Howard University MBA Admission Requirements

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The pathway to a prestigious legacy, strong community, and an empowered future starts at Howard University School of Business. Take the first step in preparing to lead at the very top—locally, nationally, and globally—when you enroll in Howard’s Online MBA and Executive MBA programs.

We provide an exceptional level of Online MBA student support from your initial inquiry to graduation and beyond, as you’ll always be a part of the HU family. Our goal is to provide the information you need to make your admission experience straightforward, intuitive, and simple.

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Admission Requirements

Meeting the admissions requirements means you have the foundation, experience, and ability to succeed in our rigorous programs and rise to the next level of success. Please note that program requirements vary.

Carefully review each item listed and download your program application checklist, as incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.

Online MBA Program Requirements

Candidates for the Online MBA program must have at least 2 years of postgraduate professional experience.

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA is recommended but not required.

GMAT is required for the Online MBA (school code 5297). Review the GMAT online exam details.

Waivers of the test score requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Candidates who would like to be considered for a waiver shall complete their application with all requirements minus their exams and should exceed academic requirements by:

  • Having earned an advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) with a strong quantitative focus
  • Demonstrated academic excellence in previous quantitative coursework

Current resume or CV detailing all previous work experience.

Applicants should provide a personal statement describing the uniqueness of their character and abilities; their experiences with issues of diversity; and their academic, community service, and career history. Additionally, the statement should discuss the applicant’s interest in the Howard University Online MBA program and how completing the Online MBA will facilitate realizing their dreams and aspirations. The statement should be between 2-3 pages and double-spaced.

Two letters of recommendation that address intellectual and personal capabilities.

Topics should cover personal integrity, ability to work with others, leadership qualities, oral and written communication skills, and community involvement. Recommendations may come from a supervisor, a member of academia, a mentor, and/or someone who can attest to these capabilities.

Each recommender must sign and upload their letter on official letterhead through the application website or email it as a PDF attachment. We will not accept letters provided by the applicant.

Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, including schools where you did not earn a degree. You can provide unofficial transcripts for the application process, however, official transcripts must be provided if admitted to the program.

Transcripts may be delivered electronically (preferred). To be considered official, they must be sent through the National Student Clearinghouse or delivered through a secure University Office of the Registrar system. Please do not select Howard from the dropdown and manually enter onlinebusiness@howard.edu.

Transcripts may also be delivered via U.S. mail to:

Howard School of Business
Office of Graduate Programs
Attn: Online MBA
2600 6th Street, NW, Room 236
Washington, D.C. 20059

Applicants may transfer a maximum of six graduate semester hours from other programs that are accredited by the AACSB-International Association for Management Education provided the courses to be transferred were not used to satisfy requirements for another degree. Note, only those courses in which a grade of B or higher was earned will be considered for transfer credit.

Online Executive MBA Program Requirements

Candidates for the EMBA program must have at least 7 years of postgraduate professional experience and 5 or more years of management/leadership experience. Must be comfortable with the basic concepts of business, able to show progressive experience on a resume, and ready to transition into a position that is at, or the equivalent of, a C-Suite level role.

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA is recommended but not required.

The GMAT or Executive Assessment is optional but highly recommended. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than a 2.5 are required to take the Executive Assessment (school code 5297).

Current resume or CV detailing all previous work experience.

Applicants should provide a 3-5 page personal statement describing the uniqueness of their character, abilities, understanding of issues of diversity, academic history, community service activities, and professional experience by answering prompts focused on executive leadership.

Two letters of recommendation that address your intellectual and personal capabilities.

Letters should cover personal integrity, ability to work with others, leadership qualities, oral and written communication skills, and/or community involvement. Recommendation letters should be professional and may come from a supervisor, a member of academia, a mentor, and/or someone who can attest to these capabilities.

Each recommender must sign and upload their letter on official letterhead through the application website or email it as a PDF attachment. We will not accept letters provided by the applicant.

Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, including schools where you did not earn a degree. You can provide unofficial transcripts for the application process, however, official transcripts must be provided if admitted to the program.

Transcripts may be delivered electronically (preferred). To be considered official, they must be sent through the National Student Clearinghouse or delivered through a secure University Office of the Registrar system. Please do not select Howard from the dropdown and manually enter onlinebusiness@howard.edu.

Transcripts may also be delivered via U.S. mail to:

Howard School of Business
Office of Graduate Programs
Attn: Online Executive MBA
2600 6th Street, NW, Room 236
Washington, D.C. 20059

We do not accept transfer credits for the Executive MBA program.

International Applicants

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results for international students for whom English is not their native language should be forwarded from the Education Testing Service.

  • A score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT)
  • A score of 79 on the internet-based test (iBT)
  • In place of the TOEFL (if not offered in your country), applicants may submit results from the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Online MBA – Fall 2024
Final Deadline
TBD
Start of Classes
TBD
Executive MBA – Summer 2024
Priority Submit Deadline
March 1, 2024
Final Complete Deadline
April 15, 2024
Start of Classes
April 29, 2024
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