FAQs

General

The BYU MBA requires two full academic years (or four semesters) to complete. Students begin the program in Fall semester only. No MBA courses are taught during spring/summer between the first and second year because students are encouraged to complete internships during this time.

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.

No.

The Executive MBA program differs from the traditional daytime MBA program in the following ways:

  Daytime MBA Executive MBA
Average years of work experience 4 11
Average age 27 35
Tuition $25,000 (LDS); $49,000 (Non-LDS) $45,000 (LDS & Non-LDS)
Books provided No Yes
Foreign business excursion travel Optional, but not required 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 second year of the program Yes Yes
GMAT/GRE required for admission Yes Yes
GMAT waiver option No Yes
Average GMAT 672 615
Average GPA 3.50 3.39
Length of degree 64 credit hours 54 credit hours
Class location Provo, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Commitment to BYU Honor Code required Yes Yes

Yes, it is possible to transfer to the BYU MBA 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 classes, even if you have previously completed similar classes.

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

After reviewing the information on our website, feel free to email mba@byu.edu with your question.

GMAT and GPA

The GMAT is the preferred entrance exam for the program, but the GRE is also accepted. The GMAT is one of the major evaluation tools used by the admissions committee to determine an applicant’s readiness for the academic rigor of the program.

While the GMAT is preferred, we do accept the GRE. All other admission requirements are the same. Students taking the GRE should aim for the 85th percentile on both the quantitative and verbal sections of the test.

The average score for students admitted to the BYU MBA for Fall 2016 was 672, but the range of scores of admitted students is broad. Eighty percent of our students score between 640 and 710. A high score does not guarantee acceptance nor does a low score preclude it. The admissions committee is particularly interested in a quantitative score at or near the 50th percentile.

There is no penalty for taking the GMAT multiple times. BYU MBA uses the highest score in evaluating an application; GMAT scores are not averaged.

If your GMAT score is below 600, we suggest retaking the GMAT to achieve a score more competitive for admission. The admissions committee will only consider your highest GMAT score (BYU MBA does not average scores). Please notify the BYU MBA admissions office if you plan to retake the GMAT so your application can be held until your new scores are received. There is a 16-day waiting period to retake the test.

If applicants are denied admission to the MBA program due to a low GMAT score, they have the option to retake the GMAT and have their application reappraised with the new score during the same admission year. Applicants who want to use this option should send their new unofficial score reports from the GMAT retake to the MBA office with a request to have their application reconsidered with the new scores. Applications will be reconsidered based on space available in the class.

It is recommended that applicants take the GMAT during the senior year of their undergraduate work or shortly thereafter rather than waiting until after work experience is gained. Students who take the GMAT while they are still in school tend to perform better on the exam. GMAT scores are valid for five years. 

We recommend you allow adequate time to take the GMAT before the application deadline. It takes two to four weeks for official GMAT scores to reach BYU. Applications will not be reviewed without a GMAT score.

If you are disappointed with your test score and believe you could improve it with additional preparation, we encourage you to retake the test. There is a 16-day waiting period to retake the test.

Because the GMAT is a computer-adaptive test, test takers receive an unofficial copy of their scores immediately after completing the exam and prior to leaving the testing center. Applicants may email a PDF or photo of the unofficial GMAT score to mba@byu.edu; the admissions committee can review an application with the unofficial GMAT score sheet. The official score can follow at a later time to the university.

The GMAT has four sections: verbal, quantitative, integrated reasoning, and an analytical writing assessment. While applicants are required to take the full exam, BYU looks only at the verbal and quantitative sections when considering applicants for admission. See the official GMAT website for more general information on the structure of the exam.

There are many preparation courses and materials applicants can use to prepare for the GMAT. Here are some general tips:

  • Plan on three to four months of regular study. Often, international students take six to eight months to prepare if English is not their first language.
  • Study at least one to two hours a day, three to five days a week.
  • Take practice tests weekly. These tests can help you evaluate your readiness to sit for the exam. Start by going to the official GMAT website to download free test prep software and to take a free full-length practice test. Consistently scoring in the high 600s or above on many practice tests is a good indicator of readiness to sit for the exam.
  • Enroll in a GMAT preparation course. It will give you insights about how to take the GMAT. When selecting a GMAT course, determine whether you are better at learning in a classroom environment or in an online setting. Many GMAT preparation companies will allow you to preview their courses.

You may submit your application at any time, but we will not review your application until we’ve received all of the required materials, including test scores. International students’ applications and test scores must both be submitted before the final deadline to be considered.

International applicants who graduated from a non-US university or college must submit all marksheets, transcripts, and diplomas to IERF for a credential evaluation. Request a Detailed Report, which will provide a GPA calculation. Be sure to start the credential evaluation eight to ten weeks before the application deadline.

