Admissions & Application
The University of Florida MBA Program utilizes a rolling admissions process by which applications are considered and evaluated as they are received. However, applications are not reviewed until they are complete. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Dates & Deadlines
|Admission Term||Apply By||Classes Begin|
|Fall||Still accepting applications||August 2, 2019|
Applications accepted after the deadline contingent upon space availability. Please contact an admissions offer directly at 1.877.435.2622 or via email for more information about extended deadlines.
How to Apply
Congratulations on your decision to pursue an MBA. We look forward to reviewing your application. Below we have outlined all the steps in the application process for you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of our admissions team.
There are three forms you will need to complete in the application process.
Register with UF MBA
Complete the registration form before you fill out the UF Graduate School Application, so that we may begin the admissions review process.
Complete the UF Application
After you register to apply to UF MBA, you will need to then complete the University Office of Admissions application. The application fee is $30 plus $7 for credit card processing for domestic and international students, and can be paid online. Be sure to complete all fields, including the undergraduate GPA portion. Leaving the GPA field blank will result in delayed processing.
Complete UF MBA Supplemental Application
The supplemental application will be sent to you after your UF application is completed. Please allow for two business days for receipt. If not received, please email us. Essays should total approximately one page length. Conciseness is appreciated.
Once your supplemental application has been submitted, our Admissions Coordinator will provide you with an update regarding your application materials received/pending. Please allow for five business days to receive this update during high volume periods.
Please note that the UF MBA supplemental application is currently being upgraded. As a result, you will likely notice a delay in receiving the email containing the link to complete your supplemental application, which includes required essay questions. In the meantime, you can review the essay questions and details.
Contact all post-secondary institutions attended and request your official, original academic records or transcripts be submitted one of two ways:
- Institution electronically submit transcripts via E-Scrip/Credentials Solutions, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse or Scrip-Safe to transfer admissions.
- Mailed directly to:
UF MBA Programs Office
310 Hough Hall
PO Box 117152
Gainesville, FL 32611
If mailed, transcripts must be received in a sealed, signed envelope which you forward, unopened, to our office.
If you are an alumnus of the University of Florida, we can retrieve your UF transcripts internally.
If admitted to the MBA program, original transcripts and diplomas will need to be provided upon request.
Two letters of professional recommendation are required. UF MBA is an early adopter of the Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). In hopes of simplifying your application process, this will provide recommenders with one set of standard questions on a form that will soon be adopted by most MBA programs. The Common LOR form should take 10-15 minutes to complete.
- Letters should not be submitted by relatives or former professors. If you are self-employed or work for your family business, please request a letter from a client, vendor, or mentor.
- If the applicant knows a current UF MBA student or alum, they can serve as a recommender by providing a brief endorsement directly to a UF MBA Admissions representative.
- If you are active-duty in the military, you are welcome to submit your last two evaluations in place of recommendation letters.
These should be submitted directly from the recommender to the UF MBA office in one of two ways:
Fax: (352) 392-8791
GMAT: Email your unofficial score report or fax to (352) 392-8791. Your official test score should be sent directly to the University of Florida, institution code 5812.
GRE: Full Time MBA applicants are still encouraged to submit a GMAT Exam as it is the preferred test, however we will accept the GRE.
For questions related to GMAT/GRE test scores, please email, or contact an admissions representative.
Application Deadline: Dec 1 , 2018
Extended Deadlines for International Candidates
Early application is encouraged and recommended to secure top scholarship awards. Applications for all full time programs will be considered and evaluated on a rolling basis until the class has filled. Please contact an admissions offer directly at 1.877.435.2622 or via email for more information about extended deadlines after round three deadlines have passed.
Copies of the official transcripts, degrees/diplomas, and certified translations may be accepted for the application process only. These copies will be considered unofficial until original copies are presented. Upon an offer of admission, the official documents must be presented at, or before, the orientation session for the program to which you have been admitted.
All applicants must submit official copies (in the native language) of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college from which a degree was earned. In addition, certified English translations of all documents must be presented. A notarized translation is not considered official nor is a translation by the applicant. A certified private translator or official translation agency (such as, Josef Silny and Associates) may be used by the applicant if your institution does not provide certified translations of your transcripts and degree statements.
International candidates must have a college-level education that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Transcripts are reviewed by the University of Florida Office of Graduate Admissions once an application for admission has been submitted. If there is doubt regarding degree equivalency, transcripts may also be evaluated by an outside agency such as World Education Services. Credential evaluation reports prepared by private agencies cannot be submitted in place of transcripts, but may be submitted as supporting documentation.
