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Master of Business Administration

Admission Requirements

Accreditation Status

The Master of Business Administration program is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Program Admission

Please note two recent changes that apply to the admission process:

Change 1: For entry into the MBA program on conditional or regular admission status, the College of Business will accept a satisfactory GMAT score (minimum of 450) or GRE score (equivalent to a minimum GMAT score of 450 using ETS’s GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools [xls]). A GRE score will be converted to its equivalent GMAT score in calculating an applicant’s formula score for possible admission.

Change 2: For entry into the MBA program on conditional or regular admission status, the College of Business will waive the GMAT/GRE admission requirement for ULM undergraduate students majoring in traditional business programs who graduate with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2. This entry option is contingent upon ULM business graduates beginning their MBA classes within two years of receiving their BBA degree.

Click here to download the application form from the ULM Office of Graduate Studies and to see how the application process works.

Admission to the Master of Business Administration Degree program is at the discretion of the Graduate Admission’s Committee of the College of Business Administration and the Dean of the Graduate School Applicants must:

(1) Meet all of the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School

(2) Submit a satisfactory Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score (Minimum of 450)

(3) Demonstrate high promise of success in postgraduate business study. Evidence of high promise may include:

a. Submission of three letters of recommendation

b. A summary of work experience

c. Academic achievement in the form of a resume

(4) International students must submit a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

Decisions by the Graduate Admissions Committee are based on a broad range of criteria, and no particular level of academic performance or test scores will guarantee acceptance.

Managerial work experience can be factored into the MBA formula calculation as follows:


(Undergraduate GPA * 200)
+ GMAT (min. 450)
+ Work Experience Factor
= 1000


(Last 60 hours towards graduate/undergraduate degree * 200)
+GMAT (min. 450)
+ Work Experience Factor
= 1050

The CBA Graduate Coordinator and CBA Graduate Admissions Committee will determine what constitutes as eligible and acceptable managerial work experience and will assign work experience factor points based on review of documented managerial work experience. A maximum of 50 points could be allocated for work experience. In rare circumstances, applicants with documented, extensive executive work experience not meeting minimum program admission requirements may appeal in writing to the CBA Graduate Admissions Committee through the CBA Graduate Coordinator for admission into the MBA program.

For conditional admission for the MBA program, GPA is calculated on the last 60 hours of coursework in recognized graduate study (if applicable) and towards undergraduate degree.

A minimum GMAT of 450 is required.

Program Requirements

Requirements for business background courses:

Accounting 2012 and 2013, or 5002

Economics 2001 and 2002, or 5002

Finance 3015

Management 3001 and 3009

Marketing 3001

Quantitative Methods 2010

Requirements can be met by:

a. Passing non-credit proficiency examinations in the foundation areas

b. Passing CLEP examinations for undergraduate credit OR passing ULM credit examinations in those subjects in which there are no CLEP examinations available

c. Completing the background courses with a grade of C or better