Typically, your application will be evaluated in five different areas: Work experience, undergraduate grade point average, test scores, goals essay, and reference letters.
You must have at least two years full-time, paid professional work experience to be eligible for admission to the MBA program. Professional experience is based on your actual experience within a position. Do you supervise people? Do you manage projects? Do you have responsibilities in marketing, budgets or information systems?
The MMIS and MPNA programs will accept internships and sometimes, part-time experience. Along with your resume, the place to discuss your work experience is in the goals essay.
Two reference letters from persons qualified to evaluate your academic or professional qualifications are required. Consider supervisors, coworkers and former/current professors. You will want to choose somebody who:
- Knows you well
- Knows your work and can describe it positively
- Has academically evaluated you in an upper division class
- Knows your education and career goals
- Can favorably compare you with your peers
Strategies for Obtaining References:
- Personal references (family/friends) are not accepted.
- Give your letter writers plenty of time.
- A supervisor can write about your work ethic, importance of the degree in your career, and life experience. References from your current employer are strongly encouraged.
Those submitting reference letters may mail the recommendations directly to the Graduate Programs Office (1501 Hennepin Avenue), or return to you to include with the rest of your application materials.
The goals essay gives the faculty admissions committee an idea of why you are applying to a graduate degree program and serves as a sample of your writing. The paper should be well organized, concise and free of grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. Try to limit your paper to two pages, double spaced.
What should be included in the goals essay?
Why are you interested in the program you are applying to? What are your personal and career objectives? What attracts you to Metropolitan State? Why do you feel you would be a good match for our program?
The goals essay is also a time for you to address any perceived weaknesses in your application. For example, if your undergraduate GPA is low, tell us why. If there is a gap in your work experience, explain it in the goals essay.
Only official transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts should show a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with a grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed from ALL schools attended after high school and transcripts from any graduate or professional programs.
Transcripts from Metropolitan State University can be obtained as well as any other MnSCU schools by e-Transcript (an application must be submitted first).
There is no minimum GPA requirement to enter a College of Management graduate program. However, if your cumulative GPA is below a 2.7 you will want to address this in your goals essay.
The GMAT (www.mba.com) or GMAT Alternative is required if you are applying to the MBA program, or if you are applying to the MMIS or MPNA program and live outside the Twin Cities Metro Area and are unable to complete the assessments.
The following formula is used when considering applicants for admission to the MBA:
(weighted GPA x 200) + GMAT Total score = 1025 or greater
MBA applicants must meet the 1025 cut-off score in order to be considered by the admissions committee. However, a score of 1025 or better does not necessarily guarantee entry into the program.
If you are applying to the MPNA, MMIS, or certificate program, you will be required to complete the Metropolitan State University paper/pencil graduate assessment.
The assessment includes basic measures of writing and math. Your results will provide important insight into your current skill level.
- Your writing assessment will be evaluated by Metropolitan State writing faculty on how well you:
• Summarize a short reading
• Focus on a topic
• Organize your writing
• Use paragraphs to explain and develop your ideas
• Support your point of view with appropriate examples and evidence
• Express yourself clearly using the conventions of written English
- Elementary Algebra (MPNA only). This test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic skills and concepts. Each questions tests one of the following skills:
• Operations with Real Numbers
• Operations with Algebraic Expressions
• Solution of Equations and Inequalities
- Intermediate Algebra (MMIS only). The intermediate algebra test measures your ability to solve problems that involve algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve intermediate algebra skills and concepts. Each question tests one of the following:
• Algebraic Operations
• Solution of Equations and Inequalities
The assessments are administered through the Placement Assessment Office. You must have the “Permission to Take Assessments – Graduate” form in order to take the assessment.
You will not be fully admitted to a College of Management graduate program until all required prerequisite courses are successfully completed with a letter grade of C- or better. The DBA prerequisites must be completed with at least a B grade.
- Financial Accounting
- Macroeconomics AND Microeconomics OR
- Foundations of Economic Analysis (ECON 611 – this course fulfills both the Micro and Macro Economics requirements)
- Financial Accounting
- College Algebra
- Visual Programming Language
- Organizational Behavior
- Management Information Systems
- Strategy or Capstone Course
- In addition, three graduate courses from among:
There are no course prerequisites for the MPNA program.
International Student Requirements - All Programs
TOEFL Required if undergraduate degree is from a non-English speaking institution outside the U.S.. Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the College of Management Graduate Programs Office at Metropolitan State University. Examinee copies are not accepted.
ECE or WES Transcript Evaluation Course-by-Course evaluation is required if undergraduate degree is from an institution outside the U.S. Transcript evaluation must be sent directly to the Graduate Studies Office.
Affidavit of Financial Support Required for all international students, verifying funds for two years of study.
Transfer Verification Form Required for F-1 international students currently in the United States on an I-20 from another college or university who wish to transfer to Metropolitan State University.
Check Metropolitan State website for additional International Student Requirements. Learn more...
Application Requirements Grid
Project Management Certificate
|Two Reference Letters||Required||Required||Required||
|GMAT Scores||Required||May be required if residing outside MN||May be required if residing outside MN||-||-|
|Assessments||May be required||Required||Required||Required||Required|
|Work Experience||2 years required||1 year recommended||1 year required||2 years recommended||2 years recommended|
Complete application by :
|Summer Term||April 1|
|Fall Semester||August 1|
|Spring Semester||December 1|
International Students complete application by :