FAQs

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

The Application

When is the application deadline?

For part-time students we admit on a rolling basis, which means that as your application is complete, we review you for admission.  We offer admissions for the summer, spring, and fall terms.  This offers our part-time students the best way to start their program when it’s right for them and when it fits their busy lives.  Ideally, we would like to have your application complete approximately one month prior to the start of a term but we do process applications as close to the start of a term as possible.  Of course, the earlier you have your application complete the better selection of courses you will have. 

Applications for full-time study will be reviewed after the deadline and applicants will be notified about the admission decision as soon after the deadline as is reasonable.  Full-time students will have one month from the receipt of the admission letter to accept admission into the GSM program.  We will review full-time applications after the deadline on a space available basis.  Full-time students may be put on a waitlist.  We will let waitlisted applicants know the final admission decision within 6 weeks of the receipt of their waitlist letter. 

Are there special deadlines for the Waukesha or Kohler Cohort Groups?

Yes. Because of the nature of the cohort, it is important for students to apply earlier than for the on-campus program. These programs begin only in the fall term and we suggest that you have your application in by July 15th.  While this is a suggested deadline, we do process applications as close to the term as possible.  Please keep in mind that these programs often fill to capacity and we cannot typically project when exactly that will occur.  Students will be put on a waitlist once the program fills. 

Are there deadlines for applications if you are applying for financial aid?

Students applying for Marquette financial aid, such as scholarship or graduate assistantships, have the following application deadlines

February 15th     For fall, file all materials by this date.
March 15th     For Summer Session, file all materials by this date.
October 1st     For Spring Semester, file all materials by this date.

These deadlines do not apply for students applying for federal financial aid (i.e., Stafford Loans).

For full-time students, we have the same deadlines as those for financial aid. 
February 15th     For fall, file all materials by this date.
March 15th     For Summer Session, file all materials by this date.
October 1st     For Spring Semester, file all materials by this date.

How can I access the application?

Complete the on-line application at www.marquette.edu/gsm by clicking the apply now link.  This will lead you to the Graduate School of Management application for all programs in business, including EMBA, accounting, human resources, and economics. 

Can I waive the application fee?

The application fee is waived if you were a former applicant, student or alumni of Marquette University.  It is also waived if you have a referral by an alum of a Marquette University GSM program.  You must note the person’s name and date of graduation for this option.  Applicants that attend an information session will also receive a waiver of the application fee.

What if I cannot complete the application at one time?

If you cannot complete the application in one sitting, you are able to save your information and log back in later with the username and password that you created.  Once all sections of the application are complete, click “submit.”

What if my name is different than what is on my transcripts?

If you have a previous or different name by which you were known at a previous institution, make sure you note that name in the appropriate place on the application.

I attended a number of institutions while completing my undergraduate degree, do I need to send  in all transcripts?

When listing the institutions that you have previously attended, please keep these things in mind: 1) you must list all institutions you have attended where you took courses for credit; if you audited a class, or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution. 2) If you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit, the admission committee does not get an accurate picture of your background and you may be required to take unnecessary prerequisites.

Do I have to wait to submit my application until I take my GMAT/GRE test and have my transcripts ready to be mailed?

No.  It's a good idea to submit your application as soon as you have finished  it.  If you supporting materials arrive in our office before your application we store them until your application is submitted. 

Where do I mail my application materials (i.e., transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.)?

Marquette University
Graduate School of Management
Straz Hall Executive Center, Suite 275
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881

For courier delivery only, use:

David Straz Hall
606 N. 13th Street
Suite 275
Milwaukee, WI  53233.

How can I find out the status of my application?

After submitting your complete online application, you will receive an e-mail from our Admission Coordinator, Debra Leutermann, generally within a few business days.  The email will explain what to expect over the course of the application process.  In brief, this is what will occur:

1)    Once we receive your application for admission, you will be assigned a Marquette Student ID number.  (This will be a 9-digit number).
2)    You will also receive a CheckMarq username and password from Information Technology Services (ITS) with your Student ID number. The CheckMarq system will allow you to check your application file status.
3)    If you misplace your username or password you will need to contact ITS at 414-288-7799.  You can also e-mail them a request at helpdesk@marquette.edu
4)    With these three pieces of information:  Your Marquette Student ID, your username and password, and the CheckMarq website, you can check your file status at anytime.

I have my username, password, student ID, and I am in the CheckMarq system; but, where do I look in CheckMarq to see my file status?

1.    Using your Marquette username and password, log on to the CheckMarq system:  http://checkmarq.mu.edu
2.    Click the “Student Center" link.
3.    On Student Center, look in the right margin for “To Do List”.
4.    Under the To Do List heading will be a link to “Details."  This is where any outstanding application requirements will be listed.  If there is nothing here, or if the Details link should disappear after having items listed, your application is complete, and all requirements have been received.

