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University of the Cumberlands has established qualitative and quantitative requirements for admission of students whose education preparation evidences the potential for a high-level performance. All admission materials must be received in the Graduate Admissions Office. Normally for full admission, applicants must meet the requirements identified below.

Application Process

  1. Complete a Graduate Application and submit application fee.
  2. A writing sample focused upon the applicant's self-assessment of professional experiences and/or goals as these relate to pursuit of the MBA should be submitted with the application.
  3. Request that official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work be sent directly from the respective institution(s) to:

    University of the Cumberlands
    Graduate & Online Admissions

    6985 College Station Drive
    Williamsburg, KY 40769

    The transcript must include the degree and date on which it was conferred and a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

    Applicants that do not possess an undergraduate degree in business may be required to complete foundational business courses. These undergraduate business prerequisites include: Principles of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing, as well as Statistics. Undergraduate business prerequisites needed are determined by a review of the applicant’s transcript(s).

  4. Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
      Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
      Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
      IELTS: 6
  5. All documents should be on file in the Graduate Admissions Office within the first three (3) weeks of the first semester the student is enrolled. Failure to complete the above requirements may result in a student being dropped from all coursework.
  6. Admission to the MBA Program is completed by a review of the above documents.

Admission Status
Conditional Admission
Applicants with specific deficiencies may be conditionally admitted to the program. For instance, the foundational business courses noted above are considered prerequisites to the MBA Program. Applicants lacking recent undergraduate credit in one or more of these courses may be required to complete these courses before full admission to the program. Or depending upon the circumstances, the applicant may be admitted conditionally and allowed to complete a program prerequisite while concurrently enrolled in MBA classes.

Students who do not have all paperwork in the Graduate Admissions Office by the first day of the term can also be conditionally admitted. Failure to complete the required paperwork by the third week of the term may result in a student being dropped from all coursework. The student may not continue in the program until all paperwork is received.

Fully admitted
Students who meet all the above requirements and who have successfully completed the application process may be fully admitted. After notification of acceptance, an advisor will be assigned. The student and his/her advisor will complete a Planned Program and enroll in coursework. A completed and signed Planned Program must be on file within the first fifteen (15) hours of the student’s program.

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