What We Look For in a BYU MBA Applicant

Exceptional Students

The BYU MBA Program wants exceptional individuals as students. We want students who will make BYU an inspiring place to learn current business practices and principles.

Holistic Admissions Approach

We evaluate each application in its entirety.  We weigh your academic and professional achievements against your potential ability to work in teams and large groups and the overall contribution you would bring to the class you are hoping to join.  We make admissions decisions based upon a candidate's combined qualification for the demands of the program.

To evaluate your academic ability, we rely on traditional tools like GMAT score and undergraduate GPA. To evaluate the type of contribution you will make to other members of your class, we take into account your professional experience.

In addition to evaluating academic and professional preparation, we want to know why you want to attend BYU and whether it would be a good fit for you.

Your experience, essay and interview should support the direction you want to go in your career. 


We also evaluate each candidate across the applicant pool.  Our applicant pool fluctuates from year to year, but on average we receive about 400 applications each year.  We admit about 40 percent of our applicant pool.  Remember, if you are not accepted this year, try again next year.

Diversity Enriches the Classroom Experience

Like the other top-30 MBA programs, we look to include students of diverse backgrounds. As is evidenced by our past graduating classes, diversity in culture, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socioeconomic background, and professional experience add to the rich learning environment of the BYU MBA Program.

Although diversity is a part of the final decision, it is not the only factor for admission into the program.  We admit students based on academic and professional merit, and their potential to add value to the incoming class and the overall brand of the BYU MBA Program.