Superior education you can trust and afford with the flexibility you need.
Our degree program is designed for working professionals who have achieved career success and are building momentum toward further advancement. We practice a holistic admissions review and consider academic history, aptitude for graduate-level work, motivation, and professional experience. We accept applicants from a wide range of academic fields and professional disciplines. Prior business education is not required and may exempt you from some foundational coursework. All applicants are required to have the following:
- A minimum of three years professional working experience.
- A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.
GMAT/GRE Waivers Available
While a strong GMAT/GRE score enhances any application, many of our candidates are able to submit a successful application without a GRE or GMAT test score based on professional experience and/or academic accomplishments. Find out if you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
Priority: June 1
Final: July 15
Priority: October 1
Final: November 15
Priority: February 1
Final: March 15
Priority Deadline Benefits
If you apply by the priority deadline for your chosen start term, you will receive several educational and financial benefits:
- $85 application fee reimbursement on your first tuition invoice.
- Priority access to course registration.
- Additional time to plan finances.
- Early access to upcoming career and professional development opportunities.
All prospective students must complete a University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School Graduate Admissions Online Application.
A personal essay should be one to two pages in length, and include information about your past and current academic and professional history, your future goals and reasons for pursuing the MBA, and other pertinent details that will help us evaluate you as a candidate.
Online and Hybrid MBA applicants are required to have three years of professional work experience. Examples of professional work experience include: leadership, executive, managerial, supervisory or teaching positions, military service, and any position that involves decision making responsibility such as budget oversight, data analysis, or project management.
Please submit your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, undergraduate and graduate, where nine (9) or more credits were earned. Unofficial transcripts uploaded to the 'Additional Materials' page of your application are acceptable. Upon admittance, official transcripts will need to be submitted, either electronically or in paper format, directly by each institution's Registrar to the Graduate Student Service Center. International transcripts must be submitted in paper format in order to be considered official. Review this page for instructions on submitting official transcripts.
Letters of Recommendation
Your two letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know you on a professional level and well enough to provide specific examples and details regarding your past performance and competencies. Two professional references are encouraged, but one academic and one professional reference is acceptable.
GMAT/GRE Score (Waivers Available)
While a strong GMAT/GRE score enhances any application, many of our candidates are able to submit an application without a GRE or GMAT test score based on professional experience and/or academic accomplishments. Find out if you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
Information for International Applicants
English Language Proficiency Exam Scores
If your native language is not English, and you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you must submit your official scores from a standardized English language proficiency test. Test scores must be submitted directly by the testing agency in order to be considered official. The minimum scores for admission are as follows: the minimum combined TOEFL score is 100; the minimum IELTS Academic combined score is 7; the minimum Duolingo English Test overall score is 120; and the minimum PTE Academic overall score is 68. In order to be considered official, scores must be submitted directly by the testing agency. Please consult the UMass Graduate School international applicants page for additional details.
A three-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution may be considered sufficient if an official course-by-course credential evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) indicates your education is equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. If you are not sure if your degree is equal to a U.S. four-year degree, please use this free online degree equivalency tool prior to submitting your application.
Transcripts and Degree Certificates
If your transcript does not clearly indicate the awarding of your degree, with the degree title and date awarded, we need the diploma and/or degree certificate in addition to the official final transcripts.
Transcripts and degree documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with an official English translation or an official credential evaluation from a NACES member.
Follow our step-by-step process to complete your online application.
- Review the program specific admissions requirements.
- Click Apply Now to go to the University's Graduate School site where you can find a link to the secure online application.
- First-time users will need to create an account to start a new application. Note: You can submit your application before you have all your materials ready, simply save and resume your application as you gather required materials.
- After submitting, track your application at the Graduate School Status of Application page.