The UF MBA Program seeks highly-competitive candidates to become a part of our diverse UF MBA community—individuals who are committed to getting the most out of their MBA experience and to leaving a legacy for others to follow.
The UF MBA Program operates on a rolling admissions basis, and completed applications are considered as soon as they are received. Candidates are encouraged to apply online as early as possible. Admission is highly competitive and limited to the most qualified applicants. Prior to completing an application, all prospective candidates should make certain they meet the minimum academic requirements and have the necessary two years of professional work experience to be a competitive applicant.
When reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee searches for evidence of proven intellectual ability, managerial promise and community involvement. Strong interpersonal skills, communication ability, motivation, maturity, career focus and leadership potential are also important qualities in prospective students.
Successful applicants demonstrate high performance in the following areas:
Applicants must possess a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or its four-year international equivalent. In reviewing the academic record, the Admissions Committee considers the caliber of the institution attended, rigor of the curriculum, performance in quantitative courses and record of scholastic achievement. Official scores (within the last five years) from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) provide another important indicator of the candidate’s ability to succeed academically. Applicants who are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must meet the minimum standards set forth by the University of Florida’s Office of Graduate Admissions. In recent years, admitted Full-Time Programs candidates have averaged a 3.4 GPA and 675 GMAT.
Applicants are required to have at least two years of significant, full-time, post-baccalaureate work experience prior to enrollment. For all applicants, the Admissions Committee is interested in work-related responsibilities and accomplishments, career advancement and potential, managerial or international experience and future career goals.
UF MBA requires two recommendations to help evaluate prior performance within an organization, appropriateness of the MBA degree and potential for future business leadership. All applicants must use the recommendation forms provided by UF MBA. Recommenders can provide additional information in a letter that is accompanied by the UF MBA Letter of Recommendation form. Current and former supervisors provide the best recommendations, and the admissions committees have a strong preference for at least one such recommendation. Recommendations from others, such as friends, family members and professional acquaintances will not be considered. The admissions committees do appreciate recommendations from current UF MBA students or UF MBA alumni and a recommendation from this type of person can be in the form of an email to a member of the admissions team. UF MBA only accepts a maximum of three recommendations for each applicant.
The applicant's written essays and personal interview provide opportunities to convey one’s unique background, personality, and ability to add to the diversity of the UF MBA community. A selection of required and optional essays allows candidates to describe important attributes that are not apparent in other parts of the application. The essays are evaluated not only for content, but also for writing style and grammar.
Candidates may be asked to interview with a UF MBA admissions representative prior to the Admission Committee’s final decision. Interviews are by invitation only.
Full-Time MBA Programs
Associate Director of Admissions
352.273.1144 | Email (sarah.carlson at warrington.ufl.edu)
MBA for Professionals Programs
Associate Director of Admissions
352.273.1836 | Email (naz.erenguc at warrington.ufl.edu)
Assistant Director of Admissions
352.273.3219 | Email (christine.plumley at warrington.ufl.edu)
International candidates must have a college-level education that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. It is also critical that international candidates are proficient in written and spoken English.
International candidates who require a student visa should submit their applications early to ensure that there is sufficient time to file the necessary paperwork prior to the start of classes. The UF MBA website is the most up-to-date resource for application deadlines. Upon acceptance to the University and after verification of financial solvency, candidates will receive Form I-20 or IAP-66 for a student visa. Processing of the I-20 paperwork can often take 6-8 weeks and is not started until a candidate has been admitted by the University. Students should not leave their home country before obtaining a student visa or come to the U.S. with a B-2 tourist visa.
Non-U.S. citizens, who are not sponsored by a company, are required to obtain a visa to study in the United States. Most will require the F1 visa, although there may be a small number who require a different visa depending on their situation (spouses of current students, for example). Individuals already working in the U.S. on a H1B, who will continue to work, will not be required to obtain a student visa.