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MBA Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the MBA program, you need a completed bachelor's degree and an acceptable Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or GRE equivalent. The required GMAT score depends upon your grade point average (GPA) for your bachelor's degree: The higher your GPA, the lower the required GMAT score; however, the lowest acceptable GMAT score is 450, regardless of your GPA. The lowest acceptable GPA is 2.75. If you are an international student, you will need to achieve a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or successfully complete English courses at Emporia State.

*Students can be exempt from taking the GMAT or GRE if they meet these requirements:

  1. They hold a bachelor’s degree from an AASCB accredited program and hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  2. They have a U.S. Master’s Degree.
  3. They have significant leadership/managerial experience (waiver can be requested from the graduate committee, by submission of resume and statement of professional accomplishment).

You can be admitted to the MBA program even if your bachelor's degree major was not a business major. You will need background in accounting, business law, algebra, computing, economics, finance, and statistics. But even if you have not studied these areas, you can be admitted to the program because you can acquire this background by taking courses at ESU. If you decide to pursue the MBA with an accounting concentration, you will also need additional accounting background, including Intermediate Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting II, Auditing, Income Tax, AIS, and Cost Accounting, and you can obtain this background at ESU.

Background Requirements                                                                                                                                                                                   

Background - All MBA students must have a background in the following areas prior to enrolling in courses for which the background is necessary.

  1. Accounting, Financial and Managerial (AC 223 and AC 233 respectively)
  2. Business Law* in the United States (may be included within MBA program)
  3. College Algebra or equivalent (MA 110)
  4. Computing (IS 113)
  5. Economics, Macro and Micro (BC 103 and BC 104 respectively, or EC 101)
  6. Finance (FI 330)
  7. Statistics (BU 255)

* This requirement may be met by taking undergraduate- or graduate-level law courses approved by the MBA director.

Some or all of the background requirements may be met through academic credit or professional experience. Students otherwise may take any courses for which they have met the background requirement.

Additional Pathway for admission:

Alternate Pathway admission status may be granted to any applicant with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a business program.  There is no guarantee of Alternate Pathway admission status simply because the indicated GPA has been achieved.  If granted Alternate Pathway admission, the student must earn a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the first 12 hours of MBA classes (two 500-level courses for graduate credit and two 800-level courses) upon which the GMAT requirement will be waived and a further 30 credit hours will be required for completion of the program.  Students not meeting this Alternate Pathway admission will be required to meet the GMAT formula and further 30 credit hours for completion of the program, failing to do so, the student may be subject to dismissal from the program.


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AACSB Accreditation

The School of Business at Emporia State University is internationally accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This accreditation is the “gold standard” that identifies business programs of the highest quality. Less than 5% of all business programs in the world are so highly accredited.