Dual degree applicants should note that different programs have varying admissions deadlines. The Utah MBA admissions team strongly encourages dual degree candidates to check with their dual program office to ensure their application is submitted on time.
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Fall 2020 

University of Utah Full-Time MBA admissions deadlines for students entering fall 2020:

  • Round 1: November 15, 2019
  • Round 2: January 15, 2020
  • Round 3: March 1, 2020 (International deadline)
  • Round 4: May 1, 2020

Other applications accepted as space allows. The University of Utah MBA admissions team will consider applications received after the class is full will be considered for wait list and/or for next start date.


Ready to get started? Use the information below as a guide as you fill out your application and prepare other required materials. 

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 on/after April 1

Applications received after the final deadline 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 on or prior to the date listed.

If admitted, a $185 seat fee and $500 tuition deposit (total of $685) 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 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 or through a graduate degree.

Please note: our program does not accept transfer credits.

Your application includes three required essays that together serve as your statement of purpose. The essays examine your future career goals, your overall fit at the University, and how you overcome weaknesses.

Required Essays

  • Describe your first job right after MBA graduation. Include as much detail as you can about your future industry, job title, location, salary, and any other components of your post-MBA career results. How will you use your current skills, your professional background, and your network to achieve those career results? How will a University of Utah Full-Time MBA help you get that job? Please limit your response to 300 words.
  • What unique characteristics would you bring to class conversations and group activities and how would you add to the diversity of thought and experience within the classroom? Please limit your response to 250 words.
  • As a professional, what has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it? Please limit your response to 250 words.

Essay-Writing Tips

  • 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. 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.

We require two letters of recommendation and prefer that both come from professional relationships. At least one should come from a previous or current employer, either from full-time employment or an internship. The title or status of those you select matters less than how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your ability to add value to the workplace or a professional team environment.

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.
Real-world experience will enhance your MBA experience and allow you to contribute more successfully to in-depth classroom discussions. We find that students with at least two years of professional work experience also have greater success finding internships and employment and generally have starting salaries 15-20% higher. Our minimum is at least one year of full-time, post-undergraduate professional work experience.

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 fields.

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?

Applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE standardized tests. Scores are used to measure an applicant’s aptitude for business and are valid for five years. The quantitative percentile achieved on the GMAT or GRE exams is also taken into account as part of your application. This helps us determine whether each applicant has the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully navigate the program. If your quantitative score is lower than you feel you are capable of, we encourage you to retake the test or submit supplemental documentation, such as grades obtained in previous quantitative classes, with your application.

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

Admissions interviews play a critical role in the evaluation process and provide an opportunity for us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about the Full-Time MBA program.

Interviews are conducted by invitation only and will be held on campus, if travel allows. Interviews are conducted by a combination of program staff, alumni, and current MBA students. Interviews may be conducted via web-conference, in the event that an applicant cannot make it to campus.

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.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency high enough to contribute to classroom discussions and interact in a team environment by providing either a TOEFL or IELTS score. For more information on the English proficiency requirements, please visit the International Graduate Admissions Office website.

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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