MBA Application Information

GENERAL INFORMATION


Applicants for admission to the Graduate School must:

  1. Satisfy all university general admission requirements,
  2. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and
  3. Submit a complete and official transcript from each institution attended.

For admission to the MBA program in the School of Business, admission to the Graduate School is the first stage of admission required for students seeking an MBA degree from the School of Business.

APPLICATION PROCESS - DOMESTIC STUDENTS


Applicants to the MBA Program must:

  1. Application to Graduate School, along with a $30 application fee (applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission set forth by the Graduate School, including 2.75 or higher GPA for full admission)
  2. Submit official GMAT scores, taken within the past five years (minimum GMAT score is 400-Verbal 18, Quantitative 20, Analytical Writing 2).  Click here for information on the GMAT Fee Waiver program which allows EIU to offer a limited number of vouchers to eligible students each year. 
  3. Score at least 1,000 points based on the following formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT total score
  4. Submit an online MBA Program Application
  5. Submit completed and signed Honor Code
  6. Submit current resume clearly describing employment experience.
  7. Submit two completed Recommendation Forms sent directly to the MBA Office (preferably one should be from a previous or current employer)
  8. Submit a one page professional goal statement describing personal career and academic goals and the preparation required to meet those goals
  9. Submit official transcripts from other institutions attended

Application deadlines for domestic students:

Fall:
Application Deadline: August 1

Spring:
Early Admission Date: November 21
Application Deadline: December 1

Summer:
Application Deadline: April 1

APPLICATION PROCESS - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


International applicants must apply through the office of International Students & Scholars. The following items must be sent to the International Students & Scholars Office:

  1. International Admission Application along with an application fee ($30)(applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission set forth by International Programs, including 2.75 or higher GPA for full admission)
  2. Approved financial affidavit form
  3. Official raised seal transcript
  4. Documentation of English mastery (TOEFL or IELTS)

Official transcripts from other institutions attended; if at the time of application you have not yet completed a bachelor's degree, an official transcript showing completion of the degree must be on file in the Graduate School prior to the start of your first semester in the MBA Program.

The following materials must be submitted directly to the MBA Office:

  1. Meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School
  2. Submit official GMAT scores, taken within the past five years (minimum GMAT score is 400-Verbal 18, Quantitative 20, Analytical Writing 2)
  3. Score at least 1,000 points based on the following formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT total score.
  4. Submit an online MBA Program Application
  5. Submit completed and signed Honor Code
  6. Submit current resume clearly describing employment experience.
  7. Submit two completed Recommendation Forms sent directly to the MBA Office (preferably one should be from a previous or current employer).
  8. Submit a one page professional goal statement describing personal career and academic goals and the preparation required to meet those goals.
  9. Submit official transcripts from other institutions attended.

Application deadlines for international students:

Fall:
May 15 (If applying for a Graduate Assistantship, all program and GA application materials must be submitted by March 9.)

Spring: October 15

Summer admission is not available to international students.

ADMISSION POLICY

ITEM

TIER

 

TOP TIER

SELECTIVE TIER

GMAT Total Score

550 or above

400 or above

GPA

3.2 or above

2.75 or above

Formula Score (200xGPA) + GMAT total score

N/A

1000 or above

All other application materials

Acceptable

Acceptable

Top Tier-These applicants are granted automatic admission to the MBA program provided their other application materials do not provide evidence that reflects negatively on the quality of their application. Most graduate assistantships are awarded to top tier applicants.                                                                                                                

Selective Tier- If an applicant does not meet the requirements for automatic admission to the MBA program, he or she may still be granted selective admission.  Selective admission decisions will normally be made by the Coordinator of Graduate Business Studies. The Coordinator of Graduate Business Studies can request that selective admission decisions be made by the School of Business Graduate Committee when it is believed that the number of applicants to the MBA program is large enough to make it difficult to keep the number of students in core MBA classes at 29 or fewer. 

Please click here for the MBA program's full policy on selective admissions.