Admission Requirements

The Admission Committee of the Full-time MBA program is concerned with each applicant’s interest, aptitude, and potential for achievement in graduate business studies. The Admission Committee considers the above factors and attempts to achieve some reasonable geographic distribution among countries and continents when accepting Full-time MBA students. Formal work experience is not required. Students can enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer.

The program is structured to accommodate students with various undergraduate degrees.  All candidates must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning to qualify for admission.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Although there are no formal application deadlines, we recommend that all information be received in the Office of Graduate Enrollment by August 1 for fall admission, December 15 for spring admission and April 15 for summer admission.

All applicants must submit the following items:

  • An online application
  • official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • resume or personal statement
  • test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Note: These scores must be forwarded from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to the Office of Graduate Enrollment at La Salle University. For regional customer service contact information, please visit La Salle’s school code for reporting scores is 548-KK-38. The University does not accept scores directly from students.

  • Test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Note: These test scores must be forwarded from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Office of Graduate Enrollment at La Salle University. La Salle’s code for reporting the GRE is 2363. The University does not accept scores directly from students.

All documents should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Enrollment
La Salle University – Box 826
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199

215.951.1100 / Fax 215.951.1462

International Students

In addition to the requirements above, international candidates are required to:

  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have their test scores forwarded to the Office of Graduate Enrollment at La Salle University by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), in Princeton, N.J., USA (1.800.257.9547).
  • Take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and have their test scores forwarded to the Office of Graduate Enrollment at La Salle University.
  • Note: The TOEFL and IELTS exams are not required when the applicant has an undergraduate degree from a university in the United States. See below for further information on the TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
  • Have their academic credentials from foreign institutions evaluated course-by-course by World Education Services or a similar organization. The evaluation must be sent to La Salle by the agency. We must have your third-party evaluation to process your application.
  • Submit a Statement of Financial Responsibility Form, which may be obtained from the Multicultural and International Center at La Salle or downloaded here.

Upon receipt of the documents above, candidates are interviewed by phone or in person (whenever feasible) prior to final admission decisions.

Conditional Admission

A limited number of students who are US Citizens and Permanent Residents with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher may be admitted into the program for one semester without GMAT or GRE test scores. Conditionally accepted students are required to successfully complete the GMAT or GRE by the end of their first enrolled semester. La Salle does not offer conditional admission to international students.

Selection Criteria

Because each applicant’s background and profile is unique, the Admission Committee does not establish specific quantitative minimum requirements for admission; however, it does adhere to the accreditation standards established by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.

La Salle University does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status. Admission is based solely upon an applicant’s qualifications.

Graduate Management Admission Test

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is designed to assess capabilities that are important in the study of management at the graduate level. The GMAT is sponsored and controlled by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and is administered by Pearson/VUE. For more information about the GMAT, visit

La Salle offers workshops for anyone interested in preparing for the GMAT exam. Our very popular GMAT prep class is enrolling students now. In one weekend, we will give you the tools to prepare yourself to take the GMAT.La Salle’s school code for the GMAT exam is 548-KK-38. With permission of the Director of the appropriate MBA program, test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be accepted.

Waiver of the GMAT or GRE Requirement

Traditionally, only applicants possessing a master’s or doctoral degree may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Effective fall 2012, applicants with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited program who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or higher will also be granted a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Click here to see if your undergraduate business program is AACSB-accredited.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The test requirement may be waived in certain cases where English language proficiency can otherwise be demonstrated. The minimum scores for the TOEFL are: 230 computer-based score, and 88 Internet-based score. The minimum score for the IELTS is 6.5.

Students who do not meet our requirements for English language should contact the ELI/Plus Program at La Salle.

Transfer Credit

An applicant may request the transfer of graduate credit(s) earned at another institution. Each request will be evaluated on its own merits. Grades accepted for transfer must be “B” or better. A maximum of six credits on the graduate level (600-level) will be accepted for transfer purposes.