What We Look For

The admissions committee strives to select students who are a good fit for the Professional MBA program. Each prospective student’s application is evaluated on the following considerations:

  • Professional work experience: Strong candidates have at least two years of full-time work experience in business, military service, Peace Corps work, missions, teaching or another area of professional activity after graduating from college.┬áCandidates who are admitted without the traditional two years of work experience must demonstrate exceptional strengths in all other components of their application.
  • Preferred management experience: Full-time management experience is not required but is preferred. Management is defined as direct responsibility for the assets of an organization, management of people, special projects, processes, databases, budgets, etc.
  • Potential for career advancement: Strong candidates exhibit strong leadership traits, even if they do not presently hold a managerial position. These prospects also have a history of introducing new ways of thinking or efficiencies to their organizations.
  • Potential for contributing to the learning experience:┬áThe admissions team evaluates candidates on their knowledge, experiences and intellectual curiosity to determine whether they will add value to classroom discussions and contribute to their peers’ learning.
  • Ability to work in a team environment: Strong candidates understand how to work effectively in teams.
  • Motivation and commitment to completing the program: Successful prospects display a professional demeanor and have a proven track record of successfully starting and completing endeavors.
  • Ability to balance an academically challenging program, ongoing career responsibilities and personal life: Successful applicants exhibit time management and planning skills in order to successfully handle the multiple demands on their time.
  • Sound post-MBA goals: The admissions team looks for a logical connection between pre-MBA experience and the candidate’s post-MBA goals. These goals could include seeking a specific promotion that requires an MBA degree or adding new knowledge and skills to have more flexibility when seeking another position.