Application and Admissions

The MBA Program welcomes college graduates from all disciplines. Students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university.

Why the MBA Program?

A MBA is different from any other advanced degree and the MBA Program is different from any other MBA.

The MBA Program at UNLV will broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills by integrating real-world experiences with the latest insights from industry experts. The Lee Business School understands that companies who hire MBAs look for more than a paper with three letters -- they seek leaders possess an elevated understanding of all business facets and creative problem solvers.

The MBA Program accommodates the needs of full- and part-time students by offering all courses in the later afternoon and evening. Students can complete a degree at their own pace without interrupting their professional career.

The MBA Program is among a select group of worldwide graduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest level of accreditation attainable in business education. The MBA Program also is included as one of the top MBA programs according to US News and World Report.

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Admissions

Admission Criteria

Candidates for admission to the MBA Program will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of having been awarded the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
  • A minimum of two years of full-time, professional work experience. Recent graduates with less work experience may be considered based on undergraduate academic performance.
  • Two Personal Recommendation Letters from individuals who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate degree program.
  • MBA applicants are required to take the GMAT examination. A recommended minimum score of 550 is required for the GMAT examination. GMAT scores more than five years old are not accepted. Exceptions are only granted if the applicant has completed one of the following:
    • An accredited graduate degree (Ph.D.)
    • A professional degree (JD, MD, DVM, DMD, etc.)

Application Requirements

Complete an online application with the Graduate College. The MBA Program does not require a separate application. 

  • Application Fees US Domestic: $60 International: $95
Transcripts

Upload all unofficial university level transcripts when completing the application online. For the admission process to be complete, you must also supply an official copy of all transcripts to the UNLV Graduate College at the following address:

4505 S Maryland Parkway, Box 451017
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-1017 

GMAT (The Graduate Management Admissions Test)

As part of the admission process, MBA applicants are required to provide scores for the GMAT exam.

The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) which measures general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. It is non-business specific and tests one's general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills.

The official GMAT score must be forwarded directly to the Lee Business School – Evening MBA Program. GMAT scores are valid for five years.

The GMAT website provides information on how to register and prepare for the GMAT. If you decide to retake or are requested to retake the GMAT, please notify the MBA Program of your intended test date. Your highest test score will be considered for the admission process.

Personal Statement

Complete a written statement of purpose and upload it into your application. Personal statements should be between one to two pages in length, double-spaced and font size 12. In this statement, address how an MBA Education experience will assist you in meeting your professional career goals and include a description of the leadership or managerial attributes you will bring to the program.

Resume

Resumes or CVs may be submitted by uploading them to the Graduate College application.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. The Graduate College application will allow you to provide an email address for each of the individuals you ask to submit a letter of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be from individuals who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate degree program. The recommender can be either an academic or professional reference.

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Admission Deadlines

The MBA Program accepts applications for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Application materials must be filed at the Graduate College and the MBA office prior to the deadline shown below.

Semester Domestic Applicants International Applicants
Fall July 15 May 1
Spring November 15 October 1
Summer April 1 March 15

Nevada Residency

For tuition purposes, all new graduate students are classified as out-of-state until Nevada residency is determined via the residency application process. In order to obtain Nevada residency, you must download the residency application and submit it along with the required supporting documentation by the first day of the semester in which you are applying for residency. Residency is determined by the Registrar's Office, not the MBA Program office.

International students are not considered as Nevada residents unless they have resided in the state for at least one year and currently have an alien resident card (green card). If you have a student visa, you are not considered a resident of Nevada and will be charged out-of-state tuition. An international student fee will also apply.
Get more information regarding residency requirements.