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Admission Criteria

Academic record

The Broad of College of Business considers each applicant’s undergraduate transcript, with special attention given to the last two years. The average GPA for the final two undergraduate years is 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

We require students to have completed a four-year undergraduate degree. We do not accept three-year international bachelor’s degrees; you must have a four-year bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

We consider graduate-level work but do not allow transfers from other MBA programs or candidates who already have an MBA or an MBA equivalent from another institution. The Full-Time MBA program will accept uploaded scanned copies of your academic records. If you are admitted to the Full-Time MBA program, we will then require all original documents to be sent to the program office.

Note: applicants who graduated from a U.S. University can have electronic transcripts sent directly to Michigan State University’s Central Admission Office through a transcript service such as AVOW or eScrip-Safe.

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Resume

One copy of a current resume is required and, in no more than one page, should detail:

  • Professional experience
  • Academic credentials and related accomplishments
  • Pertinent biographical data 

We strongly recommend a minimum of two years’ full-time work experience after a candidate has earned an undergraduate degree. The average admitted student has four years’ work experience. The quality of work experience is closely scrutinized, with an emphasis on:

  • Professional career progression
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership experience
  • Quantifiable business results

The Broad MBA program occasionally will consider applicants with nontraditional full-time work experience prior to or during their undergraduate program.

Additional accomplishments to be noted in the resume that can enhance an applicant’s chances of success include:

  • Work-related or professional awards
  • Scholastic awards, accomplishments, and publications
  • Community service work
  • Youth development and mentoring

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Standardized Test Score
(GMAT or GRE)

All applicants must take either the GMAT or the GRE. Our average GMAT score is 665 (Median 680); we do not have a required minimum score. A GMAT or GRE score alone does not guarantee or deny admission to the program.

GMAT Code for Full-Time MBA: QH0-5P-76 MBA (Q-H-ZERO-FIVE-P-SEVEN-SIX)

GRE Code for Michigan State University – 1465

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Personal essays

Two personal essays are required (a written and a video essay). The essays help determine whether a candidate is a good fit for the program’s curricular strengths and team-intensive environment. Click here for current essay topics.

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Recommendations/References

We require two references. We prefer references (preferably a supervisor) that can attest to the your ability to work within and lead teams as well as to contribute significantly to a professional business environment. Your reference should be able to provide specific information on your professional and intellectual skills and abilities. Employment related references are strongly encouraged. Note- All candidates are required to fill in the names and contact information of their references on the online application. However, your reference does not need to fill out the recommendation form itself. If your reference/recommender chooses to fill out the recommendation form, we will still accept it. Filling out the recommendation form by a recommender is OPTIONAL. The Full-Time MBA program office may call your references/recommenders to speak to them during the application cycle. Please inform your references/recommenders to expect a call from The Michigan State University Full-Time MBA program during the application cycle (not all references will be contacted).

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Evaluative interview

Once past the initial screening process, applicants will be contacted for an evaluative interview by the admissions staff. Interviews are held from September through June and may be conducted by Skype or in person. You may wish to schedule an individual campus visit at the same time as your interview.

The interview is a professional one, but the tone is relaxed and conversational. It typically lasts 30-40 minutes. Professional attire is expected.

During the interview, the candidate will be assessed on:

  • Attitude
  • Professionalism
  • Maturity
  • Ability to work well with people
  • Perceived fit with the MBA program

MBA candidates who notify Broad of a scheduling conflict at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled interview will be allowed to reschedule with no penalty, according to the interview slots that are available. Candidates who miss their scheduled interview without notifying Broad beforehand will be denied if contact is not made with the MBA program staff by the end of the next business day and an acceptable excuse, as determined by program staff, is presented.

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International test score

International applicants must meet all of the above requirements. In addition, we ask international applicants to provide a score from any of the following testing agencies.

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • PTE

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