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Program Basics

  • When did the MBA begin?

    The University of Baltimore has delivered a quality MBA since 1971.

  • What was the MBA?

    Thirty-five years after the establishment of the UB MBA, the University of Baltimore became strategic partners with Towson University to deliver the MBA. Students were first admitted to the MBA in the fall 2006 semester.

    In the fall of 2015, the Memoranum of Understanding for the MBA expired. The University of Baltimore and Towson University announced that it would no longer jointly offer the program. It reverted back to the University of Baltimore, which established the MBA program in 1972.
  • How many students are in the MBA?

    As of fall 2015, there were 483 students in the MBA.

  • When are classes offered? What time are classes offered?

    Since 80 percent of our students are working professionals, all of our classes are offered in the evenings and online. There are no daytime classes.

  • Who enrolls in the MBA?

    Eighty percent of our students are full-time working professionals with an average of five years of work experience. They come from a wide array of industries and professions, and most reside in the state of Maryland.

  • Can I really complete the entire MBA online?

    Yes. You can take all of your MBA courses online and never set foot in the classroom, if that’s the way you’d like to earn your degree. It's up to you.

  • Can I take all of my MBA courses on campus in a classroom? I don’t want to take any courses online.

    Yes. You can take all of your MBA courses on campus without taking any courses online.

  • Can I take a combination of online and on-campus courses?

    Yes. In fact, most of our students take a combination of online and on-campus instruction.

Application Process

  • What is the deadline for my application?

    Please visit the application deadline page for a list of dates.

  • How much is the application fee? 

       $35 before the application deadline
       $60 after the application deadline
  • Should I send in any application materials I have immediately, or should I wait until I have all necessary application materials and mail them together?

    The admission committee will consider only complete application files, and you must have a complete file on record at least two weeks prior to the start of the next session.

    Applying early is always your best bet; at the very least, you are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials before the deadline. If you apply late, courses you wish to take may be full by the time you’re admitted and eligible to register.

  • If I apply late, can I still start taking classes?

    You are strongly encouraged to submit all of your application materials before the deadline. However, we likely will process applications up to two weeks before the start of the semester. Please remember: The closer you are to the start of the session, the slimmer your chances will be of getting the classes you want.
  • Should I apply even if I haven’t taken the GMAT?

    Yes. We strongly recommend that you submit your online application before you submit the rest of your application materials (GMAT, letters of recommendation, etc.). However, the Graduate Management Admission Test is required, and your file will not be considered until all materials—including your test score—have been received.

  • Do I need to have work experience to be admitted to the MBA program?

    Work experience is not a requirement for admission. Although the majority of our students are full-time working professionals with an average of five years of work experience, we do admit many highly qualified recent college graduates.

  • I’m an international student. Can I still apply if I’ve missed the deadline?

    International students must allow additional time in the admission process to obtain the appropriate immigration documents. Please visit the application deadline page for more information.

    If you have questions about immigration documentation, please contact the Office of International Admission at 410.837.4777 or for more information.

  • I don’t have a business degree. Can I still apply?

    Yes. Many of our students don’t have undergraduate business degrees. It simply means that you will start the MBA program by taking the business foundation courses.

  • If I start by taking the business foundation courses, am I an MBA student or a “pre-MBA” student?

    Even if you begin the program by taking business foundation courses, you’re still a full-fledged MBA student. Feel free to label yourself as an MBA candidate on your resume.
  • What should I write about in my personal statement?

    Detail your reasons for pursuing an MBA degree, your short- and long-term professional goals, and why you believe an MBA will help you achieve them.
  • How long should the essay be?

    The essay should be no longer than 1,000 words.
  • How long will it take to receive an admission decision?

    Upon completion of your admission file, the decision usually is made within three weeks, and you will receive a letter in the mail. However, you also may check your application status online via the MyUB portal. You will receive an email with your User ID and password for this portal after you submit your admission application.

  • Can I meet with someone from the MBA program?

    We're here to answer your questions and encourage you to schedule an appointment with an admission counselor. We also will be happy to show you around campus during your visit; formal campus tours are given Mondays through Fridays at 10 a.m. Please call 410.837.6565 to speak with an admission counselor.

  • Am I eligible for in-state tuition?

    Your residency status is determined at the time of application based on the residency information you provide. (Read the full residency policy.)
  • Do I need to submit an official transcript from each university/college I’ve attended?

    Yes. We must receive an official transcript, preferably directly from the institution, representing each college you have attended. You may submit unofficial copies of your transcripts at first. However, if you are admitted to the program, you must have official transcripts on file before you can register for your second semester.

Waiver of Foundation Courses

  • Can I have all of the foundation courses waived? What criteria are used to determine if the these courses can be waived?

