Professional Master of Business Administration Admissions

Our MBA students have a solid preparation in business insight and strategies, critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills. These students are able to define, analyze and evaluate decisions in a variety of global business settings. They can use their understanding of business issues to arrive at and justify strategic decisions. Additionally, they’re capable of applying quantitative tools and collaboratively solving problems.

MBA program graduates are future and current managers, business professionals and innovative leaders in a changing world. Do you want to see where a Bloch MBA can take you? Learn how to take the next step to your degree.

We encourage students interested in the Professional MBA program to apply for the fall or spring semesters, as core course availability is limited in the summer semester.

Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. All application materials, including resume, essay and GMAT scores/waiver, must be submitted before your application will be reviewed by the admission committee. Find GMAT waiver requirements here.

Fall start – July 15
Spring – December 15*
Summer – May 1*
*International applicants who will require a student visa should apply at least one month before the posted deadlines.

Admission to the MBA program is selective. A completed application includes all of the following:

UMKC application, plus application fee.

Official transcripts* (one copy) from all colleges/universities attended, sent to:
UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
*You must have completed a bachelor’s or first level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution.

If your prior university sends electronic transcripts, they should be sent to

Check to see if you meet the requirements for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

GMAT or GRE scores. To be considered for the program, applicants should have a minimum score of 450 on the GMAT (520+ preferred), or the equivalent on the GRE (you can use this link to convert GRE scores to GMAT scores). GMAT/GRE scores waived for qualifying candidates. To check waiver eligibility, click here.

Please upload your resume and goal statement to the online application.

International applicants who do not have a university degree from a U.S. university are required to submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS. A minimum of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS is required to be considered for admission. Scores of 90 or above on the TOEFL or 6.5 and above on the IELTS are preferred.

  • Two or more years of full-time work experience are preferred. Recent college graduates who are working full-time and have clear career goals may be considered for admission.
  • Minimum score of 450 on the GMAT or equivalent score on the GRE (see comparison chart.) Scores of 520 or higher on the GMAT are preferred. The admissions committee considers your highest GMAT score when reviewing your application, so you may wish to retake the GMAT if you’ve scored below 520. Test scores must be less than 5 years old. GMAT/GRE scores waived for qualifying candidates. To check waiver eligibility, click here.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any major from an accredited university. Transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended should be submitted when you apply.
  • If you are a non-US citizen and did not complete a university degree in the US, you must submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate your proficiency in English.

Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee. A student’s previous academic record, statement, resume and exam scores are all considered by the committee. Meeting the minimum requirements noted above does not guarantee admission.

If the candidate does not meet any of the above criteria, the application is reviewed by the Director of Graduate Programs and/or related Admissions Committee for admission into the program.

Letters of recommendation: None are required as part of the application process.

Transfer credit: We will accept up to six (6) credit hours applicable to your program and completed with distinction at an AACSB-accredited institution. An official transcript must be supplied. All transfer credit is approved by your academic advisor during your first semester.

Tuition: The UMKC Metro Rate (in-state tuition) is available to graduate students who are residents of the following Kansas counties: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Wyandotte. Part-time domestic students in the professional MBA program (which means one class (three credit hours) to two classes (six credit hours) in fall and spring semesters, and one class in summer semester), will pay in-state tuition regardless of your residency*. View the UMKC tuition and fee schedule.

*International students should consult UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office regarding tuition and fees.

Financial Aid: If you plan to take out federal student loans to finance your MBA studies, be sure to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Detailed information about financial aid for graduate students at UMKC can be found here.

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