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Admissions

Apply now to begin your MBA journey at Radford University! All applications require payment of a non-refundable fee ($50). If you prefer a mailed application packet, please email a request or call us at 540-831-5431. All applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Applicant files are forwarded to the appropriate department for evaluation and a recommendation regarding admission. The final decision on admission rests with the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Forms

Required Materials to Submit with Application

  1. Required test scores
    1. GMAT score of at least 400 within in the last five years or the equivalent GRE.
      GMAT fee waiver request procedures:
      GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Council which administers the GMAT exam, will allow a university to request a limited number of fee waivers for economically disadvantaged students within a 12month period. The MBA Director submits a waiver request to GMAC.  RU undergraduate students who have received financial aid based on financial need may request a waiver of the MBA Director. Applicants from other US undergraduate programs who have received financial aid based on financial need may also request a waiver. Requests for waivers from international students will have to be accompanied by evidence of financial need which will be evaluated by the Director of the MBA program. Applicants should have at least a 3.25 GPA at the time of the request.
    2. For international students, applicants must demonstrate English proficiency prior to admission to the University. Radford University has established levels of proficiency for students whose native language is not English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the primary evaluation tool to test your knowledge of English. English language proficiency is demonstrated by: TOEFL 550 or higher (paper-based); 213 or higher (computer-based); 79-80 or higher (internet-based). If you have taken the TOEFL, have the results sent directly to Radford University (code 5565) from the Education Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08541. Information on the TOEFL is also available from U.S. embassies and consulates.
    3. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study in environments where English is used as a language of communication. IELTS provides a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. An easy to use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). A minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies.
    4. TEOFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
  2. Transcripts of all university/community college work
  3. Two letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s work or academic success and/or potential for success as a graduate student
    1. For a full-time student, one recommendation should come from a professor who can speak to your potential success as a graduate student. The other letter can come from either another professor, or someone who can attest to your successful job performance.
    2. For the professional MBA student, at least one of the letters of recommendation should come from a current or former employer who can speak to the quality of your work experience and organizational impact. This is particularly critical if you are requesting a review for a GMAT waiver. The other letter can come from another professional contact or a former professor who can also speak to your potential success as an MBA student.
  4. Letter of Intent (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed two pages in length). It should address--
    1. Why are you interested in an RU MBA, and why now?
    2. What are your short and long-term goals in seeking this degree?  How do you expect the RU MBA to help you achieve these goals?
    3. If you are requesting a review for a GMAT waiver, state your request for the review in this letter, and briefly explain why you believe you meet the criteria. (Attach the GMAT Waiver Request form (PDF) to your application)
  5. Other materials to attach: Resume, Foundation Evaluation Summary Form (PDF), GMAT Waiver Request (PDF) (optional)
  6. Application fee submitted with application

Foundational Knowledge

Applicants must demonstrate evidence (or proof) of knowledge in the following foundation areas:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Statistics

These foundational areas may be met through equivalent coursework from an accredited university, successful completion of our online preparation courses, and/or sufficient demonstration of knowledge through work experience.  A student may apply to our program prior to completing all foundational knowledge areas. However, these must all be met prior to taking any MBA-level coursework or have an approve plan for meeting deficits on file with the MBA Office.

Prior to enrolling in MBA classes, all applicants are expected to have achieved, by experience and/or education, basic skills in written and oral communication and computer usage.