    The business foundation courses can be waived if you have:

    -earned a bachelor's degree in business from an AACSB International-accredited school within the last five years

    -graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

    -earned a C or better in each of the undergraduate course equivalents.

    If you've graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from an AACSB International-accredited institution, you also will be required to include any missing courses as part of your MBA foundation.

    If you did not attend an AACSB International-accredited school or have a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0, an MBA adviser will evaluate each undergraduate course equivalent and waive those courses in which you earned a B or better. Courses being considered for waivers must have been taken within the past 10 years, and you must have graduated within the past five years.

  • I graduated fewer than five years ago, but my school wasn’t AACSB International accredited. How can I get the foundation courses waived?

    We will look at each of the foundation course equivalents you took as an undergraduate student and will waive the courses in which you received a B or higher.
  • My degree is not in business administration; can I still get some or all of the foundation courses waived?

    Even if you weren’t a business student, you may be eligible for waivers if you took any of the undergraduate course equivalents. We will look at each of the foundation course equivalents you took and waive the courses in which you received a B or higher.
  • I earned my degree slightly more than five years ago; can I still have the foundation courses waived?

    In certain situations, we offer a "grace period" when the start of the MBA semester is slightly outside of the five-year window. For example, if you graduated in May 2010 and apply for the spring 2015 semester, we likely will grant course waivers. We also would grant course waivers if you graduated in December 2010 and apply for the spring 2015 semester. An MBA adviser will determine if you qualify for course waivers.
  • I am not eligible for course waivers because I graduated more than five years ago. Is there any other way to get some or all of the courses waived?

    Prior to your second semester, you may take a waiver exam for any business foundation course not satisfied by the waiver policy. There is no cost for the exam, but it can be taken only once.

  • How will I know if I obtain foundation course waivers?

    If you are admitted to the MBA program, an MBA adviser will review your transcripts and determine which courses are waived. You will receive a program plan of study that details the courses you need to complete the MBA program requirements.

The GMAT and GMAT Waiver Policy

  • To qualify for GMAT waiver consideration, a student must have:

    -an advanced degree (e.g., master’s degree or higher)
    -a combination of an undergraduate grade point average of 3.25 and above and five years or more of significant managerial experience
    -a letter from your supervisor detailing your responsibilities. (A personal interview with an MBA program adviser also may be required.)

  • If you believe you qualify for a GMAT waiver, please download and complete the GMAT waiver consideration form and submit it with your application materials.

    The above information serves as a guideline. Waivers are not guaranteed and must be approved by the admissions committee, whose decisions are final.

  • What is the GMAT?

    The Graduate Management Admission Test is a standardized assessment—delivered in English—that helps business schools evaluate the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.
  • Why is the GMAT important?

    The GMAT is one way to assess the academic potential of prospective students. It's a standard requirement of most MBA programs, especially those (like UB's) that are AACSB International accredited. Also, if you do not meet the GPA requirement but score well on the GMAT, it can tip the scales in your favor regarding admission to the program.
  • How should I prepare for the GMAT?

    You should consider self-study or a GMAT preparation course. There are many study guides available. The University of Baltimore offers a GMAT preparation course, as do Princeton Review and Kaplan.
  • What if I don’t score well on the GMAT?

    If you don’t earn a GMAT score acceptable for admission to the MBA program, you will be required to retake the exam.

  • What is the minimum acceptable score?

    Every student’s situation is unique: What is a minimum score for one person might not be the minimum score needed by someone else. However, as a benchmark, the average score over the past two years is a 500.

  • Where can I schedule to take the test?

    Visit to get all the necessary information pertaining to the GMAT.
  • I want to start taking MBA classes but need more time to prepare for the GMAT. Can I start the program and submit my GMAT score later?

    No. You can take MBA courses only if you have been admitted to the program.

  • Can I submit my unofficial GMAT score?

    We need your official score on file, but you may submit your unofficial score at first. You can fax your unofficial score to 410.837.4774.

  • I have more than five years of work experience. Do I qualify for a GMAT waiver?

    Please refer to the GMAT waiver policy outlined earlier. Most of our students do not qualify for this waiver and must take the exam.

  • What are the requirements to apply for a GMAT waiver?

    Please refer to the GMAT waiver policy outlined earlier.

  • How do I apply for a GMAT waiver?

    Download and complete the GMAT waiver form, and then fax it to 410.837.4793, email it to or mail it to:
    Office of Graduate Admission
    1420 N. Charles St.
    Baltimore, MD 21201

  • If I meet the waiver requirements, will I be waived automatically from taking the GMAT?

    No. Your request will be considered, and you will be notified if you are exempt.