Admissions Process

*MBA admissions process also applies for MA Corporate Communication & Master in Leadership programs

  • MBA*
  • International Students
  • MS Accounting
  • MS Econ
  • MS HR

Below is the admissions process for US-resident MBA & Master in Leadership, and MA in Corporate Communication program applicants. International students please follow the instructions on the international students tab.

Send all supporting documents for online applications to:

Marquette University Graduate School of Management
Straz Hall Executive Center Suite 275
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Application Process and Requirements

For all part-time applicants:

Students may apply for Regular Degree, Temporary Degree, or Non-degree status. It is recommended that students apply for Regular Degree status when possible. 

Application should be completed approximately one month prior to the start of the term the student wishes to enroll. 

Applicants for Regular Degree status must submit all materials directly to the Graduate School of Management, Straz Hall Executive Center:

  • A completed application form and $50 fee.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette.
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE).
    GRE Institution code: 1448
    GMAT Institution code: 5786 (no department code needed)
    This requirement is waived if you have a terminal degree (i.e., PhD, MD or JD) or a Master's degree in a quantitative field (i.e. engineering, finance, etc.).  Please email your waiver request to MBA@marquette.edu.
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form (optional for MSAE, required for all others).
  • Resume or job profile.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required for the Executive MBA and MS Applied Economics Programs as well as students that are applying for financial aid. Two letters of recommendation are required for Master in Leadership. Letters of recommendation are optional for the MBA, MS Accounting, MA Corporate Communication, and Master in Human Resource Programs.

Additional requirements for international applicants only (an international student is defined as an applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident):

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English Proficiency
  • Possible interview required

For applicants for Temporary Degree, which is valid for one semester only, or Non-degree status:

  • A completed application form and $50 fee.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette.
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form (optional for MSAE, required for all others).
  • Resume or job profile.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required for the Executive MBA and MS Applied Economics Programs. Two letters of recommendation are required for Masters of Leadership Studies. Letters of recommendation are optional for the MBA, MS Accounting and Human Resource Programs.

(International applicants on an F-1 visa are not eligible for this status.)

For specific details about application procedures for the EMBA Program or for the MS Programs, please visit the respective website.

For all full-time applicants:

Students may apply for Regular Degree or Temporary Degree status. It is recommended that students apply for Regular Degree status when possible. International applicants on F1 visa are not eligible for temporary status. 

Deadlines for full-time applications for the fall term only

  • February 15 for fall, application and all materials due this date.  Students will be notified by March 31. 

Applications received or completed after February 15 will be accepted on a space-available basis only and are reviewed on a rolling basis.  International students must allow enough time to secure proper visa requirements.

Application deadlines for students starting the program in the summer or spring terms:

  • March 15 for summer session, file all materials by this date
  • October 1 for spring semester, file all materials by this date

Applicants for Regular Degree status must submit all materials directly to the Graduate School of Management, Straz Hall Executive Center:

  • A completed application form and $50 fee.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette.
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE).
    This requirement is waived if you have a terminal degree (i.e., PhD, MD or JD) or a Master's degree in a quantitative field (i.e. engineering, finance, etc.).  Please email your waiver request to MBA@marquette.edu.
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form (optional for MSAE, required for all others).
  • Resume or job profile.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required for the Executive MBA and MS Applied Economics Programs as well as students that are applying for financial aid. Two letters of recommendation are required for Master in Leadership. Letters of recommendation are optional for the MBA, MS Accounting, MA Corporate Communication, and Master in Human Resource Programs.
  • Possible interview

(Additional requirements for international applicants only):

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English Proficiency
  • Possible interview required

For applicants for Temporary Degree, which is valid for one semester only. International applicants on F1 visa are not eligible for temporary status. 

  • A completed application form and $50 fee.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette.
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form (optional for MSAE, required for all others)
  • Resume or job profile.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required for the Executive MBA and MS Applied Economics Programs. Letters of recommendation are optional for the MBA, MS Accounting and Human Resource Programs.
  • International applicants on an F-1 visa are not eligible for this status.

Financing Your Degree

Tuition Reimbursement: For information regarding corporate tuition reimbursement you will need to contact your individual company as tuition reimbursement policies vary dramatically from company to company. The best place to start is usually your Human Resources Department. We invoice students directly for tuition and they negotiate tuition reimbursement with their firm.

Tuition Costs: For information on tuition costs, payment options or to obtain copies of payments made, please contact Marquette Central at 414.288.4000 or visit them at marquette.edu/mucentral.

Financial Aid: For specific guidelines and information about Graduate School Financial Aid, please see the Graduate School Financial Aid site.

More Information on the GMAT

For more information on the GMAT, go to MBA.com.

Application Procedures and Visa Information

Visa & Eligibility Requirements 

Overview

Most nonimmigrant students enter the United States with the legal status of an F-1 (student) visa and continue in that status throughout their period of study. To apply for an F-1 visa, a student needs a government document called a Certificate of Eligibility, or Form I-20, that is issued to the student by the university that the student will attend. A university must receive government permission to issue these I-20 forms.

Form I-20 & Verification

Before issuing an I-20, a university is required by law to verify that prospective students have:

  • Academic ability
  • English language proficiency
  • Financial support for the intended program of study.

