMAT total score to determine eligibility. The GMAT total score is composed of the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the exam. Note: The cumulative GPA will determine the GMAT total score required.  GMAT total scores under 400 will not be considered.
Register for the GMAT.
Find a local test center.
Contact the UIS Career Development Center for a Prep Course.
GMAT study guides are available at major bookstores.

OR  Provide 3 reference letters documenting a significant number of years of mid-level or higher managerial and supervisory experience.
Note: The online application will give you an opportunity to include 3 names with email addresses.  The online system will email each person asking for a letter on your behalf.  A link is provided to return reference letters to your file.  If you do not enter 3 names and choose to retrieve the letters yourself, you may upload the 3 letters to your electronic application file by returning to your Application Status Page*, or letters may be mailed to the MBA program office.

OR  Provide documentation of a previous master’s degree or higher level degree.

OR  Email a copy of Beta Gamma Sigma membership certificate to the MBA program office.

*The Application Status Page is very helpful.  It shows what has been received and what is still needed.  (Expect a delay in processing.)  It allows you to pay the application fee and upload documents.  If you provide names and addresses for recommendation letters, but those letters have not been received, you can re-visit the recommendations page and send reminders.


Springfield Applicants:  Although there are no application deadlines, it is wise to submit the above information at least 4-6 weeks before desiring to begin coursework.  New students may begin MBA coursework in the Fall or Spring.

Peoria Applicants:  Peoria cohorts begin only in the Fall.  Application prior to April 1 is encouraged.

International Applicants:  Find Graduate International Applicant requirements along with deadlines as defined by the UIS Office of Admissions.