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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Fall Start

Priority: June 1
Final: July 15

Spring Start

Priority: October 1
Final: November 15

Summer Start

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

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

Online 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.

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 translation or an official credential evaluation from a NACES member. 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 (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.

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. 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.  

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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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