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Get a head start on your MBA.

With the Pathways Program, you can take up to three MBA or other graduate business program courses before officially pursuing your degree. Try some courses while you decide if a UD business degree is right for you, or start on your degree while you study for the GMAT.

How to Apply

Complete the online graduate application and select the Pathways Program to apply. Pathways students must meet all admission requirements for the MBA program except the GMAT requirement.

Coursework and Program Limits

As a Pathways student, you can register for one or two courses per session. The best courses to start with are these prerequisites for later MBA courses:

  • ACCT 800 – Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • BUAD 870 – Managing People, Teams and Organizations
  • BUAD 820 – Fundamentals of Analytics
  • ECON 503 – Economic Analysis for Business Policy

You may take up to three courses (nine credits) in an academic year (spring/summer/fall or fall/winter/spring) before you reach the limit and must request matriculation into the MBA or other graduate business degree program.

Courses taken while a Pathways student will remain on your transcript.

Matriculation Request

Once you’ve reached the program limit and your final grades have posted, you must request matriculation. Plan ahead as you approach these limits.

To request matriculation, send the following in an email to

  • A completed Matriculation Request Form (PDF).
  • An updated resume showing work experience
  • (Optional) A note requesting a GMAT waiver based on the criteria below

Allow 4-6 weeks for the matriculation process.
You may register for your fourth class while your matriculation request is in process.

Unless you intend to request a waiver, consider scheduling the GMAT during a Summer or Winter session so you can continue seamlessly into the MBA or other graduate business program.

GMAT Waiver

A GMAT waiver may be granted if you satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Successful completion (with grades of “A”) of nine credits of prescribed MBA coursework through Pathways
  • Outstanding resume with at least four years of professional work experience
  • Prior successful academic work/degrees from accredited institutions in the US or abroad.
  • Completion of all other admission requirements

Email your GMAT waiver request to at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester in which you desire admission to the MBA program. For expediency, send a completed Matriculation Request form and current resume with a GMAT waiver request.