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Baccalaureate Preparation

The Master of Business Administration program is for graduates from areas other than business administration. It also provides an opportunity for continued study in management for graduates from a school or department of business. The only prerequisite course work is college algebra or its equivalent.

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Admission to Master's Programs

All graduate programs are open to those who have earned baccalaureate degrees from accredited colleges or universities and whose undergraduate academic records, scores on the required standardized examination, and prior work experience indicate that they have the capability to complete the program. Admission to all programs in business is limited on the basis of space, facilities, faculty, and other resources.

Applicants for all graduate programs must take the Graduate Management Admission Test given by Pearson VUE. The GMAT is administered in most foreign countries and by appointment at designated testing centers throughout the United States. The test typically is taken during the academic year before the term for which admission is sought. M.B.A./J.D. applicants must take the GMAT; the Law School Admission Test is not accepted in lieu of the GMAT.

Students whose native language is not English or who have not completed a degree from a college or university in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, or Australia must also have a score of at least 570 (600 for the M.B.A. program) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 57 on each of the three sections of the TOEFL is required. For students taking the computerized version of the TOEFL, an overall score of 230 is required (250 for the M.B.A. program), with a minimum score of 23 on each of the 3 sections of the test.

All applications for admission to the M.B.A., M.S., or M.Acc. programs must include

  1. Graduate application;
  2. 3 essays;
  3. 1 official transcript from each college or university that conferred degree;
  4. 2 letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or employers;
  5. Scores on the GMAT and scores on the TOEFL if required;
  6. A $65 nonrefundable application fee; and
  7. A current résumé.

Completed applications are reviewed by committee, and action is taken on them periodically throughout the year. Each applicant is notified by email of the action taken on his or her application.

All admissions to any graduate program in business are subject to and in accordance with all rules and regulations. See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Submit your graduate application online. Send original transcripts of all completed college and university course work and all other requested application materials to the school:

The University of Kansas School of Business
Master’s Applications
1300 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534

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M.B.A. Admission

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent. No specific course work in business administration is required.
  2. 2 years of work experience are preferred.
  3. Proficiency in mathematics at the college algebra level.
  4. Selection is based on high promise of success in graduate study in business administration, as indicated by a combination of
    (a) Prior academic performance;
    (b) Scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT);
    (c) Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, if appropriate;
    (d) Prior work experience;
    (e) 2 letters of recommendation from employers or faculty members;
    (f) A current résumé.
  5. A $65 nonrefundable application fee.
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