Frequently Asked Questions: General

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The BYU MBA requires two full academic years to complete. Students attend classes during the fall and winter semesters for two years. Students begin the program in Fall Semester only. No MBA courses are taught during the spring/summer between the first and second year. Students are encouraged to complete internships during this time.

Are students allowed to work during the MBA program?

During the first year, students are not allowed to be employed, which includes within their own businesses. The course load is too intense during the first year to split the required time with study groups and employment responsibilities. Admitted applicants are required to sign a commitment that they will not have any outside employment during the first year of the MBA program.

Generally, the second year of the Program allows a lighter course load; therefore, students may work part-time during the second year. A number of research and teaching assistantships are available to second-year MBA students.

Does BYU offer an online MBA program?

No.

What is the difference between the Executive MBA program and the traditional day-time MBA program?

The Executive MBA program differs from the traditional day-time MBA program in the following ways:

 

Day-time MBA

Executive MBA

Average Number of Years of Work Experience

4

11

Average Age of Student

26

35

Tuition

$25,000 (LDS); $49,000 (Non-LDS)

$45,000 (LDS & Non-LDS)

Books Provided

No

Yes

Foreign Business Excursion Travel and Lodging

Optional, but not required

Yes (Required as part of degree)

Career Management Assistance Provided

Yes

No

Access to BYU Facilities and Services

Yes

Yes

Mid-Program Internship

Yes

No

Allowed to work during first year of the Program

No

Yes

Allowed to work during the second year of the Program

Yes

Yes

GMAT Required for Admission

Yes

Yes

GMAT Waiver Option

No

Yes

Average GMAT Score

672

615

Average GPA

3.5

3.39

Length of Degree

64 credit hours

54 credit hours

Class Location Options

Provo, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Commitment to BYU Honor Code Required

Yes

Yes

Is it possible to transfer from another MBA program?

Yes, it is possible to transfer to the BYU MBA Program from another MBA program. In order to transfer, you must apply as a regular applicant. You should include in your statement of intent why you desire to transfer to BYU. If you are admitted, the admissions committee will evaluate your transcripts from your previous MBA program and choose a maximum of fifteen graduate credit hours to accept. The fifteen credits that are transferred will count as elective credits. You will still be required to complete the MBA core class, even if you have previously completed similar classes.

Is it detrimental to get your undergraduate and graduate degrees from the same university?

No, it is not detrimental for a student to receive both their undergraduate and graduate degree from the same university. In regards to admissions into the BYU MBA Program, we are only concerned that you graduated from an accredited university.

If I have a question not covered in Frequently Asked Questions, how do I get an answer?

Please see our contact information page.