MBA APPLICATION GUIDE
Whether you're coming into the MBA program with a plan in place or you're hoping to discover new territory, our program will test your theories and expand your idea of what's possible.
The information listed below includes expanded information about our admissions requirements and how we evaluate applicants. We hope you find it helpful as you learn more about our program and prepare your application.
2015 FULL-TIME MBA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Full-Time MBA applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. An academic or employment background specifically in business is not required to apply for the Full-Time MBA.
Applicants must have earned their bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Consideration will be given for applicants meeting this 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours taken in their undergraduate coursework.
Standardized Test Score Requirement (GMAT / GRE)
All Full-Time MBA applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE standardized tests. Scores are used to indicate aptitude for business studies and are valid for five years. If an applicant has taken the GMAT or GRE more than once, the highest score will be considered. There is no penalty for taking it more than once.
Please note that official GMAT and GRE scores can take up to 4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.
Our GMAT code is: K0R-S3-78
Our GRE code is: 4853
Quantitative Proficiency Requirement
Competitive applicants to the MBA program will demonstrate sufficient quantitative “horsepower” to show they are ready to successfully navigate the program curriculum. One of the ways we assess this horsepower is by utilizing the quantitative percentile achieved on the GMAT or GRE exams.
Quantitative Percentile 50+
For applicants applying with at least a 50th percentile on these exams, no additional materials are required.
Quantitative percentile 25 – 49
For applicants applying with a quantitative percentile between 25 and 49, we recommend providing supplementary documentation showing your quantitative proficiency. This should be done by completing the online quantitative refresher course MBA Math and passing all quizzes with at least an 80% score. Applicants can sign-up for MBA Math according to the information below and should email a copy of results to email@example.com to be included in your application. While this step is recommended to submit a competitive application, it is not required. We recommend that you let our admissions team know in advance if you are planning on submitting MBA Math to strengthen your application.
Quantitative Percentile under 25
For applicants applying with a quantitative percentile of less than 25, completion of MBA Math as part of your application is required. A score of at least 80% on all quizzes is expected to fulfill this requirement. Applicants can sign-up for MBA Math according to the information below and should email results to firstname.lastname@example.org when completed. Files will not be reviewed for these applicants without this supplementary material. MBA Math submissions must be received by application deadlines.
Instructions for accessing MBA Math at a reduced price of $85:
Register at www.mbamath.com/adminportal/register.aspx and use code UTAHMY15X7.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and the ability to contribute to classroom discussions and interact in a team environment.
International and permanent resident applicants who do not hold a bachelor's or graduate degree from a U.S. or English-speaking institution in accepted countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom) are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The David Eccles School of Business requires a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL internet-based exam or 600 on the paper-based exam. The School of Business will also accept a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam. Applicants who score below the minimums are strongly encouraged to retake the exam before submitting an application.
Please note that official TOEFL and IELTS scores can take up to 4-6 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.
Applicants must use institution code 4853 for the David Eccles School of Business.
The quality of an MBA program is significantly enhanced by the real-world business experience that students bring to the classroom, allowing for greater contribution and more in-depth classroom discussions. We also find that students with at least two years of professional work experience have significantly greater success finding internships and employment than those without. Starting salaries are 15-20% higher, as well. We place great importance on work experience in order to ensure you have the MBA experience and results that you expect (and should expect) from your MBA degree.
In addition to evaluating work experience in terms of years, we review the depth and breadth of an individual's position, his or her contributions to the work environment, and level of responsibility and progression. Although we primarily evaluate work experience post-undergraduate degree, we will consider experience obtained during an undergraduate program as long as it fulfills the criteria below. Work experience does not necessarily need to be business-based and can include areas such as military, teaching, Peace Corps or other similar areas.
When considering if your work experience meets our program expectations, we encourage you to consider the following general criteria for evaluation:
- Can you show progression in responsibility or position?
- Does the position normally require a bachelor's degree for hiring consideration?
- Does your experience include managerial and/or supervisory responsibilities, leading a team to achieve established goals? Were you involved in setting these goals?
- Does your experience involve project management with multiple steps/phases to be carried out over a finite period of time?
- Does the position require expertise in business functions such as sales, accounting, human resources, finance, marketing, operations, etc., and/or technical functions such as engineering, computer programming, or sciences?
- Was the majority of your work experience in a full-time format?
New for 2015 Applicants
For those applicants who will have less than two years of post-undergraduate work experience at the time of program start, an essay is required (see Essay #2, below) in which we ask you to tell us why your work experience still complies with our requirements.
There are two required essays and one optional essays in the application for the Full-Time MBA program. If you are applying to an MBA dual degree program, please note there is an additional required essay.
Essay #1 – required, 750 word maximum
Statement of Purpose – Use this essay to describe why you are choosing to pursue an MBA degree at this time in your career. Include information about what you hope to achieve while in the program, as well as your goals for after the program.
Essay #2 - optional, 250 word maximum
The optional essay should be used to address any weaknesses (low GMAT or GPA) or inconsistencies in your application. You may use it to explain your choice of recommenders or any additional information that our admissions committee should know about your application that hasn’t been previously addressed.
For applicants who will have less than two years of post-undergraduate work experience at the time of program start, this essay is required, in which we ask you to tell us why your work experience still complies with our requirements.
