Apply for an MBA
Invest in your career with an MBA from Bradley and gain the knowledge, skills, and capability to take on a management role within your organization.
The Application Process
Full instructions for the application process are detailed within the application. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Stufflebeam - Director MBA and EMBA Programs.
You may choose to begin your studies in Fall or Spring. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until three weeks before the semester begins (August 1 for Fall and January 1 for Spring). The academic calendar provides additional information regarding important dates within each semester and interim session.
Evaluation of students for admission is a very individualized process. A prospective student’s background, work experience, career progression, and desire to succeed are considered in making an admission decision.
To apply, please submit the following:
1. Online Application:
All applicants must submit an Application for Graduate admission, signed and sealed by the applicant. Applications for Graduate Admission are all online. All applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee, payable online, to Bradley University. The fee for domestic applicants is $40 and for International applicants is $50.
Official transcripts, sent directly from all post-secondary institutions attended, are required. Bradley alumni need not provide Bradley transcripts. Transcripts can be sent electronically or mailed to:
The Graduate School
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625
Additional transcripts may be required by the Graduate School. Applicants who have completed graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate coursework should submit all transcripts reflecting graduate coursework.
2. Letters of recommendation:
Two current letters of recommendation are required from persons who can comment meaningfully on the applicant’s capability for graduate-level study. Character references are not appropriate. Faculty members under whom the applicant has studied and supervisors are considered appropriate references.
3. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test):
The GMAT is a standardized test designed to measure aptitude for graduate study in management. Successful applicants will have a superior overall previous academic record and an above average total GMAT score. The GMAT must have been taken no earlier than five years prior to the date of admission to the program. You must arrange to take the test in sufficient time to permit processing of the application with the test results prior to the application deadline. For reporting the test results, the Bradley University GMAT institutional code is 1070. Information about GMAT may be obtained by contacting the Graduate School Office or by visiting www.mba.com.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be substituted for the GMAT exam. The GMAT exam (or GRE) may be waived if the applicant (1) has significant professional work experience and either an undergraduate degree in a business discipline from an AACSB accredited institution or an undergraduate degree in a non-business discipline from a regionally accredited institution (e.g. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools), (2) has earned a terminal degree in his/her profession (e.g. JD in law or a PhD in some field), or (3) the candidate has a master's degree in an analytically rigorous discipline (e.g. mathematics, engineering, etc.) with a master's GPA of at least 3.4 or better.
The decision on the waiver of the GMAT rests with the Academic Director of MBA and Executive MBA Programs. To request a waiver, the applicant must include a written request with the application materials. Requests of a GMAT waiver due to work experience must include a detailed description of managerial responsibilities associated with that experience and how they demonstrate the necessary analytical and critical thinking abilities to succeed in the MBA program.
Answers to essay questions must be complete with meaningful and well-developed answers to the questions on the goals of the applicant.
Since the evaluation includes analysis of work experience, a current resume is very helpful to the admissions committee.
6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
Applicable only to international students whose native language is not English. The test measures proficiency in oral and written English. The IELTS is an acceptable substitute for TOEFL.
The entire application package including GMAT score, undergraduate GPA, transcripts, letters of recommendation, experience, essay responses, and other materials are considered in an application review for student admission.
The final recommendation on admission rests with the Director of MBA and Executive MBA Programs with the advice of an admissions committee consisting of three Foster College graduate faculty members.