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Admission Requirements

The La Salle MBA Admissions Committee considers each applicant’s interest, aptitude, and potential for achievement in graduate business studies.  The structure of the Part-Time Hybrid MBA program lends itself to those students with or without an undergraduate degree in business administration.  We are committed to admitting a diverse group of strongly-qualified professionals from a range of business and organizational backgrounds who can demonstrated that they will be successful graduate students.

Selection Criteria

Each applicant’s background and profile is unique; therefore, the MBA Admissions Committee does not establish specific quantitative minimum requirements such as GPA and GMAT/GRE scores or work experience for admission.  Rather, we look at the individual’s professional experience and successes, and their academic achievements (including GMAT/GRE which can be waived – see below). For professionals and managers who are well into their careers, their work experience may weigh more into the selection process.  For rising professional, the MBA Admissions Committee may weigh their academic experience more heavily.  Based on each individual’s qualifications, the admissions committee may grant them: Full Admission; Qualified Admission; and Conditional admission. 

Full Admission (GMAT/GRE may be required – See GMAT waiver below)

Based upon a student’s academic achievements, professional experience and scores on the GMAT/GRE exams (if required, see GMAT wavier below), a student can be fully admitted to the program.  Each accepted student will be issued a Model Roster, which will include the academic requirements for them to complete their MBA.

Qualified Admission (No GMAT/GRE required)

Students who have at least a GPA of 3.0 in their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and two years business experience are eligible for “qualified admission”. A student can take up to four (4) courses in the MBA program. If he/she achieves a B- or better in each course and an overall GPA of 3.3, he/she will not be required to take the GMAT exam.   Upon achieving this GPA of 3.3 he/she will be fully admitted to the program.  

Conditional Admission (GMAT/GRE deferred)

A limited number of students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher may be admitted into the program for one semester without the GMAT test scores. Conditionally accepted students are required to successfully complete the GMAT by the end of their first enrolled semester and are not eligible for financial aid loans until they are fully accepted to the program.

La Salle does adhere to the accreditation standards established by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  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 www.mba.com. La Salle’s school code for the GMAT exam is 548-KK-16. With permission of the Director of the Part-Time Hybrid MBA program, test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be accepted.

Waiver of the GMAT or GRE Requirement

An applicant who meets one of the conditions below, may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

  1. Has graduated from an AACSB-accredited business program AND has one of the following:
    1. a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2;
    2. a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with 3 years of professional experience;
    3. Five or more years of appropriate professional experience. (Note: the director of the MBA Program will evaluate an applicant’s professional experience.)
  2. Holds a CFA Charter or CPA license or have passed the CPA or CFA exam certifying exam.
  3. Has earned a master’s degree or higher with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from a program that is accredited in its discipline.
  4. Has earned a Ph.D. from an accredited university.

You may confirm online if your undergraduate business program is AACSB-accredited.

Application Deadlines

All documents should be submitted by Aug. 15 (Fall), Dec. 15 (Spring), and April 15 (Summer). Under special circumstances, students may be admitted up to the first day of classes of each term. International student applications should be completed at least two months prior to the dates listed above.

Transfer Credit

An applicant may request the transfer of graduate credit(s) earned at another AACSB-accredited institution. Each request will be evaluated on its own merits but must be a grade of “B” or better. No more than six hours of graduate credit will be accepted for transfer purposes.

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