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Admission to Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program


Admission to the Master of Business Administration program at BGU is based on a selection process conducted by the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). The AAC reviews each application thoroughly to determine the applicant's qualifications as well as compatibility of the university programs to the applicant's educational goals. The applicant will be presented to the AAC for consideration after all required application materials have been received by the university.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to provide documents attesting to:

  1. Academic Credentials
    A bachelor's degree or bachelor equivalency which includes at least 9 semester hours of courses in financial accounting, marketing, and economics. Students without formal courses in these subjects must take the Prerequisite courses described below or, alternatively, demonstrate training or work experience in these fields that gives the requisite competency. Application for the alternative must be approved by the MBA Director and the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC).

    Applicants without a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (defined as a student who has taken the equivalent number of hours that would normally represent a baccalaureate degree in one or more United States Department of Education (USDE) recognized accredited programs, yet was not awarded the actual baccalaureate degree) may apply as a Special Student (Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted under Special Student Status). Applicants will only be considered if they have work experience or other training that demonstrates knowledge and core skills in business and leadership positions that demonstrate the ability to undertake a graduate-level education. If approved for admission, the student will be placed in a probationary status pending completion of the first three Core courses in a manner that, in the sole discretion of the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC), clearly demonstrates the student's ability to satisfactorily perform graduate-level work at BGU. The student may enroll in the fourth class pending MBA Director and AAC approval, but will not be allowed to participate in the class until that approval has been received.

    Academic transcripts from non-US academic institutions may be evaluated by an outside firm. Any fees associated with that evaluation must be paid by the student before he/she is admitted to any BGU degree program.
  2. Leadership/Ministry Experience
    A minimum of two years of prior part-time or full-time involvement in ministry or organizational leadership/administrative roles. Students without such prior experience will be placed in probationary admissions status until they demonstrate involvement in such roles during their tenure as MBA students.
  3. English Language
    Each student must demonstrate English-proficiency by: (1) showing that it is his/her native language, or (2) by having successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate school program in which English is the primary method of instruction, or (3) exhibiting sufficient English-language capabilities to succeed in the classroom and in the BGU MBA program as measured by a score of not less than 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or TOEFL-equivalent exams taken within the last five years. As an alternative to the TOEFL, BGU will accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), where the students have scored 6.5 or better.

    Alternatively, if the student is from Mainland China, he or she will be required to attend the Total Immersion Program (TIP) that is held at Beijing University and must present a copy of the certificate that is awarded at the completion of that program. All students who are admitted using the TIP program will be admitted on a conditional basis. Once the student has successfully completed their first three courses (9 credit hours), they may be admitted under regular status if their course performance has proven satisfactory for graduate level work.
  4. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    a GMAT exam result with minimum score of 450. Exceptions to this requirement may be made at the MBA Director's discretion based on the student's prior successful academic work, the student’s demonstrated competency in other settings, or in those places where the GMAT are not available to the student locally or on-line. The MBA Director is also authorized to place persons who have not taken the GMAT in a probationary status until they demonstrate competency in graduate-level work in the BGU MBA program or have taken the GMAT and received the required score. Students may take the MBA prerequisites and up to 3 courses (9 credits hours) prior to completing the GMAT exam, but must provide evidence to the MBA Director that an exam date has been scheduled. Nonetheless, the student bears the sole risk of taking courses before being officially accepted into the MBA program for failure to successfully complete the GMAT.
  5. Prerequisite Courses
    The MBA requires three courses (9 credits) as Prerequisites to provide the student with sufficient business background and technical skills to enter into the 36-credit hour program. These courses are necessary to bring students to a basic competence level in accounting, marketing, and economics.

    The requirement for any or all of these three Prerequisite courses may be met by: (1) successful completion of BUS 501, 503, and/or 505 online with BGU; (2) completion of similar courses at an undergraduate or graduate level; (3) providing evidence of significant prior work experience covering the course material as delineated in the course descriptions and syllabi; or (4) a  MBA Director approved combination of the above. The student will be placed on probationary admissions status until the prerequisite requirements are met, but will be allowed to take other MBA courses prior to having completed the Prerequisite(s), except as follows. Students will not be allowed to take MBA 610, Marketing Management, until they have completed BUS 505, Principles of Marketing; nor MBA 614, Finance and Capital Markets, until they have completed BUS 503, Financial Accounting.