Essay #3 – required, 500 word maximum
Trying, assessment and improvement are significant parts of any MBA experience. We commonly refer to this as “increasing tolerance to failure.” We take this part of the transformative experience seriously in the Eccles MBA and want to make sure our students also embrace this approach to learning and life in general. Cohorts complete with similarly minded individuals, willing to take risks and learn from successes and failures, make for a high-energy and innovative group of peers.
Based on this program philosophy, use this essay as an opportunity to tell us about your experiences with a professional failure or a setback in your life and what you learned from this experience. Competitive applications will feature experiences from a professional point-of-view that have occurred in the last 3 to 5 years.
Additional required essay for MBA / MS Dual Degree Students – 500 word maximum
Tell us what excites you about the overlap and partnership opportunities between the worlds of business and engineering.
Additional required essay for MBA / MHA Dual Degree Students – 750 word maximum
Part 1 – What do you hope to contribute to healthcare as a result of completing your dual degree program? Be specific, 5 years and 10 years after graduation.
Part 2 – Describe when and how you first realized you wanted a career in healthcare and what led you to this realization.
Additional required essay for MBA / JD Dual Degree Students – 500 word maximum
What advantages do you believe an MBA/JD dual degree will provide for you post-graduation?
Tips for writing your essays:
- Keep answers in a business context and framework.
- Focus your energy on painting a concise, complete, and well-thought-out picture of who you truly are, rather than present what you think the Admissions Committee is looking for in response to essay questions.
Two Letters of Recommendations
We require two letters of recommendation and prefer that both come from professional relationships. At least one should come from a previous or current employer, either from full-time employment or an internship. The title or status of those you select is not necessarily important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your ability to add value to the workplace or a professional team environment.
Qualitative information about your professional and leadership abilities are an important part of your MBA application. The best letters of recommendation will provide insight and actual examples of your potential to succeed in the competitive and challenging environment of a full-time MBA.
Other points to consider:
- Choose someone who knows you well. It's a definite red flag when a recommender indicates "fairly well" or "not well" by the question about how well they know you.
- Your recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation via the online application.
- You are responsible for ensuring that both recommendations are submitted before the application deadline.
- References of a personal or social nature are strongly discouraged.
You will need to prepare a business resume that includes your employment history and educational accomplishments. Applicants are urged to meet current standards in professional resume formats.
Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. Extracurricular activities should be included in the extracurricular section of the online application, rather than on your resume.
Your resume should be limited to one page. Given the importance of work experience in evaluating applications, we encourage you to place great importance on your resume content and presentation.Please make sure your resume is updated with information specific to your application. It's surprising how often our applicants include resumes that are not current.
The online application will ask you to list in chronological order all colleges and universities attended, including the University of Utah, regardless of length of attendance. Include each college you have taken courses from, including concurrent enrollment, study abroad, correspondence courses, etc.
You will then be asked to upload an unofficial transcript for each institution of higher education you have listed, regardless of length of attendance. This includes the University of Utah. These unofficial transcripts must be submitted separately, meaning notation of accepted transfer credit does not replace the need for an unofficial transcript from the university where credits were transferred from. Your application will not be considered complete until all unofficial transcripts have been received, so please attach unofficial transcripts for each institution of higher education you have attended before submitting your application.
When you are ready to submit your application, you will be directed through a payment process. The application fee may be paid via credit card or check. Please note that if you choose to pay by check, your application will not be reviewed until the payment is received.
Fall 2015 Applications
$55 for applications submitted prior to April 1
$85 for applications submitted after April 1
School of Business Online Application
David Eccles School of Business online application can be found at www.business.utah.edu/mastersapplication
- We recommend submitting the application at least 2 weeks prior to program deadlines
- The online application will ask for personal information such as your address, social security number, date of birth and questions used to determine residency status.
On-campus admissions interviews play a critical role in the evaluation process and give us a more complete understanding of you as a candidate. Interviews are both evaluative and informational. They are opportunities for us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about the Eccles MBA program.
Interviews will be conducted by invitation only. All interviews will be scheduled on-campus with rare exception. Interviews will be conducted by a combination of alumni, 2nd year MBA students and admissions staff. MBA/MHA interviews will be conducted with MHA staff, alumni and current MBA/MHA students. Approximately 85% of applicants will receive an invitation to interview.
Invitations to interview will be sent to applicants approximately one week after each round deadline. The invitation will include a link to an online interview scheduler that will list specific dates and times open for interviewing.
Please see our 2014-2015 application deadline schedule for more details including the window of dates over which interviews will take place for each round. Specific interview date options will be sent with your interview invitations. Interviews will normally be held on Thursdays and Fridays.
While on-campus, applicants should expect a full day of activities including the actual interview (both group and individual formats) as well as opportunities to meet with our current MBA students and program staff.
To assist applicants with the cost of travel, we are pleased to provide travel and housing assistance for those traveling in from out-of-state. Airfare will be reimbursed up to $600 (total round-trip) and accommodations will be provided for 2 nights. International applicants may receive up to $1000 reimbursement and 3 nights’ accommodations.
The interview is a critical part of your application. Although visits are not a required, we strongly recommend that all applicants schedule an interview on-campus if invited.