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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

An applicant for admission to graduate study must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. The applicant must complete the Application for Admission to Graduate School. This form may be obtained online under "Apply Now". All undergraduate work toward the baccalaureate degree and any previous graduate work must be verified by official transcripts showing both the credit and grade earned.

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

GMAT/GRE Waiver

MBA applicants can petition for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they meet one of the following:

  1. Achieved a 70th percentile or higher in the undergraduate Business Major Field Test (MFT)
    Documentation:
    • An official letter from the department chair or College dean verifying:
      • The date the applicant took the MFT
      • The applicant's numerical score on the MFT; and
      • The corresponding percentile rank

  2. Enlisted U.S. military personnel with a grade of E-6 or higher
    Documentation:
    • A formal letter of request
    • A letter from the immediate supervisor verifying the applicant’s ranking

  3. U.S. warrant officers and commissioned officers CW3 or O3 and higher
    Documentation:
    • A formal letter of request
    • A letter from the immediate supervisor verifying the applicant’s ranking

  4. Completed a graduate degree at an accredited institution
    Documentation:
    • A formal letter of request
    • Official transcript from the institution

  5. Minimum of five years significant managerial experience
    Documentation:
    • A formal letter of request
    • A résumé listing all managerial positions held
    • A description of responsibilities (budgetary responsibilities, number of direct reports) in each position
    • A letter of verification from each immediate supervisor addressing the job responsibilities of the applicant

Applicants receiving a GMAT/GRE waiver may be required to complete a writing sample as assigned by the MBA Program Director.

Transfer Credits

Only students who are in good standing as graduate students at a regionally-accredited institution are eligible to apply as graduate transfer students.

No more than nine trimester hours of graduate credit consisting of no more than four courses may be transferred for a graduate program. Transfer credit must be from a regionally-accredited institution. The acceptance of the full nine hours is conditional on the applicability to the student’s planned degree program. The student must be working on a specific master’s degree at Northwest and have completed the Degree Audit Agreement in order to receive consideration for eligible transfer credit. The student’s advisor must request, in writing, consideration of potential transfer credit from the Dean of the Graduate School. Transfer credit is not processed for non-degree or certification graduate students. Transfer credit applied toward a degree may not be older than eight years.

Only work evaluated “B” or above is acceptable for transfer credit and applicable to a specific master’s degree program. Coursework taken for ungraded credit cannot be used toward a degree. Official transcripts must show that the credit is at the graduate level. 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 graduate degree at Northwest.

Northwest has the option of not accepting transfer credit from a regionally- or nationally- accredited institution for courses offered by that institution in a state outside of the state where the institution has its home campus.