Frequently Asked Questions: Application and Admissions Process

What are the criteria for admission?

Please visit the admission criteria page. 

What is the best undergraduate major to have for admission to the MBA program?

Majors are irrelevant to admission. We recommend that non-business majors take a business minor. Basic courses in accounting, economics, and statistics will be helpful. Applicants should develop skills in writing, quantitative abilities, and problem analysis.

I am not a member of the LDS Church. Can I still apply to the BYU MBA Program?

Yes. Brigham Young University welcomes students from all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.

I am not a member of the LDS Church. Do I still need to supply an Ecclesiastical Endorsement?

All applicants need an endorsement interview. Start this process at endorse.byu.edu. Non-LDS applicants will need an interview with a local religious leader and BYU Chaplain. Instructions are provided at endorse.byu.edu.

Are students who earned an undergraduate business degree from BYU admitted to the MBA program?

Yes, but the particular undergraduate major is not important as long as applicants meet the admission criteria. In general, undergraduate business majors from BYU do well in the MBA program, and do not find the courses to be redundant to what they learned in the undergraduate program. 

What should I know about letters of recommendation?

The admissions committee would like to learn more about you from people who know you in a professional setting. Select three people who can speak directly to your aptitude for, or accomplishments in, leadership and management. Please don't select people who aren't truly qualified to write about you in a professional setting. Please make sure that your recommenders understand that an effective recommendation includes a letter presenting examples of your leadership and team building skills as well as the check box form required by the university.

Applicants who work in family business, entrepreneurial positions, or other non-traditional backgrounds will need to be creative when choosing recommenders. You may consider clients, vendors, or others you have worked with in the business community.

When should I submit my application and how soon after I submit my application will I be notified of a decision?

Please see the application calendar web page.

If I'm not admitted to the MBA program this year, does that hurt my chances for admission in a future year?

No. Once you have been through the admissions process and are aware of what to expect, the process should be easier in following years. The admissions committee will also explain in a letter why you were not admitted to the MBA program; your chances for admission in following years could be increased by following the suggestions given in that letter. 

What is required in the MBA application?

Please see the application web page.

What is rolling admission and how does it work?

Rolling admissions means that once an application is completed it is immediately sent to the admissions committee for review. Applications completed by a deadline are given priority review. The admissions committee then reviews those that are completed after the deadline. Applications are not held to the next deadline.

If I want to apply to both the full-time and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs, do I need to submit two applications?

Yes, you must submit two applications, but test scores, letters of recommendation, and transcripts may be submitted once and used toward both applications. Submit them with one application then contact the MBA office and request they be copied to the other.


If you have more questions about Applications or Admissions, visit the admissions page or contact us at mba@byu.edu or 801-422-3500.