MBA Admissions and Checklist

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

Application Deadlines:

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Application materials must be filed at the Graduate School by the deadlines below:

  • Application materials for Fall semester must be filed by March 15.
  • Application materials for Spring semester must be filed by October 15.

Timeline to Process Applications:

Fall Semester

The MBA Committee will meet the week after the March 15th deadline to review the applications. The decision letters will be sent out by the last week of March.

Spring Semester

The MBA Committee will meet the week after the October 15th deadline to review the applications. The decision letters will be sent out by the last week of October.

Admission Criteria:

Admission to the MBA Program requires fulfillment of all three of the following:

  • A minimum GPA (grade point average) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale,
  • A recommended minimum GMAT score of 500 or GRE score of 150. Exceptions are only granted if the applicant has completed one of the following:
    • An accredited graduate degree (Master's, Ph.D.)
    • A professional degree (JD, MD, DVM, etc.)
    • An active CPA, CFP, CMA or PE license.
  • GMAT or GRE scores over five years old are not accepted.
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience.

Application Checklist:

The Graduate School and the MBA program requires the following information for admission:

Apply online

Upload and attach all required documents

  • Two letters of recommendation. Once you have submitted names and emails for recommendation, recommendation requests are automatically generated.
  • A two-page personal statement describing your background and why getting an MBA would enhance your career/professional goals.
  • A copy of your resume.

If your application has been submitted without attachments, these items may be emailed to Nha Lam at nhal@unr.edu.

Submit official transcripts*

Send one copy of official transcripts from all college-level course work to:

Graduate Admissions
Graduate School (Mail Stop 0326)
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada, 89557

*University of Nevada, Reno graduates do not need to submit a transcript.

Complete and submit GMAT/GRE scores

  • Complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit official scores to the Graduate School. The school code is 4844.

International candidates


Students are expected to complete a great deal of reading and writing in the program. A strong command of the English language is critical for their success. International candidates must have strong English language communication skills, both written and spoken.
As an international student, you must submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo.

  • Minimum score requirements:
    • TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet) 
    • IELTS: 6.5 (academic version)
    • Duolingo: 105
  • The TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo is waived for students who have completed degree programs conducted in English in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia or New Zealand.

For questions about the on-campus MBA application, please email Nha Lam, MBA Program Coordinator, at nhal@unr.edu.