MBA Application Process
Applications are accepted at any time up until a week before classes begin and you may begin in the fall, summer or spring semesters. Applicants are considered for admission on a rolling basis. See the general guidelines below.
Full-time program applicants interested in merit-based funding consideration should apply early as those awards are distributed on a rolling basis typically at or close to the time of admission.
Suggested Application Dates
Applications are accepted after these dates up until a week before classes begin.
Domestic applicants: July 1
International applicants: June 1
Domestic applicants: May 1
International applicants: Generally not admitted for this term
Domestic applicants: January 1
International applicants: November 15
1. Online Application
Begin assembling your required application materials as electronic documents before completing the online graduate application. Do not mail any documents.
2. Application Fee
A $75 application fee is due when you submit your online application.
Application Fee Waiver
Application fees are waived for candidates applying to the MBA full- and part-time program who achieve a total score of 600 or greater on the GMAT or 310+ (Verbal Score + Quantitative Score) on the GRE.
After receipt of official GMAT or GRE scores, the application fee will be automatically waived.
3. Bachelor’s Degree
A four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university is required. If you have a three-year non-U.S. degree, you may request a review for determination as to equivalency by emailing email@example.com after you have uploaded your transcripts, resume, GMAT/GRE as well as TOEFL/IELTS scores to the application.
Typically our applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher.
An unofficial transcript is required with your application. You should visit the Registrar’s page of your home institution (post-high school institutions only) to print an unofficial copy to create your scan. If your home institution does not provide this service, ask for a student copy to create your scan. Do not mail official transcripts during the applicant stage.
Please visit http://grad.udel.edu/apply/transcripts/ for more detailed information.
5. Personal Statement / Essay
Responses to the following prompts. We are looking for insightful, specific and brief essays.
- Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. What are the specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives? Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
- Getting your message across to prospective customers is a key element of a business plan. Please critique our effort to market the University of Delaware MBA programs by using specific examples of where and how you heard about our program and honestly assess how effective that vehicle was in drawing you to apply for admission. What are some strengths of these marketing efforts and what could be done better? What is the best way to reach prospective students like you?
A resume, or curriculum vitae, that documents your prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received, and a summary of your educational credentials.
7. Two Letters of Recommendation
You provide names and email addresses for your recommenders, and recommendation forms are emailed directly to them from the online application. Instructions are included as to how to return the completed forms electronically.
8. GMAT/GRE Scores
The GMAT (preferred) or GRE (accepted) exam is required as part of the application.
- GMAT: overall score of 550 or above and scores which are greater than 50% in each sub-score
- GRE: overall score of 306 or above with a Quantitative score of 155, Verbal score of 151 and Analytical Writing score of 4
If you have not yet received your official score, list the unofficial score on your application and make sure to have your official scores reported to UD.
LSAT and MCAT scores are considered in lieu of the GMAT/GRE score if you have taken one of them for law or medical school admission and hold a law or medical degree.
You may also apply for the MBA Pathways Program which allows admitted students to take up to 9 credit hours of coursework while studying for the GMAT exam.
Exceptions are made through a waiver (note that a test score waiver does not guarantee admission) if you hold a terminal (highest degree that can be awarded in a given field) degree (MD, JD, Ph.D., Ed.D., etc.) or if you meet all of the following requirements:
- four or more years of full-time progressive, professional work experience post-undergraduate degree, and
- an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8
- grades of at least a ‘B’ in two non-introductory college level math courses at the statistics and/or calculus level. All math grades will be reviewed and grades below “B” in any quantitative course will be considered when making the waiver decision.
- In addition, a review of the entire application will be made to ensure writing/English proficiency. We consider both the writing quality of your application essays and your grades earned in English/Writing intensive courses.
Exceptions are also made through a waiver for UD Lerner alumni with at least 6 months of post-undergraduate full-time professional work experience who have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and grades of “B” (not B-) or higher in at least two, 200-level STAT or MATH courses. MISY262 (Fundamentals of Business Analytics) can count as one of the courses. The above guidelines with regards to a review of all quantitative and English courses apply to all applicants when waiver decisions are made.
GMAT/GRE waiver requests are made at the time of application by selecting that option when completing the test information section of the application. Please note: Only applicants who believe they meet all of the criteria for a waiver should make a request for a review. If your waiver request is denied, you will be notified by the admissions office and you will be given the opportunity to take the test prior to admission consideration. If a waiver is granted, it does not guarantee admission, as the entire application is considered when making admission decisions.
International applicants must also submit a TOEFL score for waiver consideration so that English skills from both that test and from what is evident on transcripts can be assessed.
Conditional Admission students are not eligible for a GMAT waiver.
9. Work Experience
The typical applicant has two or more years of experience (work experience, volunteer work, community service, internships, significant academic projects, etc.) but all applicants are considered even if they have limited professional experience. Outstanding undergraduate GPAs and GMAT/GRE scores will strengthen your application if you have less than two years of experience.
10. International Student Requirements and Programs
Language Test Requirement
International applicants must submit one of the following:
- proof of having earned a degree in either the United States or a country where the primary language is English;
- TOEFL score of 100 or higher; or
- IELTS score of 7.5 or higher
The Graduate & Professional Education office provides more detailed TOEFL information.
Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
The MBA Conditional Admissions Program (MBA-CAP) provides international students acceptance into the MBA program without the need to take the TOEFL exam. After completing MBA-CAP at the University of Delaware’s English Language Institute (ELI) and meeting GMAT requirements, you begin your MBA coursework.
The length of time you will need to study in the ELI depends on your English skills when you enter the program. Please see the Graduate CAP Business Track Page on the ELI website for more information.