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MBA Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Graduate Admissions counselors are available to assist you with the application process. But if you need a quick answer to some of our most frequently asked questions, or you’re just looking for more information, there are plenty of resources at your disposal.

Are there campus visits for potential graduate students?
What are the required test scores for admission?
When can I take the MAT, GMAT, and GRE?
How is the GRE scored?
How long are GRE, GMAT and MAT test scores valid?
How much graduate coursework can I transfer to UM?
Should I submit my application first?
Can I apply before completing my undergraduate degree?
What is the graduate course load?
What is the difference between conditional and unconditional admission?
What is the required GPA for retention and graduation once I have been admitted to a graduate program?
Where do I go for help in getting a job in my major or for sharpening my résumé?
How long does my file stay active once I have been admitted into a program?

Are there campus visits for potential graduate students?

Yes. See the “Visitor Information” page in the Graduate Admissions menu for information and to schedule a campus visit with the graduate recruiter.
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What are the required test scores for admission?

GRE 850 (old format) or 290 (new format)
GMAT 400
Please note the following exceptions:

    • The MBA program requires a competitive GRE or GMAT test score and acceptance to the program is based on a sliding scale rather than the scores above.
    • If a student has a master’s degree from an accredited institution the test score requirement is automatically waived.

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When can I take the GMAT or GRE?

The GMAT®                                                                                The GRE®
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How is the GRE scored?

The verbal and the quantitative portions of the test are added together to arrive at a final score, while the analytical portion is not included in the factoring.
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How long are GRE and GMAT test scores valid?

Test scores are good for five years after a prospective student takes them. Beyond that time, a student must retake the test and have the score submitted to our office to be considered for admission.
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How much graduate coursework can I transfer to UM?

A maximum of six (6) semester hours (10 quarter hours) of graduate work, approved by UM, may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Such credit must have been earned within six years prior to the granting of the degree.
No course may be transferred with a grade lower than B, and no course may be transferred with a grade of pass/fail. Course equivalency is determined by the department chair. Transfer credit practices are consistent with American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
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Should I submit my application first?

We recommend that you submit an application to our office before submitting transcripts and other admission items because this allows us to anticipate the arrival of these items. This is especially true for students who may have alternate or maiden names on their transcripts.
Please note that if you indicate us as one of the colleges to which you wish to send your GMAT/GRE test score results prior to applying, they will be applied to your file upon application.
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Can I apply before completing my undergraduate degree?

Applicants who fall into this category must submit a final transcript with a degree posted before the end of the first semester of graduate coursework. Students may not take additional coursework without a final transcript on file in Graduate Admissions and Records.
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What is the graduate course load?

Regular term: Full-time=nine (9) or more graduate hours / Part-time=fewer than nine (9) graduate hours
Summer term: Full-time=nine (9) or more graduate hours spanning from May to the summer terms / Part-time=five (5) graduate hours or less spanning from May to the summer terms.
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What is the difference between conditional and unconditional admission?

An unconditional admission is granted when all the minimum requirements for admission have been met

A conditional admission is granted when the applicant does not have a satisfactory test score or has not compiled with other specific departmental requirements

A conditionally admitted student can take no more than 12 graduate hours and eligibility for financial aid is also affected. Graduate credit at UM will not be awarded until the requirements for unconditional admission have been met.
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What is the required GPA for retention and graduation once I have been admitted to a graduate program?

An MBA student is required to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. If the GPA falls below the required 3.0 the student will be placed on academic warning and will have one term of enrollment in which to raise the GPA.
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Where do I go for help in getting a job in my major or for sharpening my résumé?

Many of our graduate programs help you to get placed in a job or build your résumé, but you may wish to seek additional help. Contact your Program Coordinator and make an appointment with our Career Services Center.
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How long does my file stay active once I have been admitted into a program?

Students who are admitted to graduate study, either conditionally or unconditionally, and who do not enroll within two years will be required to reapply should they later decide to enroll.

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