Admissions FAQs

You will find answers to many admissions questions right here. If you need additional information, please contact our MBA team.


Do you put emphasis on any one part of the GMAT test score?

Test scores are one part of our review to determine if a student will be successful in the MBA program. All areas of the GMAT and GRE are considered important, including verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing.

How long will the Admissions Office hold my application materials?

Your application will be considered for the specific program and term of entry selected.  Once you create your application, the program and term cannot be changed, so please choose carefully.  Supporting documents will be maintained on file in the Office of Graduate Admission for one year, but we do not defer applications to a later term so it’s important to apply to the term you’re interested in starting the program.

Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission, and how long is my score valid?

The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants for admission to the MBA program. The GMAT is waived for candidates who hold a terminal degree, such as a J.D. or Ph.D.

The GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years. Also, if you're an experienced professional with budgetary & leadership skills and a strong academic record, or if you are a military veteran, you may qualify for the GMAT/GRE waiver.

Is work experience a requirement for admission?

Work experience is highly recommended, but is not required for admission. A MBA degree with work experience is generally preferred by potential employers. It is to your advantage to gain professional experience prior to starting any MBA program.

What are the requirements to be considered an in-state resident for tuition purposes?

The Residency Determination Office determines residence classifications for all graduate and post-baccalaureate students atUNC Charlotte. Visit their website for residency requirements.

What happens if my first attempt on the GMAT is not competitive enough for admission?

If you receive a GMAT or GRE score that is not sufficient for admission, your application is likely to be denied.

If you plan to retake the test and would like to have your file placed on hold until the new scores arrive, please contact Allison Brinkley.  Allison can also help determine if your new scores will be received in time to be reconsidered for the same term, or if you will need to reapply for a future term.

Remember, the GMAT and GRE  are tests of preparation. You MUST prepare to be successful.

Admission to the program is competitive. Most accepted students score in the upper-500's or higher on the GMAT and in the 50th percentile (on both the quantitative and verbal sections) on the GRE. Very few candidates are admitted with scores below 550 on the GMAT and none are admitted, regardless of the strength of their other credentials with scores below 500.

What is the average profile of a student admitted to the MBA program?

The average credentials for students who were admitted to the Belk College MBA program for Fall 2018 are listed below. Please be aware that these numbers represent averages and that the MBA program reviews each application individually and holistically. A candidate's credentials are NOT required to match this profile exactly to be competitive for admission.  

Average GMAT: 603
Average GRE: 312 (verbal and quantitative sections combined)
Average GPA: 3.3
Average Professional Experience: 10 years

What type of return is typical for the investment?

According to post-graduate survey data, the Belk College MBA investment pays for itself, on average, within two years through salary increases. By offering a top quality program at such a competitive price point, the Belk College MBA is able to deliver immense value to students, allowing you to maximize your earning potential while minimizing your debt.

Who processes my application?

The Graduate Admissions Office, not the Graduate Business Program Office, initially processes applications. You can track the status of your application online or by contacting Ms. Allison Brinkley at 704‑687‑7267 or

The secret to a timely processing of your materials is to send them early and make sure that everything is complete.

Will work experience make up for a weak academic record or test score?

Applications are evaluated on a number of factors, including previous academic performance, GMAT/GRE scores, work experience, and references. A weakness in one of these factors will not necessarily result in an applicant being turned down. Likewise, excelling in one factor will not guarantee admission.

Preparatory Coursework

Do I have to take any business classes before I apply to the MBA program?

Students are not required to have completed any business courses prior to admission to the MBA program. Students who have previously completed academic coursework in the Preparatory Component's subject areas may be waived from taking one or more of the preparatory courses. Each student's individual situation will be addressed during the admissions process.

If I want to take preparatory classes before I'm admitted to the MBA program, how do I know what classes will be required?

You can refer to the Preparatory Component of the MBA program outline (found in the Curriculum section of the website) for general information, or you may submit a copy of your undergraduate transcript to the MBA Office for review.

Download a chart of undergraduate equivalent courses for MBA Prerequisites (PDF)

When should I apply if I know I need to complete all of the preparatory classes?

There are multiple ways to satisfy the preparatory courses. We suggest speaking with our admission representatives to discuss your situation and what will be the best course of action for you. The preparatory courses are not required to be admitted into the program. There is also a limited number of MBA classes you can begin while completing your preparatory classes. We encourage all students to have the prep coursework completed by the end of their first semester in the program.

Transfer Student Admissions

I am a graduate student at another university. How do I transfer to UNC Charlotte?

Students from AACSB-accredited universities may transfer up to six credit hours into the MBA program at UNC Charlotte, with the permission of the MBA Director and the Dean of the Graduate School.

I am an MBA student at another university. Can I take classes at UNC Charlotte to transfer back to my program?

Students from other universities may enroll at UNC Charlotte as "transient" students. Transient students must apply and be admitted as post- baccalaureate students through Graduate Admissions. Additionally, the MBA Office requires a letter of good standing from your current university. Transient students must meet all applicable prerequisites for any course(s) they wish to take. Students will be required to submit a transcript of their previous MBA courses to verify that prerequisite requirements have been fulfilled.

Permission to enroll in MBA classes will be given on a space-available basis after UNC Charlotte MBA students have registered. To request permission to enroll, submit a Special Request form to the Graduate Business Program Office.

What is the application procedure for transfer students?

Transfer students follow the same procedures as other applicants, including submitting all application materials and an official GMAT score to the Graduate Admissions office.