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What we’re looking for in an MBA candidate’s application.

Our MBA admissions team takes a holistic approach to considering an MBA applicant for admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

The Full-Time MBA program accepts applications in different rounds over the course of one cycle.

  • Round
  • Early Round
  • Round 1
  • Round 2
  • Round 3
  • Round 4
  • Application Deadline
  • October 6, 2019
  • November 10, 2019
  • January 5, 2020
  • March 1, 2020
  • April 5, 2020
  • Decisions Mailed By
  • November 22, 2019
  • January 10, 2020
  • March 13, 2020
  • April 17, 2020
  • May 8, 2020 (International Decision); May 15, 2020 (Domestic Decision)

Application Process

Steps to Apply

  1. Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  2. Complete and submit the online application.
  3. Schedule an evaluative interview, either in person or via Skype.

Online Application

Application Components

The application includes the following components, which are described in further detail on this page:

Academic Record

Resume

GMAT or GRE Test Score

Essays

Recommendations/References

English Language Proficiency Test Score (if applicable)

Academic Record

The Broad of College of Business considers each applicant’s undergraduate transcript, with special attention given to the last two years. The average GPA for the final two undergraduate years is 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

We require students to have completed a four-year undergraduate degree. We do not accept three-year international bachelor’s degrees; you must have a four-year bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Candidates who hold a three-year undergraduate degree along with a master’s degree are also eligible to apply.

We consider graduate-level work but do not allow transfers from other MBA programs or candidates who already have an MBA or an MBA equivalent from another institution.

The Full-Time MBA program will accept uploaded scanned copies of your academic records for admissions purposes. If you are admitted to the Full-Time MBA program, we will then require all original documents to be sent to the program office.

Note: applicants who graduated from a U.S. university can have electronic transcripts sent directly to Michigan State University’s Central Admission Office through a transcript service such as AVOW or eScrip-Safe.

Resume

One copy of a current resume is required and, in no more than one page, should detail:

  • Professional experience
  • Academic credentials and related accomplishments
  • Pertinent biographical data

We strongly recommend a minimum of two years’ full-time work experience after a candidate has earned an undergraduate degree. The average admitted student has four years’ work experience. The quality of work experience is closely scrutinized, with an emphasis on:

  • Professional career progression
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership experience
  • Quantifiable business results

The admissions team occasionally will consider applicants with nontraditional full-time work experience prior to or during their undergraduate program.

Additional accomplishments to be noted in the resume that can enhance an applicant’s chances of success include:

  • Work-related or professional awards
  • Scholastic awards, accomplishments and publications
  • Community service work
  • Youth development and mentoring
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GMAT or GRE Test Score

All applicants must take either the GMAT or the GRE. The average GMAT score for the Class of 2020 was 668 (with a median of 690). We do not have a required minimum score. A GMAT or GRE score alone does not guarantee or deny admission to the program.

GMAT Code for Full-Time MBA: QH0-5P-76 MBA (Q-H-ZERO-FIVE-P-SEVEN-SIX)

GRE Code for Michigan State University: 1465

Note: The Broad Full-Time MBA program is conducting a pilot this year to accept domestic candidates with strong work experience and other admission criteria in lieu of the standardized test score.

GMAT Waiver Information

Essays

Two essays are required: a written essay and a video essay. The essays help determine whether a candidate is a good fit for the program’s curricular strengths and team-intensive environment.

Essay Questions (Entering Class Fall 2019)

Essay A – Written Essay (Required)

Please choose either Option 1 or Option 2 below and submit through the Essay A section of the application. Either option will be accepted.

  • Option 1: Tell us why Michigan State University’s MBA program should admit you, in 350 words or fewer.
  • Option 2: Provide two PowerPoint slides; the first slide should illustrate why Michigan State University’s MBA program should admit you, and the second slide should include a writing sample (minimum 350 words).

Essay B – Written Essay (Optional)

What other information do you believe is necessary in the assessment of your candidacy to the Broad MBA?

Please answer this question in 350 words or fewer if you feel your application for admission does not adequately represent you. If you are requesting an English proficiency test waiver, please use this essay to explain in 350 words or less why you should receive this waiver.

Video Essay (Required)

The video essay provides an applicant the ability to demonstrate in their own words who they are and what they bring to the Broad MBA program. In addition, the video essay is an interactive way to complete an essay in a relatively short period of time. Each applicant will complete three short video essay questions with two minutes to respond to each question. Please use the STAR interview response format when responding to the questions.

Notes:

  • Once the question is asked, there will be a five-second delay to respond. The question will appear on the screen for reference.
  • The question response does not need to take the entire two minutes. If you have time remaining once complete, click on the “stop recording” button to end the recording.
  • Please be concise with your response. The recording will automatically stop after two minutes.
  • There will be an option to re-record your response once.
  • We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the questions.
  • And finally, remember to dress professionally, sit in a well-lit area, look at the camera, relax and be yourself.

