Admission Requirements


MBA Applicants – FALL 2018 (and after) Admission Changes  

Admission to the MBA program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the UTA Office of Graduate Studies. For all UTA MBA programs, a score on the GMAT or GRE and record of an applicant’s undergraduate academic performance are required.

Specifically, multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant’s GMAT score and grade point average as calculated by the UTA Office of Graduate Studies. These measures are integrated into a formula, or index, that multiplies the grade point average by 200 and adds the total GMAT score. Index factors are weighed equally at the outset of applicant evaluation. A graduate grade point average is used in the index when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours.

Along with grade point average and GMAT total score, admission criteria include the following:

  1. GMAT subscores (verbal and quantitative)
  2. GMAT writing sample
  3. Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
  4. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the application essay
  5. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background and/or work experience
  6. Undergraduate major (For STEM MBA applicants, the undergraduate major must be from a science-, technology-, engineering- or math-related field.)
  7. General and specific program accreditation status of degree-granting institution
  8. Professional work experience (resume) *
  9. Professional certification or licensure *

* Not required for STEM MBA applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies. Applicants must submit a score of at least:

  • A score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or,
  • A score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or,
  • A minimum score of 40 on the TSE or,
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS or,
  • A minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section to meet this requirement.

International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete UT Arlington’s Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate course work.

Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission, the applicant’s composite total from the index must be 1080 or higher and items 1 through 3 above should strongly indicate the potential for successful academic performance as a graduate business student.

Students who are unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 as calculated by the UTA Office of Graduate Studies (or 3.00 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

Probationary Admission

For an applicant with an index score below 1080, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 5 above strongly indicate the potential for successful academic performance as a graduate business student. Items 6 through 9 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. Students who are admitted on probation will have one or more conditions specified, such as no grade less than ‘B’ for the first 12 hours of graduate study.

Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission

A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant’s file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.

For an applicant with an index score less than 1040 and other evidence indicates lack of potential for academic success as a graduate business student, admission will likely be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.



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