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Professional MBA

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For MBA program admission a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and record of one’s undergraduate academic performance are required. Students for whom English is not their native language must also achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550. International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington’s Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate course work. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. Applicants with two to five years of experience are preferred. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant’s admission to the MBA program.

Specifically, multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant’s GMAT score and grade point average as calculated by the Graduate School. These measures are integrated into a formula, or index, that multiplies the grade point average by 200 and adds the total GMAT score. Index factors are weighed equally at the outset of applicant evaluation. A graduate grade point average is used in the index when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours.

Along with grade point average and GMAT total score, admission criteria include the following:

  • GMAT sub scores (verbal and quantitative)
  • GMAT writing sample
  • Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
  • Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the application essay
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background and/or work experience
  • Undergraduate major
  • General and specific program accreditation status of degree granting institution
  • Professional work experience
  • Professional certification or licensure

Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission, the applicant’s composite total from the index must be 1080 or higher and items 1 through 5 above should strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate business student.

Students who are unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 as calculated by the Graduate School (or 3.00 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

Probationary Admission

For an applicant with an index score below 1080, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 5 above strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate business student. Items 6 through 9 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. Students who are admitted on probation will have one or more conditions specified, such as no grade less than ‘B’ for the first 12 hours of graduate study.

Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission

A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant’s file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.

For an applicant with an index score less than 1040 and other evidence indicates lack of potential for academic success as a graduate business student, admission will likely be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.

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