Completing the Admissions Process

As a student submitting admissions materials, it’s crucial you submit everything required, and on time. The materials checklist below lists the requirements. A Graduate Admission Committee reviews all application materials received for all College of Business Administration (CBA) graduate programs. Review our Graduate Application Flowchart for a visual representation of the process.

The University of Akron Graduate School oversees admissions for all graduate programs. They provide a mandatory online application process. Students can submit required forms through the online application system. Items which are not provided in the online system prior to submission can be sent to the Graduate Programs in Business Office. Once an application is submitted and transcripts are provided, the Graduate School will forward your application information to the CBA Graduate Programs Office, (College of Business Administration, Room 412, Akron, OH 44325-4805) for review.

Deadlines - Domestic and International

Domestic Students
  • Fall Semester Start - July 15
  • Spring Semester Start - November 15
  • Summer Semester Start - April 15
  • Saturday MBA - Fall Start only – July 15
International Students
  • Fall - June 15
  • Spring - October 15
  • Summer - March 15

Online and Mailed Application Materials

To apply, you will need to complete an online application portion and send certain materials through the mail or via email to by the deadline.

To apply, complete all the following steps:

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: Mail the following:

  • At least 2 Letters of Recommendation(share this link with your recommenders)
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official transcripts. All transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School. Students may submit unofficial copies for admission purposes, but an official transcript must be presented to the Graduate School located in the Leigh Hall building upon arrival in Akron.
  • Standardized test scores.

    GMAT (send a copy of your results). Request to have the official copy sent to our office either when taking the test or after. The Graduate Admission Committee (GAC) prefers that applicants have a minimum GMAT score of 500. It is unlikely that applicants with scores below this threshold will gain admission. 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

    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.

    Students holding a Masters, Doctorate or Juris Doctor from an American university may request admission based on the advanced degree. A student's overall application will be reviewed and the GAC reserves the right to require the GMAT for admission. If a student without a Masters or Doctorate has not taken a test, the GMAT is preferred.

The College of Business Administration generally does not offer an applicant admission without a standardized test score. If you have a non-business undergraduate degree and have not yet taken a standardized test, you could enroll as a non-degree student, which allows you to take up to nine (9) credit hours of Gateway or Foundation coursework while you prepare for your standardized test. However, please note that degree-seeking students have priority for enrolling in classes. This non-degree option is limited to domestic students.

Mailing address:
   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

International Applicants

Additional requirements for international applicants include:

Language Requirements

International Students, and even some permanent residents, are expected to show proof of proficiency in English. This can be done by providing acceptable scores on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or through testing available at The University of Akron English Language Institute (ELI). Those who do not meet the expected minimum scores of 79 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS could apply for a conditional admission to study English at the UA-ELI.

  • TOEFL minimum scores of 79 Internet Based Test or 550 Paper-Based Test
  • IELTS minimum sore of 6.5 on the IELTS

UA English Language Institute (ELI) resources:

  • U-ADEPT – a test of English Language Proficiency developed by the ELI and accepted by UA in place of the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Instruction in English as a Second Language

Visa Information and Proof of Funding

The Declaration and Certification of Finances is a form used to show proof of funding so that visa paperwork (I-20) may be issued to the student.

Each student must show that they have sufficient funding to attend The University of Akron before visa paperwork (an I-20) will be issued. This can be done with a combination of the student’s own resources plus any scholarships or third-party funding which may be provided. A Declaration and Certificate of Finances form is required to show funds available visit International Students Forms for this form and additional information.

Mailing address for additional international student materials:
   Graduate School
   The University of Akron
   Akron, OH 44325-2101

Incomplete Applications

Any materials (resume, statement of purpose, references) which were not provided prior to application submission may be directed to the CBA Graduate Programs Office via email at Our advising staff processes all applications and provides feedback to students related to missing documentation.

Admissions Meetings

The GAC meets monthly 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. Students accepted for admission will be sent a CBA Admission Packet.

If you have questions, contact the CBA Graduate Programs Office by phone at (330) 972-7043, or e-mail at