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Admission Standards for Online MBA

The Admissions Committee will review and evaluate prior academic performance, leadership experience, professional experience, aptitude for graduate study, general motivation and managerial attributes based on the admission standards set by the College of Business and Economics for graduate business programs.
Learn more about the Boise State Online MBA.

Admission Criteria

  • Requirements

    • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and must have at least two years of significant, full-time  management experience showing management of people, budgets, or customer accounts, or professional experience such as a licensed Professional Engineer or CPA.
  • Application for Admission

  • Official Transcripts

    • All official transcripts should be sent directly to:
      • Graduate Admission and Degree Services
        Mailstop 1110
        Boise State University
        1910 University Drive
        Boise, ID 83725-1110
      • or if emailed directly from the university, send to
  • GMAT or GRE Test Scores

    • GMAT: Ideal candidate will have a minimum score of 500
    • GRE: Ideal candidate will have a minimum score of 147 Verbal /148 Quantitative
    • Test scores should be sent to Boise State University’s code: 4018
    • Check out GRE/GMAT page for more information.
    • Scores Waiver
      • We may waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for applicants with three years of significant management experience and a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate career, or who already possess a master’s or doctoral level degree. Please notify the Director of the Online MBA program at if you intend to be considered for this option.
  • International Students

    • International students must complete the TOEFL exam with a score of 587/240 (PBT) or 95 (iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 or better. They may be asked to provide a statement of adequate funding and certified English translations of transcripts. Details at the Department of Admissions International Students page.
  • Resume

    • A current detailed resume highlighting your professional work experience. Do not be concerned with brevity. Please include start and end dates (month and year) for each position held, and indicate full or part-time employment. Online MBA students must have at least two years of full-time management or professional work experience where you have managed either people, budgets, or customer accounts beyond a basic supervisory level.
  • Essays

    • Two written, typed essays are required. Please answer the following questions.
      • Required:
        • Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or a task that was challenging, difficult or frustrating. What did you learn from the experience? (maximum 500 words)
        • Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, work experience and/or leadership skills influenced your career goals. How will your goals be furthered by an MBA degree? (maximum 750 words)
      • Optional:
        • Is there anything you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee in considering your application? (maximum 500 words)
      • Required for re-applicants (previously denied) only:
        • Since your previous application, what are the steps you’ve taken to strengthen your candidacy?
  • Recommendations

    • Two completed Recommendation Forms. Please forward these forms to two people who have been your direct supervisor in a professional setting or your professor in an academic setting and who are familiar with your work. Ask them to return the completed recommendations directly to us at their earliest convenience.

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