FAQs for Entrance to the MBA Program
- What must I do to apply to the MBA program?
- Why are prerequisites necessary?
- What are the required MBA prerequisites?
- How will I know what prerequisites I need?
- What if I had equivalent courses several years ago?
- What GMAT score is needed?
- What if I think I have substantial managerial experience and thus will not need the GMAT?
- Who should write my reference letters?
- May I see what my references write?
- 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. (Transcripts are required from every school attended.) This will result in “conditional” admission. Prerequisite courses may be taken as a conditional MBA student but no MBA coursework is allowed until all entrance requirements are completed.
Answer: The prerequisites represent an introductory body of knowledge that is required, prior to enrolling in MBA core courses. Prerequisites help students succeed.
Answer: See a complete list of prerequisites.
Answer: When the MBA faculty review your application portfolio (including your undergraduate transcripts) your prerequisite deficiencies, if any, will be identified.
Answer: As a rule, prerequisite requirements 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: The MBA faculty prefer GMAT scores in the 500s. Lower scores have been accepted when accompanied by strong undergraduate GPAs and/or other strong application materials. (No scores under 400 are considered.)
Answer: In order to evaluate substantial managerial experience, faculty need your resume, statement of purpose and three reference letters. After these are reviewed, you will be notified of whether you qualify with experience or whether you will need a GMAT.
Answer: Letters can be from instructors, employers, professional peers or those who can evaluate your capacity to work at a graduate level. If you are wanting the GMAT waived in lieu of substantial managerial experience and supervisory responsibility, be sure these letters document this experience thoroughly.
Answer: If you put reference names and email addresses into your online application, the application will email your references for you. References will be given a link to return letters that are then posted to your application file. In this case, you will not be able to see the content. You will only know the letters have been received. But you may retrieve your reference letters yourself and then upload them to your application file. These letters you will be able to review. Either process is acceptable.
Answer: Springfield Campus: Applications 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. (Earlier is better!) Please note that some educational institutions take a long time to send out transcripts after you request them. Application processing will not begin until the application fee and transcripts are received.
Peoria: New Peoria MBA Cohorts begin only in the fall. Application prior to April 1 is encouraged. Sometimes we are able to accept applications after this date, but only if vacancies are still available. Please contact the MBA program office at (217) 206-7920 for deadline exceptions.
Internationals: Find graduate international applicant requirements and deadlines on the UIS Admissions website.
Answer: The application is completed online and the application fee is paid online. (However, a paper application is available.) Once starting the process you are able to return to your file and upload other requirements. Official transcripts should be sent to the UIS Office of Admissions.
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. Note: This is likely to take 3-4 weeks after your application, fee and transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions.
Answer: When you are ready to begin MBA coursework, you will receive an faculty academic 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 at (217) 206-7920.