- Undergraduate Degree
- 2+ years full-time professional work experience detailed on a résumé
- Graduate Management Admissions Test
To learn more about the GMAT, visit www.mba.com
*Any applicant with five or more years of continuous full time professional work experience and a satisfactory GPA or a terminal degree may request a waiver of the GMAT.
The first step is the scariest, the biggest, and the most tenuous. In fact, 54% of our students are the first in their families to pursue their master's level degree. Mountaineers lead the way and these are the steps they follow:
- Join a prospective student webinar- www.online.wvu.edu/emba/
- Contact our program specialist, Carrie Wood, to answer any questions
- Ask to be connected with a current student or alumni
- Learn if you may qualify for the GMAT waiver or find out how to prepare for the GMAT exam
- Explore financial options- www.usnews.com
- Watch the WVU Graduate Application Demo- Graduate Application Demo
Gather your application materials
- Request transcripts- Official transcripts from all prior academic work must be forwarded by your previous institution to West Virginia University, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009. Contact prior institutions as early as possible. Receipt of the official transcripts allows your application to be processed. If undergraduate work was completed at WVU, admissions will pull transcripts automatically.
- Update your résumé- The Official Transcript and GMAT performance provide some quantitative evidence about an applicant. Applicants round out their profile with other evidence found in their résumé. Their résumé should include enough information for the admissions committee to trace the applicant's entire professional work history and should indicate any relevant affiliations.
- Articulate your Statement of Purpose- Often the résumé, transcripts, and GMAT scores fail to capture important characteristics that the individual offers the program. The Statement of Purpose refers to a short essay in which an applicant reflects on the contribtion of the EMBA degree to the applicant's future and the special characteristics that the applicant brings to the EMBA program. We are interested in value-added experiences, both from the program to the student and from the individual student to the program. Visit www.bloomberg.com for reference.
- Request a Letter of Reference- We recommend that references provide some information that is not found in the other materials being submitted. Anecdotal comments from the reference writer's shared experience with the student is encouraged. Topics with regards to your ability to work with others, your discipline and ambition, leadership potential, etc. should be addressed. If applicable, an Employers Commitment letter would also be beneficial. In particular, we'd like to know that your manager is aware of the program residency requirements and is in support of your efforts to complete your degree. Take a look at www.insidehighered.com for any extra advice.
- Determine if you are eligible for the GMAT waiver- *Graduate Management Admissions Test® scores*: Applicants should have test scores submitted from the Graduate Management Admissions Test® (GMAT). To learn more about the GMAT, visit www.mba.com. WVU GMAT code: C2S-6D-13.
**Any applicant with five or more years of professional work experience may request to waive the GMAT requirement.
To request a waiver, you must first complete the GMAT waiver request form from the EMBA website. Log into your WVU Application. Upload your waiver request in your application under "Supplemental Information". Your request will be reviewed once all application materials are received and a recommendation will be sent to the committee with your file.
- Prepare for a possible phone interview- Applicants requesting the GMAT waiver are often interviewed to determine eligibility.
Start your Application
To assist you with the application process, you may want to use the application checklist.
- Application- You must submit a West Virginia University Application for Graduate Admission. Be sure to indicate Business Administration (Executive MBA) when responding to "Intended Major". Please select "Off Campus" as the primary delivery method. The application along with the $60 application fee should be submitted prior to the application deadline. All material, except the GMAT waiver request, should be sent to: Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009 or submitted electronically with your application.
Freshen up or improve your quantitative skill set in preparation for starting the program. Online classes in Financial Accounting, Economics, and Statistical Concepts can be found at IVY Software. Although these classes are not required, they are encouraged to prepare students for the rigors of the EMBA curriculum.
For information on Financial Aid, visit www.financialaid.wvu.edu.