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Application Information

Applying to TU Graduate Business Programs

Graduate Business Programs is happy to guide you through our admission process. Application materials can be submitted as a package or piece by piece as they are ready. When all official documents have been received, your application will be reviewed for admission.

  • Application – Online Graduate School Application
  • $55.00 Fee. You may pay the fee online through our Business Office.
  • Transcripts from ALL institutions of higher education*
    (Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.)
  • Two letters of recommendation**
    (Letters may be from academic or professional references and must be submitted by the reference.)
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
  • Short essays (energy programs only)
  • International Applicants must also submit:
    1) Acceptable TOEFL score (575 paper, 232 computer, 90 internet), or acceptable IELTS score (6.5)
    2) Confirmation of Financial Resources (click here for form)

Acceptable standardized examination:


These individuals are exempt from submitting a standardized examination score:

  • Those holding undergraduate degrees from TU with a GPA of 3.5 or higher receive a GMAT waiver for admission to the MBA program.
  • MBA: Applicants with a master’s degree in business from an AACSB accredited institution.
  • MEB, MSBA: Applicants may submit a petition for a GMAT waiver.  Conditions under which an exemption may be granted are stated on the petition.

*International applicants must attain First Class in examinations taken during their undergraduate tenure at a four-year baccalaureate institution, or have an advanced degree. Transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation, the rank in the applicant’s graduating class, and a clear explanation of the grading system used at the undergraduate institution.

**MEB applicants require only one letter of recommendation. The letter must come from a current supervisor, or if unemployed, from a previous supervisor.

The Collins College of Business conducts admissions on a modified rolling basis. Early in the application cycle, admission decisions are made as complete application packages are received. As the application cycle proceeds, a limited number of admissions may be available. At this point, admission becomes competitive. Submitting a complete application package early is encouraged and has distinct advantages. Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission.

GMAT Preparation

What is the GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a computer-adapted exam required by most graduate business schools used to test the applicant’s basic verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. Although the GMAT does not specifically test a student’s knowledge of business related material, it is an exam reserved for business schools only. The University of Tulsa does not accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT.

Is the GMAT required for application?

Applicants to the MBA and MAcc programs with a master’s degree from an AACSB accredited institution are not required to submit a GMAT score. Applicants to the MEB or MSBA program may apply for a GMAT waiver, based on previous work or educational experience.  MSF applicants may submit a GMAT or a GRE score.

Why is the GMAT important?

Research suggests that the exam is an accurate indicator in determining whether or not an individual will be successful in business school. The faculty at The University of Tulsa has found it to be a good tool for retention, as well. Additionally, the exam is your assurance that all students in the classroom are at a similar skill level.

How do I prepare for the GMAT?

There are two areas you need to prepare for — content and strategy. The content of the GMAT can be found online at Once you register to take the exam, you will receive free software in the mail, too. Students at The University of Tulsa suggest this has been the most effective study guide. (You will want to register for the exam in plenty of time to receive the software and study with it before taking the test.) Learning the strategy for taking the exam is just as important as the content. Companies such as KAPLAN and Princeton Review offer study guides and courses to help you prepare to take the exam. Just like any standardized test, it is tricky, but not unbeatable! You should allow a minimum of eight weeks to prepare for the exam.

What else should I know?

The GMAT costs $250. It can be taken up to five times a year but only every 31 days. You may take the exam more than one time; we do not consider any score except your highest one. You must register for the exam online at It is offered most days of the week and you should allow four hours to take it. You will receive your unofficial composite score immediately, followed by a hard copy in the mail.