execMBA application instructions

Application Instructions

The University of Missouri execMBA Program uses rigorous admissions criteria and evaluates all applications carefully to select a highly talented and motivated entering class. Please refer carefully to the following application instructions, and contact us at 573-882-2180 or if you have any questions.

Applicants must submit the following information:

ApplyOnline University of Missouri Graduate School Application: In the "Supplemental Information" section of the online Graduate School Application, please upload the following:

  1. 1) Personal Statement. Please address the following topics, in no more than 500 words each:
    • a. Business Challenge: Describe the most significant business-related challenge you have faced in your career, how you approached that challenge, and the outcome. You may also indicate how you anticipate earning an MBA will help you approach similar challenges in the future.
    • b. Career Goals & MU execMBA expectations: How do you expect the MU execMBA Program to help you achieve your current career goals?
    • c. Time Management: Given your already demanding job and the desire to remain committed to important family and personal obligations, how do you plan to handle this additional demand on you?

  2. 2) Resume. Be sure to include the following information:
    • a. Professional experience and accomplishments, including the month and year for all listed positions (e.g. January 2002 - December 2007, January 2008 - Present).
    • b. Current salary/annual income. All execMBA students must be gainfully employed.

Transcripts: Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts in the "Educational History" section of the online Graduate School application for your application to be considered complete. If you attended University of Missouri, we will obtain your Mizzou transcripts and you need not do so. Please arrange to have official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended mailed directly to the MU Graduate Admission Office, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Letter of Endorsement: A signed letter of endorsement from your organization should appear on official letterhead, and it must indicate that the necessary time will be provided for you to attend (e.g. orientation, Fridays/Saturdays, international trip) SAMPLE LETTER (PDF). If financial support will be provided, this should also be included in the letter. If you are self-employed, a statement of self-support is also required. Employers should mail the letters directly to the Mizzou execMBA Program, 306 Cornell Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Letters of recommendation are optional and may be submitted in the same manner.

Interviews are by invitation only. Invitations will be extended only after an application is received and reviewed.

GMAT or GRE scores will be considered, but are not a requirement for admission. If you've taken the GMAT or the GRE and feel the scores would strengthen your application, please submit them (code 596-15-82 for GMAT or code 6875 for GRE).

Special Instructions for International Applicants

An Official TOEFL or IELTS score is required for every applicant whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score requirement for the College of Business is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79-80 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 5.5. Include your score information in the "Test Information" section of the online Graduate School application, and arrange to have your official scores sent directly to the University; MU's code is 6875. Please visit the MU Graduate School website for additional international applicant information, including exceptions to the English Language testing requirement.

Military Information

The execMBA program evaluates all applications carefully to select a highly talented and motivated entering class of working professionals. Application deadlines are in March and June and there is one entering class per year in early August. A GMAT or GRE score will be considered, but is not required. Interviews are by invitation only.

MU is a Yellow Ribbon school so if you qualify under that program, you may not pay any tuition. In addition, the execMBA Program offers a reduced deposit amount for those veterans and military personnel admitted into the program. The University of Missouri's Veterans Center will assist with understanding, applying for, and certifying all educational benefits and can be reached at 573-884-4383 or