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What Do I Need to Do to Get into an Online MBA Program?

Individuals applying to online MBA programs will need to submit a completed application form in full and pay an application fee. All applicants to online MBA programs must have completed a bachelor’s degree first. This is an across-the-board requirement for all MBA programs. While it is often preferred that your undergraduate degree be in an area of business, e.g. finance, marketing, etc., it is not required that your bachelor’s degree be business-related for many programs. However, students whose degree was not in business or a related major may have to take certain prerequisites before they can move on to graduate-level courses.

Individuals applying to an online MBA program will need to send official copies of their transcript and official standardized test scores as part of their application materials. Business schools look at a person’s undergraduate academic record when considering whether or not he or she will be admitted to an online MBA program. Many business schools will require a GPA of 2.5 or higher for admittance. In addition, admissions staff often require satisfactory GMAT and/or GRE scores. These are the two strongest indicators that an applicant is prepared for graduate-level work. The standards for GPA and GRE/GMAT scores vary according to how selective the school is. At some schools, submitting standardized test scores is optional.

A professional resume is also required of many applicants to online MBA programs. Many schools require or prefer that the applicant have at least two years of professional work experience under their belts before applying to an MBA program. More selective programs may require even more work experience. This is because admissions staff know that the students who will benefit most from an MBA program are those who can immediately apply the principles they learn in the workplace, as well as build on the foundation they have already laid.

Applicants often need to submit sealed letters of recommendation from former professors, current colleagues and employers or other individuals who can vouch for your abilities as a student, aptitude for management and overall character. This gives admissions teams an outsider’s perspective on your capacity for learning and demonstrates your ability to build positive relationships.

Finally, some MBA admissions processes call for an essay and/or statement of purpose. These written requirements are not only a means of gauging your professional writing skills, but they also give students an idea of your career aspirations and propensity for critical thinking. Statements of purpose generally require applicants to describe their career objectives and explain how attending the MBA program will help them meet those objectives. Essays, on the other hand, run the gamut depending on the business school you are applying to.