Prepare for your future career by earning your MBA from the University of Alabama!
Congratulations on your decision to pursue an MBA. We look forward to reviewing your application. Below we have outlined the key components of the process, and our admissions team is happy to answer additional questions.
MBA Admissions Counseling
If you would like to speak with our admissions director, you are welcome to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment with Betsey Voorhees via this link. In addition, as you navigate the admissions process, we are pleased to offer you the following services to help you develop your application: general questions advice, resume review, personal statement review, and mock interviews. Our goal is for you to showcase the best version of yourself in the admissions process!
Who Can Apply?
All interested candidates are welcomed to apply. We recognize the positive impact that students from different majors and work experiences can have on the classroom experience and learning outcomes. For students that are applying directly from their undergraduate institution, we recommend you use your resume to highlight all campus leadership roles, summer internships, experiential learning, coursework, etc. to offset the lack of postgraduate work experience.
- Traditional Fall MBA Applicants
- STEM/Create Path MBA Program Applicants
- The application deadline was on Nov. 15th. For this deadline, round 1 decisions have been made. If your application states “department review”, this means your file is still under review and will be considered again at the end of February if there are spots available in the class.
- The GMAT or GRE is required for all applications. The minimum test score requirements for the Path program are as follows: 3.0 GPA, 305 on the GRE, or a 600 on the GMAT. For scholarship consideration, the target is 680 and above for GMAT and 328 and above for GRE.
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Applications completed by earlier deadlines are given priority for merit-based scholarships and graduate assistantships. The admissions committee highly recommends applying in the early rounds for the best opportunity for admission and scholarship awards. For joint-degree programs (such as MFA, JD, MS Civil/Mechanical/Aerospace), please refer to both MBA and your program-specific deadlines as you will need to apply to both degree paths independently with documents and fees required.
Traditional Full Time MBA Applicants (Fall term enrollment only)
Deadlines to Apply:
- October 15: 1st round deadline
- For students that apply before this date, admissions decisions can be made on a rolling basis as needed for those deciding between a full-time job and graduate school.
- January 5: 2nd round deadline
- February 15: 3rd round deadline
- April 15: 4th round deadline
- May 30: 5th round deadline
Note: For rounds 1 through 5, decisions will be made typically within 3 weeks of the application deadline.
Decision Notification Timeline:
- Due to the high number of applications we receive, not all students will be invited for an interview. If you are selected for an interview, you will get an email invitation to sign up.
- After your interview is complete, acceptance decisions are typically provided within 30 days of the application deadline. If you do not hear from us, this means we are still considering your application, but are not ready to make a formal decision=waitlisted status. If you are in this undecided/waitlisted situation, we will review your application again for the next round and so on.
- If you are not invited for an interview, we will still keep your application under review for each round until a final decision can be made. If you would like to make changes to your application such as retake the GMAT/GRE, you are welcome to do so to help strengthen your application. If you do wish to make changes, please let us know via email.
- All decline decisions will be provided typically in late June. We prefer to hold off on declines until this date in order to give all applicants the best chance of a comprehensive review.
- If you are admitted to the program, you will have the option in your graduate application system to accept the offer, decline it or defer for up to one year. Students are expected to respond to the admissions offer within 3 weeks. If we do not hear back from you, we will assume you are declining our offer and release your space in the class to another student.
STEM/CREATE Path to MBA Applicants (Summer term enrollment only)
- Deadline: November 15th for all applications
- Term Start: Applicants in the Path program only: Please select the term “Summer” for the year you plan to start (summer after Junior year).
- Admissions Schedule: Digital interview invites will be sent out on Nov. 16th with admissions decisions made by Jan. 10th. Students not admitted by Jan. 10th will be placed on a waitlist and decline decisions are sent out in late April/early May.
- To qualify for the Path MBA option, students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and be on track to complete 91 credits by the end of spring for their planned Junior year and enrolled in the STEM/Create Path Undergraduate program from your Freshman year at the University of Alabama. In addition, participation in the Path program as a Freshman through Junior year does not guarantee acceptance to the MBA portion of the STEM/Create path program.
- Test Score Requirements: We require a minimum of 600 on the GMAT or 305 on the GRE.
To start your application, visit the online Graduate Application Center. This site shares helpful application information and the application form. Please note it takes roughly 24-48 hours for the system to process your application to allow you to return and “Manage Supporting Documents.” Students may apply to up to two graduate programs at one time. You must apply to each program separately (for example, JD/MBA, Master of Science in Marketing, or Master of Science in Civil Engineering). The application requirements are as follows: Resume, Personal Statement, 3 references, academic transcripts, GMAT or GRE test score, and application fee. A complete description of these items is listed below. International students are required to submit additional items as also described below.
