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. Candidates 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: The 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.