International applicants for the Full Time MBA program must submit a GMAT exam. We are unable to accept the GRE.
English Language Proficiency Exams
If English is not your native language and you do not have a bachelor's degree or higher from a country where English is the language of instruction, a TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB score must be submitted. Applicants should also score at least 30 on the verbal section of the GMAT and may be asked to interview to demonstrate English proficiency. Because the language exam is only one factor in the admissions decision, a high score does not guarantee admission.
Applicants must submit official results from one of the following English language proficiency exams, or have documented successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- Internet-based: 80
- Computer-based: 213
- Paper-based: 550
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Minimum score: 6
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
Minimum score: 77
- Applicant is a citizen of a country where English is an official language
- Applicant has spent at least one academic year as a full-time student at a college or university in a country where English is an official language
- Applicant has earned a prior bachelor's degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree at an accredited university in the United States.
- Applicant is a citizen of an exempt country listed on UF Admissions Qualifying Countries.
Please submit copies of your current immigration documentation along with your application materials. Example: Resident Alien Card
Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR)
Once an applicant is admitted, they will be contacted by a representative from the UF International Center with further instructions on how to submit the CFR, and initiate the I-20 process.
International candidates who require a student visa should submit their applications early to ensure that there is sufficient time to file the necessary paperwork prior to the start of classes. Upon acceptance to the University and after verification of financial solvency, candidates will receive Form I-20 or IAP-66 for a student visa. Processing of the I-20 paperwork can often take 6-8 weeks and is not started until a candidate has been admitted by the University. Students should not leave their home country before obtaining a student visa or come to the U.S. with a B-2 tourist visa.
Non-U.S. citizens, who are not sponsored by a company, are required to obtain a visa to study in the United States. Most will require the F1 visa, although there may be a small number who require a different visa depending on their situation (spouses of current students, for example). Individuals already working in the U.S. on a H1B, who will continue to work, will not be required to obtain a student visa.
Questions or Concerns?
Email or call 352-273-4956
When reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee searches for evidence of proven intellectual ability, managerial promise and community involvement. Strong interpersonal skills, communication ability, motivation, maturity, career focus and leadership potential are also important qualities in prospective students.
Applicants must possess a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or its four-year international equivalent. In reviewing the academic record, the Admissions Committee considers the caliber of the institution attended, rigor of the curriculum, performance in quantitative courses and record of scholastic achievement. Official scores (within the last five years) from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) provide another important indicator of the candidate’s ability to succeed academically. Applicants who are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must meet the minimum standards set forth by the University of Florida’s Office of Graduate Admissions. The GMAT average for Professional students is 600, and GRE average is 305.
Applicants must submit a valid GMAT or GRE test score, unless the applicant has earned the following:
- PhD from a US School.
- MD/DMD/DVM/JD/PharmD from a US School.
- A Master’s Degree from a US School and previous test score.
Contact us via email to inquire if your academic background could qualify for an exemption to our test requirement. The exemption will be granted after a review of transcripts and previous test scores.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of eight years of work experience with some of it in a management or leadership role. For all applicants, the Admissions Committee is interested in work-related responsibilities and accomplishments, career advancement and potential, managerial or international experience and future career goals.
If you are nearing eight years of professional experience and have lead/managed teams, we welcome you to apply. The Admissions Committee will thoroughly review your application and if you do not meet the Executive program requirements, you will automatically be considered for the Two-Year Professional Program.
UF MBA requires two professional recommendations to help evaluate prior performance within an organization, appropriateness of the MBA degree and potential for future business leadership. Current and former supervisors provide the best recommendations, as well as anyone else who can speak to your professional abilities. Recommendations should not be submitted by friends, relatives, or former professors. If an applicant knows a current UF MBA student or alum, they can serve as a recommender by providing a brief endorsement directly to a UF MBA Admissions representative. Recommenders have the option of using our recommendation form or providing a standard letter. Letters should be submitted directly from your recommenders to the UF MBA Programs Office via email.
The applicant’s written essays and personal interview provide opportunities to convey one’s unique background, personality, and ability to add to the diversity of the UF MBA community. A selection of required and optional essays allows candidates to describe important attributes that are not apparent in other parts of the application. The essays are evaluated not only for content, but also for writing style and grammar.
Candidates may be asked to interview with a UF MBA admissions representative prior to the Admission Committee’s final decision. Interviews are by invitation only.