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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Superior education you can trust and afford with the flexibility you need.

Students who successfully apply to our MBA are accomplished, engaged, innovative and conscientious. We strive to build a class of accountable leaders who are confident and grounded, welcome a challenge.

Prior business education is not required to be admitted into the program and we accept applicants from a wide range of academic fields and professional disciplines. All applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of three years professional working experience.
  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.

 

GMAT/GRE

Our admissions process is competitive.  A strong GMAT/GRE score will enhance any application.  Candidates, however, can make a case for admission without a GMAT or GRE score by submitting application materials which demonstrate strong professional experience and/or academic accomplishments such as:

  • Doctorate Degree, including a JD, PhD, PharmD, MD/DO, or international medical graduate with an ECFMG or Fifth Pathway.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA and 5+ years of professional work experience.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
On-Campus MBA Fall Start
Early Action Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
November 1 December 1 February 1 April 1 (U.S. applicants only)

 

Application Requirements

 

Online Application

All prospective students must complete a University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School Graduate Admissions Online Application.

Personal Statement

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.

Resumé/CV

We prefer our on-campus MBA applicants have at least 3 years of experience in their field. Prior business education is not required to be admitted into the program. 

Official Transcripts

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.  Review the instructions on this page for instructions on submitting official transcripts.

International 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.

English Translation:Transcripts and degree documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with an official English translationor an official credential evaluation from aNACESmember. https://www.naces.org/members

Please consult the UMass Graduate School international applicants page for additional details about prerequisite degrees. 

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

Our admissions process is competitive.  A strong GMAT/GRE score will enhance any application.  Candidates, however, can make a case for admission without a GMAT or GRE score by submitting application materials which demonstrate strong professional experience and/or academic accomplishments such as

  • Doctorate Degree, including a JD, PhD, PharmD, MD/DO, or international medical graduate with an ECFMG or Fifth Pathway.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA and 5+ years of professional work experience.

For Non-Native English Speakers Only: English Language Proficiency Scores

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting scores from a standardized English Language Proficiency Test. This is not required of U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who hold U.S. Permanent Resident Status. For admission to the MBA, 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. Please note, when reviewing an application, the UMass Graduate School does not superscore language tests (e.g. we do not accept the ETS MyBest Score set). Please consult the UMass Graduate School International Applicants page for additional details.

Interview

After the admissions committee’s review of a completed application for the On-Campus MBA, selected candidates will be invited to meet with members of the committee to discuss their professional and academic experiences. The interview is part of the admissions process for all candidates to the program

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Follow our step-by-step process to complete your online application.

  1. Once you click Apply Now, you will be taken to the University's secure online student information system, SPIRE.
  2. Follow the “Go to Application” link to create your user account to begin your application process.
  3. Complete the admissions requirements and submit your application. Note: you can save and resume your application process as you gather required materials.
  4. After submitting, track your application at the Graduate School Status of Application page.
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