Submission Due Dates
The following application deadlines apply to prospective students for Fall 2017:
Fall 2017 (begins August 15)
November 1, 2016
January 15, 2017 (Dual degree applicants are encouraged to apply by this date)
March 1, 2017 (International deadline)
May 1, 2017
June 15, 2017 (Final deadline)
Other applications accepted as space allows. Applications received after the class is full will be considered for wait list and/or for next start date.
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.
Application fees are:
- $55 for applications submitted prior to April 1.
- $85 for applications submitted on/after April 1.
The final application deadline for domestic applicants for the MBA program is June 15, 2017. Applications received after this date will be considered as space allows. In order to meet this deadline, you must have your complete application submitted online and have completed the GMAT or GRE by this date.
If admitted, a $185 seat fee and $700 tuition deposit (total of $885) are due shortly upon acceptance. For international applicants a $300 seat fee and $700 tuition deposit (total of $1,000) are due shortly upon acceptance. Tuition deposit will be applied to accounts. Total fee is non-refundable.
Full-Time MBA applicants must have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university.
An unofficial transcript from each institution of higher education you have attended, regardless of length of attendance, must be submitted in chronological order with your application.
You must also request official transcripts from every college or university you have attended to be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at the University of Utah at AdmissTranscripts@SA.Utah.edu or by mail:
University of Utah Graduate Admissions
201 S. 1460 E, Room 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Your admission to the program will not be valid until all official transcripts have been received.
Applicants must have earned their bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Consideration will also be given to applicants who met this 3.0 GPA requirement over the last 60 hours of their undergraduate coursework.
Your application includes three required essays, regarding your future career goals, your overall fit at the University, and how you overcome weaknesses.
- What are your career goals and how will an MBA help you achieve them? Please limit your response to 350 words.
- How do your qualities and characteristics make you a good fit for the University of Utah’s Eccles MBA program? Please limit your response to 250 words.
- What is the greatest weakness in your application, and how do you plan to overcome it? Please limit your response to 250 words.
- Use a business context and framework to provide your answers.
- Paint a concise, complete and well-thought-out picture of who you really are, rather than trying to guess what the admissions committee is looking for.
Your application must include a business resume with your employment history and educational accomplishments, and should meet current resume formatting standards.
Your resume should be limited to one page. Extracurricular activities should be included in the extracurricular section of the online application rather than on your resume. We encourage you to emphasize your work experience and pay particular attention to formatting and presentation. Please also make sure your resume is current and specific to your application.
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 they only know you “fairly well” or “not well.”
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted via the online application.
- You are responsible for ensuring both recommendations are submitted before the application deadline.
- References of a personal or social nature are strongly discouraged.
To ensure you have the MBA experience and results that you expect, we evaluate your work experience in terms of years, and in terms of the depth and breadth of your position, your contributions to the work environment, and your level of responsibility and progression.
We primarily evaluate the work experience you gained after you earned your undergraduate degree, but will in some cases consider work experience obtained during an undergraduate program. Work experience does not need to be business-based; it can include areas such as the military, teaching, Peace Corps or similar areas.
When determining whether your work experience meets the program expectations, consider the following questions:
- Can you show progression in responsibility or position?
- Does the position require a bachelor’s degree?
- Does your experience include managerial and/or supervisory responsibilities or leading a team to achieve established goals? Were you involved in setting those goals?
- Does your experience involve project management with multiple steps, phases and deadlines?
- Does the position require expertise in business functions such as sales, accounting, human resources, finance, marketing, operations and/or technical functions such as engineering, computer programming or the sciences?
- Was the majority of your work experience in a full-time format?
If an applicant has taken the GMAT or GRE multiple times, the highest overall score will be used and there is no penalty for taking the test more than once.
Official scores can take up to four weeks to reach the university. You may submit an unofficial score to meet the deadline, but an official score must be received before we can make a final decision on your application. Submission codes for your test scores are as follows:
GMAT Code: K0R-S3-78
GRE/TOEFL Code: 4853
Interviews are conducted by invitation only and will be held on campus, if travel allows. Interviews are conducted by a combination of alumni, current MBA students, and program staff.
Interview invitations will be sent approximately one week after each round of application deadlines. They are normally held on Thursdays and Saturdays. Applicants should expect a full day of activities on campus, including individual and group interviews and opportunities to meet current MBA students and program staff.
Visits are not required, but we strongly recommend all applicants who are invited to schedule an on-campus interview take the opportunity to do so.
The Full-Time MBA program requires a minimum score of 100 for the online TOEFL exam or a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam. Applicants who score below these minimums are strongly encouraged to retake the exam before applying.
The international application deadline may be extended for applicants who already have an F-1 visa or I-20.
Official scores can take up to four weeks to reach the university. You may submit an unofficial score to meet the deadline, but an official score must be received before we can make a final decision on your application. Applicants should use institution code 4853 for the David Eccles School of Business when submitting TOEFL scores.
For purposes of application status, all non-USA citizens will be considered international regardless of physical address or visa status.
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