Once your file is complete, we normally need four to six weeks to make an admission decision and deliver that decision to you.  This timing can vary depending on the time of year.  The decision will come via U.S. postal mail. 

You are welcome to call our office at (414) 288-7145 if you have questions or concerns about your application Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST.

I have moved since submitting my application how do I change my mailing address?

Just e-mail our admission coordinator, Debra Leutermann at debra.leutermann@marquette.edu and give her your full name and student ID number.  She will change your address on the database.  You can also call our office at (414) 288-7145.

How will I know if I need to take any prerequisite courses for the program?

There are no prerequisite courses for the MBA program.  Students are required to have a four-year degree, but it can be in any major. 

There are five foundation courses as part of the MBA program.  The admission committee will review all of your transcripts and other items in your file to determine which foundation courses have been satisfied and which are required. All foundation requirements will be listed on your letter of admission.   

Prerequisites for the Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Applied Economics and the Master of Human Resources will be listed on your letter of admission.

What if I apply to the GSM and cannot start the program right away?

You have a 1 year time frame in which to start your program.  If you wish to defer your admission you may do so by contacting the Graduate School of Management Office.  If you do not start your program within one year, your file will be destroyed and you will need to re-apply.

I am a temporary student, how do I apply for degree status?

After taking the GMAT, contact our office with your test scores.  We will pull your temporary file and send it back to the admission committee for degree review. 

I have been admitted on probation.  What does that mean?

Probationary status means that your past academic performance was slightly below admission standards, yet there is other evidence of your potential for successful graduate study.  After completing your first nine credits of course work, you automatically will be transferred from probationary to regular degree status if you meet the following conditions:

1)    3.0 overall GPA or better in the first nine credits of graduate work. 
2)    No grade lower than a “BC”, and
3)    All credits must be taken at the graduate level.

Do I have to have work experience to apply and be admitted to the GSM?

Work experience is recommended but not required for the regular part-time MBA degree.  The average experience for students beginning the part-time program is 6-7 years.   It is only required for the Executive MBA program. 

I applied to the GSM two years ago.  Is my application still available or do I need to reapply?

If you were admitted and took classes you will need to be re-admitted to your program.  You should contact your advisor for specifics.  If you did not take classes after being admitted you will need to reapply and re-submit all materials for admission.  Files are only held for one year after the original admission date and if you took no further action, the documents were destroyed. 

What are the application requirements?

Admission Requirements:  3.0 minimum GPA, 580 total score on the GMAT with even distribution in the quant and verbal sections (no area under the 30%). 

On line application, $50 application fee, all transcripts and test scores. In addition international students are required to submit:  three letters of recommendation and TOEFL test scores.  International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the internet-based version (a minimum of 21 on each section)

Program specific requirements can be found on our website at www.marquette.edu/gsm.

Transcripts

What is considered an “official transcript”?

Official transcripts must be requested from your university directly. When the university mails an official transcript, it will be in a sealed envelope. When you receive your transcript, or when Marquette receives your transcripts, it must still be in the original sealed envelope for it to be considered “official” for your application file. Therefore, you may either have your university mail the official transcript to you so you can submit it to us (just don’t open it!), or they can send it directly to our offices. Official transcripts should be sent to:

Marquette University
Graduate School of Management
Straz Hall Executive Center, Suite 275
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Are official transcripts required for international applicants?

Yes, official transcripts are required for international applicants. We realize many international schools only issue one original copy of the transcript and degree. Therefore, we will not ask you for the original. But we do need: 1) an attested or notarized copy of the original transcript and degree in the native language and 2) a notarized translation of the transcript and degree.

Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of recommendation are required for my program?

For part-time students applying to the MBA program, Human Resources and the Accounting program, letters of recommendation are not required unless you are applying for financial aid (graduate assistantships) through the department.

The Executive MBA program requires two letters of recommendation. One should be from a current or recent supervisor, and the other from someone you feel can speak to your ability to excel in the program.

The Master of Applied Economics program requires three letters of recommendation from former professors.

Three letters of recommendation are required for all international students.

Should my letters be professional or academic?

The Economics program requires the letters of recommendation to address academic concerns. Letters of recommendation for financial aid or to strengthen your application can be professional, academic or a combination of both. You should pick people that can genuinely speak about why you are a good candidate for Marquette Graduate School of Management admission and your specific program.

Are there guidelines that my recommenders should follow when drafting my letters of recommendation?

There are no specific guidelines that need to be followed in how your recommenders should write the letter. It is basically a one-page letter detailing how the person knows you, the reasons why this person thinks you would be a good fit in the Marquette Graduate School of Managements program, and how (based on the experiences shared with you) they know you will be an asset to our highly-interactive graduate school classrooms.

How should I submit my letters of commendation?

