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 a four-year 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, a writing sample (statement of purpose) 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. 
    1. GMAT Waivers
      1. Who is eligible for consideration for a GMAT waiver? 
        1. Neff 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 Neff COBI Office of Graduate Programs and Neff COBI Dean).
        2. Non-Neff 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 Neff COBI Office of Graduate Programs and Neff COBI Dean).
        3. Applicants who can demonstrate significant, relevant, and progressive work experience (deemed acceptable by Neff COBI Office of Graduate Programs and Neff COBI 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 Neff COBI Office of Graduate Programs re-evaluate their GMAT waiver request for the new term of admission.
      5. The minimum requirements for a graduate assistantship can be found on the Graduate Assistantship website. While GMAT can be waived for graduate assistantship awards, strong academics, progressive leadership experience either collegiately or in the community, and scoring well on the GMAT is the best way of increasing likelihood of being selected for a graduate assistantship award.
      6. The above waiver criteria apply to the MBA program. Each graduate program will determine GMAT waiver eligibility.
  3. At least one letter of recommendation from an individual who knows the applicant in a professional capacity.
    1. All pipeline student applications will require two letters of recommendation.
  4. The statement of purpose is 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 Neff 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 Neff 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 80 or above on the TOEFL IBT,  PTE equal to 58 or above, Duolingo equal to 105 or above, or a 6.5 or above 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 the Neff COBI pipeline programs

Undergraduate students accepted in the BBA-MBA or BBA-MSA option will be admitted to the graduate program and allowed to complete up to three graduate level classes (nine credit hours) during their final academic year of undergraduate studies. Students admitted into the pipeline program must apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies for the semester that they intend to matriculate. They will then continue in the graduate program upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. The graduate coursework (up to nine hours) may be able to apply to the completion of both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students would want to work with their undergraduate advisor to determine if they have room in their undergraduate degree to have these graduate courses meet undergraduate graduation requirements. Students can register for graduate classes taken at The University of Toledo only after the student is accepted into the pipeline program. Students interested in the joint pipeline program must submit 1) a letter of interest, 2) a completed graduate admission application, and 3) at least 2 letter(s) of recommendation from faculty members.

  • Undergraduate students of any business major can apply to the MBA program, but only accounting majors are permitted to apply to the MSA program.
  • Students must have approval from their undergraduate advisor, graduate advisor, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (including transfer grades) to apply.
  • Students may apply to take up to three (nine credit hours) 6000 level graduate classes in their senior year and only pay undergraduate tuition.
  • Students should apply in their junior year so that they can be admitted in time to add graduate courses to their schedule for Fall registration.
  • Students will not be permitted to delay their BBA graduation to participate in the pipeline programs.
  • Students are not required to take all three classes; students may take just one or two courses.

MBA Class options: BUAD 6100, BUAD 6300, BUAD 6400, BUAD 6500, BUAD 6800.

MSA Class options: BUAD 6200, BUAD 6300, BUAD 6400, BUAD 6500, BUAD 6800, ACCT 6130, ACCT 6190, ACCT 6250, OSCM 6250.

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 academic director of 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 80 or above on the TOEFL IBT,  PTE equal to 58 or above, Duolingo equal to 105 or above, or a 6.5 or above 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 academic director for the MABA program.

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. 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 80 or above on the TOEFL IBT,  PTE equal to 58 or above, Duolingo equal to 105 or above, or a 6.5 or above 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 academic director of the M.S. ABA program.

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. 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. The decision on waiver is made by evaluating each applicant individually based on the following criteria:

  • 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)

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 80 or above on the TOEFL IBT,  PTE equal to 58 or above, Duolingo equal to 105 or above, or a 6.5 or above 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 period is closed for Fall 2021.

Application review for admission will not take place for Fall 2022.

Application deadline for Fall 2023: March 1, 2023

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, a score of 80 or above on the TOEFL IBT,  PTE equal to 58 or above, Duolingo equal to 105 or above, or a 6.5 or above on the International English Language Testing System (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.