Admissions FAQs

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


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.

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.

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. We do have a competitive GMAT waiver program designed for candidates with extensive work experience in leadership and budgeting 

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.

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

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.

Each of the MBA programs offered at UNC Charlotte has a somewhat different profile. Please remember that these numbers represent averages and that each application is reviewed individually and holistically. The average profiles based on admitted students to date are:

Average GMAT: 607
Average GRE:  ~158 on both the verbal and quantitative sections
Average GPA: 3.35
Average Work Experience: ~7 years

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.

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

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

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