MBA Programs

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 Admission candidates 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.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to meet all admission standards listed for the program they wish to enter. In addition, the following are required to be considered for admission:

  • English Language Proficiency
    International applicants who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or students from an international English-speaking university (in which the lingua franca is English) need not submit English language scores. Otherwise, applicants must demonstrate one of the following: 
    — Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 72 (internet-based), or
    — International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0, or
    — Michigan test score of 85, or
    — Pearson Test of English score of at least 61, or
    — Proof of successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School or certificate of Completion of Program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director, or
    — King George International College (KGIC) English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE) final proficiency test score of 75% with a passing class score of 80.
  • Transcripts
    Provide official, sealed transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned showing all college/university course work with certified English translations (ECE or WES course-by-course) of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language.
  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation
    Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. Concordia accepts course-by-course evaluations from WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers).
  • Professional Résumé (or Curriculum Vitae)
  • Declaration of Finances
    Submit a certified document pledging financial support for the first year of study and verifying the same for the following year/s of study.
  • Medical
    A physical exam, adequate medical insurance, and proof of immunization are required prior to enrollment.
  • Regular Admission Requirements
    International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program in order to enroll.

International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program prior to enrollment. All documents should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the student’s expected start date.  I-20 forms will be issued after admission is granted.

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