Applying for Admission

To be accepted into the MBA program, you must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Three years of professional work experience (a combination of significant volunteer, internship and part-time work may be considered)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • If you do not have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be provisionally accepted. You must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the MBA program by the end of the third course to be considered for full admission.
  • You will need to have completed coursework in statistics, microeconomics, financial accounting and managerial finance. Individuals without this background will be required to complete foundation courses prior to enrollment into the associated MBA course(s) or will have the option of demonstrating competency through challenge exams given by MBA staff.
  • International students are required to complete the TOEFL with a minimum score of 75 and a minimum IELTS score of 6.  

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Complete application packets can be requested from USF and sent to your address. In addition, many of the necessary forms can be printed as a pdf document.

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Please follow the checklist below to apply to the MBA Program.

Apply for Admission.

Register online:

  • Complete the Online Application. Every field on the form is required in order to be registered, including your electronic signature.
  • Mail your completed essay to the following address:
    University of Sioux Falls
    Attn: MBA Director
    1101 W. 22nd St.
    Sioux Falls, S.D. 57105
Submit Letters of Recommendation.
Three letters of recommendation are to be distributed by candidates to individuals who will complete and mail them directly to the MBA Director at the above-listed address. Download the MBA Recommendation Form
Request Official Transcript(s).
Applicants must contact all colleges and universities previously attended to request that official transcripts be sent directly to the MBA Director. Official transcripts must contain the embossed seal of the colleges or universities and the facsimile signatures of the Registrars. Faxes are not considered official transcripts.
Connect with us.
Applicants are encouraged to call or email the MBA Office at any time throughout the application process. You are also encouraged to contact the MBA staff for a campus visit. Once your completed application materials have been received, the admissions committee will review them. You may be asked to interview with a graduate faculty member as part of the application review process. You will be notified of the committee's decision in a timely manner.
Make Financial Arrangements.
View the Financial Aid Checklist

Admission Expectations

Admission to the MBA program is competitive. Prospective students should consider their previous academic experiences, work experiences and maturity when assessing their readiness for graduate-level work.

Applications for admission are evaluated in terms of their undergraduate GPA, three personal recommendations, current resumes and other supporting documents. Previous course preparation must include knowledge of microeconomics, accounting, managerial finance and statistics.

Provisional admission may be granted to applicants when they haven't completed course prerequisites and/or when their undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0. If an applicant's GPA is less than 3.0 in undergraduate work, a typed statement must be submitted to the MBA Director which addresses the circumstances which affected previous academic experiences, the student's maturity level and other circumstances under which the student may be deemed capable of high-quality graduate study. (If the GMAT has been taken, scores may be submitted to demonstrate support for current aptitude for graduate work.) Provisionally-admitted candidates must maintain a GPA 3.0 or greater during their first three MBA courses and complete the competency course requirement(s) before enrolling in the MBA core courses in these subjects.

In addition to demonstrating competency in the courses described above, students are also expected to be proficient in the use of Microsoft application software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Students are expected to demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, critical thinking abilities and analytic skills. Furthermore, students will be expected to demonstrate leadership and collaboration skills in a wide range of team-based projects.