Emerging Leaders MBA Admissions

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: April 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. Program participants, particularly those whose academic background is not in business, will be provided with online resources to increase their competency in quantitative skill development in the areas of macroeconomics, accounting, market analysis, finance, and quantitative modeling prior to the start of the program.

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, professional work experience, 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

Emerging Leaders MBA candidates may be eligible for admission without submitting a GMAT score report. Requests for a GMAT waiver may be made on the online application or by submitting a GMAT/GRE waiver form. GMAT waiver decisions are made as part of the admissions process after an application file is complete and ready for review. Contact an admissions advisor for more information on the policy at elmba@loyola.edu


Loyola will implement a new application system which will go live on this page on May 2, 2017. We recommend that all applicants who have an in progress application in the current system for an upcoming deadline complete their application and submit all required materials no later than May 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If you have any questions or issues completing your application, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@loyola.edu or 410-617-5020. 

Full-Time MBA Admissions Requirements

The following should be completed online/uploaded on the application:

  • Online application form; Non-refundable fee of $60
  • Resume or vitae
  • Essay/personal statement (the essay prompt can be found on the MyAccount page)

The following test scores should be submitted directly  from the test administrator to Loyola (Loyola's institution code is 5370):

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Score Report. Scores must be within five years of the application deadline. Applicants who meet certain provisions can request consideration for admission without submitting a GMAT score. Please review the GMAT waiver request policy or download the GMAT/GRE waiver form
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS 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). 

Applicants should request that the following materials be emailed directly to Loyola at graduate@loyola.edu:  

  • 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, and bachelor's, master's, doctoral degree or advanced certificate credit. 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. Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation
  • International applicants must also complete additional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admission for International Students page.

They may also be sent via mail to:

Loyola University Maryland
Office of Graduate Admission
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD  21093


A personal interview is also required for admission into the Emerging Leaders MBA program. 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 elmba@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.


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