Ideally you will have the recommenders complete the on-line letter of recommendation as part of the application process. However, you can have them send the letters to you in a sealed envelope with their signature across the back seal or directly to the GSM Office. Mailed letters should be sent to:

Marquette University
Graduate School of Management
Straz Hall Executive Center, Suite 275
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Essay Questions and Resume

Are the essay questions and resume required?

The essay questions portion of the application gives the admission committee the chance to see why you wish to join the program and what you hope to accomplish with the degree. Make note of any professional and/or community activities and any special awards and distinctions. We hope the essays will be well-written, but they are evaluated on the basis of the information within. 

Question four asks about any special circumstances and gives you the opportunity to speak about things that were not previously covered in the application or something you feel could use some explanation. This is your opportunity to share reasons behind a tough semester as an undergraduate, or a gap in your employment. This question is not a requirement, but gives you a chance to volunteer any information the admissions committee should consider.

Essay questions are optional for the Master of Science in Applied Economics.

How long should the essay responses be?

We are typically looking for a few paragraphs of reasonable length to answer each of the questions. Questions two and three may simply be a listing of accomplishments and activities rather than putting them into paragraph form.

The entire essay should be 1-2 pages.

Can I submit a statement of purpose and if so, are there guidelines you can give me?

A statement of purpose is not required. However, you may submit a statement of purpose if you feel it adds something not already covered in the essay questions. There are no specific guidelines as the personal statement is your opportunity to formally ‘introduce’ yourself to the admissions committee since there is no formal interview as part of the Graduate School of Management’s admission process (except for the Executive MBA Program). However, some topics that should be addressed are:

1) The program you are interested in pursuing.
2) Your reasons for seeking further education, especially at Marquette. How this program will help you to reach your educational, personal, and career goals through summarizing “where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to be”.
3) The reasons you feel you will be an asset, in the classroom. The Graduate School of Management’s classroom and learning environments are very interactive and you will be expected to participate in class discussions, case studies, and group work. Portray your characteristics or experiences that will enable you to contribute in this type of environment.
4) Any other information that you believe to be relevant in assessing your application.

Testing

Is the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or GRE required?

Yes, you may take either the GMAT or GRE for all Graduate School of Management Programs. The only waivers are for applicants that hold a PhD, MD, JD, or a MS degree in a quantitative field (i.e. engineering, finance etc.)

Is the GMAT required to be submitted before my application will be reviewed?

The GMAT is required as part of the degree application process. We will not review your application for degree status without GMAT scores on file. However, you can apply for temporary status, which gives you a one semester head start. Once you complete the GMAT you can reapply for degree status. You are encouraged to complete the on-line application process prior to completing the GMAT. We can then begin to build your file prior to the arrival of your GMAT scores.

What is the average GMAT score?

Our average GMAT score for the MBA program is a 580. We look for a balanced score between the verbal, quantitative and written section. Anything below the 30th percentile in any of the categories is problematic.

What is the minimum GMAT score?

While we do not have a strict minimum, a score under 500 is typically problematic. Additionally, any portion of the GMAT (verbal, quantitative or written) below the 30th percentile is problematic.

If I submit the unofficial printout score, will you use this to review my application?

We will accept the unofficial printout of scores that you receive at the end of the exam. We will use these, if necessary, to review your application since official scores may take 2 – 3 weeks to arrive. If you are admitted with unofficial scores, the decision will be contingent upon the Graduate School of Management receiving your official test scores.

What are some reliable websites that I can visit to gain more information about the GMAT?

www.mba.com and www.gmac.com

Do you have any advice for how to prepare for the GMAT?

There are different ways to prepare for the exam and you should allow adequate time to prepare. You can purchase books, or contact a test-prep company if you want to consider taking a review course or hiring a tutor. This is a personal decision, and you should choose to study for the exam in a way that is most productive for you.

Can the GMAT be waived?

The GMAT is only waived for those who already have a J.D., M.D. or Ph.D. or for individuals who have a MS degree in a quantitative field (i.e. engineering, finance etc.)

Are there any options for waiving the GRE/GMAT for Executive MBA students?
Executive MBA applicants may request a waiver if:

  • You have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution with a Quality Point Average (QPA) of 3.000 or higher and 5 or more years of progressive managerial work experience with some evidence of quantitative ability. (Evidence of quantitative ability would be proof of successful completion of college mathematics coursework or evidence of use of quantitative tools in your employment.)
  • You have 10 or more years of progressive managerial work experience with some evidence of quantitative ability.
  • The request for the waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement can accompany your application or can be made independently with an email to MBA@Marquette.edu.


Where can I test for my GRE/GMAT/TOEFL?

GMAT
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam is administered by Pearson Vue. Information about the exam and on-line scheduling can be found at gmat.com. The GMAT code for the Marquette University Graduate School of Management is: 1448.

