Full-Time MBA Admissions Requirements

Please Note

GMAT/GRE test requirements now automatically waived through Fall 2022 for all Emerging Leaders MBA applicants.

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Final Deadline: June 1
  • Rolling admission after June 1 as space is available.

Applications submitted by the priority deadline are given 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 timely decisions. Applications will 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


  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer skills, familiarity with MS Office Suite at intermediate level.
  • 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 finite mathematics, pre-calculus, or mathematical models for business course. Proficiency may also be established through superior GMAT/GRE performance.
  • Demonstration of academic success supported by a strong GMAT/converted GRE score and undergraduate GPA.
  • Demonstration of leadership potential and/or management experience supported by a personal statement and references.

Applicants under consideration for admission will be invited to interview remotely via an online conferencing tool (i.e. Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime). Applicants accepted for graduate study will be notified electronically. Individuals will also be informed of any required undergraduate courses or prerequisites. A program advisor will assist in planning your program of study. Students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with an advisor. 

The program is cohort based. Students from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply. Program participants, particularly non-business majors, will be provided with online resources to increase their quantitative skill level in macroeconomics, accounting, market analysis, finance, and quantitative modeling prior to the start of the program.

GMAT/GRE Information

GMAT/GRE test requirements waived through Fall 2022.

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. 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

Emerging Leaders MBA 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
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation (at least one must be academic)

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
  • Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. For additional details and a list of accepted English language exams, visit the English Language Examination Requirements page

GMAT/GRE is being waived automatically for all applicants through Fall 2022.

Applicants should request that official transcripts be emailed directly to Loyola at graduate@loyola.edu:  

  • The admission committee reserves the right to request official transcripts from universities where an applicant attended but did not complete a degree. Please note that not submitting all transcripts where courses have been completed could impact course waivers and advanced standing.
  • All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services.
  • International applicants must also complete additional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admission for International Students page.

Official transcripts 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.

Fast Track Admission

Current Loyola University Maryland undergraduates as well as students attending a partner institution may be eligible to apply for Fast Track admission to the Emerging Leaders MBA program. Certain GPA requirements apply.


Loyola University Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, or any other legally protected classification in the administration of any of its educational programs and activities or with respect to admission or employment. The designated compliance officer to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is David Tiscione, Director of Title IX, Compliance, and Assessment, 105 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5171, dmtiscione@loyola.edu. Loyola University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students. This publication does not constitute an express or implied contract. Loyola reserves the right to amend or rescind this publication at any time.

Title IX

For information about the Title IX Grievance Process, see the Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures for Students and for Employees.

To report any Sexual Harassment or any form of sexual misconduct or related behaviors, please contact any of the Title IX Coordinators.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@loyola.edu or 410-617-5020.

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