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MBA Admissions

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Anderson University accepts students on the basis of academic qualification, character and evidence of the potential to benefit from the university experience. Each applicant's record will be examined for evidence reflecting potential for intellectual and social growth, strength of character, and seriousness of purpose. The University considers all qualified applications without regard to race, religious creed, place of national origin, sex, disability, or ethnic group. Admission will be on a competitive basis, with the best-qualified students in Business or equivalent receiving priority.

The standard for admission into the MBA program is a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher learning. In addition, the prospective student will have an appropriate undergraduate grade point average and/or an appropriate Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score.

Applicants within 18 hours of an undergraduate degree who otherwise meet either criteria 1, 2, or 3 above may apply for provisional acceptance. If accepted, the student must provide proof of graduation prior to being allowed to commence classes. Except for criterion 1, all applicants must have a minimum GMAT score of 510. A student may be admitted on provisional status if he/she has not completed the GMAT. The student must complete the GMAT with an acceptable score prior to completing 9 hours of graduate business courses. Some of the admission requirements may receive more or less weight during the evaluation process from applicants who have been out of school for at least three years, or for those who have earned another graduate degree.

Applicants admitted with provisional status must have a GPA of 3.0 after the first 9 hours of graduate business courses or else they are placed on suspension.

Application Process

Admission to graduate studies is conditional upon satisfying certain general standards. The following items must be submitted before a student's application is processed:

  1. Apply online or download an application form.
  2. Three letters of reference from any of the following: college administrators, professors or employers. The letters must address the applicant's ability to perform successfully at the graduate level.
  3. Those applicants who wish to supplement their application with information concerning relevant professional experience must provide the Summary of Professional Experience Form. Official transcript(s), showing degree conferral when appropriate, from all colleges attended.
  4. GMAT score (submitted prior to enrollment in graduate courses if applicable).
  5. International students must earn a satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam (560 paper, 220 computer, or 75 Internet).

Graduate 2 The application form and other requisite information as noted above should be submitted to the College of Business as soon as possible due to the competitive nature of the program but no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the term in which the student plans to enroll. Student applications, which are incomplete or are missing any of the items described above may not be processed. If the application is processed, admission will be limited to provisional status.

All applications are initially screened by the Associate Dean of Business for general review, provisional acceptance situations, and admission exceptions. Students will be informed in writing of the Graduate Committee's decision. Students who are admitted provisionally will be informed of the conditions to be met and of the deadline for meeting them.

Transfer Credits
Students may transfer up to 6 hours of graduate credits from other regionally or nationally accredited institutions. These courses must have been taken within the last six years. Credit may be given for graduate level courses that are completed with a grade of B (3.0) or higher at an accredited college or university. Students will need to provide a syllabus and/or course description of the course(s) for evaluation and an official transcript. Transferability of hours will be determined by the Dean of the program in consultation with the University Registrar. A "Request for Transfer Graduate Course Credit" form should be completed prior to the student's enrollment in the MBA Program.

Non-degree Students
Applicants who desire to take a limited number of courses, but are not seeking a degree from Anderson University may be admitted with temporary status and as such are limited to three courses or nine hours. Separate admission procedures for such status are as follows:

  1. Application form for non-degree status.
  2. Official transcript of school where undergraduate degree was conferred when appropriate and transcripts from all other colleges attended.
  3. Minimun TOFEL score of 560 (paper), 220 (computer), or 75 (internet) if English is not the student's first language, and proof of current Visa for International students.

Should a student wish to transition from non-degree to degree status, he/she must complete the full admission process.

Please send all application materials to:
Graduate and Evening Admissions Office
Anderson University
316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621
Phone: 864-231-2020 or 1-800-542-3594
Fax: 864-231-2115

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