Admission Criteria


  1. Commitment to the mission of BYU and its sponsoring organization, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    BYU's Executive MBA program is committed to developing individuals who will make a difference for good in the world through their service to their families, to their professions, to their church, and to their communities. Membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not required for admittance into the program, but an understanding of and a commitment to support the Church's mission is necessary. Please refer to the web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the BYU Honor Code for additional information about the mission of BYU and the Church.
  2. Evidence of management and leadership skills.

    These skills are evidenced through completion of the Executive MBA application (statement of intent, resume, letters of recommendation), work experience, and an interview with a member of the admissions committee (interviews are conducted by invitation only, and are offered to applicants the admissions committee deems competitive for admission to the program after review of the completed application). A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience is required. Average work experience for admitted applicants is 11 years.
  3. Academic ability.

    The following two factors are considered:
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score. All MBA applicants must take the GMAT; no other test may substitute. The admissions committee pays particular attention to the quantitative (math) score (greater than the 50th percentile is typically necessary); it does not use the analytical (written) portions of the test in the admission process. The average GMAT score for students recently admitted to the Executive MBA program is 617; scores below 570 are generally not considered competitive for admission. 

      NOTE: The admissions committee will consider waiving the GMAT requirement for select applicants (typically with significant work experience in a quantitative area). To apply, fill out the form located here, then submit your EMBA application. Waivers are only granted WITH a completed EMBA application. Waiver requests will be evaluated along with evaluation for admission. For any questions, regarding this process or qualifications, please contact Julianne Gray, MBA Recruiting Manager at
    • Grade point average (GPA). The average GPA for admitted applicants is 3.3.
  4. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

    Applicants must show evidence of a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university - or the equivalent from a recognized international university.  International applicants whose degree is awarded outside the United States must submit all official transcripts, diplomas and marksheets to International Education Research Foundation (IERF) for a credential evaluation.  Request a detailed report.
  5. English Proficiency Requirements.

All applicants who have not received a bachelor's degree from an educational institution in the U.S. are required to submit official IELTS or TOEFL scores in order to be considered for admission.

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for international applicants who receive an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. university. The degree must not be older than 2 years at the time of enrollment to qualify for the exemption.

U.S. permanent residents are not waived from the English proficiency requirement unless they have met the criteria above.

The minimum scores required on the TOEFL are:
The TOEFL/IELTS score is valid for two years. The MBA program requires that TOEFL/IELTS scores be valid as of the date applicants enter the program; for the Fall 2015 application period, TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for tests taken August 2013 and later.

    Total score of 94 on the internet-based test (minimum score of 22 in Speaking and minimum score of 21 in Listening, Reading, and Writing)
  • TOEFL (Computer-based)
  • TOEFL (Paper-based)
    Overall band score of 7.0 (minimum band score of 6.0 in each module)


- Temporary work visa holders (e.g., H1B and L1) may participate in the BYU Executive MBA program conditional on maintaining full-time employment with the sponsoring business. Attendance in class is required. Individuals who lose temporary work visa status (due to job loss or reaching the visa's time limit) may have to return home; consequently, they will not be able to contiue in the BYU Executive MBA program. 

- Students who leave the BYU Executive MBA before completion do not receive tuition refunds. 

- Individuals on student visas (e.g., F-1 and J-1) are eligible for the full-time MBA, but not the part-time Executive MBA. Executive MBA students are not permitted to switch to the full-time program.