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Typically, your application will be evaluated in five different areas:  Work experience, undergraduate grade point average, test scores, goals essay, and reference letters.

Work experience:

You must have at least two years full-time, paid professional work experience to be eligible for admission to the MBA program.  Professional experience is based on your actual experience within a position.  Do you supervise people?  Do you manage projects?  Do you have responsibilities in marketing, budgets or information systems? 

The MMIS and MPNA programs will accept internships and sometimes, part-time experience.   Along with your resume, the place to discuss your work experience is in the goals essay.   

Reference Letters:

Two reference letters from persons qualified to evaluate your academic or professional qualifications are required.  Consider supervisors, coworkers and former/current professors. You will want to choose somebody who:

  • Knows you well
  • Knows your work and can describe it positively
  • Has academically evaluated you in an upper division class
  • Knows your education and career goals
  • Can favorably compare you with your peers

Strategies for Obtaining References:

  • Personal references (family/friends) are not accepted.
  • Give your letter writers plenty of time.
  • A supervisor can write about your work ethic, importance of the degree in your career, and life experience.  References from your current employer are strongly encouraged.

Those submitting reference letters may mail the recommendations directly to the Graduate Programs Office (1501 Hennepin Avenue), or return to you to include with the rest of your application materials. 

Goals Essay:

The goals essay gives the faculty admissions committee an idea of why you are applying to a graduate degree program and serves as a sample of your writing.  The paper should be well organized, concise and free of grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.  Try to limit your paper to two pages, double spaced.

What should be included in the goals essay?

Why are you interested in the program you are applying to?   What are your personal and career objectives?  What attracts you to Metropolitan State? Why do you feel you would be a good match for our program? 

The goals essay is also a time for you to address any perceived weaknesses in your application.  For example, if your undergraduate GPA is low, tell us why.  If there is a gap in your work experience, explain it in the goals essay. 

Official Transcripts/GPA:  

Only official transcripts will be accepted.  Transcripts should show a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with a grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed from ALL schools attended after high school and transcripts from any graduate or professional programs.

Transcripts from Metropolitan State University can be obtained as well as any other MnSCU schools by e-Transcript (an application must be submitted first).

There is no minimum GPA requirement to enter a College of Management graduate program.  However, if your cumulative GPA is below a 2.7 you will want to address this in your goals essay.

Test Scores:

The GMAT (www.mba.com) is required if you are applying to the MBA program, or if you are applying to the MMIS or MPNA program and live outside the Twin Cities Metro Area and are unable to complete the assessments.

The following formula is used when considering applicants for admission to the MBA:
(weighted GPA x 200) + GMAT Total score = 1025 or greater

MBA applicants must meet the 1025 cut-off score in order to be considered by the admissions committee.  However, a score of 1025 or better does not necessarily guarantee entry into the program.

If you are applying to the MPNA, MMIS, or certificate program, you will be required to complete the Metropolitan State University paper/pencil graduate assessment.

The assessment includes basic measures of writing and math.  Your results will provide important insight into your current skill level.

  • Your writing assessment will be evaluated by Metropolitan State writing faculty on how well you:
     Summarize a short reading
     Focus on a topic
     Organize your writing
     Use paragraphs to explain and develop your ideas
     Support your point of view with appropriate examples and evidence
     Express yourself clearly using the conventions of written English

  • Elementary Algebra (MPNA only).  This test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic skills and concepts.  Each questions tests one of the following skills:
     Operations with Real Numbers
     Operations with Algebraic Expressions
     Solution of Equations and Inequalities
  • Intermediate Algebra (MMIS only).  The intermediate algebra test measures your ability to solve problems that involve algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve intermediate algebra skills and concepts.  Each question tests one of the following:
     Algebraic Operations
     Solution of Equations and Inequalities

The assessments are administered through the Placement Assessment Office.  You must have the Permission to Take Assessments Graduate form in order to take the assessment. 

Prerequisite Courses:

You will not be fully admitted to a College of Management graduate program until all required prerequisite courses are successfully completed with a letter grade of C- or better. The DBA prerequisites must be completed with at least a B grade.

MBA prerequisites:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Macroeconomics AND Microeconomics OR
  • Foundations of Economic Analysis (ECON 611 this course fulfills both the Micro and Macro Economics requirements) 

MMIS prerequisites:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra
  • Visual Programming Language

 DBA prerequistites:

  • Finance
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategy or Capstone Course
  • In addition, three graduate courses from among:
    Operations/Project Management
    Process Modeling

There are no course prerequisites for the MPNA program.

International Student Requirements - All Programs

TOEFL Required if undergraduate degree is from a non-English speaking institution outside the U.S.. Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the College of Management Graduate Programs Office at Metropolitan State University. Examinee copies are not accepted.

ECE or WES Transcript Evaluation Course-by-Course evaluation is required if undergraduate degree is from an institution outside the U.S. Transcript evaluation must be sent directly to the Graduate Studies Office.

Affidavit of Financial Support Required for all international students, verifying funds for two years of study.

Transfer Verification Form Required for F-1 international students currently in the United States on an I-20 from another college or university who wish to transfer to Metropolitan State University.

GMAT Scores The official GMAT (www.mba.com) or GMAT Alternative is required in lieu of the assessments if prospective student lives outside of MN.

Check Metropolitan State website for additional International Student Requirements. Learn more...

Application Requirements Grid

Application Requirements
MIS Certificates 
Project Management Certificate 
Official  Transcripts Required Required Required Required Required
Goals Essay Required Required Required Required Required
Current Resume Required Required Required Required Required
Two Reference Letters Required Required Required


GMAT Scores Required May be required if residing outside MN May be required if residing outside MN - -
Assessments May be required Required  Required Required Required
Work Experience 2 years required  1 year recommended 1 year required 2 years recommended 2 years recommended

Application Deadline

Complete application by :

Term Deadline
Summer Term March 15
Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester November 15

International Students complete application by :

Semester Deadline
Fall May 1
Spring October 1

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