Professional's MBA Admission Requirements
An entering student must have:
- A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university
- The ability to communicate well both orally and in writing
- Computer skills
- Professional work experience, typically two years
- Strong potential for academic and professional success
Prospective students with fewer than two years of work experience are encouraged to review their qualifications with an advisor at 410-617-5067. Students are accepted from any academic background and no prior business courses are required. However, prior business courses may reduce the number of foundation courses (600-level) that must be completed prior to beginning the MBA core courses. Each applicant's academic transcript will be evaluated and an academic program plan that indicates any foundation course waivers will be provided to each admitted student.
Students in the MBA program must have 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 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.
Courses throughout the MBA program require the use of computer software for presentation and analysis. Students can expect to receive assignments using spreadsheets, and they may also be required to employ specialized software, CD or on-line databases, or mainframe systems. An entrance expectation is the ability to design and manipulate spreadsheets and be familiar with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint software at the intermediate level.
A completed application consists of the following documents:
- Application form
- Non-refundable fee of $60;
- Essay/personal statement (the essay prompt can be found on the online application)
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) 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.
Applicants to the MBA program who meet certain provisions can request consideration for admission without submitting a GMAT score. If, upon review by the admission committee, the applicant is considered admissible without a GMAT score, that requirement will be waived. The following provisions qualify an applicant for consideration for the GMAT waiver: possession of an advanced degree with quantitative content (e.g. Master's, Doctorate, etc.) or an undergraduate GPA of 3.250 or higher with quantitative coursework, combined with at least five (5) years of significant, relevant work experience (typically post-baccalaureate) and a personal interview with a Loyola academic advisor. Requests for a GMAT waiver may be made on the application. The admission committee reserves the right to require a GMAT score from an applicant even if the basic conditions are met.
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.
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. 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 (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.
Note: An official TOEFL score report is required if English is not your native language or if you have not completed a degree program taught in English. Scores cannot be more than two years old. Official scores must be mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
Supplemental application materials should be forwarded directly to the Office of Graduate Admission via mail or email:
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 the Office of Graduate Business Programs at (410) 617-5067 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.