Executive MBA Admissions Process
Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The selection of Executive MBA candidates for the class starting in fall 2014, will begin in early spring 2014.
Applicants are selected primarily on the basis of their work record. A minimum of five years' successful professional experience is required. A baccalaureate degree in any area with a grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) and a score of 450 or higher on the GMAT are expected. The GMAT may be waived if an applicant has more than ten years management experience. The GMAT waiver is determined by the program director.
Class size. A maximum of 50 class members are carefully selected to include a balanced mixture of participants with comparable managerial and professional responsibilities but different backgrounds and organizational affiliations. No specific undergraduate degree, course prerequisites, or training is required for admission.
Company sponsorship is expected. The candidate must submit a signed Sponsorship Form (included with the application forms) prior to admittance into the program.
Applicants accepted to the program must post a non-refundable deposit of $2,500 to hold a place in the class. The deposit is due 10 days after official acceptance and is applied to the first-year fee of $25,000. The balance of the fee is to be paid within 30 days of admission. Fees for the second year will amount to $25,000 due on or before September 15, 2014. If a participant leaves the program for any reason after he or she has been accepted and enrolled, it is the policy of the College of Business that fees will not be refunded. Although sponsoring companies in many instances pay the costs or reimburse participants in part or in full, the participant is responsible for prompt payment to the university and for maintaining a current student financial account.
Students are regular graduate students. Participants in the Executive MBA program are admitted to the Graduate School and accordingly are considered regular graduate students and subject to the general policies of the Graduate School regarding grading standards and graduation. All students are required to maintain at least a 3.00 (B) grade point average.
- Graduate School Application
Application to the Graduate School is made via the online application process. Application over our secure server requires a credit card to pay the $40 application fee. (application)
- Supplemental Information
Students should complete and mail the supplemental information form as early as posssible. This form should be mailed directly to the MBA Office. (supplemental application form)
- Two Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required and must be sent directly from the writer to the MBA Office. Letters of recommendation should be completed by a professional associate who has known the candidate at least one year. (recommendation form)
- Statement of Purpose
- Official Transcript(s)
An official transcript from the college or university from which the student graduated must be sent directly from that institution to the MBA Office. (transcript request form)
- Official GMAT Score
The GMAT is a computeradaptive test (CAT) that is available year-round. The GMAT may be waived, on a case-by-case basis, for applicants with ten or mores years managerial experience. (more info). Students can improve their GMAT Score with the NIU College of Business GMAT Test Prep course.
- Sponsor Agreement
A signed sponsor form must be mailed to the Executive MBA Office. (sponsorship form)