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Thank you for considering the Intensive Full-Time MBA program at the Bloch School of Management. In our inaugural year, we are looking for talented professionals who have strong communication skills and a compelling record of professional achievement. Because students in the Intensive Full-Time MBA will complete their degree in half the time of a traditional 2-year MBA program, it is very important for applicants to have clear career goals and be ready to begin the internship search immediately upon enrolling in the program.

Our online application consists of two parts: the UMKC online application and the Intensive Full-Time MBA Supplementary Application. In order to ensure that your application is submitted successfully, please download the pdf below, which provides detailed application instructions. Note that you will receive the Supplementary Application link via e-mail between 24 and 48 hours after submitting your UMKC online application. Be sure to submit your UMKC online application at least 3 days before the Intensive Full-Time MBA application deadline so that you'll have time to complete the Supplementary Application.

To review the essay questions and documents necessary to complete the Supplementary Application, click the plus sign (+) next to "Admissions Criteria" below. If you encounter any problems with the online applications or have questions about the application process, please email ftmba@umkc.edu or call 816-235-6869 during regular business hours.

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Deadlines

Application deadlines for fall 2015 admission are:

  • Round 1: January 15, 2015
  • Round 2: March 10
  • Round 3: May 5

Please note: Applications are evaluated as they are submitted, and the admissions committee encourages applicants not to wait until the deadline to apply. For example, candidates who submit their applications on February 10 will be considered Round 2 applicants, but they will receive their admission decisions well before Round 2 candidates who submit their applications on March 10.

Applications submitted after May 5 will be considered only if space remains available in the incoming class. We encourage prospective students to submit their applications in the first two rounds for priority consideration.

Admissions Criteria

The admissions committee considers the following factors when reviewing applications:

  • Work experience. All applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience after completing their bachelor's degree. Most strong candidates will have between 3 and 7 years of work experience upon entering the program. The committee will look for evidence of career progression and professional achievement.
  • Academic record. Most admitted candidates will have a solid to outstanding record of academic achievement. The committee will consider applicants from all academic majors. If your degree did not include coursework in accounting, economics, or statistics, you may want to take these courses online or at a community college to prepare yourself for the MBA program.
  • GMAT or GRE scores. To be considered for the program, applicants should have a minimum score of 650 on the GMAT, or the equivalent on the GRE (you can use this link to convert GRE scores to GMAT scores). Most admitted students will score between 680 and 740 on the GMAT. Tests must have been taken within the past 5 years, and the committee will not waive the GMAT/GRE requirement under any circumstances.
  • IELTS or TOEFL scores (international candidates only). International applicants who have not earned a university degree in the US are required to submit results from the IELTS or TOEFL. For the Intensive Full-Time MBA program, a minimum overall band score of 7.5, with no section below 7.0, is required on the IELTS. On the TOEFL, a minimum score of 100, with no section lower than 22, is required. These requirements are more stringent than for many other degree programs at UMKC due to the intensive nature of the program.
  • Essays. Applicants are required to submit 3 essays when applying to the program. The committee will evaluate candidates' writing skills as well as the content of their answers.
  • References. We do not require letters of recommendation. Instead, we ask you to list two references whom the admissions committee can contact with questions about your candidacy. Your references should be people who have supervised you or have worked closely with you in a professional capacity. If you do not wish to notify your current supervisor that you are considering leaving your job to attend school full-time, you may use former supervisors or other professional references instead. Under no circumstances should you list relatives as professional references.
  • Interview. The committee will contact strong applicants to arrange an on-campus or Skype interview after all admissions materials have been submitted. Interviews are evaluative and will be considered in the final admissions committee review process.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-6869

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