Application Deadlines

  • Jul 1
    Fall Semester
  • Nov 15
    Spring Semester
  • Mar 15
    Summer Term

Application deadlines will not be waived. Applications for admission are not considered until all requirements are met and fees received.

Information Sessions

No information sessions currently planned. Check back for future dates.

Application Packet

Applicants should allow 7-10 business days for review once all required application materials are received and sent to the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee. All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned. To be considered for admission, you must submit all parts of the application packet:

Part One

  • Online Application - You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application.
    • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN), please follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
    • If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email
  • Non-refundable application fee; pay online
    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
  • Official transcripts
  • Must show a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from a regionally accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed.
    • Transcripts from ALL schools attended after high school and from any graduate or professional programs are required.
    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.
    • Electronic transcripts should be sent to
    • Paper transcripts should be sent directly from the sending institution (preferred) to: 

      Metropolitan State University
      Attn: Graduate Admissions
      700 East Seventh Street
      Saint Paul, MN 55106 

Part Two

Once you've applied online, you can login to the Applicant Portal using your StarID and password. Once logged in, you may upload remaining documents and check on the status of your application. To be considered for admission, you must provide:

  • Official GMT Scores OR MBA Math Scores
    • If you choose to take the GMAT, you must achieve a quantitative score equal to or greater than the 40th percentile.
    • If you choose to take MBA Math, you must achieve a minimum proficiency score on each of the lessons. MBA Math Frequently Asked Questions.
      • MBA Math is self-paced, you can retake any lesson until you reach minimum proficiency at no additional cost.
      • The STATS prerequisite will be waived if you take MBA Math and reach minimum proficiency in each of the STATS lessons.
      • Apply to the MBA first (see Part One).
      • Email your name and StarID to and request the promo code.
      • Register for MBA Math here:
      • After you register, while logged in to MBA Math:
        • Go to My Account | My Schools.
        • If you see a Metropolitan State entry, make sure the 'Allow School Access' box is checked.
        • If you don't see Metropolitan State in the My Schools section then click 'Add School w/ School-Provided RSVP Code', enter the promo code given to you when you registered, click Add Code, and make sure the new entry's 'Allow School Access' box is checked.
  • Current Resume; upload
    • A minimum of two years professional work experience is required.
  • Two Professional Reference Letters; upload
    • Two reference letters from persons who know you academically or professionally (work-related capacity) in which whom can attest to the importance of the master's degree in enhancing your professional development and commenting on your ability to pursue and successfully complete a graduate program. Personal reference letters are not accepted.
  • Admissions Essay; upload your admissions essay, which will serve as both a goals statement and a writing assessment. Pledge of Authorship: Please begin your admission essay with the following statement (Your essay will not be accepted if this is not included.):

I, [complete name]_________________________, verify that this admissions essay is my own work and I am fully aware that discovery otherwise will invalidate my entire application.

The admissions essay is extremely important to the application review process. Therefore, make sure that you carefully address each of the following:

  1. Explain why you are pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration at this time in your career.
  2. What are your short-term and long-term career objectives? In particular, what objectives do you hope to achieve in areas of business management and leadership?
  3. Describe why you have chosen Metropolitan State's MBA program to achieve the career objectives you identified above.
  4. Describe an ethical dilemma in an organization that you have experienced or are aware of and how you would resolve the dilemma in a fair and equitable way.

Your essay should be approximately 500-700 words (about three pages) in 12-point font, double-spaced, clearly written, well-organized, with correct grammar, accurate spelling and punctuation, good sentence structure and clear sub-headings. The admissions committee may reject goals essays that do not sufficiently address the points above. Also, the admissions committee may reject an essay that is poorly written.

Part Three - International Students Only

In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

Required by the application deadline:

Official scores must be submitted; student copies are not acceptable. Metropolitan State's school code for TOEFL is 6445.

  • Proof of English proficiency (Official TOEFL or IELTS score)
    • Minimum scores: TOEFL=80, IBT=213, CBT=550, PBT or IELTS=6.5
    • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based

Required only if admitted to the program:

If you are offered and accept admission to the program, you are required to provide this information to the International Student Services Office to complete your admission to the university.

  • Financial statement (F1 visa only)
  • Immunization records
  • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers

Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.

Mailing address:

International Student Services
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55106-5000

Questions about applying to the MBA?

Questions about the online application, fee, transcripts/transcript evaluations, and the document upload feature can be sent to (preferred) or you can call 612-659-7150.