Admission Requirements

Priority Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: August 1*
  • Spring Semester: December 1*
  • Summer Sessions: May 1*

*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis. Please review international applicant deadlines below.

International Applicant Deadlines

International applicants seeking F-1 student visas may only be enrolled in full-time degree programs. In order to maintain a full-time status, students may be required to travel between Loyola's three campuses in Baltimore, Timonium, and Columbia. Public transportation is not available. International applicants must submit a complete application for admission (including all supplemental documentation) by these deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: August 1
  • Summer Sessions: February 1

Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer skills, familiarity with MS Office Suite at intermediate level
  • Professional work experience, typically two years. Prospective students with fewer than two years of work experience are encouraged to review their qualifications with an advisor at 410-617-5067 or mba@loyola.edu.
  • Facility in algebra and graphing of mathematical functions, graphic interpretation, and probability. Proficiency in these areas will be determined through recent college or graduate level credit (B or better in a single course) in finite mathematics, pre-calculus, or mathematical models for business. Proficiency may also be established through superior GMAT/GRE performance. If necessary, GB 500, Fundamentals of Math for Business, which is specifically geared to the incoming graduate student without the necessary quantitative skills will be required.
  • Strong potential for academic and professional success

Students with strong academic credentials from any discipline are accepted. The academic records of all accepted students will be evaluated by a program advisor to determine if foundation coursework is necessary before beginning core (700-level) courses. Foundation coursework includes accounting, finance, economics, and statistics. 

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. Individuals will also be informed of any undergraduate courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their academic studies. A program advisor will assist in planning your program of study. Students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with their advisor.

GMAT/GRE Information

A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications precedes every admission decision. The committee values previous undergraduate/graduate academic achievement, work experience assessed through a resume, professional references, each portion of the GMAT, certifications/awards, and other evidence of the applicant's capacity to successfully pursue graduate study in business. 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 (www.ets.org). Scores will be converted using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools produced by the ETS.

GMAT Waiver Request Policy

Professional's MBA and MSF candidates may be eligible for admission without submitting a GMAT score report. The following provisions qualify an applicant to request GMAT waiver consideration:

  • Possession of an advanced degree (e.g., master's level or higher with quantitative content), OR
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.25 or higher and at least five years of significant professional work experience, typically post baccalaureate. 

Requests for a GMAT waiver may be made on the application. All GMAT waiver requests require a personal interview with a Sellinger School program advisor. The admissions committee reserves the right to require a GMAT score from an applicant even if the basic conditions are met. GMAT scores up to five years old are accepted.

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. Scores must be from tests administered within five years of the application deadline. Loyola's institution code is 5370. Professional's MBA candidates may be eligible for admission without submitting a GMAT or GRE score report. Please review the GMAT waiver request policy.
  • 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, college 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 (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records 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. (www.wes.org).
  • One professional letter of recommendation;
  • Resume or curriculum vitae;
  • TOEFL Score Report required if English is not your native language or if you have not completed a degree program taught in English (no more than two years old). Official scores must be mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • International applicants must also complete additional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admission for International Students page.

Supplemental application materials should sent via mail or email to:

Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD 20704
Email: graddocs@loyola.edu

Questions about the application or admission process may be directed to the Office of Graduate Business Programs at (410) 617-5067 or via email at mba@loyola.edu.

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.

Loyola’s rigorous curriculum and focus on real-world business problems demanded new avenues of thought, enhanced my natural inclinations, and transformed me into an adaptable leader.

-Awais Akbar ‘08

I come from a technical background, and I have the management experience, but the Loyola MBA provided a way to blend the two.

-Martin Feinkeng ’07

All the classes I took, all the professors I learned from and all the fellow colleagues I worked with enriched my education and left me with a piece of knowledge I didn’t have before.

-Mike Barberio ‘10

Read more success stories

Explore Our Programs

Side-by-Side Program Comparison

Graduate Programs

Professional's MBA

Designed for a range of working professionals looking to pursue their MBA at their own pace

  • Weeknight classes
  • Study at your own pace
  • Offered at Timonium and Columbia Graduate centers
  • Transfer up to 12 credits to/from the M.S. in Finance
Learn More FAQ

Executive MBA

A Saturday program for senior managers and executives

  • Saturdays only, summers off, 5-semester program
  • Offered at Timonium Graduate Center
  • 9-day international field study experience
  • Domestic field experience
Learn More FAQ

Emerging Leaders MBA

A one-year full-time cohort program targeting immediate graduates or those early in their career

  • Full-time, 12-month program
  • Offered at Columbia Graduate Center
  • Internship in your target industry
  • Domestic field experience
Learn More FAQ

Master of Science in Finance

A part-time, evening program for professionals who have a true enthusiasm for financial leadership

  • Weeknight classes; study at your own pace
  • Prepare for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams
  • All professional backgrounds welcome
  • Offered at Timonium and Columbia Graduate centers
Learn More FAQ

Master of Accounting

A full time 12-month program for those with an accounting undergrad degree or equivalent accounting coursework

  • 30 credits toward 150 hour licensure requirement
  • Full-time, 12-month program
  • Part-time schedule option available
  • Offered at Evergreen Campus in Baltimore
Learn More FAQ

Cyber Security Certificate

A part-time, one-year, graduate certificate program open to any business professional seeking management-level certification and desiring to learn more about information assurance in the broader field of cyber security

  • One-year, part-time program
  • Weeknight classes
  • Offered at Columbia Graduate Center
  • Five courses, 15 credits
Learn More FAQ
RSVP for an info session