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MBA Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the MBA program, you need a completed Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) college or university, 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 and you need to meet the formula of:

200 X undergraduate GPA + GMAT score >= 1050 or higher (or equivalent GRE scores).

The higher your GPA, the lower the required GMAT score. The lowest acceptable GPA is 2.65 (4.0 system) cumulative or in the last 60 semester hours of study. 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. Bachelor’s degree in business from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) college or university with 3.5 GPA or higher, or
  2. Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) college or university, regardless of field, or
  3. Three or more years of leadership/managerial experience (with resume submitted).

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. 

For MBA-Accounting Concentration: Transcript must demonstrate completion of required accounting background courses or these will be additional requirements to complete the program.

For non-business majors:  Program requirements include two additional, foundational courses (AC 773 Foundations of Accounting and Finance and BU 773 Foundations of Economics and Statistics)

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.

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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.