The quality of our student body speaks volumes about the quality of our Professional MBA program. At the David Eccles School of Business, we’re looking for accomplished, early to mid-career professionals with proven potential for leadership and a strong desire to advance in their careers. Most of our students enter the program looking for broad business skills, and many come with interests in entrepreneurship, finance, operations, human resources, or general management.
We require at least one year of post-undergraduate work experience. We also ask that you remain employed in a full-time job throughout the program. Exceptions may apply based on your background and current situation; please schedule a 1:1 meeting to learn more.
Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited college or university. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 may appeal this requirement with an acceptable GMAT/GRE score or previous successful completion of a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
We require both unofficial and official college transcripts from all institutions where you received college credit, including any concurrent enrollment. Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts need to be sent directly to the University’s Office of Graduate Admissions. They can be emailed to AdmissTranscripts@SA.Utah.edu or mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office:
University of Utah Graduate Admissions
201 S. 1460 E. Room 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Note: University of Utah graduates do not need to request official transcripts.
Please write a one-page essay addressing the following topics:
- Your motivation for applying
- Why you are a strong candidate
- How earning an MBA will influence your career
The essay should be single-spaced, typed, and may not exceed one page. We do not require a specific format, but we ask that you avoid bullet points. This is your writing sample.
A second, optional essay may be submitted to provide insight into any piece of the application that requires further explanation or clarification. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 should complete this explanatory essay.
The resume should show the progression of your career and how you are a contributor in your role. To do this, please provide a detailed chronological career history with dates, employers, nature of your duties, responsibilities, and other pertinent information.
Your resume should also show education and additional certifications or licenses.
We also recommend listing any international travel relating to school, work, or place of residence. Please do not include vacation destinations.
We require two letters of recommendations from individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a work setting, preferably from a current or former supervisor.
The title or position of the recommender is not as important as the person’s ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you. Submit recommendations from people who can speak directly about your aptitudes and capabilities.
Standardized exam scores provide an important indicator when reviewing your ability to succeed academically, particularly in the program’s quantitative and analytical courses. By submitting an admissions application that includes a GMAT/GRE test score, we are better equipped to complete our comprehensive review process and ensure the strongest cohort possible when making admissions decisions. You can find helpful GMAT/GRE preparation resources here.
An application submitted with a GMAT or GRE score included is automatically considered for scholarship opportunities.
The Professional MBA program offers GMAT/GRE waivers in some situations. To be considered, applicants must meet the GMAT/GRE waiver requirements and submit a formal request.
Upon completion of the GMAT/GRE, you can request your score to be sent to up to five schools; simply include the University of Utah Professional MBA program on that list when you first take the test. If you previously took the GMAT and did not request the testing service to send your score to us at that time, you must contact them and ask for a duplicate copy to be sent.
Because there is a delay between your test date and the time we receive your official score, you can send us a copy of the unofficial score report you receive the day you take the test. It can be scanned and emailed to us at PMBA@Utah.edu.
Once we receive your completed application, you will be contacted to set up an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person or via video conference.
The interview will help us assess your skills, your motivation, and your character. It is an opportunity for us to get to know you as a candidate and an opportunity to give a voice to the application materials that will go to the Professional MBA admissions committee. We will clarify any concerns and get a sense of where you started, where you are now, and where you are going in your career. Admissions decisions will be received within 1-2 weeks of your interview.
There is an application fee to be paid when you submit your application. 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.
International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency by providing either a TOEFL or IELTS score. The Professional MBA program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5. The University of Utah no longer accepts TOEFL paper-based test scores. Please visit International Graduate Student Admissions for more details.
International bachelor’s degrees must be issued by a Ministry of Education recognized international college or university. International Admissions officers will determine if applicants with international degrees meet the Graduate School’s requirement of a recognized bachelor’s degree.