MBA admissions requirements and procedures

The MBA admissions policy is designed to select outstanding students who have demonstrated academic ability, professional leadership and managerial promise. Each applicant is considered in light of all completed academic work, test scores, evidence of leadership and motivation, professional experience and credentials and letters of recommendation.

Application materials are available on the Elon Graduate Admissions website at

Completed applications should be submitted online to the Office of Graduate Admissions and must include:

  • Evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate studies completed or taken
  • A recommended combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or higher on the GRE, and a score of 3.5 or higher on the 6-point analytical writing scale, taken within the last five years OR GMAT score of 500. Elon University’s MBA GRE program code is 5183 and GMAT program code is BFI-84-88. This requirement may be waived (please see GMAT/ GRE Waiver Requests).
  • Two years of professional work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation; one from a supervisor and one other
  • A completed application form and personal statement with a $50 nonrefundable fee (paid online or with a check or money order made payable to Elon University)
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required unless English is the student’s native language or the language of instruction. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (Internet-based tests) or 213 (computer-based examinations) is required. English translations of transcripts and explanations of grading systems are required.
  • A resume is required for all applications.

GMAT/GRE Waiver Requests

Applicants requesting a GMAT/GRE waiver must meet at least two of the following for consideration:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher from the degree granting institution;
  • Successful completion of a graduate degree or US graduate degree equivalent;
  • 7 or more years of full-time, professional post-baccalaureate work experience;
  • Active or prior military service; or
  • Currently hold a professional certification (CPA, CFP, PMP, etc).
  • Waivers are requested at the time of application as part of the online MBA program application. Once all materials (including resume, undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation), are submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, the waiver request will be reviewed. A decision will be emailed within 14 days.

Transcript Requests

Contact the registrar of each college or university attended to have an official copy of all transcripts mailed to Elon University. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 2750 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244. Applicants currently enrolled should request a transcript showing completed academic work through the most recent semester of enrollment; a final transcript will also be required.


Recommendations can be filled out electronically when an applicant submits their online application. Those requested to provide recommendations should be aware of the applicant’s academic abilities and professional potential; supervisors are preferred, not family and friends. Recommendations are confidential.

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