Admissions Information

On this page, you will find information about the application process, requirements and deadlines. 


Criteria for Admission

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Deadlines to Submit your Application

Applications for all MBA programs are received on a rolling basis. Our application deadlines depend on the semester you wish to start the MBA program.

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic applicants 
(US citizens and Permanent Residents)
International applicants 
(all those who hold or require a visa) 

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Step-by-Step Instructions To Apply

  1. Start an online application. Choose "All other colleges/schools" and the semester you wish to start.

  2. Add the MBA program to your application: in the applicant portal:
    • Go to the "Add Program" tab and enter "MBA" in the search bar. Click here to see a list of MBA options.
    • Click on the  "+"  sign on the left-hand side of the MBA program of your choice to add it to your application.

  3. Upload documents to your application: go to the "My Application" tab. You will see four quadrants labeled: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials.

    1. In "Academic History": you will be given instructions to add:
    2. In "Program Materials": you will see four tabs. 
  4. Submit your application: go to the "Submit Application" tab. You will be asked to pay an application fee:
    • $35 for domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents)
    • $60 for international students (all visa holders)

  5. International Applicants: you will need to satisfy additional requirements, summarized here.

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Required Materials for Your Application

In order to be reviewed, your application must have all the following materials:

  1. Current CV or Resume.
  2. Statement of Purpose (maximum 1,000 words).
  3. Essay Question (maximum 1,000 words, read essay questions here).
  4. One Letter of Recommendation (read more details about letters of recommendation here).
  5. Unonfficial or Official Transcripts from every college or university attended except the University of Memphis (read more details about sending official transcripts here).
  6. Official Test Scores may be needed. Read our GRE/GMAT policy here | Read more details about the GRE/GMAT tests here.

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Essay Question

Choose one of the following topics to write your personal essay (maximum 1,000 words). For the title of your essay, please indicate which question you chose to answer.

  1. Describe a situation where leadership and teamwork were critical to the outcome of a project in which you were directly involved. What did you learn from the experience and how have you applied this knowledge to other situations in your life?

  2. Describe a personal achievement that has had a significant impact on your life, providing specific details. What did you learn from this experience? How did it help shape your understanding of yourself and the world around you?

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Official Transcripts

The Graduate Admissions Office requires official transcripts from all schools attended. Both paper transcripts and electronic transcripts are received.

  • Paper Transcripts: must be mailed directly from the Registrar at your school to the third party who processes them, at:
    UofM Graduate School Transcript Processing Center
    PO Box 9205
    Watertown, MA 02471

  • Electronic Transcripts:

 If you obtained a degree from a non-US institution, please see additional requirements below.

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Letters of Recommendation

We require one letter of recommendation, but you are welcome to submit more than one. Your letter(s) need to be from a professional reference or an academic reference, such as a work supervisor or a former instructor. Letters from family members or friends are not acceptable.

When completing your online application, you will be asked to enter contact information for your professional reference(s). Your recommender(s) will receive an email from uofmgradunicas@liaisoncas.com with instructions to upload their letters of recommendation directly. The link to upload letters of recommendation expires after two months, so please let your recommender(s) know to search their inboxes for such email.

After entering recommender information, you may submit your application (even if your recommenders haven't uploaded their letters yet).

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GRE / GMAT Information

A good GRE or GMAT score will strengthen your application if you do not have a good undergraduate GPA.

We will consider your GMAT or GRE scores for tests taken in the last 5 years. You can find more information about both tests in the table below.  

After you take the test, please have your scores sent directly to Graduate Admissions using the code R-1459.

In Memphis The Pearson Professional Testing Center
6060 Poplar Avenue [ map ]
Suite LL01
Memphis, TN 38119
Phone: 901.761.3372
The University of Memphis Prometric Center
111C Brister Hall
[ map | campus map ]
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.678.1457
Online https://www.mba.com/ http://www.ets.org/gre/

International students may need to send language proficiency test scores. See requirements for international students below.


GRE / GMAT  Policy

To be admitted into the MBA program you must meet one of the following 5 criteria: 

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited external college or university
    Please provide an unofficial transcript with your application.

    If your degree is not from the US and you wish to obtain a GPA-based waiver, you need to have a course-by course evaluation with grade point average (GPA) equivalency done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website.

  2. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the University of Memphis
    Please provide your UID or an unofficial transcript with your application.

  3. Have earned a graduate degree from an accredited institution in the United States
    This includes degrees such as an MS, MA, MSBA, JD, MD, PharmD, etc.

  4. Five (5) or more years of Management Experience
    “Management experience” here means that you have held a position where at least 10 employees report directly to you. To obtain a waiver, you will need to submit an extended resume highlighting the number of years spent in a management position (as defined above) and the number of direct reports. After submitting your extended resume to an MBA advisor, it will be reviewed by a committee.

    Please note that process management and project management do not count as “management experience”.
  5. GRE or GMAT test score
    Admissions decision can be made using unofficial test scores. However, official scores are required by the end of the first semester


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Additional Requirements for International Students

International applicants will additionally need to fulfill the requirements below:

  • International Transcript Evaluation: official transcripts must be evaluated by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site. A course-by course report and grade point average (GPA) equivalency are required.
  • Language Proficiency Requirement: acceptable score on one of the following language exams:
    • TOEFL (550+ paper, 79+ on Internet).
    • IELTS (6.0).
    • Due to COVID-19, we are also accepting the Duolingo English Language Proficiency test (100 or more).
    Please have test scores sent directly to Graduate Admissions using the code R-1459.
    Language Proficiency is a Graduate School requirement. Please visit their website for more information.
  • Other Requirements: Graduate Admissions requires you to provide evidence of financial support with your application. Once admitted, you will need to satisfy health related requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admissions page for details about these requirements.


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