University of Delaware Alfred Lerner MBA Degree Program Admissions Tips

The University of Delaware has an Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. This school has advanced business degree programs for students and working professionals. Delaware offers a variety of full-time, part-time and other specialized MBA degree programs. The particular program chosen really depends on the applicant's individual situation. Those seeking to get accepted into a University of Delaware MBA program should explore all program options and admissions requirements to improve their chances of getting accepted.

GMAT:

The GMAT is the standard requirement in terms of aptitude tests for MBA admission. While many schools absolutely require a GMAT score, the University of Delaware does have a waiver through the MBA Pathways program. However, this is only for those with at least 10 years of experience. Thus, all other students should be familiar with the minimum GMAT requirements for the UD MBA program. These include an overall score of at least 550. This is less competitive than many top schools but is still around the 50th percentile based on worldwide testing.

The applicant must achieve the 50th percentile on each part of the test to be eligible for acceptance. This means that you need to shore up any weak areas on the GMAT test instead of relying on a particularly strong area (such as math). Otherwise, you may have well over 550 but still not qualify for admission into this Delaware MBA program.

GPA:

You will need at least a 2.8 for your undergraduate studies (and have a four-year degree). Do not take this lightly, however, if you are still attending college and do not anticipate having a high GMAT score. Even those with a lower score may be able to make that up with a high GPA.

Work Experience:

Like most MBA degree programs, Delaware likes you to have some actual full-time work experience before accepting you into the program. The minimum is two years. However, those who have completed an undergraduate degree and an internship in one of the following can get a waiver of the work requirement: science, engineering or information technology.

Other requirements include submission of an application essay and letters of recommendation. The advantage to having significant work experience is that you can have a wider variety of recommendations from one or more employers or supervisors.

You will also have to undergo an interview with staff from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. For this interview, it is best to prepare some answers. For example, you want to have a good idea of what you want to do with your MBA degree. Think about specific future business goals and plans.

Main Program Options:

The full-time program lasts from about one year to 21 months. This depends on how many waivers you can get based on previous courses. The part-time program is for working business professionals and takes around 3 years. The Executive MBA is for certain high-level business professionals. It is actually faster than the part-time program and takes only 19 months.

There are several special programs in addition to these main options. Refer to the "Options That Suit Your Needs" page in the Resources below for full details.

Application:

Prospective students need to apply by submitting a graduate application. You can find a link in the Resources below. Apply as early as possible. Refer to the main UD MBA page for additional information.

Resources:

University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics: Main UD MBA Page

University of Delaware: Options That Suit Your Needs (MBA Programs)

University of Delaware Graduate and Professional Education: How to Apply

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