Applicants who submit their application prior to the 15 January deadline can request to have their application reviewed without the credential evaluation. All other materials would still be required. If they are offered provisional admission, they will still have to submit the IERF credential evaluation in order to secure their official admission offer per university policy.

The average GMAT score for BYU MBA students in the Fall 2016 entering class was 672.

GMAT score and GPA are both important factors in the application process. A strong GMAT score can resolve concerns about a low undergraduate GPA. The statement of intent also provides an opportunity to explain a low undergraduate GPA. GMAT is the more relevant indicator of academic readiness for an MBA.

The average undergraduate GPA for students admitted to the MBA program for Fall 2016 was 3.53. Consideration is given to the academic rigor of the undergraduate program and strong performance in any relevant quantitative and business courses.

Yes, but there must be other evidence of academic strength, such as a strong GMAT score, to resolve concern about the applicant’s potential for academic success. If admitted with a GPA below 3.0, an applicant will be given provisional admission, requiring that the applicant maintains a GPA of 3.0 during the MBA program.

Application and Admission

Please visit the admission criteria page.

The BYU MBA program accepts all undergraduate majors. Non-business majors may find it helpful to get a business minor but it is not required. Basic courses in accounting, economics, and statistics can also be helpful. Applicants should develop skills in writing, quantitative abilities, and problem-solving analysis as preparation for the program.

Yes, the BYU MBA program accepts all majors. 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.

Yes. Brigham Young University welcomes students from all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds who are willing to abide by the BYU Honor Code.

All applicants need an endorsement. Applicants can begin the process at endorse.byu.edu. Non-LDS applicants will need an interview with both a local religious leader and BYU chaplain.

The admissions committee would like to learn more about you from people who know you in a professional setting. Select two 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. A recommendation letter includes 1) a letter presenting specific examples of your leadership and team building skills and 2) a standardized 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 co-workers, clients, vendors, or others you have worked with in the business community. The job level or title of the recommenders are not factors in the admissions process.

Please see the admissions page.

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 therein.

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

Yes, you must submit two applications. 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.

Careers and Rankings

More than 90 percent of BYU MBA graduates are employed within three months of graduation. The average salary depends on the track in which the graduate is employed.

Many of our graduates are placed with major corporations throughout the United States and the world. For a sample of companies that have hired BYU MBA students, click here.

Some graduates seek employment with smaller companies or choose to start their own businesses.

Those who have hired our students in the past are satisfied and continue to recruit here. We also work hard to increase awareness of the program among other companies. We have a BYU MBA Career Management Team to assist with showcasing the strength of our program and our students to major corporations.

One of the most attractive aspects of a management career is the breadth of opportunity it offers. The career you choose depends almost entirely on your interests and strengths. BYU emphasizes a global perspective combined with teamwork and technology.

Students can select one of five majors within the MBA program:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Human Resources

Many of our students supplement their major studies with minor course sequences. Click here for more information about majors and minors.

We also offer the opportunity to pursue a joint Juris Doctorate and MBA (JD/MBA) in conjunction with the BYU Reuben J. Clark School of Law or a joint MBA/MS in conjunction with manufacturing or mechanical engineering. Click here for more information about joint degrees.

BYU has certain advantages over many other top business schools including:

  • Size: With sections of approximately 45–50 students, each MBA class is a relatively small group
  • Cost: BYU is the most affordable top-tier business school. The cost of living in Provo is also relatively low
  • Placement: Our placement record is twenty points above the national average
  • Ethical and Morals-Based Curriculum: Our students are known around the world as having the highest of ethical standards

Work Experience

A minimum two years of full-time, professional work experience is strongly recommended. Significant work experience, an established record of accomplishment, and a good plan of where you are headed are important to making the most of the MBA. Companies who recruit MBAs are looking for people who know what they are good at and know how to make a difference. An applicant is most credible when their pre-MBA work experience is consistent with their MBA degree and the post-MBA goals.

We admit from a broad range of industries. What we are most concerned with is your career progression and how you have demonstrated leadership, performance, and increased responsibility in your organization.

When corporate recruiters interview MBA students for employment, they focus on the work experience gained between the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Recruiters want to know how that work experience combined with an MBA education will add value to their organization.

Yes. We evaluate applicants for the joint degree as if they were applying only to the MBA program.

Academics

The MBA core is a series of required courses designed to help students develop competency in a broad range of business skills. Every student is required to take the MBA core as part of the curriculum.

No. Students are strongly encouraged to get an internship during the summer between the first and second year. Students work with the career management office during the first year of the MBA program to find summer internships.

The BYU MBA uses both case method instruction and theory-based instruction. There are also many opportunities for experiential learning throughout the program.

A case presents a real-world situation that allows students to analyze information and make a recommendation based on the same input the actual decision maker processed. A case may use an actual company, or it may disguise the company’s identity. Cases come from the entire range of industrial and environmental settings.