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Admission Requirements


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Admission Requirements/Preparation

To be admitted to the MBA, applicants must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited college or university. Applicant qualifications are assessed through the quality of performance in prior academic programs, as well as general aptitude measured by the GMAT* or GRE*. Other factors in the decision making process include work experience and a statement of intent. Admissions will be considered only after all of the following documents have been received from the applicant. Until students have successfully completed all of the MBA Foundation courses, they are not admitted to the MBA program.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Online Application for Graduate Program Admission;
  2. one copy of official transcripts for all collegiate work completed, from which a last 90 credit GPA ≥3.0 can be calculated;**
  3. official GMAT* score of ≥450 or the GRE* equivalent;
  4. $75 application fee;
  5. statement of intent demonstrating level of knowledge and intellectual maturity appropriate to the MBA;
  6. current resume; and
  7. other information which may be required at the discretion of CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs that may include an admissions interview, letters of reference, and an essay demonstrating critical thinking skills.

* The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who meet one of the three criteria below:

  1.  graduated with a cumulative or last 90 credit GPA ≥3.5 from an AACSB-accredited business school or
  2. graduated with a cumulative or last 90 credit GPA ≥3.0 from an AACSB-accredited business school and five years of professional managerial work experience or
  3. graduated with a cumulative or last 90 credit GPA ≥3.5 from a non-business bachelor of arts or science program at a regionally accredited institution and five years of professional managerial work experience.

GMAT/GRE waivers are determined by CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs. Decisions regarding business program comparability and comprehensiveness will be made subsequent to CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs' consultation with CBPA's business Chairs

** Eastern Washington University alumni do not need to submit an EWU transcript.

For international students, additional admission requirements apply. International students must complete the international supplemental application and must demonstrate English language competency with a minimum score of 92 TOEFL iBT, 580 paper-based TOEFL, or 7.0 IELTS.

Submit all application materials that cannot be submitted online directly to:
Graduate Studies Office
Eastern Washington University
​206 Showalter Hall
​Cheney, WA 99004-2444

MBA Program Admission Exception Policy

The MBA Program admission exception policy is an alternative admission process. CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs will consider applications from students requesting an exception to the minimum admissions criteria of an application GPA of at least ≥3.0 and GMAT score of ≥450 (or GRE equivalent). To be considered for an exception, students must possess an index score (GPA x 200 + GMAT) ≥1050 and submit both a letter of appeal and current resume. Letters of appeal should include why you want to earn an MBA, why you are capable of successfully completing the degree and what the MBA Program should know about your qualifications. CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs reviews applications throughout the year.

Application Deadlines
September 1 for fall quarter
December 15 for winter quarter
March 1 for spring quarter
June 1 for summer quarter

Applicants are advised of admissions decisions by letter from the Graduate Studies Office. Newly admitted students (and most applicants) meet with CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs and/or MBA Program Specialist prior to starting the program.

If you hold a non-business undergraduate degree

Students with no formal education in business administration may need to complete up to 5 Foundation requirements. The specific courses and the resulting required credit hours are determined by an assessment of each student's educational background. Students can take pre-requisite courses at EWU or another AACSB-accredited school. Other course equivalents need to be approved by CBPA's respective department chairs as coordinated by the Director of Graduate Programs or her designee. Students must meet with CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs or MBA Program Specialist to determine which Foundation courses need to be fulfilled. Students may not register for MBA Core courses or MBA Electives until they have fulfilled the Foundation requirements.

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