Graduate/Professional Program Overview

MBA Admissions

To be considered for the IU MBA Columbus program, you need to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or an equivalent international institution). An undergraduate business degree is helpful, but not required. In fact, our current students and alumni have brought with them a wide range of quality undergraduate degrees outside of business.

Your application to the program will consists of several items:
  • A completed application form, available below for download.
  • Submission of scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) taken within the past five years.
  • Submission of official transcripts from any institution of higher education at which you have studied.
  • Submission of a 500-word essay (about two pages, double-spaced) based on one of three topics we provide (See "Application Instructions and Explanations" below).

NOTE: Some international students may also be required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application Documents
Application Deadlines

International students should submit completed applications by March 1, 2011. All other applications will be accepted and reviewed up to May 1, 2011 (though applications received by March 1 will receive priority consideration).

What We Look For

Our admissions decisions rest on three pillars of evaluation:

  1. Academic Performance: Your GMAT, GPA, and quality of undergraduate institution and program are combined into a metric to rate academic potential. There is no minimum GMAT or GPA; the combination is what matters. We weigh GPA slightly more strongly, however.
  2. The Whole Person: Your resume and essay are significant considerations for admission. These items help us evaluate the experiences you might bring to the cohort, and the communication and critical thinking skills necessary to both succeed in graduate business studies and manage well in an organization. Professional work experience is not required, though many of our students have at least a few years of such experience.
  3. Dynamics and Diversity of the Cohort: Finally, because we target small cohorts, it is important to us to consciously consider each student as a contributor to cohort dynamics and diversity. For example, IU MBA Columbus has always had a strong international element to it, in large part because we have students from several countries. And while most of our students have several years of professional experiences, often in technical fields such as engineering, we also value the fresh perspectives of quality students with little professional experience but who often bring an entrepreneurial flair to the cohort.
Contact Information

Laura Lee Wetzel
Associate Director
812.348.7276 (Fax) 

Division of Business IUPUC
4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203
812.348.7276 (Fax)