University of Colorado Colorado Springs: College of Business

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MBA Application FAQs

Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in business to apply to the MBA program?

No. Our students hold undergraduate degrees in a variety of academic disciplines including non-business majors like engineering, psychology, history, communicaitons, etc.

Does my undergraduate degree have to come from an AACSB-accredited school?

No. We recognize undergraduate degrees from any regionally-accredited college or university.

What are the admission requirements for the program?

The two primary factors are prior academic performance and scores on a standardized graduate school entrance exam. The GMAT or the GRE are the two standardized tests we accept.

What is the GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardized assessment - delivered in English - that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. The admissions committee uses the test as one predictor of academic performance.

What is the GRE?

The GRE® General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The admissions committee uses the test as one predictor of academic performance.

How do I register for the GMAT?

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How do I register for the GRE?

Refer to for comprehensive test and registration information.

When should I take the GMAT or the GRE?

Take one of these exams at least one month prior to the application deadline for the semester for which you are applying. Although you will get an unofficial score report as soon as you finish testing, the official score report takes 2-3 weeks to reach us. Applicants are advised to fax unofficial score reports to our office to expedite the admissions process. The MBA Advising office fax line is: (719) 255-3100.

What are the school codes for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs?

GMAT: The program code is PS4-4-f-02. UCCS will be listed as an option under Part-time MBA programs.

GRE: Requires 2 codes
School Code: 4874
Department Code (Business): 4201

Is there a minimum score accepted on the GMAT or the GRE?

Although the Admissions Committee looks at all scores, the total score submitted from the GMAT is an important factor in our application process. The range for the GMAT total score is 200 to 800. The average GMAT score of admitted applicants to the UCCS MBA program is 550.

On the GRE, there are three scored sections. The two sections with strong significance in the application process are the Verbal and Quantitative sections, both with a score range of 130 to 170. Applicants with a score of 150 or better on each section are strong candidates for our program.

Will you accept standardized test scores that are more than 5 years old?

Yes, we will. GMAT keeps test scores for ten (10) years. GRE scores are only kept on record for five (5) years. We cannot accept GMAT or GRE scores directly from you; they must be sent to us from either the test administrator or from your prior university.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement for admission?

No. The average undergraduate grade point average for admitted MBA students is approximately 3.15.

What if my GMAT/GRE or GPA is below average?

The Admissions Committee looks at the applicant's entire application package and evaluates a student based on the big picture. Although letters of recommendation are optional, they are encouraged for applicants who's test score or GPA is below our published average.

What if I take the GMAT/GRE more than once?

The score report that is sent to UCCS will include all scores from the past 5 years. The Admissions Committee will use your highest total score in making the admissions decision. (We do not average the scores and we do not combine the verbal score from one test session with the quantitative score from another.)

What should I include in my Statement of Interest?

The Statement of Interest is your chance to address the Admissions Committee. You should explain why you want to pursue an MBA and what you bring to the program. This is also a good place to address any weaknesses in your application (i.e., low test score, lack of work experience, inconsistent undergraduate grades, etc.). The Statement of Interest does not have any length requirements but is generally one to two (1-2) pages.

Do you offer conditional admission to students that plan to study English in the US?

Yes, we can offer conditional admission to well-qualified students that plan to study English as a second language in the US. Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0). Students that are offered conditional admission will study English at one of our partner institutions like, Language Consultants International. Upon graduation from LCI the student must earn a score of 500 or higher on the GMAT exam to become a fully-admitted MBA student. More information is on the Conditional Admission Checklist.

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