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CoB Graduate Admission Criteria: COVID-19 response

Because of the pandemic, the College of Business will apply a holistic approach to graduate admissions to UA for the 2020-21 academic year. In this environment, it is impossible to ignore external factors that are impacting individual circumstances and lives. Many are finding their jobs and careers in transition and the College of Business wants to provide as much flexibility as possible to any student who is deciding late in the year to attend graduate school at UA. As a result, any applicant may petition to waive the standardized admission test requirement. Applicants may choose to include these scores, but tests will not be required.

Completing the Admissions Process


Domestic Students

  • Fall Semester Start – August 1
  • Spring Semester Start – January 1, 2022
  • Summer Semester Start – May 1
  • Weekend Professional MBA - Fall Start only

International Students

The Graduate School recommends applying six months prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to begin your studies. The CoB recommends applying no later than the following dates:

  • Fall - June 15
  • Spring - October 15
  • Summer - March 15

Online and Mailed Application Materials

Step 1 : Complete the online application, which includes:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • $45 for domestic students
  • $70 for international students
  • $45 reapplication fee

Step 2: Submit the following items:

  • Your Current Resume
  • Letter of Intent outlining your story. Describe what motivates you to pursue the degree and what characteristics will lead to your success.
  • Official transcripts. All transcripts (including electronic transcripts) must be submitted to the Graduate School. Students may submit unofficial copies to for admission purposes, but an official transcript must be presented or sent to the Graduate School located in the Leigh Hall building.
  • Standardized test scores. Unofficial copies may be sent to for admission processing.

    GMAT (send a copy of your results). Request to have the official copy sent to The University of Akron either when taking the test or after. The Graduate Admission Committee (GAC) prefers that applicants have a minimum GMAT score of 500. For those applicants with scores slightly below this level, it is possible to submit a petition to the Admission Committee requesting provisional admission. GMAT information is available at UA Code: 1829.

    Other standardized tests. Students who have taken the GRE, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT or CAT may request consideration for admission based on those scores. Students providing CAT are expected to provide scores of 90% or above. If a student has not yet taken a test, the GMAT is preferred. Joint Business/Law students may request that the School of Law forward all paperwork to the CoB and The Graduate School. See the Joint Degree Application process for more details.

    Students holding a Masters, Doctorate or Juris Doctor from an American university may request admission based on the advanced degree. Applicants to the Accelerated MSA, MSM and M. Tax programs are not required to take an admissions test if they meet the program requirements.
    A student's overall application will be reviewed and the GAC reserves the right to require the GMAT for admission.

    Applicants may petition the GAC for a waiver of the GMAT, GRE or other standardized test, if they have achieved three years of professional responsibilities, after completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Upon application, you may submit our online Test Waiver Petition Form. The decision to waive will be reviewed during the review of the GAC.

Students with less than three years of work experience may request a waiver based on our COVID-19 Response. Applicants should mention the COVID-19 Exception under "additional information" on our online Test Waiver Petition Form.

Mailing address:

The Graduate School
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2101

Graduate Programs in Business
The University of Akron
College of Business Administration, Room 412
Akron, OH 44325-4805

Incomplete Applications

Any materials (resume, letter of intent, etc.) which were not provided prior to application submission may be directed to the CoB Graduate Programs Office via email at

Our staff processes all applications and provides feedback to students related to missing documentation.

Admissions Meetings

The Graduate Admissions Committee meets regularly to make recommendations to the Graduate School. Applications are evaluated based on our Admissions Criteria. Final decisions are approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. An e-letter regarding your status will be sent by the Graduate School.

If you have any questions, please contact:

The College of Business Graduate Programs Office by phone at 330-972-7043, or email