Admission Policies and Procedures

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Application Process

To be considered for admission to the MBA program applicants must submit: 

All International Transcripts must be verified through one of three organizations: WES (www.wes.org), ECE (www.ece.org), or AACRAO (www.aacrao.org), this verification including a course-by-course evaluation.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Please submit two (2) recommendation letters.
  • GMAT Score Record: The required GMAT score for admission to the program is incorporated in this formula: 200 * Undergraduate GPA + GMAT Score ≥ 975.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement: Please prepare a brief Personal Statement explaining why you have chosen to apply to the Delaware State University’s MBA program and your philosophy, educational objectives, and career aspirations.
  • For International Students:
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores.  The TOEFL iBT minimum score required is 79-80; for the IELTS, a minimum of 6.5.
  • For information regarding issuance of an I-20 form please contact Ms. Candace Moore (Director of Office of International Affairs) at:  cmoore@desu.edu or 302-857-6474.

Requirements for Unconditional Admission

For admission to the MBA program applicants must have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and possess the ability to do graduate work of high quality.  Our formula criterion for admission incorporates and attempts to balance the candidate’s undergraduate GPA and GMAT scores as follows: 200 * Undergraduate GPA + GMAT Score ≥ 975.  Candidates who have attained the required GMAT score and have completed their Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) work as detailed below will be admitted unconditionally.

Requirements for Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the GPA-GMAT formula criterion requirement described above for unconditional admission may be admitted to our MBA program provisionally for one semester under the following conditions:

  • Business majors with a minimum 3.0 Baccalaureate GPA who have not taken the GMAT may be admitted provisionally. These applicants are required to take the GMAT within their first semester and submit the required score record no later than the beginning of the second semester in order to progress.
  • Applicants who have met the CBK requirements (see below) but have GMAT scores which fall short of the formula requirement must retake the GMAT within their first semester and submit the required score record no later than the beginning of the second semester in order to progress.

Requirements for Non-Traditional Students

An applicant may apply for admission as a non-traditional student and request a GMAT waiver if they meet any one of the following conditions:

  • Advanced or professional degree above the Baccalaureate level with evidence of proficiency in quantitative course work; or
  • Minimum five years’ relevant work experience in an executive position; or
  • National or regional certification in a relevant professional field.

GMAT waivers are subject to review and certification by the MBA Admissions Committee and subject to the recommendation of the Dean of the College of Business to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

Applicants who were non-business majors may be required to take the following CBK courses:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Where applicants are required to complete such CBK requirements this must be done prior to enrolling in MBA courses. The CBK requirements may be completed at the undergraduate level at DSU or from any accredited university.

Any or all CBK requirements may be waived based upon:

  • Applicant’s work experience
  • Applicant’s formal education
  • Advanced or professional degree(s) above the Baccalaureate level
  • National or regional certification in a relevant professional field.

Prospective students may also take CLEP exams or special in-house exams developed by the College of Business in lieu of the CBK requirements. Recommendations for CBK waivers are subject to review and certification by the MBA Admissions Committee and subject to the recommendation of the Dean of the College of Business to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Provisional Admission Status for International Students

  • International students with a minimum GPA of 3.25 without any CBK deficiency and who are unable to take the GMAT in their home country may be admitted provisionally. These students will be required to take the GMAT within their first semester and submit the required score record no later than the beginning of the second semester in order to progress.

Change of Status

  • A candidate admitted provisionally must complete a total of three MBA core or elective courses (nine credit hours), earning at least a ‘B’ average, and also complete the Foundations requirements and submit satisfactory GMAT scores before registering for their fourth course.  (The required GMAT score for admission to the program is incorporated in this formula: 200 * Undergraduate GPA + GMAT Score ≥ 975.)

Transfer Credit

MBA students may transfer toward their Master's degree a maximum of nine (9) graduate credits from another accredited institution provided they earned a grade of ‘B’ or higher in the course for which transfer credit is sought. The transfer credit must be directly related to the MBA course requirements and must have been completed not more than five (5) years from the student's date of application.

Scholarship and Tuition Waivers

The MBA program through the College of Business offers limited scholarship funds and tuition waivers. All financial assistance is offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis and only students who have been accepted into the MBA program will be considered for the limited funds that are available. Given the limited nature of these scholarship funds students are encouraged to explore other sources of financial support.

Why should you choose our MBA program?

1.  Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

2.  Accelerated program geared towards working professionals and adults

3.  The best MBA program value in the Tri-State Area

4.  Twelve-month accelerated program: MBA candidates interested in pursuing this full-time option can complete their degree in just 12 months by taking three courses (9 credit hours) per term.  Regular full-time students typically complete the program over an 18-month period taking two courses per term.

5.  MBA classes are offered during the evening hours, and those interested in part-time study can complete the degree requirements within two years taking one course (3 credit hours) per term and two courses per summer session.

6.  All our courses are taught by highly-trained professors who want to see you succeed!