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 email

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.

Domestic Applicants: Download admission requirements

International Applicants: Download admission requirements

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 transcript(s):

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
Bradley University
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.


The Graduate Management Admission Test (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 Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be substituted for the GMAT exam.

4. Essays:

The following 2 essays are required for all applicants.  Answers to essay questions must be complete with meaningful and well-developed answers to the questions on the goals of the applicant.

  1. Explain achievements and work experience that you consider relevant to your interest in and capacity for graduate study. (500 words)

  2. State your career objectives and how the MBA program  will assist you in attaining these goals. (500 words)

5. Resume:

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 (minimum 79 iBT TOEFL or 6.5 academic IELTS).

Admissions Criteria

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 admission recommendation rests with the Associate Dean of Graduate & Executive Programs and the Director of the Executive MBA and MBA programs.