Admissions Policies

Admission to Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program

Admission to the M.B.A. program is available to those students who have completed an undergraduate degree and can demonstrate high promise of success in a graduate business degree program. The college has adopted qualitative admissions standards in which applicants are considered on the basis of their merits, with weight given to the quality of prior academic achievement, the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores, professional experience indicating increased levels of responsibility, and other relevant information that the candidate may share with the admissions committee.

The typical admitted student in the M.B.A. program has at least a 2.7 undergraduate GPA and 450 on the GMAT. However, for admission to the M.B.A. GMAT scores and undergraduate GPA will not be the sole basis for admissions decisions.

The following documents are required for admission to the program:

  1. Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  2. Official GMAT scores sent directly from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) to the College of Graduate Studies. GMAT scores must be no more than five years old. For students applying to the J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program, the LSAT must have been taken within the last three years.
    1. GMAT Waivers
      1. Who is eligible for consideration for a GMAT waiver? 
        1. COBI alumni or AACSB accredited school applicants who graduated from undergraduate or graduate school within the last three years with a competitive GPA (deemed competitive by COBI Office of Graduate Programs and COBI Associate Dean).
        2. Non-COBI, yet the University of Toledo alumni applicants who graduated from undergraduate or graduate school within the last three years with a competitive GPA (deemed competitive by COBI Office of Graduate Programs and COBI Associate Dean).
        3. Applicants who can demonstrate significant, relevant, and progressive work experience (deemed acceptable by COBI Office of Graduate Programs and COBI Associate Dean).
        4. For students applying to the J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program, applicants who have successfully completed the LSAT within the last three years; for students applying to the PharmD/M.B.A. dual degree program, applicants who have successfully completed the PCAT; for students applying to the M.D./M.B.A., applicants who have successfully completed the MCAT; for students applying to the M.P.H./M.B.A., applicants who have successfully completed the GRE. For students whose program waived or no longer requires testing, GMAT will be waived.
        5. Applicants who have obtained a graduate level degree or higher.
      2. Inquirers must have completed the online application for enrollment in the term in which they are requesting the GMAT waiver.
      3. Applicants must provided an updated resume for consideration of a GMAT waiver.
      4. The GMAT waiver will be valid for the term of admission per the online application.
        1. If the student does not enroll in the original term of admission, they may request that the COBI Office of Graduate Programs re-evaluate their GMAT waiver request for the new term of admission.
      5. This waiver does not apply to graduate assistantships.  The minimum requirements for a graduate assistantship can be found on the Graduate Assistantship website.
      6. This waiver does not apply to the MSA, MS ABA, MABA, or global MBA programs.
  3. At least one letter of reference from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity.
  4. The statement of purpose as required on the application for admission.
  5. Applicants with below a 2.7 undergraduate cumulative GPA must submit a GMAT unless they meet one of the following criteria for a waiver:
    1. 3-5 years of relevant, significant, and progressive work experience as determined by the Associate Dean of the College of Business and Innovation
    2. Already has completed a graduate degree from a USA institution
    3. Similar passing test is substituted, such as GRE, MCAT, PCAT, or LSAT.
    4. A College of Business and Innovation Office of Graduate Programs admission committee determine eligibility for admission based on an admission interview on a case by case bases. 

In the case of students whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory.

Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis. However, students are encouraged to submit their applications by the following dates:

Domestic students:

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester November 15
Summer semester April 15

International students:

Fall semester May 1
Spring semester October 1
Summer semester March 1

Final admissions decisions will be withheld until the application for admission is complete. No materials submitted to the University will be returned to the applicant.

Admission to Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program

Students applying for the J.D./M.B.A. program must have earned a bachelor’s degree. A student must apply and be admitted to the College of Law and College of Business and Innovation separately to be admitted to the J.D/M.B.A. dual degree program. The LSAT will be accepted by the College of Business and Innovation in lieu of GMAT scores.

Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other program. Refer to the College of Law and M.B.A. sections of this catalog for specific admission standards for each program. Applications for admission to the J.D. program are accepted for fall entry only.

Admission to Joint M.D./M.B.A. Program

Students applying for the M.D./M.B.A. program must have earned a bachelor's degree. A student must apply and be admitted to the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and the College of Business and Innovation separately to be admitted to the M.D./M.B.A dual degree program. The MCAT will be accepted by the College of Business and Innovation in lieu of GMAT scores.

Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other program. Refer to the College of Medicine and M.B.A. sections of this catalog for specific admission standards for each program. Applications for admission to the M.D. program are accepted for fall entry only.

Admission to Joint MPH/M.B.A. Program

Students applying for the Master of Public Health/M.B.A. dual degree program must have earned a bachelor's degree. A student must apply and be admitted to the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Business and Innovation separately to be admitted to the MPH/M.B.A dual degree program. If the applicant is required to take the GRE by the MPH Admission Committee, the College of Business and Innovation will accept GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT. If the applicant does not need to take the GRE for admission to the MPH program, the applicant will be waived GMAT for admission to the M.B.A. Program.

Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other program. Refer to the College of Health and Human Services and M.B.A. sections of this catalog for specific admission standards for each program.

Admission to Joint PharmD./M.B.A. Program

Students applying for the PharmD./M.B.A. program must have earned a bachelor's degree. A student must apply and be admitted to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the College of Business and Innovation separately to be admitted to the PharmD./M.B.A dual degree program. The PCAT will be accepted by the College of Business and Innovation in lieu of GMAT scores.

Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other program. Refer to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science and M.B.A. sections of this catalog for specific admission standards for each program.

Admission to Joint B.S./M.B.A. Degree Program

The College of Business and Innovation in conjunction with the College of Engineering offers a program whereby qualified students can earn simultaneously both a B.S. in engineering and an M.B.A. This program provides a unique opportunity to combine business and engineering skills to prepare graduates for global competitiveness. It supports the mission of the College of Business and Innovation to prepare corporate leaders for the future. The program should be particularly attractive to students interested in starting their own companies or those who want to develop an appreciation for how engineering and business complement each other. 

This program will allow engineering students in their final two semesters of study to begin taking M.B.A. courses while completing their B.S. This arrangement should reduce the time it takes a student to receive both degrees by a year. The business undergraduate prerequisites can be satisfied as part of the undergraduate curriculum.

Students who wish to pursue the program should make this known to the senior associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering by the end of their sophomore year. Interested students will take the GMAT at the end of their junior year and should apply for admission to the program to the College of Graduate Studies before the fall of their senior year. To be admitted to the program, students must have senior standing, score a minimum of 450 on the GMAT, and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Undergraduate requirements for the general business minor must also be completed. Upon admission to the program by the College of Graduate Studies, the College of Business and Innovation and the College of Engineering, students will be take graduate courses while simultaneously completing the requirements for the B.S. in engineering.

Students’ special status must be tracked by the Office of Student Retention and Academic Success to assure AACSB compliance and to assure the B.S. degree is granted prior to graduating with the M.B.A.

Admission to Master of Business Administration Executive Management (E.M.B.A.) Program

The E.M.B.A. program is designed for executives and professionals with a minimum of three to five years of management or professional experience. The E.M.B.A. Admissions Committee seeks candidates with proven leadership potential. The following documents are required for admission to the program:

  1. Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  2. A current resume to allow the Admissions Committee the opportunity to assess the individual’s work experience.
  3. Statement of purpose.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity.

All applicants to the E.M.B.A. program are also required to interview with the Admissions Committee. The interview will take place once the application for admission has been completed. Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis for fall entry only. Final admissions decisions will be withheld until the application for admission is complete. No materials submitted to the University will be returned to the applicant.

admission to executive master of sales leadership (e.m.s.l.)

NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME

The Master of Executive Sales Leadership (E.M.S.L.) program is designed for sales and sales leadership professionals with a minimum of three to five years of professional sales or business development experience. The following documents are required for admission to the program:

  1. Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  2. A current resume to allow the Admissions Committee the opportunity to assess the individual’s work experience.
  3. Statement of purpose.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity.

All applicants to the E.M.S.L. program are also required to interview with the Admissions Committee. The interview will take place once the application for admission has been completed. Final admissions decisions will be withheld until the application for admission is complete. No materials submitted to the University will be returned to the applicant.

Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis. However, students are encouraged to submit their applications by the following dates:

Domestic students:

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester November 15
Summer semester April 15

International students:

Fall semester May 1
Spring semester October 1
Summer semester March 1

Admission to Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.A.) Program

All decisions regarding admissions to the M.S.A. program are made through the office of the director of graduate programs in accounting. Admission to the M.S.A. program is available for those students who demonstrate high promise of success in a graduate program. All applicants are considered on the basis of their merit with weight given to the quality of prior academic achievement, GMAT test scores, professional experience, and other relevant information. The following documents are required for admission to the program:

  1. Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  2. Official GMAT scores sent directly from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) to the College of Graduate Studies. The minimum GMAT score is 500, must be no more than five years old.1
  3. The GMAT may be waived for applicant who have:
    1. Completed GRE within the last five years; official GRE scores must be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies, or
    2. An undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo (minimum 3.0 GPA) within the last ten years, or M.B.A. or 
    3. A Master in Economics (minimum 3.00 GPA) within the last ten years, or 
    4. An active practicing CPA/CMA, or passed the CPA/CMA exam within the last five years
  4. Most recent resume or curriculum vitae including contact information for two references (name, title, place of employment, phone number and e-mail address).

In the case of students whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory.

Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis. However, students are encouraged to submit their applications by the following dates:

Domestic students:

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester November 15
Summer semester April 15

International students:

Fall semester May 1
Spring semester October 1
Summer semester March 1

Final admissions decisions will be withheld until the application for admission is complete. No materials submitted to the University will be returned to the applicant. The M.S.A. program admits students to the program on a rolling admissions basis.

admission to master of applied business analytics

All decisions regarding admissions to the M.A.B.A. program is made through the office of the Chair of the IOTM department.

The admission decision will be based on a composite profile of the applicant including test scores, academic background, grades, work experience, letters of reference, and also the statement of purpose. Applicants whose native language is not English have to satisfy the TOEFL requirements of the UToledo College of Graduate Studies. The typical admitted student in the M.A.B.A. program has at least a 2.7 undergraduate GPA and 500 on the GMAT or equivalent score in the GRE. Additional requirements include proficiency in spreadsheets and a programming language, a calculus course with C or better both of which may be met by taking courses if necessary after a provisional admission. The following documents are required for admission to the program:

1.   Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.

2.    Official GMAT scores sent directly from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) or GRE score sent directly by educational testing service to the College of Graduate Studies. The minimum GMAT score is 500 (equivalent score in the GRE), must be no more than five years old.

3.   The GMAT may be waived for applicants who have earned:

a.     An undergraduate degree or MBA from UToledo (minimum 3.0 GPA) within the last ten years or

b.     A Master in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics or Engineering (minimum 3.00 GPA) within the last ten years,

4.   Most recent resume or curriculum vitae including contact information for two references (name, title, place of employment, phone number and e-mail address).

5.   A 400 word essay on statement of purpose.

In the case of students whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory.

Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis. However, students are encouraged to submit their applications by the following dates:

Domestic students:

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester November 15
Summer semester April 15

International students:

Fall semester May 1
Spring semester October 1
Summer semester March 1

Final admissions decisions will be withheld until the application for admission is complete. No materials submitted to the University will be returned to the applicant. The M.A.B.A. admits students to the program on a rolling admissions basis.

admission to master of science in applied business analytics

All decisions regarding admissions to the M.S program is made through the office of the Chair of the IOTM department.

