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Evening Professional MBA | Admissions

Admission to Neeley is highly competitive. We’re looking for proactive, academically talented students from a broad range of backgrounds, who have significant personal and professional experience, and who can contribute in a team-based environment.

Application for Admission Checklist 

Application Form
The online application is available on your Neeley VIP page.

Application Essays
Are submitted with the online application. Click here to review the questions.

Application Fee
A credit card payment of $100 is collected when the online application is submitted.

Official Test Scores
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is expected of all applicants. To request score reports or register for the GMAT, visit www.mba.com.

GRE may be considered on an exceptional basis.  No other entrance exam (MCAT, LSAT, etc.) will be considered.

Recommendations
As a part of the online application, you will be asked to provide contact information for three individuals who could provide professional recommendations if contacted by the Admissions Committee during the review process.  As you decide who to list, please note that we are seeking recommendations from individuals who are familiar with you from a professional setting, as opposed to personal friends or former faculty members.  The Admissions Committee will decide which recommenders will be contacted during the review process. 

Please note that paper recommendations or letters will not be accepted.

College Transcripts

As a part of the application, you will be required to upload a copy of your transcripts from your degree-issuing university and from any university at which you completed graduate-level course work.  These documents will be used in the admission review processIf you are admitted, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities will be required.  We reserve the right to rescind an offer of admission should any misrepresentation occur.

Credentials presented in a language other than English must be submitted with a certified English translation. For transcripts from colleges or universities outside the U.S., an evaluation from a professional evaluation agency within the U.S. may be requested.

Applicants from China should note that all of the following are required: Grade Transcripts, Bachelor Degree Certification and Diploma.

Admission Interview (invitation only)

Required for admission, but not all applicants are invited to interview. After a preliminary review of the application, candidates selected for an interview will be notified by e-mail or phone. 

Click here for more information on how to prepare for your admission interview.

Additional Requirements for Professional Accelerated MBA

Due to the abbreviated format of the Professional Accelerated MBA, candidates must have a strong business background:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree or equivalent with a strong academic record;
  • Strong performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); and
  • Minimum of three years' postgraduate professional work or military experience.

Other exceptional indicators of success will be taken into consideration.

Application Deadlines

Summer/Fall Admission:  

Decision Round

Application Deadline, including supporting documents, GMAT and TOEFL

Decision Mailed By

Deposit Due

1 Early admission November 1 December 15 January 15
2 Early admission January 15 February 15 March 15
3 General admission

Final admission round for candidates applying to the MBA/EdD dual degree program
March 1 April 1 May 1
4 General admission

After this date, applications for Accelerated Professional MBA accepted on a space-available basis until program start in June.

April 15

May 15

June 1

5

General admission 

May 31

June 15

June 22

 

Rolling admission

Admission for the Professional MBA program will continue through June and July as space remains available

Rolling

2 weeks after receipt of offer, unless otherwise specified in admission offer.


Admission FAQs

What kind of student is right for the Neeley School of Business at TCU?
We seek to bring together highly motivated and academically talented students from a broad range of backgrounds. Admission is competitive and seeks excellence. Candidates should be proactive individuals who can contribute in a highly interactive, team-based learning environment and who have meaningful life and professional experiences upon which to draw. Most of all, we are seeking focused, motivated students who are dedicated to success.

How does the Neeley School evaluate applications?
The Admissions Committee will review your entire application. First, we determine whether you have the academic ability to handle challenging, graduate-level academic work. In addition to your undergraduate transcript and your GMAT scores, we look for a history of setting and achieving challenging goals in every aspect of your life. Your professionalism is also reflected in your application presentation and interview.

When can students start the program?
The Neeley School admits students for fall admission only.

How will I be notified of the admission decision?
Decisions are announced by mail.

What is the minimum GPA required?
There is no single GPA requirement that will guarantee admission. The GPA range of admitted students is very broad. To be viable candidates, applicants who did not perform well in their undergraduate academic career would be expected to show ability through GMAT and motivation through professional success.

