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Admission Overview

Academic Performance

All candidates must have a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have earned at least a 2.75 grade point average at the institution that awarded the bachelor's degree. One copy of all college or university work must be submitted with the online application.

Transfer credits from other institutions may be used to satisfy the requirements of the program. Please contact the MBA Office at 513-895-8876 to discuss the specifics of your situation.

Admission Tests

Because it provides a uniform and standardized way of evaluating all candidates, the GMAT or GRE is a requirement for admission. For information on the GMAT, including study aids and to schedule a test date, visit the mba.com website. The Miami program code is Q6W-8F-14. For information on the GRE visit GRE General Test. The Miami program code is 1463.

You may submit your online application for admission to the Graduate School along with your transcripts before taking the GMAT or GRE. Qualified candidates will be interviewed upon receiving your completed application package; online application, copy of transcripts, resume, essay, and letter of recommendation. We do require a competitive GMAT or GRE score from all applicants that must be submitted before you are officially accepted into the program. However, you do not have to take these exams before submitting your application package.

Waiving the GMAT or GRE will be decided on a case by case basis given the candidate has extensive work experience. A candidate must participate in the interview process in order for this to be considered.

Work Experience

It is essential that students have prior exposure to organizational processes and management given the accelerated nature of the MBA. Therefore, a minimum of three years of post-baccalaureate, professional work experience is generally required prior to the date of matriculation.

Candidates that bring a record of managerial attainment and leadership roles, but with less than the required years of experience, are encouraged to contact the MBA Program office to discuss their overall credentials.

Personal Qualities and Capabilities

These qualities cannot be quantitatively measured but are nonetheless required for success in the Miami MBA program as well as future professional success. Other factors such as breadth of perspective, international exposure, and participation in extracurricular activities are also desirable.

To evaluate these areas, we ask you to provide us with a current resume, essay, and one letter of recommendation. A personal interview with a member of the MBA Program staff or faculty will also be required.


To assist the Admissions Committee with summary evaluation of credentials, a one-page business resume is required.

Essay Question

Please provide an answer to the Essay Question. Type your answer, double-spaced, and include your name on your response. The length of the essay should be no more than 800 words.

Recommendation Letter

Using the Recommendation Form please submit ONE recommendation from an individual who can speak directly about your aptitude for graduate study. We find work-related recommendations preferable to academic ones. Ideally recommenders will be current or former supervisors, or those in a position to have witnessed your work and accomplishments such as clients, vendors, or partners. Supplementary recommendations may be submitted, but only if they add additional insight. 


Since strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential for success in the MBA program as well as in management positions, interviews play an important role in the assessment of prospective students. After initial application review, a member of the MBA Program staff or the Faculty Admissions Committee will conduct an interview with competitive candidates. Depending upon the candidates' availability, interviews are held at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, on the main campus in Oxford, or over the phone.

Transfer Students

A limited number of transfer students will be accepted into the MBA Program each year. Admission standards for transfer students will be the same as previously described. Given the unique nature of each transfer situation, your first step should be to contact the MBA Program Office at 513-895-8876 to discuss your particular situation.

International Students

The Miami MBA Program welcomes those applicants who are citizens from countries outside the United States. The quality of a student's learning depends upon active oral participation in his/her classes as well as composing written assignments. To ensure the highest quality learning experience for international students, they are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to evaluate proficiency in reading and listening skills. The minimum total acceptable TOEFL score is 95 with no more than one sub-category score below 20. Exceptions will be determined by the degree to which the applicant meets/exceeds all admission requirements, including the interview.

Applicants with permanent U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency status but who do not have English as their native language may be required to take the TOEFL following an interview in order to fully assess their reading, listening, and writing capability. Additionally, applicants who do not speak English as their native language but have been educated in a U.S. or English-speaking country may also be required to submit TOEFL scores following an interview.

Applicants can register to take the international TOEFL by visiting www.toefl.org. (Only the international TOEFL will be accepted, the institutional TOEFL will not be accepted). Miami University's TOEFL code is 1463.