Admission Requirements

Admission Deadlines

  • All admission materials must be submitted with the application.
  • No application fee. No GMAT required.

All documents relating to admission should be submitted to Concordia University’s Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services prior to the deadline for your anticipated term of enrollment. See your degree of interest on this Web site for application and file completion deadlines.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to an MBA program, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and submit the following:

  • Application for admission: Apply online.
  • Objective Statement: Provide information on your future educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing graduate work at Concordia University Chicago. 
  • Transcripts: Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution through which a degree was earned. 
  • International Transcripts: Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service, such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). 
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic proficiency, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work. 
  • Professional résumé 

GPA Requirements

Applicant's must show evidence of ability to achieve success in a graduate program through the following:

  • Full Admission: To be considered for Full Admission, candidates will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher. 
  • Provisional Admission (available only to US residents and citizens): To be considered for Provisional Admissioncandidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites. All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first semester of enrollment to continue in the program. 
  • Probationary Admission: To be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program. 

Pending Status

Students do not need to be admitted to their degree program in order to register for their initial semester. Students are placed on Pending/Student-at-Large guest status until all required documentation has been received and may attend classes for one semester. The Pending/Student-at-Large status does not apply to international students.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international students must meet the following:

  • TOEFL: A score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 72 (internet) for graduate studies on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) unless English is the native language, and an unqualified recommendation from an ELS program director is provided. (International students who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States do not need to submit TOEFL scores.) 
  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation: Any international transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service. Concordia accepts evaluations from WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers). 

International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program to enroll in coursework. All documents should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the student’s expected date of entry. I-20 forms will be issued after University acceptance is granted. The program length may vary for each student.

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