An entering student must have:
- A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university;
- The ability to communicate well both orally and in writing;
- Computer skills;
- Professional work experience, typically two years;
- Strong potential for academic and professional success.
Prospective students with fewer than two years of work experience are encouraged to review their qualifications with an advisor at 410-617-5067. Students are accepted from any academic background and no prior business courses are required. However, prior business courses may reduce the number of foundation courses (600-level) that must be completed prior to beginning the MBA core courses. Each applicant's academic transcript will be evaluated and an academic program plan that indicates any foundation course waivers will be provided to each admitted student.
Students in the MBA program must have facility in algebra and graphing of mathematical functions, graphic interpretation, and probability. Proficiency in these areas will be determined through recent college or graduate level credit (B or better in a single course) in finite mathematics, pre-calculus, or mathematical models for business. Proficiency may also be established through superior GMAT performance. If necessary, GB 500, Fundamentals of Math for Business, which is specifically geared to the incoming graduate student without the necessary quantitative skills will be required.
Courses throughout the MBA program require the use of computer software for presentation and analysis. Students can expect to receive assignments using spreadsheets, and they may also be required to employ specialized software, CD or on-line databases, or mainframe systems. An entrance expectation is the ability to design and manipulate spreadsheets and be familiar with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint software at the intermediate level.
The program draws from the region and therefore represents a natural cross-section of our economy including non-profit workers, government sector, and for-profit firms.
Age Range: Mid 20s – Late 40s
Average Age: 27
The following documents are required for admission to the Professional MBA program:
- Completed/signed application form;
- Non-refundable $50 application fee (waived for those attending an information session);
- GMAT scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Center. Loyola's C.E.E.B. code is 5370;
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended;
- Resume or vitae;
- Personal Statement responding to questions on application form;
- Professional Reference (one recommendation is required);
- International student supplemental documents (required only if a student visa is needed).
The guideline used by the admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications is the foundation of every admission decision. The committees look for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Professional work experience (about two years is expected) is assessed by the admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work.
The Admission Committee may grant a waiver of the GMAT if an applicant has:
- An advanced degree with quantitative content OR
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or greater AND five years of significant, professional work experience (typically post-baccalaureate) and a personal interview with a Sellinger School graduate program advisor.
A TOEFL score report is required only if English is not your native language or if you have not completed a degree program taught in English. An official TOEFL score report cannot be more than two years old. Official scores must be mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation done by a Loyola-recognized evaluation services agency. Loyola recommends World Education Services (WES).