Admission to the joint degree program requires a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or the international equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. If you earned your degree(s) from outside the United States, refer to the graduate college page for academic requirements by country.
The recommended undergraduate GPA is 3.0 (A = 4.0), or the U.S. equivalent, from the final two years of undergraduate study.
If you have completed an iMBA or iMSA for-credit course or specialization, we will consider your performance in these courses as a criteria for admission to ascertain academic preparedness. Please note: A good performance does NOT guarantee you admission to the program.
New joint degree students who enter the joint degree through the iMBA program as their primary program are expected to have at least three or more years of rich, valuable operational or managerial experience. This is an especially critical component of the admissions decision because the knowledge and skills developed from professional experience enhance the academic experience for all students and faculty.
There is no professional experience requirement for new joint degree students who enter the joint degree through the iMSA as their primary program.
New joint degree students who enter the joint degree through the iMSA program as their primary program must have completed a one or two course sequence in principles of accounting or a course in financial accounting. We also expect applicants to have completed a course in business management. The business course prerequisite is often waived for students with 3 or more years of work experience in related subjects. For all prerequisite requirements, college course credit or a certificate of completion from a known online course provider is accepted.
There are no prerequisite course requirements for students entering the joint degree through the iMBA program as their primary program. After completing ACCY 500 and one of the following core courses in the iMBA program, they will meet the iMSA prerequisite requirements. BADM 509, BADM 544, BADM 572, FIN 580, ECON 528 and ECON 529.
GMAT or GRE scores are required if you select the iMSA as your primary program in the joint degree application, but may be waived if you have at least three years of relevant, full-time professional experience, with demonstrated career progression or a graduate degree from an accredited institution. To apply for a waiver please submit this form.
Submitting a GMAT or GRE score is highly recommended to bolster your application but is not required if you select the iMBA as your primary program in the joint degree application.
English Proficiency Requirement
All applicants whose native language is not English must take the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Find more information on the university English proficiency requirement. Some domestic applicants are also required to take the TOEFL or IELTS if they completed their post-secondary education in a country where English is not the primary language.
You may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if you meet one of the criteria listed on the graduate college page.