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Admission Requirements

Applicant materials are reviewed during the normal admission cycles. Students accepted into the MBA program will receive written notification and additional orientation materials. Students not admitted will be notified in writing and may be encouraged to reapply during the next regular admissions cycle.

The admission process for the MBA program at Western Kentucky University involves the following steps and requirements1

  1. Completion of Graduate School admission application, a current resume with two references listed, and an official copy of a GMAT score taken within the last five years.
  1. Applicants seeking admission must meet the following criteria: minimum undergraduate overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, a minimum overall GMAT score of 500, and a written GMAT score of 3.5. Applicants not meeting these standards may be considered on a case-by-case basis if applicant has a GAP score of 1100 or more [GAP = GMAT total scaled score +(Undergraduate GPA x 200)].
  1. Applicants may use substantial professional work experience (five years minimum of professional or mid to upper-level management experience) to overcome deficiencies in other program admission criteria.
  1. The GMAT requirement will be waived for students who:
    1. already possess a doctoral degree (MD, JD, DO, DDS, PharmD, PhD, EdD, etc.) or those who have completed and passed all sections of the CPA exam;
    2. have earned a bachelor's degree with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher in a business program in the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU or other AACSB accredited program.
  1. Applicants who have limited prior academic background in basic business are required to demonstrate proficiency in major areas by successfully completing one of the following:
    1. one or more preparatory courses as specified by the MBA Director;
    2. BA 502;
    3. one or more core area proficiency exams (fees required).


1 These minimum requirements establish eligibility for admission, but do not guarantee acceptance.


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 Last Modified 6/8/20