Admission Requirements for the
College of Business and Public Affairs

Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking (Unconditional, Conditional, or Unclassified) as listed below. Degree-seeking applicants must meet the university requirements listed above under Types of Admission.

  1. Unconditional Admission
    • hold a bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university AND
      have earned a Cum GPA such that 200 times GPA plus the total score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) must equal at least 1,050 points or, if the Sr Yr GPA is used, the sum of GPA times 200 plus GMAT must equal at least 1,100 (Minimum acceptable GMAT total score is 450 and minimum Verbal Scaled Score of 21.) or
      have at least 12 hours graduate credit with at least a 3.00 Cum GPA for all graduate coursework attempted at a regionally accredited institution, plus a minimum GMAT total score of 450 and minimum Verbal Scaled Score of 21.
    • If the applicantís exceptional professional achievement clearly demonstrates to the College of Business and Public Affairs Admission Committee high promise of success at graduate work, then the applicant must:
      • hold a bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university AND
      • have earned a Cum GPA such that 200 times GPA plus the total score on the GMAT must equal at least 950 points or, if the Sr Yr GPA is used, the sum of GPA times 200 plus GMAT must equal at least 1,000 (Minimum acceptable GMAT total score is 450 and minimum Verbal Scaled Score of 21).
  2. Conditional Admission
    To be considered for Conditional admission, anyone not qualifying for unconditional admission under the provisions outlined above, must supply to the College of Business and Public Affairs Admission Committee a resume (including work history and military record), three letters of recommendation, and an essay indicating a high promise of success at graduate work. In a limited number of cases, the committee may grant conditional admission, subject to the university requirements and the following:
    • the applicant must hold a bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university and have submitted all transcripts for review,
    • the applicant must have taken the GMAT. Minimum acceptable total GMAT score is 450 (500 if exempted from the universityís minimum GPA requirement).
  3. Unclassified Admission
    Applicants who do not meet requirements for either unconditional or conditional admission may be eligible for unclassified admission. See previous section on university Types of Admission.

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses

The following courses, or their equivalent, are required as prerequisites to both of the masterís programs in business. These or equivalent courses must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in graduate courses and a cumulative 2.00 GPA must be achieved in courses satisfying prerequisites. A ďCĒ or better must be earned in each course satisfying a prerequisite.

  • Accounting 201-202 Fundamentals of Accounting I and II or
    Accounting 300 Accounting for Non-Business Students
  • Economics 201-202 Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics
  • Finance 301 Managerial Finance
  • Management 301 Organization and Management
  • Marketing 301 Principles of Marketing
  • Mathematics 210 Elementary Statistics and Probability
  • Other specific course prerequisites may be required in the M.Ac. program.


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