MBA Program Requirements: Learn More

You’ve made the big decision: It’s time to bring your career to the next level. And an MBA is your ticket to success. But now what?  Are you qualified to apply to an MBA program? It’s time to research MBA program requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree

Most MBA program requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or the recognized equivalent to a degree). You will be required to submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Prospective students often think that their undergraduate studies must be in business in order to pursue graduate studies in business, but this is not the case. Many MBA students have varied undergraduate degrees, and often not having a business undergraduate is more beneficial for overall career success because it provides a business professional with a well-rounded education for future success.MBA program students

Varied backgrounds also create a more dynamic class environment for peer-to-peer learning. Although a background in business is not required, at George Mason, a college-level calculus course is highly recommended prior to enrolling. Students generally have a target GPA of 3.2 and above.

Professional Experience

In addition, MBA program requirements include a minimum of two years of full-time post-baccalaureate professional employment. Often more years and greater quality of work experience will strengthen your application. You must provide a résumé listing the details of the positions you have held and the duties of each position, as well as any achievements, professional affiliations, awards or special skills you have.

Writing Samples

Nearly all MBA program require some sort of essay and/or personal statement. At Mason, prospective students submit both a personal career goals statement (750-1,000 words) and a professional essay (750-1,000 words) answering your choice of two specific questions. These two writing samples provide admissions review boards personal insight into an applicant, their career goals, and motivation for pursuing an MBA.


Another MBA program requirement is a GMAT or GRE score. At Mason, this requirement cannot be waived–no exceptions. A GMAT, or Graduate Management Admission Test, is a computer adaptive test that assesses a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program. A GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is an exam aimed to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time but not in any specific field of study. Strong GMAT or GRE scores will strengthen your application. Mason’s MBA program has a target GMAT of 550 or above.

English Proficiency

Students who hold undergraduate degrees from outside the United States are also required to submit and English Proficiency Score. This can be completed by taking the TOEFL or IELTS. Mason looks for minimum scores of TOEFL = 88, IELTS = 6.5. Find additional information on these tests as well as frequently asked questions for international students.

A successful application is not dependent on just one of these MBA program requirements, but the accumulation of all of these together. The Mason MBA has a highly competitive acceptance rate based on many factors including your fit in the program, potential contribution to your learning environment, and leadership potential.

Learn more about the Mason MBA.

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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