Is a business major or certain business classes required?
Prior business study is not required for the Full-time or Professional MBA programs. In fact, more than half of our students come from nonbusiness backgrounds. The condensed format of the Accelerated MBA, however, does necessitate that participants in that program hold a BBA degree from a university accredited by the AACSB. Click here for more information on the Accelerated MBA admission requirements.

Are there specific course prerequisites?
Admitted students are expected to have an understanding of basic mathematics, such as basic algebraic operations, relations and functions, exponents, logarithms, sets and functions, linear equations, differentiation, integration, slope and extrema. Typically, this requirement is satisfied by the completion of college algebra or business quantitative methods with a grade of "C" or better.

How should I send my transcripts to TCU?
You will be required to upload a scanned copy of your official or unofficial transcripts as a part of the online application.  These documents will be used in the admission review processIf you are admitted, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities will be required.  We reserve the right to rescind an offer of admission should any misrepresentation occur.

Are letters of recommendation required?
No.  Applicants are no longer required to provide letters of recommendation.  Instead, within the application you will be asked to provide contact information for three individuals who could provide professional recommendations if the Admissions Committee chooses to contact them during the review process. 

Who should I ask to serve as my recommenders?
The recommenders you list should be individuals who are familiar with you from a professional setting, as opposed to personal friends or former faculty members.  The most valuable recommendations come from individuals who have first-hand knowledge of your professional development and can assess directly your management potential. Whenever possible, you should include your direct supervisor in the list. 

Are paper recommendation forms accepted?
No.  Please note that paper recommendations or letters will not be accepted.

Is the GMAT required for admission?
Yes. While it is only one part of the application, it is required before an admission decision can be made.

If I already have an advanced degree, will the GMAT be required?
Yes, although we will consider GRE in lieu of GMAT on an exception basis, but not, LSAT, MCAT, etc.

May I substitute the GRE for GMAT?
On an exception basis, we will consider GRE in lieu of GMAT, but not LSAT, MCAT, etc.

May I start the program and later submit the GMAT?
No. The GMAT is a part of the admission decision.

What is the minimum GMAT score you accept?
There is no single GMAT requirement that will guarantee admission. The GMAT range of admitted students is broad, typically from 500 to mid-700s. Two candidates with the same GMAT score might have different admission outcomes because of their past academic record, work experience, performance in the interview, etc.

Where can I get more information about the GMAT?
You can learn more about GMAT, view sample test questions, and register for the test at www.mba.com .

If I take the GMAT more than once, which scores do you consider?
We take your highest score.

Why is a resume requested?
We ask that you list your past jobs on the application, but the resume gives you the opportunity to communicate the nature of the positions and your major professional accomplishment.

How much work experience is required?
There is no specified minimum; however, most students fall into the 2-10 year range. The average for the Full-time MBA program is typically about 4 years, and 5-7 years for the Professional MBA. The Accelerated MBA Option does have a minimum of at least 3 years of postgraduate professional or military experience.

Is an interview required?
Admission interviews are required for admission, but not all applicants will be invited to interview. After a preliminary review of the application, the Admissions Committee may request an evaluative admission interview. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or phone.

How will I be notified that I have been selected for an interview?
If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or phone.

What are the specific admission requirements for the Accelerated MBA Option?
Since the Accelerated MBA Option significantly reduces the number of hours required for graduation, it is only available to candidates with specific academic and professional backgrounds in business. To be considered for the option, candidates must hold a BBA or equivalent degree, demonstrate strong performance on the GMAT, and have three years or more of postgraduate professional work experience.

What are your undergraduate degree requirements?
A four-year undergraduate degree is required (the equivalent of 16 years of formal education). Typically our Indian applicants who hold a three-year bachelor's degree will have completed at least one year of additional study in a master's program or a post bachelor's certificate program.

Admission Contacts

Neeley MBA Admissions Team
Our team of dedicated admissions counselors is available to answer your questions about the Neeley MBA program as well as the admissions process. Contact us with your questions at mbainfo@tcu.edu or call 817-257-7531. Or let us know if you would prefer to schedule a phone appointment or an on-campus meeting to discuss the program in more detail.

 

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