Full-Time MBA Program

Admissions Requirements + Deadlines

What You Need to Apply

Please view our Class Profile to understand what the current class looks like. When you are ready to apply, you will complete the entire process online. A complete application includes:

  • Online application form
  • A one-page résumé
  • Two professional references (not letters of recommendation)
  • Transcripts: Unofficial copies* of your transcripts from each institution attended for college credit
  • Self-reported* GMAT or GRE scores**
  • Self-reported* TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers)
  • Essays (one required, one optional)
  • $100 application fee (paid online at time of application submission; waived for U.S. military)

* If you are offered admission, we will require your official transcripts and score reports at that time.
** We continue to accept the GRE, but the Admissions Committee prefers the GMAT as a more reliable and accurate predictor of business school success.


When to Apply

UGA Terry's application cycle has four deadlines. We encourage you to apply when you are ready and can submit the strongest application. If you are interested in our merit-based awards, then consider applying in the two earlier rounds. We work hard to review applications in a timely manner, and we promise to issue our decisions no later than the dates posted below.

Round Application Due Decisions Issued
Round 1 October 5, 2016 11:59 PM EST December 1, 2016
Round 2
Recommended last deadline for merit-based scholarships and assistantships
December 1, 2016 11:59 PM EST January 20, 2017
Round 3
Final deadline for international students
January 10, 2017 11:59 PM EST March 3, 2017
Round 4 March 15, 2017 11:59 PM EST May 1, 2017

The admissions office will continue to accept applications after the final deadline until the class is full.

How to Apply

Our application is entirely online. 

  • You can start an application at any time and submit it when you are ready.
  • You can save your application and return to it multiple times until you finish it.
  • Do not submit your application until it is complete. You cannot change it after submitting.
  • All required information should be included before submission, including test scores.

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Work Experience

The Admissions Committee strongly prefers that candidates possess a minimum of two years of full-time work experience before entering the program for two main reasons. First, students are expected to relate real-world employment experiences to the concepts presented in the classroom. Second, MBA employers strongly prefer candidates with a minimum of two years of professional work experience. Entering an MBA program with less experience than preferred may limit your employment options and reduce your return on investment.


Please submit a business résumé that includes your employment and educational history in reverse chronological order (most recent first). For your work experience, include titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business résumé is encouraged, especially as it quantifies your experience and puts your achievements into context.


The University of Georgia requires that all applicants possess a baccalaureate degree, or a foreign equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution to apply for admission to the MBA program. Please refer to the Graduate School website for more specific information about requirements for domestic and international students. Additionally, candidates are expected to have a minimum 3.0 GPA. You can still apply if you do not meet the minimum requirement for the GPA, but it is highly recommended that you submit an optional essay addressing your academic performance. Official transcripts will be required after admission.


We accept both the GRE and the GMAT, but the GMAT is preferred. We do not have a minimum score requirement for either test, but we highly encourage candidates to take time to prepare before test day. Many online resources are available to assist you, including sample GMAT questions and practice tests. You can register for the GMAT at mba.com. An official score report will be required after admission.


Non-native English speakers must submit scores for either the TOEFL or the IELTS. The Admissions Committee looks for a minimum overall score of 100 for the TOEFL or an overall band score of 7.0 for the IELTS. An official score report will be required after admission. Please read the International Students page for more detailed information.


Essays are a way for you to share your perspective and plans. The best essays are introspective, authentic, and succinct by directly answering our specific questions. Double-space each essay and ensure it is no more than 500 words.

Required Essay

In 500 words or less, please discuss the personal and professional accomplishments and passions that are most significant to you and how those accomplishments and passions relate to your short- and long-term career goals. Please use examples to illustrate your discussion.

Optional Essay

Please use this optional essay to share relevant information with the Admissions Committee that isn't revealed anywhere else in your application materials. The Admissions Committee wants to understand you as a whole person, in context, so use this essay to "fill any holes" in the rest of your application.


Interviews are by invitation only. After we receive and review applications, select candidates will be invited to schedule an interview. If you visit campus for your interview when classes are in session, your day will include:

  • A face-to-face interview with a member of the MBA Admissions Committee
  • Lunch with a current MBA student
  • A class visit

We can arrange video interviews for international applicants and domestic candidates unable to travel.