$65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents
$80 for international students
Application Fee Waivers may be requested for the following:
1) Veterans and current members of the US military
2) Students who have completed a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
Official GMAT or GRE Test Scores
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Of the two exams, there is a preference for the GMAT, but both are accepted as an option to meet the test requirement. Applicants should take either exam, then request that scores be submitted electronically to The University of Alabama, which may be done immediately following the completion of the exam. We accept only official score reports from GMAC, ETS, or Pearson VUE that are less than five years old. Official scores must be received before we can evaluate your application for a official decision.
- 2021 average GMAT 661 (The university minimum is 500 for the traditional path. For the accelerated STEM/Create Path, the minimum is 600)
- 2021 average GRE 310 (The university minimum is 300 for the traditional path and for the accelerated STEM/Create Path, the minimum is 305)
Official Undergraduate Transcripts
For each institution of higher education (including community colleges) at which you have completed 15 or more credit hours, the Graduate School office requires an official transcript (either electronic or paper). Please note that you do not need to submit University of Alabama transcripts, but we do request that you upload unofficial copies to the system. For students not attending UA, please also upload unofficial copies of your transcript for us to use as a temporary until we receive your official transcript from your undergraduate university. Additional transcript information can be found here. The university minimum is a 3.0 for the traditional path. Considerations for a provisional acceptance can potentially be made for students slightly under a 3.0 GPA. Contact the admissions director for details. For the STEM/Create Path to MBA program, the minimum is a 3.0 and no provisional admit options are available for under a 3.0 GPA. All students must have bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed prior to starting their MBA classes.
- 2021 current average GPA: 3.75
Statement of Purpose Essay
The Statement of Purpose is a required document where you share your story of why an MBA from Alabama is the best fit for you. It is ideally 2-3 pages (1.5 or double-spaced) on the following:
- What led to your decision to pursue a Manderson MBA?
- What makes you a good fit for the program
- Areas of improvement that you would like to focus on as part of your MBA education
- Area of focus you plan to select as part of the program
- Potential career aspirations
A professional resume should be uploaded. The resume should showcase as much as possible about you as a candidate. This can include information such as volunteer roles, summer jobs, campus involvement, full-time jobs/internships, meaningful class projects, etc. For the purpose of the application, the resume can be 1-2 pages.
All applicants are required to upload contact information for 3 references (Name, Email, Title). This can be either academic (A professor in your major or relevant coursework) or past/current supervisors, mentors, or advisors that you have had. Note on the submission process: Your recommenders will receive an email notification with instructions on how to upload their letters. All recommendation letters are due ten days after the deadline. If a recommendation is late, prospective students can send reminders through their application system.
International Applicant Requirements:
Visit the Graduate School website for detailed requirements. A test of English proficiency is required (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE). For these tests, we request a score of 100+ for TOEFL and 7.0+ for IELTS. The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores must be less than two years old at the time of the student’s intended enrollment at The University of Alabama. Once admitted, we’ll need several other items noted on the graduate school site.
All candidates for admission are evaluated for all available awards, with award decisions being made after admission has been determined. Award letters are typically presented with admissions decisions, and some awards come closer to the fall based on available funds remaining. No additional forms or applications are required to be considered for our merit-based awards, except NBMBAA below. Awards are made in the form of scholarships, graduate assistantships, and fellowships.
- Scholarships: Scholarships range based on merit. Our goal is for 40% of students to receive some scholarship. Most of our awards require no additional application. We are proud to be a Collegiate Partner of the National Black MBA Association. With our partnership, we commit $25,000 in scholarship funds to qualified NBMBAA members. For students who receive merit scholarships, we award them on an annual basis per academic year rather than by semester. A student’s scholarship is subject to a one-time renewal based on his or her adherence to the MBA Code of Conduct while also maintaining a 3.0 graduate school GPA.
Learn about our NBMBAA scholarship & apply here.
- Graduate Assistantships (GAs): GAs are typically awarded to top students. The assistantship offer consists of payment of half-tuition for the fall/spring academic year, as well as a stipend of approximately $6,600.00 (payable over nine months, beginning in September). Depending on your placement, student health insurance benefits and course fees may also be covered as part of this assistantship package. In return, you will be expected to work 10 hours per week, on a research/project assignment within the business school. Students with assistantships are placed in positions with professors or the Manderson office or one of our centers, like the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Business and Economic Research, or similar areas. Your specific assignment will be made closer to the beginning of the school year.
- Fellowships: The graduate school awards a select amount of fellowships to the most highly qualified candidates. Manderson will nominate those who most closely fit the criteria.
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