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What are the admissions requirements?

To be admitted to the Labovitz MBA program, all applicants must present evidence of having:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university;
  • Achieved satisfactory scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (or GRE or PCAT); and
  • Made satisfactory progress in completing the required foundation/ prerequisite coursework.

Full details regarding our admissions requirements are available here.

How will my application be reviewed?

The Program Director will review your application and consider your past academic performance (official transcripts for any post-secondary coursework and GPA), standardized test scores, work experience and current resume and personal statement.

Must I take the GMAT in order to be considered for admission?

Yes. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test used by most business schools to help assess the qualifications of applicants for graduate study in business or management. The  Graduate Record Examination  is not focused solely on business or management, and is thus more general.  However, if applicants have previously taken the GRE within the past five years, we will accept the GRE in place of the GMAT requirement.

When should I take the GMAT?

Applicants should plan to take the GMAT well before the application due date. We recommend taking the GMAT at least two weeks prior to the application date to ensure timely review of your application. Only your highest GMAT or GRE score will be considered when reviewing your application.

What are the minimum required undergraduate GPA or  GMAT (or GRE) scores that are required?

Generally, desired standards for admission to the Labovitz MBA program are:

  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale); and
  • An overall GMAT score at the 50th percentile or above (approximately 550);

We do not have specific minimum scores. GPA and GMAT or GRE scores are strong indicators of your academic potential and ability to perform in an extremely rigorous MBA program. Applications are reviewed as a whole and candidates are admitted into the program based on academic credentials, test scores and prior professional work experience.

Do you require work experience?

Generally, the Labovitz MBA program desires applicants to have two years of full- time work experience. However, each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Therefore, strong academic or GMAT performance may be considered in weighing the work experience. Also, note that we do consider professional internships as counting toward the two-year requirement.

Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

No, you are not required to have an undergraduate degree in business. We admit people from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. About one-third of our students come from a traditional business undergraduate or professional background with another third of our students with a background in technology or engineering and the last third with backgrounds from a wide variety of disciplines.  If you are an applicant without undergraduate coursework in business, you may be required to complete up to 8 foundation courses to provide you with sufficient background in those functional areas to be successful in MBA-level coursework.  Please see the MBA curriculum details here.

How many credits do I need to complete my Labovitz MBA and how many should I take per semester?

The Labovitz MBA requires 32 credits for the degree. There are currently 24 core MBA credits, and 8 elective credits in the program. In Duluth, most students start by taking two classes, then adjust their course loads accordingly in future semesters. Students in Rochester generally take courses one at a time (every other weekend), throughout the entire year except when their schedules don’t allow.

When are classes held?

The Labovitz MBA program is designed to be flexible for people with full-time work obligations during the day. In Duluth, classes meet once a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or  Thursday from 6-8:40 p.m..  In Rochester, classes are offered every other weekend, from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on Fridays, and Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., depending upon the number of credits in the course.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The average time to completion is approximately 3 years. While the program can be completed in as little as two years, most students take advantage of the flexibility of the program to take less than the maximum.  Students are allowed to take up to 5 years to complete the Labovitz MBA.

Can I complete my Labovitz MBA by taking classes only online?

No. Our program is designed to take advantage of the face-to-face interactions that happen within our courses.  Therefore, none of the core MBA courses are regularly offered online.  However, several elective classes may be available either online or in person. You can also take some of the prerequisite classes and some electives online through our agreement with the UW Consortium.  More information about those options are located here.

What courses are available and can I concentrate my studies in a specific area?

The Labovitz MBA is designed primarily as a general MBA, meaning that it provides a broad background in all of the functional areas of business.  In addition, however, students are able to choose from numerous elective courses and diverse study abroad options to match their interests or develop specific skills sets that meet their individual career goals.

What if I travel for work?

Our faculty try to be flexible about students needing to miss occasional sessions due to professional travel; such situations are resolved in advance on a case-by-case basis with the professor.

How much time will I need to spend outside of class to complete my coursework?

The amount of time students spend outside class on readings, assignments, and team projects depends on the course, but the general guideline is that you will spend approximately 2 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class per week.

I am an international student. Are there any special circumstances I should be aware of?

There are several considerations, including the following:

  • International applicants are required have a first university degree that is comparable to a U.S. bachelor’s degree, which means a degree requiring 3-4 years of post-baccalaureate university study.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, we also require a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam), or 79 (IBT; with minimum scores of 21, 19, 20 and 19 in the writing, reading, speaking and listening sections respectively) OR an IELTS score of 6.5. Note that we must receive an official score report directly from the TOEFL or IELTS testing service. Photocopies of score reports are not accepted.
  • If you are an international applicant intending to study here on an F-1 (student) visa, you must be admitted to Duluth and take "a majority" of coursework each term on the Duluth campus. You can only take limited courses in Rochester. Employees holding an H1-B (work) visa seeking an MBA are not limited to a particular location.

Do I need to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB? Where can I send my scores?

All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to take an English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB), regardless of citizenship status. 

Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, or New Zealand before entering the University of Minnesota may be exempted from this requirement.

We require a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam), or 79 (IBT - with minimum scores of 21, 19, 20 and 19 in the writing, reading, speaking and listening sections respectively) OR an IELTS score of 6.5 OR an MELAB score of 80. Note that we must receive an official score report directly from the TOEFL or IELTS testing service. Photocopies of score reports are not accepted.

TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS to the University of Minnesota institution code for the Duluth campus (6873).

IELTS and MELAB score reports must be sent directly from the testing center to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

Note that it may take  4-6 weeks for scores to be sent and matched to your application record.

How can I learn more about the program or discuss my application with the admissions staff?

The best way to learn more about the Labovitz MBA program is to attend an information session where you can meet our program staff, learn more about the program, and get answers to your specific questions. You may also wish to simply contact us via email or telephone.

Daisy Wallace
MBA Program Specialist
Phone: 218-726-7440
LaboMBA@d.umn.edu

Shanna Decker
MBA Rochester Coordinator
Phone: 507-258-8250
sndecker@d.umn.edu

Alan Roline
Director of MBA Program
Phone: 218-726-8550
aroline@d.umn.edu