The UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business is committed to our community, including future students. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Belk College MBA has waived the GMAT/GRE test requirement for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 program admissions.
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
Candidates are not required to possess a bachelor’s degree from any particular field of study to qualify for admission to the MBA program. Diversity of academic background is one of the factors that enriches the MBA classroom experience.
Students from AACSB-accredited institutions may transfer up to 6 graduate credit hours into the Belk College MBA program, with the permission of the MBA faculty director and the UNC Charlotte 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 Admissions Committee requires a letter of good standing from the student’s current university.
Transient students must satisfy all applicable prerequisites for any course(s) they wish to take. Students will be required to submit a transcript of their previous MBA coursework to verify that prerequisite requirements have been met.
Permission to enroll in MBA classes will be given on a space-available basis after Belk College MBA students have completed registration. To request permission to enroll, please email Vidya Prabhakar.
Candidates who are denied admission are able to submit an application for a future semester. However, the candidate should first address the area(s) of their application (e.g., GMAT or GRE score) that caused it to be denied initially.
While work experience is not currently required for admission, it is highly recommended. Employers recognize that an MBA degree is most useful when combined with the practical knowledge gained through professional experience.
The North Carolina Residency Determination Service is the centralized service for determining residency classifications for all graduate and post-baccalaureate students. Candidates should refer to their website for specific information on residency requirements.
Rolling admission means that the MBA program evaluates applications as they are received versus waiting to evaluate all applications after a hard deadline. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as long as space remains in the program. However, candidates should plan to allow a minimum of 30 days for their application to clear the review process.
Transfer students follow the same procedures as other applicants, including submitting all application documents and an official GMAT or GRE score.
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.
Applications are evaluated on a number of factors, including previous academic performance, GMAT/GRE scores, work experience and recommendations. A weakness in one of these factors will not necessarily result in an applicant being denied. Likewise, excelling in one factor will not guarantee admission.
Candidates are only eligible to be considered for a waiver if they have not yet taken the GMAT or GRE and had their official test scores reported to UNC Charlotte.
The MBA Admissions Committee gives primary consideration to the verbal and quantitative sections of the GMAT and GRE. However, this does not mean that a candidate may ignore the analytical writing section, as a satisfactory score should be earned for each section of the exam.
GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.
The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants for admission to the MBA program. However, candidates with five or more years of professional or U.S. military experience and a strong academic record may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Belk College MBA has temporarily waived the GMAT/GRE test requirement for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 program admissions. If the Graduate Admissions Committee is able to decide upon an application without GMAT/GRE test scores, they will do so. If not, the Graduate Admissions Committee may ask that applicants complete the online GMAT/GRE option.
If you receive a GMAT or GRE score that falls considerably below the program’s average, you will either be asked to retake the exam or your application will be denied.
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) or higher 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.
If you plan to retake the exam and would like to have your application 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.
To ensure that each student possesses the necessary competencies to be successful in the MBA program, students must demonstrate satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework in the following subject areas:
Accounting: Financial and Managerial
Economics: Micro and Macro
Information Systems: Intro to Business Computing OR Management Information Systems
Quantitative Analysis: Statistics and Calculus
Candidates who have completed the Belk College MBA prerequisite courses at an accredited institution with a grade of ‘C’ or better may typically have those requirements waived. However, each situation is evaluated individually.
Candidates are able to apply and gain admission to the MBA program prior to completing the prerequisite course requirements. To avoid encountering registration restrictions, candidates should plan to have all prerequisite courses completed before the start of their first semester.
Prerequisite courses for the MBA program may be completed at any accredited institution or through self-paced online modules provided by the MBA Admissions Committee. Candidates who desire to use the online modules must first receive approval from the MBA faculty director.
Candidates are typically notified of their prerequisite requirements 7-10 business days after they receive their official offer of admission. If a candidate requests a GMAT/GRE waiver during the admissions process, they will be notified of their prerequisite requirements along with their waiver decision.