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Fall 2020 

The University of Utah Full-Time MBA final admission deadline for fall 2020 has passed. Applications received will be reviewed for our fall 2020 waitlist or consideration for the fall 2021 start date.

Fall 2021 

Applications for students entering fall 2021 will open August 2020.

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Requirements

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

Our minimum requirement is at least one year of full-time, post-undergraduate professional work experience.

Real-world experience will enhance your MBA experience and allow you to contribute more successfully in classroom discussions. We find that students with at least two years of professional work experience have greater success finding internships and employment and generally have starting salaries that are 15-20% higher.

To ensure that you have the MBA experience and results you expect, we evaluate your work experience in terms of years, the depth and breadth of your positions, your contributions to the work environment, and your level of responsibility and progression. Work experience does not need to be business-based; it can include experience in the military, teaching, Peace Corps, or other fields.When determining whether your work experience meets program expectations, consider the following questions:

  • Does the position require a bachelor’s degree?
  • Can you show progression in responsibility or position?
  • 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?
  • 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.

*Please note, due to COVID-19, our requirements have temporarily changed: If you were planning on applying after taking the GMAT or GRE this spring, please move forward with applying without a test score. Our admissions staff will discuss alternate arrangements with applicants who are now unable to test. The GRE is allowing testing from home and the GMAT is looking at offering online testing in select areas starting in mid-April.

The quantitative percentile achieved on the GMAT or GRE is an important part of your application. This helps us determine whether or not you have 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 you have 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 an admissions deadline, but an official score must be received before we can make a final admissions decision.

Submission codes for your test scores are as follows:

GMAT Code: K0R-S3-78
GRE/TOEFL Code: 4853

Your application must include a business resume with your employment history and educational accomplishments.

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.

Your application includes three required essays that together serve as your statement of purpose. These essays give you the opportunity to 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.
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.

Applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

You will be required to submit an unofficial transcript from each institution of higher education you have attended, regardless of length of attendance. 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 or through a graduate degree. Our program does not accept transfer credits.

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 payment is received.
Application fees are:
  • $55 for applications submitted prior to April 1
  • $85 for applications submitted on/after April 1
If admitted, a $185 seat fee and $500 tuition deposit (total of $685) are due shortly after acceptance. For international applicants a $300 seat fee and $700 tuition deposit (total of $1,000) are due shortly after acceptance. Fees are non-refundable and the tuition deposit will be applied to tuition for the first semester of the program.

Your admissions interview plays a critical role in the evaluation process and provides 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, or via web conference, in the event that an applicant cannot make it to campus. Invitations to interview will be sent approximately one week after each round of application deadlines.

Interviews are conducted by program staff, alumni, and current MBA students.

Dual and concurrent degree applicants should note that different programs have varying admissions deadlines. The University of Utah Full-Time MBA admissions team strongly encourages you work with your dual or concurrent degree program office to ensure your application is submitted on time.

For purposes of application status, all non-U.S. citizens will be considered international applicants regardless of physical address or visa status.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency high enough to contribute to classroom discussions and team interactions 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.

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.

The international application deadline may be extended for applicants who already have an F-1 visa or I-20.

Our minimum requirement is at least one year of full-time, post-undergraduate professional work experience.
Real-world experience will enhance your MBA experience and allow you to contribute more successfully in classroom discussions. We find that students with at least two years of professional work experience have greater success finding internships and employment and generally have starting salaries that are 15-20% higher.
To ensure that you have the MBA experience and results you expect, we evaluate your work experience in terms of years, the depth and breadth of your positions, your contributions to the work environment, and your level of responsibility and progression. Work experience does not need to be business-based; it can include experience in the military, teaching, Peace Corps, or other fields.When determining whether your work experience meets program expectations, consider the following questions:
  • Does the position require a bachelor’s degree?
  • Can you show progression in responsibility or position?
  • 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?
  • 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.

*Please note, due to COVID-19, our requirements have temporarily changed: If you were planning on applying after taking the GMAT or GRE this spring, please move forward with applying without a test score. Our admissions staff will discuss alternate arrangements with applicants who are now unable to test. The GRE is allowing testing from home and the GMAT is looking at offering online testing in select areas starting in mid-April.

The quantitative percentile achieved on the GMAT or GRE is an important part of your application. This helps us determine whether or not you have 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 you have 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 an admissions deadline, but an official score must be received before we can make a final admissions decision.

Submission codes for your test scores are as follows:

GMAT Code: K0R-S3-78
GRE/TOEFL Code: 4853

Your application must include a business resume with your employment history and educational accomplishments.

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.

Your application includes three required essays that together serve as your statement of purpose. These essays give you the opportunity to 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.
We require two letters of recommendation and prefer that both come from a professional source. At least one should come from a current or previous employer, either from full-time employment or an internship. The degree to which the recommendation providers you select have worked with you matters more than their title or status. Recommendation providers should be able to 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 challenging, collaborative environment of a Full-Time MBA.
Other points to consider:
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted via the online application.
  • You are responsible for ensuring both recommendations are submitted before the application deadline.
  • Choose someone who knows you well. It’s a red flag when a recommender indicates they only know you “fairly well” or “not well.”
  • References of a personal or social nature are strongly discouraged.

Applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

You will be required to submit an unofficial transcript from each institution of higher education you have attended, regardless of length of attendance. 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 or through a graduate degree. Our program does not accept transfer credits.

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 payment is received.
Application fees are:
  • $55 for applications submitted prior to April 1
  • $85 for applications submitted on/after April 1
If admitted, a $185 seat fee and $500 tuition deposit (total of $685) are due shortly after acceptance. For international applicants a $300 seat fee and $700 tuition deposit (total of $1,000) are due shortly after acceptance. Fees are non-refundable and the tuition deposit will be applied to tuition for the first semester of the program.

Your admissions interview plays a critical role in the evaluation process and provides 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, or via web conference, in the event that an applicant cannot make it to campus. Invitations to interview will be sent approximately one week after each round of application deadlines.

Interviews are conducted by program staff, alumni, and current MBA students.

Dual and concurrent degree applicants should note that different programs have varying admissions deadlines. The University of Utah Full-Time MBA admissions team strongly encourages you work with your dual or concurrent degree program office to ensure your application is submitted on time.

For purposes of application status, all non-U.S. citizens will be considered international applicants regardless of physical address or visa status.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency high enough to contribute to classroom discussions and team interactions 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.

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.

The international application deadline may be extended for applicants who already have an F-1 visa or I-20.

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