GRE
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). For information about the GRE, contact the GRE website at www.gre.org The GRE code for the Graduate School of Management programs is: 5786.

TOEFL
Information about the TOEFL examination can be located online at www.toeflgoanywhere.org/
The Graduate School of Management code for the TOEFL is: Department 02 and Institution 1448.

What score do I need on the test of English as a second language (TOEFL)?

International students whose language of instruction for their bachelor’s degree education (or master’s, if applicable) was not English must take the TOEFL.

International students should have an adequate command of both written and spoken English, usually evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the Internet-based version (a minimum of 20 on each section).

Test scores may not be more than two years old. International students are strongly encouraged to include a copy of their TOEFL test scores in their application packets.

Do you accept photocopies of my test scores?

We encourage you to include photocopies of your test scores with your admission materials but you are still required to submit official scores directly from the testing agencies (e.g. GRE, GMAT, TOEFL). Any admission decisions made based on photocopies will be contingent upon receipt of official test scores.

I took the GMAT more than 5 years ago. Do I need to retake it?

Send us a copy of your scores first. The admission committee will determine if you need to retake the exam.

If I retake the GMAT, what happens with the scores? Do you take the best score or average them?

We don’t average the scores. We will look at all exams taken and evaluate them independently. We typically consider the best of each section across all retakes. Don’t retake the GMAT without first submitting the exam scores to us for review. We like to prevent students from retaking the exam unless absolutely necessary.

I took the GMAT previously but don’t have a copy of my scores. How can I get them?

You will need to contact the testing agency for your scores. Generally, it would be the Educational Testing Service for GRE test scores & TOEFL test scores, and PearsonVue for GMAT test scores. You can locate the contact information by visiting the web – gre.org; toefl.com; gmat.com.

I had my GMAT scores sent to Marquette previously. Do you still have them?

If you were admitted and took classes we will have copies of your scores. If you submitted test scores more than a year ago and did not apply or were denied admission we would no longer have them on file. Documents for applicants who do not begin classes are only held in our office for one year.

Financial Aid

How do I apply for merit-based financial aid?

You apply directly on your application when you apply for admission to the GSM. Simply answer the question that asks, “Are you applying for financial aid from the Graduate School?” Then check the box yes or no. Indicate the type of award you wish to be considered for. The choices are scholarship or assistantship. Assistantships are for full-time students only and require two letters of recommendation.

When should I apply for financial aid?

The financial aid deadlines are as follows: Feb 15 for academic year aid, November 15 for aid for spring only, and April 15 for aid in the summer. All of your admission documents must be here by those dates so we can review your file and (ideally) make the aid recommendation at the time of the admission decision. International applicants may be required to apply earlier to ensure enough time to process the I-20 request.

How will I find out if I have received financial aid through the department?

If the award has been made at the time of admission decision you will be notified in the body of your admission letter. If no decision has been made yet, your admission letter will tell you that the aid decisions are ongoing and you will be notified via the mail when awards have been made.

How do I find out about other forms of financial aid?

If you are interested in student loans, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (414) 288-7390 or on Marquette University’s website www.marquette.edu.

I am a current student. How do I apply for financial aid?

You need to complete the application on the Graduate School Website. http://www.marquette.edu/grad/forms_applyfinaid_admitted.shtml Please send an email to the GSM office at mba@marquette.edu to let us know that you have completed the application.

International Visa Questions

I am an international student and need an F-1 visa to study. What is the financial verification and how do I know how much my program will be?

You are required to show that you have the financial means to pay tuition and complete your course work here in the United States. After you are admitted you will receive a detailed letter containing the current advance deposit amounts and financial verification amounts. This will also detail the length of your program, which is determined by the number of prerequisites and other educational factors the department has indicated at the time of review.

When will I receive my I-20?

Federal law and university policy permit us to send the Federal Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) as soon as you complete an acceptable Financial Verification Form and send us an advance deposit of money. The first semester of health insurance will be deducted from this amount. You should plan to pay the balance of your tuition upon your arrival. All but $500 is refundable if you choose not to attend Marquette or you cannot get a visa.

How do I pay for my advance deposit?

You will need to send our office a check or money order made payable to Marquette University. This must be submitted with your financial verification paperwork and any other required documentation.

What happens if I pay my advance deposit and cannot get a visa?

All but $500 of your deposit will be refunded if you choose not to attend Marquette or you cannot get a visa.

I need my I-20 quickly so I get a visa appointment time. How do I get it in a timely manner?

You have the option of having the I-20 sent speed post, if you request it in writing, at the time you submit your financial verification documents. You will be billed for the “extra” shipping charge. This charge is non-refundable and will be deducted from your advance deposit. We will need a full address (no P.O. Box) and your phone number for all speed post deliveries.