Admission Requirements:
Master of Business Administration in International Trade

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An applicant who meets the following criteria is eligible for clear admission to a graduate degree program:

  • Has submitted all required documents.
  • Has been awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Student with a GPA lower than 3.0 but higher than a 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate School Required Documents

Official Transcripts

Official college transcripts are to be sent to the Graduate Studies office directly from all the institutions attended. If the applicant attended UTRGV at any time, those official transcripts will be handled by the Graduate Studies office; however, the applicant is responsible for requesting official transcripts to be sent directly from all other institution(s).

Important: Please request that your official transcripts be mailed directly to the address listed below. It is important that you include the office name and room number to ensure proper delivery.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Admission to the Program

Admission to the program is determined by the MBA Committee using all required admission documents, but a GMAT score of 400 and a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in the United States are the general minimum criteria for unconditional admission. A person with four (4) years of professional experience in a mid-level or higher business position or a GPA of 3.8 can ask that the GMAT be waived.

The following must be submitted for admission:

GMAT/GRE

GMAT with minimum score of 400 or GRE with minimum score of 146 Verbal and 146 Quantitative. GMAT and GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GMAT requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of one of the following:

  • Another graduate degree (master's or doctoral)
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.80 or higher on a 4 point scale
  • A waiver may be granted to those students who have more than four years of upper managerial experience in supervisory roles, control of budgets, and decision-making

Essay

These short answer questions are an opportunity to demonstrate your writing competency and communication skills. Your thoughtful responses will help us to get to know you, learn about your values and the experiences that have shaped your attitudes, behavior and aspirations, rather than what you have achieved professionally.

  1. At the UTRGV Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship, we place great importance in values, initiative and professionalism. Describe one example of how you have demonstrated these qualities.
  2. What are your career aspirations? How will your education at the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship help you achieve them?
  3. Describe an occasion when you built or developed a team.
  4. Describe an experience when you felt most effective as a leader.
  5. Describe a situation when you successfully reached a goal or completed a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating.

Instructions:

  • Use 12-point font, double spaced
  • Please stay within the limit of the words indicated: 250 words per essay maximum-One of the most valuable skills in business is to be able to communicate in a precise and concise manner.
  • Indicate which essay question you are answering at the beginning of each essay
  • Number all the pages
  • Upload all five essays as one document
  • Preview the uploaded document to ensure that the formatting is true to the original
  • Save a copy of your essay

Recommendation Letters

Provide two online recommendations from professors or supervisors

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English Proficiency Exam/Evaluation of Educational Records

  1. Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:
    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. View additional information
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). View additional information
  2. Additional requirements for international applicants:
    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. View additional information
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). View additional information
    • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. View additional information