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

Crosby MBA

Apply Now to the Crosby MBA Program

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

Application Deadlines

Entry Spring 2019 (Term beings January 2019)

  • October 15th – International Deadline
  • December 10th – Domestic Deadline

Entry Fall 2019 (Term begins August 2019)

  • May 15th – International Deadline
  • July 15th – Domestic Deadline

After final deadline all domestic applications will continue to be reviewed until all seats are filled.

Criteria for Admissions 

  • 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 93 or higher (with a minimum score of 21 on the Speaking portion) or current IELTS score of 7.0 or higher (minimum score of 6.5 on the Speaking portion) for all international applicants
  • Career focus and self-awareness demonstrated in question responses and interview

Students without professional 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. However, if a student does not have full-time work experience, we will still consider their application. The following guidelines are what we look for in a straight through candidate: 

  • One or more professional full-time internships or co-ops
  • Demonstrated significant leadership experiences within a student organization, on campus and/or within the community during their undergrad experience
  • Achieve a high GPA (average is 3.59 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Strong GMAT or GRE score (average is around a 655 for the GMAT and a 155V/157Q for GRE)
  • A strong understanding of career outlook

We also have a Deferred Admit option if a student would like to work for a while before getting his or her MBA. Apply and be admitted now but defer your admission to a future semester. See below for guildelines and application. 

If you have any questions about the strength of your application or ways to improve your changes for admission, please contact our office at

Deferred Admit

Current undergraduate seniors who have held professional internships, demonstrated leadership and have a high GPA 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 Active Duty Military or Veterans and International applicants.

All 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. All applicants will apply online by following the instructions below.  For dual BSIE/MBA, BSIT/MBA, MHA/MBA, MSIE/MBA and JD/MBA students, please apply for the semester you plan to begin the dual program.  You will also need to indicate which dual program you are applying for on the Crosby MBA Application section of the online application.  If you are applying for deferrerd admission, please apply for the next academic semester available and then indicate that you are applying to the deferred admission program on the Crosby MBA Application section of the online application. 

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. 


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
    Tell us more about why you decided to apply to the Crosby MBA and how you plan to contribute to our community.  (250 words)
  • Curriculum
    What matters most to you for your MBA experience and why? How will the Crosby MBA provide you that experience beginning with the MBA concentration you plan to pursue? (250 words)
  • Careers
    Describe what and/or who has influenced your career path until now. How will these experiences shape your future career plans and aspirations? Please include information about your future career interest function and industry goals. (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.

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 2014 – December 2015, January 2016 – 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 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, 306 Cornell Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Special Instructions for:

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 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

The MU Veterans Center on campus is here to meet the needs and address the concerns of veterans at Mizzou, including camaraderie among fellow veterans, resources and support.  

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 93 IBT (internet-based) with at least a 21 on the speaking portion. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0, with at least a minimum of 6.5 on the speaking portion. 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 or (573) 882-2750 with questions.  You can also visit the MU International Center for additional resources about being an international student at Mizzou.