Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: Feb. 1 (Decisions by March 1)
  • Round 2: May 1 (Decisions by June 1)
  • Round 3: Rolling admission after June 1 as space is available.

The first and second round of admission ensures first consideration for the limited scholarship opportunities available and early admission to the cohort. Applications must be complete with all supplemental materials received by the deadline to ensure a decision by the first and second round. Applications will then be reviewed thereafter with rolling admission as space is available.

International Applicant Deadlines

International applicants seeking F-1 student visas may only be enrolled in full-time degree programs in order to maintain full-time student status. International applicants must submit a complete application for admission (including all supplemental documentation) by:

  • Fall Semester: May 1


Students are offered admission based upon the consideration of two major areas: quantitative data consisting of prior academic achievement and GMAT or GRE performance, and qualitative criteria that includes demonstration of leadership potential and/or management experience, a written personal statement, and two references.

In evaluating applicants, the committee considers many aspects of performance including each portion of the GMAT or GRE, undergraduate performance and progression, extracurricular involvement and community engagement, certifications and awards, references, and other evidence of the applicant’s capacity to successfully pursue a fast-paced, accelerated graduate business program. The competitive candidate demonstrates academic success, supported by a strong GMAT or converted GRE score. Applications will be reviewed, and those applicants under consideration will be invited to interview via Skype.

The program is cohort based. Students from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply. Applicants whose academic background is not business may be admitted with the condition of completing a three-week, noncredit "Boot Camp," which emphasizes quantitative skill development in the areas of macroeconomics, accounting, market analysis, finance, and quantitative modeling. Boot Camp is priced separately from the ELMBA tuition.

GMAT/GRE Information

The GMAT is required for this program. Applicants who have already taken the GRE revised General Test (August 2011 and later) may supply this score in lieu of the GMAT. Report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service ( Scores will be converted using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools produced by the ETS. We want you to have every chance to succeed in this important admissions component and therefore strongly recommend preparing for the GMAT test. Many prospective test takers find the structure of a tutorial class particularly beneficial. For your convenience, we offer a GMAT Review course here at Loyola. Learn more here.

Application Materials

  • Online application form; Non-refundable fee of $60
  • Essay/personal statement (the essay prompt can be found on the MyAccount page)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service ( for the GRE or directly from GMAC for the GMAT within five years of the application deadline. Loyola's institution code is 5370. Applicants who have already taken the GRE revised General Test (August 2011 and later) may supply this score in lieu of the GMAT. Scores will be converted using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools produced by the ETS.
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended sent directly to Loyola from institution(s). This includes transcripts from part-time study, study abroad, coursework taken in high school, and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate.  Admitted students who fail to submit a final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register.Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (not study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation done by a NACES approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program.  The evaluation must establish that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (
  • Resume or vitae
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score report required only if English is not your native language or if you have not completed a degree program taught in English (cannot be more than two years old). Official scores must be mailed directly from the ETS. Loyola's institutional code is 5370.
  • International applicants must also complete additional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admission for International Students page.

Supplemental application materials should be sent via mail or email to:

Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD  20704


Questions about the application or admission process may be directed to Karen Mardock in the Office of Graduate Business Programs at (410) 617-7744 or via email at

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

This was the highlight of the program for me, the development of self: understanding what I excelled at, what I needed to work on, as well as really discover what I could see myself doing in the upcoming years.

-Joey Pustejovsky '13

After college, I wanted to make an impact but I didn't feel like I was progressing--this program gave me a strong business foundation and opened up a lot of opportunities early in my career.

-Megann Daw '11

I sought out this program looking for increased opportunities, and the ELMBA program has already exceeded my expectations.

-Michelle Esposito ‘11

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