Admissions FAQs

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

Admissions

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

Am I required to have a certain bachelor’s degree to apply to the MBA program?

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.

I am a graduate student at another university, am I able to transfer credits to the Belk College MBA program?

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.

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 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.

If I am denied admission, can I reapply for a future term?

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.

Is work experience a requirement for admission?

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.  

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

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.

What is rolling admission?

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.

What is the application process for transfer students?

Transfer students follow the same procedures as other applicants, including submitting all application documents and an official GMAT or GRE score.

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.

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 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.

GMAT/GRE

Can I be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver if I previously took one of the exams and reported my scores to UNC Charlotte?

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.

Do UNC Charlotte or Belk College alumni automatically qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver?

Candidates are not able to receive a GMAT/GRE waiver on the basis of their alumni status. Each candidate must fully satisfy the waiver requirements to qualify.

Do you place special emphasis on any particular section of the GMAT or GRE?

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.

How do I apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver?

Please visit the MBA GMAT/GRE waiver page to review the eligibility requirements and instructions for applying for a waiver.

How long are GMAT and GRE scores valid?

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.

Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission?

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.

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

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.

Prerequisite Coursework

Are prerequisite courses required for the MBA program?

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

Can any of the prerequisite course requirements be waived?

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.

Can I apply to the program before completing the prerequisite courses?

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.

What options exist for me to complete the prerequisite courses?

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.

When will I know which (if any) prerequisite courses I will be required to complete?

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.