Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Crosby MBA

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Now that we've told you about our top-notch program, it's time to apply.   

Entry Dates and Application Deadlines

  • We are currently accepting applications for fall 2017 and spring 2018.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so you should submit your application as soon as you are able to do so. 
  • Our next priority deadline for fall 2017 is April 15. Our final deadline for international students is May 15 and our final deadline for domestic students in July 1. 
  • Graduate assistant positions, full tuition waivers and scholarships are available. All applicants are automatically considered for financial awards - no separate application is required.

Criteria for Admissions 

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    Post-graduation work experience is strongly encouraged because of the impact it will have on employment options upon graduating from the MBA program. 
  • Professional internships and/or co-ops
  • Leadership, community involvement and service 
  • Quality of undergraduate work (GPA) and rigor of coursework
  • Competitive score on the GMAT or the GRE
  • Interview required for competitive applicants
  • Current TOEFL score of 85 or higher or current IELTS score of 6.5 or higher for all international applicants
  • Career focus and self-awareness demonstrated in question responses and interview

Students without work experience

Work experience is strongly encouraged. It is more challenging to find an MBA level internship and an MBA level job post-graduation if a student completes an MBA without prior post-undergrad work experience. We have several options for students without full-time work experience:

Students can apply to our straight-through program if they meet the following guidelines:

  • 2+professional internships
  • Demonstrate significant leadership experiences within a student organization, on campus and/or within the community during their undergrad experience
  • Achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher (or equivalent for international students)
  • Strong GMAT score (average is around a 640)

Prior internships and demonstrated leadership will help straight-through students find MBA-level internships and placement upon graduation. 

If a student meets the above criteria, but prefers to work for a while before getting his or her MBA, the student can apply to our Deferred Admit program (see information below). 

If a student does not meet the above criteria, we suggest that the student gains professional work experience before applying to our MBA program.

If you have any questions about our straight-through program and/or feel you would be a strong candidate but do not meet the above criteria and would like to discuss your personal situation, please contact Matthew Wunderlich at wunderlichm@missouri.edu.

Deferred Admit

Current undergraduate seniors who meet similar criteria for the straight-through program but prefer to work for a while before getting his or her MBA,  can apply to our Deferred Admit program. This highly selective program allows students to apply to the program without a GMAT score, go through a formal interview process and be accepted into the program at a later semester after working for a while with possible guarantee of financial aid.  Visit our Deferred Admit page for complete details, guidelines for admissions and application. Please note admission will be contingent upon a student taking the GMAT or GRE prior to beginning the program and scoring a minimum score.  

Please see our special instructions for Dual BSIE/MBA or Dual BSIT/MBA applicants, Student currently enrolled in a graduate program at MU, Active Duty Military or Veterans and International applicants.

Applicants will submit the following information: 

Please note that your entire application must be complete (including test scores) before your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  Therefore, please submit your application in its entirety before any final application deadlines. 

1) University of Missouri Graduate School application

An application fee of $65 for domestic and $90 for international applicants applies; the application fee is non-refundable and is not applicable to any future fees. (See below for exceptions.)

2) Responses and Resume

Please upload your responses to the 'Crosby MBA application' section and your resume to the 'Resume/Vita' section. An actual Statement of Purpose is not required to apply. 

Responses

The three pillars of the Crosby MBA program are Community, Curriculum and Careers. Please respond to the following questions with the approximate word count indicated for each response. 

  • Community
    What is the best way to build the Crosby MBA Community and how will you contribute? (250 words)
  • Curriculum
    What does academic success mean to you? (250 words)
  • Careers
    What is your desired career path and why? Please explain how you decided on that career goal, what steps you have taken toward that goal, and what you can expect the Crosby MBA will add to your career situation. (350 words)

Additionally, please let us know the following on your response document:

  • Referrals
    Please tell us if anyone (student, alumni, faculty, friend) referred you to our program, and how you first learned of it.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Members
    Please indicate if you are a current Beta Gamma Sigma Member. You may be eligible for our special Beta Gamma Sigma Financial Award.

Resume
A current resume which includes the following information:

  • Work experience (Full-time, part-time, internships, co-ops, etc.)
    Include the number of hours worked per week, as well as the month and year for all work experience, particularly any post-graduate experiences (e.g. January 2012 – December 2013, January 2014 – Present).
  • Leadership experience (membership/leadership roles in organizations, volunteering, etc.)
  • Honors/Awards
  • LinkedIn profile url 

3) Test Information

Please arrange to have your official GMAT (code 596-15-82) or GRE (code 6875) scores sent to the University of Missouri. You may also upload your unofficial test scores in the online Graduate School application “Test Information” section or email your score sheet to mba@missouri.edu to expedite review of your application by the MBA program.

4) Transcripts

Please scan and upload an unofficial copy of all transcripts to your online application prior to submitting the application. Information for uploading unofficial transcripts can be found here.  If you have attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, you may obtain an unofficial copy of your academic record from myZou (click here for more information). 

Please do not mail hard copies of your official transcript to the Graduate School until you receive notification from the Crosby MBA program if you are accepted.

5) Recommendations

Letters of recommendation are optional.  If you would like to submit one or more letters of recommendation, please refer to the instructions provided in the “Recommendations” section of the online Graduate School application, or have your recommenders mail them directly to the MU Crosby MBA Program, 213 Cornell Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Special Instructions for:

Dual BSIE/MBA or Dual BSIT/MBA applicants

Current MU undergraduate BSIE or BSIT students that have at least one full year remaining in their program (typically their junior year) should fill out the Change of Degree Form and complete the Crosby MBA Department Application online in lieu of completing the MU Graduate School application in addition to #2, #3 and #5 instructions listed above. You may email your resume, personal statement and Change of Degree Form to mba@missouri.edu, or bring them to the MBA office in 213 Cornell Hall.

Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at MU

If you are currently enrolled in another graduate program (such as the MHA program) or as a non-degree graduate student at MU, you should fill out the Change of Degree Form and complete the Crosby MBA Department Application online in lieu of completing the MU Graduate School application in addition to #2-5 instructions listed above. You may email your resume and personal statement to mba@missouri.edu or bring them to the MBA office in 213 Cornell Hall and you can request from your graduate program’s department to have your transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation sent to us. Please note that the Law School is considered a professional program and not a graduate program. Please follow instructions #1-5 above if you are a current Law student.

Active Duty Military or Veterans

The University of Missouri Crosby MBA Program is designated a Military-Friendly School by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). If you have been on active duty within three years of your application to our program, please contact us at mba@missouri.edu prior to submitting your application so that we can provide you with the benefits associated with that designation, including:

  • Waiver of the application fee
  • Evaluation of your qualifications for financial awards that can supplement any additional benefits you may have through the military
  • A one-year deferment if your plans are delayed by your service requirements

International applicants

An Official TOEFL or IELTS score is required for every applicant whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 85 IBT (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Include your score information in the “Test Information” section of the online Graduate Studies application, and arrange to have your official scores sent directly to the University; MU's code is 6875. Please visit the MU Graduate Studies web site for additional application information, including exceptions to the English Language testing requirement.

Contact us at mba@missouri.edu or (573) 882-2750 with questions.