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  • Graduate Admission Requirements

    The Brock School of Business welcomes applications from students and professionals with solid academic abilities and managerial potential.

    Academic ability is evaluated on the basis of undergraduate and graduate academic records, scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE General Test and academic recognition. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to enrolling in the program. Admission standards require students to earn a GMAT or GRE equivalent score* of 480 or better and an index score of 1050 or better using the formula: higher education GPA x 200 + GMAT score. International applicants also should review our English proficiency requirements.

    Managerial potential is evaluated on the basis of the applicant's work experience and professional recognition. Work experience is preferred, but not required. Involvement in continuing education and extracurricular, community and church activities are considered as part of the admission process.

    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are informed of the application decision by email. Once an applicant is admitted to the program, he/she has an individual advising and orientation session with a graduate program advisor to review program information and policies as well as to determine the individual course plan of study.

    *GRE equivalent scores are determined using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools provided by ETS. Applicants with GRE quantitative scores at or below the 20th percentile may not waive any MBA courses.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    English courses are available for graduate students through the English Language Learner Institute (ELLI). Directly admitted students are required to take a business tutoring course through ELLI in their first semester and any subsequent semester they are not in good standing.

    Admission standards

    A student must meet both of the following requirements to be admitted directly to the business school:

    • A GMAT verbal score above the 20th percentile 
    • A score of 90 on the iBT TOEFL with at least a 20 on each sub-sector or a 6.5 on the IELTS

    English Courses

    English courses are offered in the following subjects:

    • Academic Writing [Levels 1 - 4]
    • Speaking and Listening [Levels 1 - 4]
    • Grammar [Levels 1 - 4]
    • Reading [Levels 1 - 4]
    • Content Tutoring based on degree program will be required for students in their first semester of the graduate program and any subsequent semester they are not in good standing.

    Completing ELLI Course Requirements

    At the end of each semester, ELLI students will take an assessment test to determine the current level of English proficiency for future course placement.

    Students wishing to exit the ELLI program will be assessed at midterm of the semester prior to exiting the program. At that point, students must meet the following requirements:

    • Students must be in Level 4 on all areas of assessment (Grammar, Listening, Writing, Speaking)
    • A score of 80% or above in all ESL classes· 
    • Fewer than 3 unexcused absences· 
    • A writing sample and interview approved by ESL instructors

  • Apply Now!

    Elizabeth Gambrell
    Assistant Director of Academic Programs
    Brock School of Business
    eagambre@samford.edu
    205-726-2040