The BYU MBA takes a very holistic approach to admissions. The admissions committee balances objective and quantitative metrics (e.g. test scores, grades) with qualitative and subjective factors (e.g. work experience, statement of intent, interview).
Here are some insights into how the admissions committee will evaluate an applicant’s profile:
1. Commitment to the mission of BYU and its sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The BYU MBA is committed to developing individuals who will be an influence for good in the world through service to their families, professions, and communities. Membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not required for admission, but an understanding of and a commitment to support the Church’s mission is necessary. Please refer to the websites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the BYU Honor Code for additional information about the mission of the LDS Church and BYU.
2. Evidence of career progression and leadership skills
These skills are assessed through several pieces of the application (statement of intent, résumé, letters of recommendation), work experience, and an interview with a member of the admissions committee (interviews are conducted by invitation only to applicants deemed competitive for admission). A minimum of two years of full-time, professional experience is required. Average work experience for admitted applicants is four years.
3. Academic ability
Because the BYU MBA is a competitive and challenging graduate business program, the admissions committee wants to be sure that students are ready for the academic rigor of the coursework. The following two factors are considered:
- Standardized test scores: All applicants must take the GMAT or GRE (GMAT is preferred). The admissions committee pays close attention to the quantitative (math) score and prefers it to be above the 50th percentile. BYU MBA does not use the analytical writing or integrated reasoning sections. The average GMAT score for the incoming class in 2016 was 672 with 80 percent of the class scoring between 640 and 710. Students applying with a GRE score should target the 75th percentile to ensure they are competitive for admission.
- GPA: The average GPA for admitted applicants is 3.4. We accept students from all areas of academic study, and there are no course prerequisites to apply.
4. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Applicants must show evidence of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited US university or equivalent from a recognized international university. International applicants who received a degree from outside the US must submit all official transcripts, diplomas, and marksheets to the International Education Research Foundation for a credential evaluation. Request a Detail Report. Plan accordingly as this process may take up to four weeks.