Application Process Checklist

Nine steps to complete the UCCS MBA or MSA application process.

1. Write a Goal Statement for the program

Tell us why you're interested in being an MBA or MSA student. What are your long-range plans and how can you contribute to the program? 

2. Update your resume

Work history is taken into account when making admissions decisions so it is important you make your resume as up-to-date as possible. 

3. Complete and submit the UCCS Online Application

We encourage applicants to submit the application early-on in the process so that we can maintain contact and keep the line of communication open.  Please note, if you indicate that you are a Colorado resident you will have to complete and upload this Tuition Classification form. It can be downloaded from within the application but can also download beforehand.

4. Contact references to write letters of recommendation (optional)

Although we do not require applicants to submit letters of recommendation, there is a place within the application to input names and email addresses. Once you submit the application, a form is delivered electronically to the individuals whose names you enter.  

5. Pay the application fee

There is a $60 non-refundable application fee ($100 for international students)

6. Prepare for, register, and take the GMAT or GRE Exam

GMAT Test Takers: have your scores sent to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (code PS4-4-f-02)  
GRE Test Takers: have your scores sent to University of Colorado Colorado Springs (code 4874).        

-Official GMAT website

-Official GRE website

For information on exam waivers, please visit our GMAT/GRE Waiver page.

7. International Applicants

Application Fee: $100 non-refundable

Official Transcripts

We require transcripts from each and every collegiate institution attended during and after graduation from high school.  In addition, applicants with any foreign college course-work are required to submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by a NACES member.  (Please note:  Official evaluations received directly from World Education Services, Inc (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) credential agencies may enable more efficient review and processing of transfer credit by the Graduate School of Business Administration).  This includes any coursework being considered for foundation waiver or equivalency consideration. 

Register and take the TOEFL or IELTS 

The English proficiency requirement can also be met if the applicant has obtained a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited US institution which has English as the official language of instruction, or if the applicant completes a UCCS approved English Language Training Program.

8. Have official transcripts sent from every institution of higher education ever attended

Submit sealed, original transcripts from each college or university attended.  These can be mailed to the following address:

Office of Admissions & Records
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733


We also accept electronic transcripts sent from the Registrar's Office at your college or university.  Please note that these transcripts must be sent in a secure format, directly by the university Registrar or their designated delivery service directly to gradapp@uccs.edu.  We cannot accept electronic transcripts sent as attachments in emails from applicants.  

9.  Meet our deadline

We have limited space in our classrooms and they fill up quickly. Our deadlines allow plenty of time to get your application processed before the start of the semester to which you are applying. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you can start the path of furthering your education. Therefore, it is in your best interest to have completed applications submitted before the deadlines. (Note: Many scholarships have a March 1st deadline so we encourage you to apply very early if scholarships are part of your plans for financing your degree.)  

  • Fall Priority Deadline:  June 1st / Final Deadline July 1st
  • Spring Priority Deadline: November 1st / Final Deadline December 1st
  • Summer Priority Deadline: April 1st / Final Deadline May 1st


Note: Graduate students are expected to write clearly and concisely with correct punctuation and grammar.  You will also be expected to have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office including, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  If a student is deficient in any of these skills, it is their responsibility to mitigate the deficiency before enrolling in the program.