Marquette University issues an I-20 for a prospective F-1 student after the student has been accepted for studies and has provided evidence of full financial support for the expenses of living and studying here for the proposed period of time.

Self-Completed Application Packet

In addition to the electronic application and application fee, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a complete, self-assembled application packet of all application materials, other than test scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc.). The following notes apply:

(1) If the application was submitted online, the applicant must print out a copy of the online application and submit it with the application fee and all other documents;

(2) If the applicant has a copy of the standardized-test results, he/she is encouraged to include a copy of those results with the package. However, those results will be considered unofficial until verified by the testing authority;

(3) Letters of recommendation and transcripts must be in sealed envelopes.

All application materials should be mailed to:  GSM, David Straz Executive Hall  #275, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881.  For courier delivery:  David Straz Business, 606 N. 13th Street Suite 275, Milwaukee, WI  53233.

 

Financial Verification and Visa Regulations

Upon acceptance to the Graduate School of Management F-1 students will be mailed the necessary financial verification and advance deposit amounts.  F-1 students must adequately document their financial resources for the duration of the academic program before a visa will be issued. Financial verification, in the form of an appropriate sponsorship statement and an advanced deposit (in U.S. currency) equal to the amount of the first term's tuition, must be sent to Marquette before the certificate of eligibility for a visa will be issued.   For further information on the current financial verification requirements and sponsorship statement requirements please contact the Graduate School of Management at GSM@Marquette.edu. The premium for the first term of health and repatriation insurance, required of all F-1 and J-1 students, will be deducted from the advance deposit. All but $500 is refundable if the student chooses not to attend Marquette.  (Students have the option of obtaining their I-20 via speed post, if they request it in writing at the time they send in their advance deposit.  They will be billed for the “extra” shipping charge.  This shipping charge is non-refundable should they decide not to attend Marquette.) Students must be prepared to pay any remaining balance of the first term's tuition when they arrive on campus. The advance deposit will be waived if the student receives a scholarship or other academic award that covers the cost of the first term's tuition.  We will send the I-20 as soon as we receive the required deposit and acceptable financial verification form.

International student electronic deposit link

International students must abide by the regulations of their legal status in the United States regarding their defined educational objectives, academic load and employment. Most international applicants are eligible only for regular degree status.

Those seeking admission for non degree status must obtain a statement of their legal eligibility from Marquette's Office of International Education.

Deadlines for admission

Deadlines for full-time applications for the fall term only

  • February 15 for fall, application and all materials due this date. Students will be notified by March 31.

Applications received or completed after February 15 will be accepted on a space-available basis only and are reviewed on a rolling basis. International students must allow enough time to secure proper visa requirements.

Application deadlines for students starting the program in the summer or spring terms:

  • March 15 for summer session, file all materials by this date
  • October 1 for spring semester, file all materials by this date

Admission decisions are based on a variety of criteria, each of which is intended to measure the applicant's ability to succeed in the program. No application can be evaluated until all of the required official documents have been received.

An applicant must have completed or be in the process of completing a four-year baccalaureate degree in accounting (or equivalent accounting course work which is typically 21 hours of U.S. GAAP based accounting courses – this includes 6 hours of Principles courses, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, Advanced Accounting, one course in Taxation, and one course in Accounting Information Systems) from an accredited college or university. In addition, the applicant must submit the following items to the Marquette Graduate School of Management, Straz Hall Executive Center:

  • A completed Graduate School application and application fee
  • Official transcripts from previously and currently attended colleges and universities (other than Marquette) – The minimum GPA is 3.000.
  • Official test scores of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form
  • Resume or job profile
  • Three letters of recommendation if applying for financial aid

International applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received a degree from an accredited academic institution in the United States, also must submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.

 

Admission to the MSAE program requires that applicants have successfully completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). For those below the 3.0 requirement, please contact us to see if other qualifications may be used to help fulfill this requirement.

Qualified applicants are expected to have completed coursework in economics through intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and at least one course in both basic statistics and calculus at the college level. Applicants without the required background will be required to make up the deficiency either through remedial coursework or an approved program of self-study.

Although it is strongly recommended that students begin the program in the fall semester, applicants for the spring semester will be considered.

Applicants should forward all of the following directly to the Marquette University Graduate School of Management:

  • Graduate School Application Form and $50 fee
  • Official Transcripts for all Colleges attended, except Marquette
  • Resume or job profile
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Scores from either the GRE or GMAT general examinations
  • Official Scores from the TOEFL Examination (for International students)
 

Applicants seeking admission to the MSHR program should follow the procedures and guidelines described in the Marquette University Graduate School Bulletin.

Admission decisions are based on a variety of criteria, each of which is intended to measure the applicant's ability to succeed in the program. No application can be evaluated until all of the required official documents have been received.

An applicant must have completed or be in the process of completing a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, the applicant must submit the following items to the Marquette Graduate School of Management, Straz Hall Executive Center:

  • A completed Graduate School application and application fee
  • Official transcripts from previously and currently attended colleges and universities (other than Marquette)
  • Official test scores of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form
  • Resume or job profile

International applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received a degree from an accredited academic institution in the United States, also must submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. In addition, international applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation.