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MBA Admission Requirements

Get started earning your master’s degree at UMGC Asia by learning what you need to apply.


Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, American employees of the U.S. government, and their family members located in a contract country may enroll in undergraduate courses through University of Maryland Global Campus Asia if they meet admission requirements. U.S. military policy requires a valid identification privilege card issued by the military services. Card validation is required after completing the online application. In Japan, local citizens may take UMGC courses if deemed eligible by the Japanese government. All eligibility questions should be directed to the Asia MBA Program staff at the UMGC Asia Headquarters.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for graduate certificate and master's degree programs must submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited degree granting institution indicating successful completion of a bachelor's degree. UMGC Asia does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) for admission.

Application Procedures

Students must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an online application for admission.

  2. Pay the application fee ($50).

  3. Request an official transcript from the bachelor's degree granting institution, even if the student attended another institution in the University System of Maryland.

    If the bachelor's degree was awarded by University of Maryland Global Campus (Stateside, Asia, or Europe), the student does not need to request a UMGC transcript. If the student received a bachelor's degree from an institution outside of the United States, the transcript must be evaluated by an independent agency. The section on international applicants follows. UMGC Asia reserves the right to request additional transcripts.

Transcripts are required to be sent directly from the academic institution the student attended to UMGC at:

University of Maryland Global Campus
Attn: Graduate Admissions
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783

Addresses for most U.S. institutions of higher education may be obtained through reference materials generally available at education centers, libraries, or on the web through sites such as The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Transfer Credit

Specific information on graduate transfer credit.

International Applicants

To be considered for admission, international students must present:

  • Official documents indicating successful completion of the equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor's degree.

    Applicants educated in countries other than the United States must have their official transcripts evaluated by an independent evaluation service. The evaluation organization will send a copy of the evaluation both to the applicant and to the Graduate School of Management and Technology. UMGC accepts credit evaluations from any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-approved organization, including the World Education Services (WES). A list of NACES-approved agencies is available at

  • Proof of English Proficiency.

    Applicants who have not received a bachelor's degree from an English-speaking country must demonstrate English language proficiency to be eligible for admission (Complete list of countries recognized as English-speaking). The following are accepted as proof of English proficiency:

    • The Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum score of 79

    • The paper-based TOEFL with the Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 550 and a minimum score of 4 on the TWE; the TOEFL score recovery code for UMGC is 5804

    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—including both the academic writing and academic reading modules—with a minimum overall score of 6.5

    • The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency with a minimum grade of Pre-1

    • The Duolingo English Proficiency Test with a minimum score of 105

Please arrange to have official score reports sent directly from the testing agency to Student Academic Records. All scores (TOEFL, IELTS, EIKEN and Duolingo) must be no more than two years old.

Applicants can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting an official transcript indicating completion of at least 12 credits of graduate coursework with a grade of "B" or higher at an approved degree-granting university or college. All credit is subject to review before being accepted as evidence of English proficiency.

Applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree from one of the listed countries meet the English language requirement. See countries that qualify for this waiver.


Students may be admitted to only one institution in the University System of Maryland at any one time. Students may be admitted as either graduates or undergraduates, but may not hold both classifications simultaneously.

Students may be admitted to only one graduate program at a time. Application for admission to a second graduate program is not permitted until notification of resignation or completion has been presented for the first program. Students admitted to any other graduate program in the University System of Maryland must notify UMGC. Students retain active status for two years (six consecutive terms) even without being registered in the program. However, after two years without a completed graduate course students must submit a new online application.

Graduate Academic Advising

Upon application, each student's academic background is evaluated to determine eligibility for enrollment in a graduate program and whether previously taken graduate courses are applicable as transfer credit. The MBA Program's staff assist students to identify the best program of study and to chart their course for academic success.

Academic Advisement Report

Upon official admission, degree-seeking students will be able to view their degree progress report through MyUMGC which lists all course requirements for graduation including:

  • UMGC courses required for degree completion

  • Approved transfer courses, if applicable

Students must successfully complete all coursework stipulated on the degree progress report to be eligible for graduation.

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