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 program is structured to accommodate students with various undergraduate degrees. Program applications are reviewed on a “rolling” basis. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, and summer. All candidates must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning to qualify for admission. Formal work experience is not required.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
Although there are no formal application deadlines, it is recommended that all the 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 directly to the Office of Graduate Enrollment:
- Online application
- Test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). [La Salle’s school code for reporting scores from the GMAT is 548-KK-38. La Salle’s school code for reporting scores from the GRE is 2363.] The University does not accept scores directly from students.
- Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended.
In addition to the requirements above, international candidates must also meet the following requirements.
- Either take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have their test scores forwarded to the Office of Graduate Enrollment by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), in Princeton, NJ. (1.800.257.9547) [La Salle's school code for reporting scores from the TOEFL is 2363], or take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) www.ielts.org.
- Have their academic credentials from foreign institutions evaluated by World Education Services (WES.org) or a similar organization.
- Submit a Statement of Financial Responsibility Form, which may be obtained from the Multicultural and International Center at La Salle University.
All documents should be submitted to the following:
Office of Graduate Enrollment
La Salle University—Box 826
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
215.951.1100 / Fax 215.951.1462
Upon receipt of the documents above, candidates are interviewed by phone or in person (whenever feasible) prior to final admission decisions.
Because each applicant’s background and profile are 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.
The University's Nondiscrimination Policy is stated in the General Reference section of this catalog. Admission is based solely upon an applicant’s qualifications.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
La Salle University offers workshops for anyone interested in preparing for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
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 the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS consults with this council on matters of general policy, develops test materials, administers the test, and conducts research projects aimed at improving the test.
Waiver of the GMAT Requirement
Applicants possessing a master’s or Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
Applicants with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited program who have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.2 or above are not required to complete the GMAT/ GRE exam for admission into the program.
TOEFL and IELTS
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are not required of applicants whose native language is English and applicants who have undergraduate degrees from universities in the United States. In addition, 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
A limited number of students with at least 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.
An applicant may request the transfer of graduate credit(s) earned at another AACSB 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 in the Core, Specialization, and Executive Perspectives areas of the program will be accepted.