The admission decision will be based on a composite profile of the applicant including test scores, academic background, grades, work experience, letters of reference, and also the statement of purpose. Applicants whose native language is not English have to satisfy the TOEFL requirements of the UToledo College of Graduate Studies. The typical admitted student in the MS. program has at least a 2.8 undergraduate GPA and 480 on the GMAT or equivalent score in the GRE (minimum of 25 in verbal and 28 in quantitative reasoning is expected). Additional requirements include proficiency in spreadsheets and a programming language, a calculus course with C or better both of which may be met by taking courses if necessary after a provisional admission. The following documents are required for admission to the program:

1.   Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.

2.    Official GMAT scores sent directly from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) or GRE score sent directly by educational testing service to the College of Graduate Studies. The minimum GMAT score is 480 (equivalent score in the GRE), must be no more than five years old.

3.    Exceptionally qualified applicants who meet at least one of the following criteria may apply for a GMAT waiver:

  • Very high Undergraduate or graduate GPA
  • Recent graduates or post-graduates ( 3 years or less) with high GPA
  • Possess significant, relevant work experience (deemed acceptable to the Program Chair for the applied business analytics)

The decision on waiver is made by evaluating each applicant individually.

4.   Most recent resume or curriculum vitae including contact information for two references (name, title, place of employment, phone number and e-mail address).

5.   A 400 word essay on statement of purpose.

In the case of students whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory.

Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis. However, students are encouraged to submit their applications by the following dates:

Domestic students:

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester November 15
Summer semester April 15

International students:

Fall semester May 1
Spring semester October 1
Summer semester March 1

Final admissions decisions will be withheld until the application for admission is complete. No materials submitted to the University will be returned to the applicant. The MS admits students to the program on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to Doctor of Philosophy in Manufacturing and Technology Management (Ph.D.) Program

Application review for admission will not take place for Fall 2020.

Application deadline for Fall 2021: March 15, 2021

Applicants with a master’s degree in a technical field or business are preferred. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a technical field or business may also be considered. Letters of reference from college faculty or employers acquainted with the student’s character and ability, and official transcripts of all prior college work must be supplied. Applicants are expected to demonstrate preparation for, and a high promise of, success in the doctoral program.

The following will be considered in evaluating an application to the Ph.D. program on an individual basis:

  • The student’s undergraduate and graduate record with general academic performance, as well as the trend and comparison of grades over a period of time;
  • The student’s verbal, quantitative and total scores on the GMAT (in certain cases, depending on the academic background of the student, GRE scores may be substituted for GMAT scores);
  • Evidence of the ability to do research (publications, presentations, etc.);
  • Statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue a Ph.D. in manufacturing and technology management;
  • Three letters of reference;
  • Appropriate experience;
  • And, in the case of students whose native language is not English, acceptable performance on the TOEFL or IELTS is mandatory.

It is to be stressed that, although GMAT and GPA are important, they alone will not be the basis of admissions decisions. While students may come from many academic disciplines, those students with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than business may require more than 79 semester hours in order to satisfy prerequisite (19 credit hours) and business program course (60 credit hours) requirements. A student may need additional calculus, statistics, and economic prerequisite requirements depending on the students previous academic discipline. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program will not receive graduate credit for any undergraduate courses they take.

A student should take the Ph.D. comprehensive examination as soon as the student and the student's advisor believes the student has mastered all the required subject areas and completed all course work. The format and other details of the examination are given in the handbook for Ph.D. students and are available on-line. Following successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student is admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. and undertakes dissertation research. The student is responsible for initiating the application to candidacy on a form available from the College of Graduate Studies.

When a student enters the program, the Ph.D. program director will help the student in preparing a plan of study. The Ph.D. program director will serve as the faculty advisor at the time of admission into the program. Each student will get a dissertation advisor after passing the comprehensive exam who will assist the student in choosing a dissertation topic, forming a dissertation committee and in other matters concerning the program. More information is available at: http://www.utoledo.edu/business/PHD/index.html.