Priority Deadlines for Fall 2017

  • October 1, 2016
  • November 15, 2016
  • January 1, 2017
  • February 15, 2017
  • April 1, 2017
  • May 15, 2017
  • June 15, 2017
  • July 15, 2017
  • August 1, 2017

Applications are accepted through early August. If you would like to receive priority consideration, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Applications are reviewed and decisions are given on a bi-weekly rolling basis. Applications received after the class is full will be considered for the wait-list or for the following academic year. 

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The Executive MBA program requires six years of full-time, significant work experience, such as supervisory roles or participation in an organization’s decision-making process. The program has a target size of 50-60 students per year, and admission is competitive.

In addition to work experience, an applicant’s academic background will also be considered. Applicants must have a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from a regionally accredited university or college. Read more about the admission requirements below.

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college is mandatory. Unofficial transcripts from each institution you attended need to be uploaded to the online application, and official transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office at

or by mail:

University of Utah Graduate Admissions
201 S. 1460 E.
Room 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Please write a one page, single-spaced, typed essay addressing the following topics:

  • Explain your decision and motivation for applying to the Executive MBA program
  • Why do you feel you are a strong candidate for the program?
  • How will getting an Executive MBA influence your career intentions?
Please provide a detailed chronological career history with dates, employers, nature of your duties, responsibilities, salaries and other pertinent information.
Submit a nomination form and letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor. The letter must acknowledge the time requirement and your employer’s willingness to support you in completing the program requirements. In addition, the letter should also address your strengths, weaknesses, personal character and potential for success in the Executive MBA program.

The nomination form and letter of recommendation should be mailed to the Executive MBA Office. These items also can be completed through the recommendation section of the online application.

The GMAT examination is waived in most cases depending on an individual’s undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA and work experience. If you would like to receive a preliminary indication of whether or not the GMAT can be substituted in your particular case, please complete the GMAT substitution request form.

The Executive MBA Program Director cannot authorize the final waiver until we receive all required application materials and you have completed your interview. If you would like to waive the GMAT, we encourage you to turn in your application materials as early as possible to expedite the process. Please contact the Executive MBA Office for additional information.

Once your completed application is received, you will be contacted for an interview. The interview helps assess your skills and motivation and allows for additional character insight as part of the admission process.
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.

Application fees are:

  • $55 for applications submitted prior to April 1.
  • $85 for applications submitted after April 1.

Upon notification of acceptance to the EMBA program, a non-refundable deposit of $2,000 is required to indicate intent to register. This $2,000 will reserve the student’s seat in the entering class and is applied toward the first semester tuition payment. Information about the deposit and payment due date will be included with the acceptance letter.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, international students may be required to provide further information to the University of Utah Graduate Admissions Office. Please visit International Graduate Student Admissions or call 801-581-3091 for details. All international student applications must be received by the International Graduate Admissions office no later than April 1.

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