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Northwest Missouri State University

Admission Requirements

Admission Deadlines

If you wish to be considered for admission to the MBA program, send your application for admission to the Northwest Graduate Office.

Trimester Deadlines:

Fall July 1
Spring December 1
Summer May 1

To be accepted for admission to graduate study at Northwest, you should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited American university or college. You must also complete an application for graduate admission and return it to the Graduate Office or Admissions. And you must send official transcripts from each accredited institution you have attended to Northwest’s Graduate Office, 800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468-6001. You can obtain an application online at or contact the Graduate Office at 660.562.1144.

Admission to the MBA program is granted by the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. To be admitted to the MBA program, students must meet the following criteria:


MBA program applicants who took the Major Field Test (MFT) at their undergraduate institution and scored at or above the 70th percentile may have the verbal and quantitative sections of the GMAT/GRE requirement waived. In order to apply for this waiver, the applicant must submit documentation from his or her undergraduate institution that verifies (a) the date the applicant took the MFT; (b) the applicant's numerical score on the MFT; and (c) the corresponding percentile rank. This documentation should be in the form of a letter, on the letterhead of the applicant's undergraduate institution, and signed by an officer (dean or chair) of that institution. Documentation will be necessary at the time of the application to the MBA program.

MBA program applicants who completed a graduate degree at the institution that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency in the United States, or an institution that meets accepted accreditation standards in other countries may have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived.

The GMAT/GRE requirement will also be waived for applicants with significant current or former military leadership experience in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. For enlisted personnel, the grade of E-6 or higher will waive this requirement. All warrant officers and commissioned officers CW3 or O3 and higher qualify for this waiver. Documentation will be necessary at the time of application to the MBA program.

MBA program applicants with a minimum of five years of successful managerial experience may have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived. Students must submit a request including a data sheet indicating managerial positions held and a description of responsibilities in each position. A letter of reference should accompany the data sheet from each immediate supervisor, addressing the job responsibilities of each position. The MBA graduate faculty will consider each petition and determine whether to accept it. Documentation should include such specifics as number of people supervised and fiscal/budgetary responsibilities.

Admission may be granted to a limited number of students who show high promise for success but do not meet the above standards. A minimum of five years of successful managerial experience may be considered in lieu of the GPA for these students.

An Approved Program Form must be completed with your advisor during your first trimester of enrollment.

Transfer Students

If you have already completed graduate courses toward an MBA degree at another institution, you may transfer some of those hours to Northwest toward your degree here, with approval from the MBA faculty. Only students who are in good standing as graduate students at a regionally or nationally accredited institution are eligible to apply as graduate transfer students.

A student may transfer no more than nine semester hours of graduate credit, and no more than four courses, into the MBA program at Northwest. Acceptance of the transfer courses is conditional on applicability to the MBA program. The student must submit an official transcript from the institution transferring the coursework. Only work evaluated at "B" or above is acceptable for transfer credit. Transfer credit applied toward the degree may not be older than eight years. No transfer credit will be accepted for courses taken by correspondence. Credit completed at any institution as part of an advanced degree from that institution is not acceptable for transfer toward a different master’s degree at Northwest.