Tech notes:

  • Use Google Chrome to complete the video essay
  • Use a laptop or desktop that is connected to the internet via a cable instead of Wi-Fi, if possible
  • Use a PC instead of a Mac

Video Essay System

Recommendations/References

We require two references. We ask for references (preferably supervisors) that can attest to the your ability to work within and lead teams, as well as to contribute significantly to a professional business environment. Your reference should be able to provide specific information on your professional and intellectual skills and abilities. Employment-related references are strongly encouraged.

All candidates are required to fill in the names and contact information of their references on the online application. However, your reference does not need to fill out the recommendation form itself. If your reference/recommender chooses to fill out the recommendation form, we will still accept it. Filling out the recommendation form by a recommender is optional.

The Full-Time MBA program office may call your references/recommenders to speak to them during the application cycle. Please inform your references/recommenders to expect a call from the Michigan State University Full-Time MBA program during the application cycle (not all references will be contacted).

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Evaluative Interview

Once past the initial screening process, applicants will be contacted for an evaluative interview by the admissions staff.

During the interview, the candidate will be assessed on:

  • Attitude
  • Professionalism
  • Maturity
  • Ability to work well with people
  • Perceived fit with the MBA program

You must fill out an admissions application prior to scheduling an interview. After the school receives your application, we will contact you, if your application warrants it, to schedule an interview.

Interviews are held from September through June, and may be conducted by Skype video or in person.

What You Can Expect during the Interview

Broad MBA admissions representatives conduct the interview and will ask you a common set of questions used for all interviewees. Your interpersonal skills and communication skills are at least as important as the specific content of the interview. The tone of the interview is relaxed and conversational, typically lasting around 30–40 minutes. Within this session, you will have ample time to ask any questions you may have about Broad or the MBA program. While low key in tone, we expect that you will treat our evaluative interview process as you would a professional interview.

Interview through Skype

The preferred method of interviewing, if you cannot come to campus, is to conduct your interview through Skype video. The benefit is that you still get a face-to-face interview with an admissions representative via your computer. We will get a better impression as to who you are and what you can bring to the program.

Interview during a Campus Visit

Interviews can also be conducted by visiting the Broad MBA program for an individual visit. During this visit you will sit in on an MBA class, tour the business school complex, meet with an admissions staff member, and have lunch with current students. Please contact us at least one week in advance of your visit so arrangements can be made on your behalf. Campus visitors should also plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled start time to allow for parking and check-in with the receptionist. Contact Beth Thomas to schedule your visit.

Dress Code

Professional attire is expected when visiting us on campus or online during the Skype video interview.

Missed Interviews

MBA candidates who notify the Broad MBA program of a scheduling conflict at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled interview will be allowed to reschedule, according to the interview slots that are available — with no penalty.

MBA candidates who miss their scheduled interview without notifying the Broad MBA program beforehand will be denied if contact is not made with the program staff according to the details below (we will not contact you). If contact is made by the end of the next business day and if the candidate presents an acceptable excuse as determined by the program, another interview will be accommodated; however, the candidate will be relegated to the end of the current interview-scheduling queue. If the candidate’s excuse for missing the interview is deemed unacceptable, the Broad MBA program reserves the right to deny the applicant immediately and summarily.

English Language Proficiency Test Score

International applicants must meet all of the above requirements. In addition, we ask international applicants to provide a score from any of the following testing agencies:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • PTE

International Admission Criteria

We take pride in our veterans and value their contributions to the program’s fabric.

The Broad Full-Time MBA program can help you apply your military experience to a civilian career, maximizing your investment in yourself and preparing you for future challenges.

Benefits for veteran applicants  

If you are an international applicant, we have some additional criteria. International applicants to the Broad MBA program must meet particular conditions for academic transcripts and English language proficiency.

International student criteria  

You received a world-class degree from a top Big Ten university. We invite you to consider the Broad Full-Time MBA program.

We’re here to help you with the admissions process. As an incentive, we offer all MSU alumni who are applying special benefits.

Benefits for MSU alumni applicants  

Individuals who applied unsuccessfully to the Broad Full-Time MBA program in 2017–2018 for fall 2018 entry are eligible to reapply.

To reapply, please complete a new application and mark yourself as a reapplicant. The program office will automatically send you an application fee voucher to submit your new application.

If you have any questions about the reapplication process, please contact Beth Thomas at (517) 355-6556 or thomase@broad.msu.edu.

Michigan State’s Full-Time MBA is seeking high-caliber individuals who have progressive professional experience with strong communication and interpersonal skills. A select number of domestic MBA candidates will be considered for admission without a GMAT or GRE score as part of a pilot initiative. These candidates must meet additional requirements to ensure success in the MBA curriculum.

The Broad Full-Time MBA program would like to recognize applicants from certain backgrounds that exemplify community and military service. Applicants from certain organizations and backgrounds identified can apply and have their application fee paid for by the Full-Time MBA program.

GMAT and application fee waivers