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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 business résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional recommendations are preferred)
  • Transcripts: Unofficial copies* of your transcripts from each institution attended for college credit
  • Self-reported* GMAT or GRE scores (Select applicants may apply for a test score waiver. Please review the application instructions for more information.)
  • Self-reported* TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers)
  • Essays (two required, one optional)
  • Video Essay (optional)
  • $100 Application Fee (paid online at time of application submission)

* If you are offered admission, we will require your official transcripts and score reports at that time.

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

When to Apply

Our MBA 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.


Application Due

Decisions Issued

Round 1

October 10, 2022 - 11:59 PM ET

November 18, 2022

Round 2
Recommended deadline for merit-based scholarships and assistantships

December 15, 2022 - 11:59 PM ET

February 1, 2023

Round 3
Final deadline for international students

March 1, 2023 - 11:59 PM ET

April 10, 2023

Round 4
Final deadline for all applicants, including dual degree programs

May 15, 2023 - 11:59 PM ET

June 1, 2023


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. When possible, include information about outside activities and interests, including community service and hobbies.


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 please refer to our Class Profile to understand the average applicant profile. We highly encourage candidates to take time to prepare before test day. Many online resources are available to assist you, including practice tests. You can register for the GMAT at An official score report will be required after admission.

Test Score Waivers

The Full-Time MBA program considers select applicants for test score waivers. We will evaluate waiver requests on a case-by-case basis for applicants with more than 3 years of relevant and progressive full-time work experienceapplicants who are current active duty U.S. Military personnel with more than 2 years of service, or currently enrolled in another UGA graduate program. In addition, applicants must also meet at least one of the following criteria to qualify:

  • A strong record of academic performance from an accredited U.S. institution
  • An advanced degree from an accredited U.S. institution (graduate, masters, professional degrees)
  • Professional certifications with a quantitative focus (CPA, CFA, or other certification)
  • Strong performance in previous analytical or quantitative coursework

Applicants may request a test waiver by starting an application. Please review the application instructions for more information.

TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo

Non-native English speakers must submit valid scores for either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo. 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, and comparative Duolingo scores. 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. 

Required Essay 1

How will the Georgia MBA help you achieve your short- and long-term career goals? (400 words or less)

Required Essay 2

Option A
Tell us about a time you created a positive impact, either personally or professionally. Describe the impact. Why was it significant to you or others? (250 words or less)

Option B
Describe a time when you contributed to making a work environment or organization more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. (250 words or less)

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. (400 words or less)

Optional Video Essay

The video essay is entirely optional. This is just another way for you to show parts of yourself and your personality that are not seen elsewhere in your application. Details and prompts are available in the application.


Interviews are by invitation only. After we receive and review applications, select candidates will be invited to schedule an interview. If you attend a Campus Visit Day for your interview, your day will include:

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

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

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