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Welcome to the University of Kansas Working Professional MBA program. Below you will find answers to the more commonly asked questions among prospective students.

Working Professional

How long will it take me to complete the Working Professional MBA program?
Working professionals typically complete the 42-credit hour KU MBA in two and a half years.
Do you admit international applicants to the Working Professional MBA program?
The working professional program is primarily for working individuals in the Kansas City area who are satisfied with their current work but want to accelerate their career advancement. These students work during the day and take their courses in the evening at the KU Edwards Campus. The Working Professional MBA program is completed on a part-time basis. Some international students may fit this profile if they are on a work visa, but most international students are better served by a student visa and the full-time MBA program.
Can I begin in the Working Professional MBA program and then 'transfer' to the Full Time MBA program?
No. It's essential for each full-time class to begin their program together at the same time. In the past we made some exceptions and found that these students felt "lost" in the full time program and not connected to their classmates – which can have an adverse effect on their graduate school experience. If you begin the working professional program, this is your program. Working professional students can take as many hours as they wish, so accelerating time to completion is absolutely possible. If you are on the fence about this decision, please visit with us.
My application is complete. How long before I get an admission response?
Completed files will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Admission recommendations will then be forwarded to the Graduate School and they will issue an official admission offer via email. Please anticipate up to a week turnaround time.
I have an undergraduate degree in business. Will I have to take all of the required courses?
Yes. The KU Working Professional MBA is the same for all students in the program whether you studied business or any other subject.
How do I prepare for the GMAT?
Multiple ways to prepare for the GMAT exist. Practice questions and information about the test can be searched for on the internet. Prep books from various publications are available for purchase. These usually have some practice tests within them. Online GMAT prep courses exist. There may also be weekend or night prep courses in your area. KU does not sponsor a specific method for preparing. Each prospective student will need to determine for themselves how best to prepare. Please consult with the MBA advisor for questions.
What code should I use to submit my GMAT score to the KU MBA program?
Our GMAT code is 6871.
What is your average GMAT score, GPA and Work Experience?
GMAT: mid 500's. GPA: 3.0. Work experience: 2 years
Can the GMAT test be waived?

The GMAT requirements may be waived at the discretion of the KU School of Business in certain circumstances. For instance, a highly qualified candidate demonstrating one or more of the following may be eligible for a GMAT waiter:

  • several years of formal leadership experience with at least four years in a managerial role
  • strong evidence of advanced quantitative and analytical reasoning skills
  • a master's degree in a quantitative discipline, or
  • an advanced degree such as JD, PhD or MD.

Individuals seeking the GMAT waiter should meet with the MBA academic success coach to discus this option and the process prior to applying.

Am I required to have my GMAT score before I apply?
It depends on when you submit your MBA application. The GMAT and MBA application both have deadlines each semester. Consult with the MBA academic success coach for receiving further information on this.
How much is tuition?
For current tuition and fee information, please visit KU Edwards Affordability.

International Students

I am an international student. When should I apply by?
November 1 for spring admission and May 1 for fall admission.
Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. If you received a baccalaureate degree (or higher) in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English, you will not be required to provide English proficiency scores. Degrees earned online may not be used to verify English proficiency. 
What is the difference between the TOEFL and IELTS?
They both test in reading, writing and listening (plus one additional test. TOEFL: structure [sentence completion] and IELTS: speaking). TOEFL is both paper- and computer-based. IELTS is only paper-based. For more information on the difference between the exams visit TOEFL vs IELTS.
Do you have a minimum TOEFL score?
Do you offer conditional admission?
We do not offer conditional admission. Applications must be complete before admission is offered.


Do you offer an online MBA degree?
Yes. You can now earn a KU MBA from anywhere in the world! Please visit onlinemba.ku.edu for information about our online MBA Program.
I am a non-degree seeking student. How do I get enrolled?
You will need to apply online at the Office of Graduate Studies. The application fee for the non-degree program is $30. We will need your undergraduate degree transcript and a brief explanation as to why you want to enroll in our course(s). In general, non-degree students are accepted if they are taking credit at KU to transfer to another MBA program, or if they have previously completed an MBA at another AACSB accredited school and seek additional course work. Non-degree seeking students are limited in acceptance and may not be later admitted to the program.
I don't have an undergraduate degree in business. Can I still apply to the MBA program?
Yes. Our program is designed for students who do not have prior academic business experience.
Are prerequisite courses required for your MBA courses?
I've been admitted but won't be able to start this term. What should I do?
Your admission offer is valid for one year after the term you have been admitted to. We will hold your application materials for that time. When you are ready to enroll, you will need to reapply (online application and fee only) for that term.

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Nathaniel Coney, III
Academic Success Coach
MBA, Accounting, MS-BOL