Graduate Business FAQs

What additional requirements are there for international students? 
  • TOEFL score of at least 577 on the paper-based test (230 computer-based; 90 Internet-based) or a minimum of 6.5 on the International English Testing System (IELTS) score report
  • Certification of Funds Form along with statements or letter from bank
  • International Student Clearance Form for students who have attended a U.S. university
Is the GMAT required? 

Competitive verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) are required for all business graduate programs. A student may request a GMAT waiver through their admissions counselor for the following programs if they meet the outlined criteria:

  • M.S. in Finance
    •  Applicants who have passed any level of the CFA exam
    •  Applicants who submit sufficient evidence of:
      •  Three or more years of relevant professional work experience within the past five years
      •  A business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution
      •  A GPA of 3.0 or better in relevant coursework
  •  M.S. in Marketing applicants who submit sufficient evidence of:
    •  Three or more years of relevant professional work experience within the past five years
    •  A business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution
    •  A GPA of 3.0 or better in relevant coursework
  • Executive MBA applicants who submit sufficient evidence of the following:
    • Seven or more years of relevant professional work experience
    • A degree from an accredited institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or better in relevant coursework as deemed appropriate by the admissions committee
  • MBA full-time and part-time students who have completed master’s degrees at a regionally-accredited institution may petition to be waived from the GMAT requirement to the admission committee.

PLEASE NOTE: meeting the criteria listed above only qualifies a student to request a GMAT waiver. All GMAT waivers are reviewed on an individual basis and must be approved by a committee. Please contact your admissions counselor for more information.  

Where can more information about the GMAT be found? 
  • See www.gmac.com for more information, list of test centers, or to schedule a test date.
Where can application forms be found? 
  • Online applications are available by clicking Apply Now.
  • PDF applications can be downloaded from the UT website.
  • Paper applications can be requested from the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, (813) 258-7409 or utgrad@ut.edu.
What if admission requirements are not met? 
  • If GMAT is low and GPA is higher than requirement, there is a possibility for conditional acceptance. A formula is used to calculate an overall admissions score.
  • A student accepted conditionally must maintain a 3.0 GPA for first 8 credit hours. 
Is business experience required for admission into the program? 
  • For the full-time and part-time MBA programs, prior business experience is recommended but not required.
  • For the Executive MBA program, the applicant must have seven years of relevant professional work experience.
What are the application deadlines? 
  • Fall: June 1 for non-binding early action admission or July 15 for regular admission. After July 15, applications will be accepted based on space availability.
  • Spring: Nov. 1 for non-binding early action admission or Dec. 15 for regular admission. After Dec. 15, applications will be accepted based on space availability.

Decisions can be made on unofficial documents, but official ones must still be received by mail before classes begin. 

What are restrictions for non-degree seeking status? 
  • Students can take no more than 8 credit hours of 600-level graduate coursework as a non-degree seeker.
  • GMAT is not required for non-degree seeking status. With a qualifying GMAT score (at least 450), student can change to degree seeking status during the next semester. 
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate degree to enroll as non-degree seeking (GPA can be from overall OR last 60 credit hours).
What are requirements for earning a professional certificate? 
  • Successful completion of 12 credit hours required for degree concentration.
  • Student must satisfy other admission requirements. 
Are graduate assistantships available? 
  • Graduate assistantships are available to qualified, new full-time graduate business students.
  • Admitted students who meet the academic qualifications for a GA position will be invited to apply.
  • Positions are awarded on academic performance.
  • GA positions pay a $1,500 stipend each semester and tuition for a maximum of 36 total credit hours. Full-time students usually take 8-12 credit hours per semester. 
How many credit hours are required to be considered full-time? 
  • Students must take at least 8 credit hours in a semester for full-time status.
  • To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must enroll for a minimum of 4 credit hours per semester.
What are tuition and fees? 
  • For part-time and full-time graduate business students, the tuition is per credit hour
  • For Executive MBA students, the cost of the program includes tuition, fees, textbooks and meals. It is payable over two years in six equal installments.
  • A $40 service fee is assessed each semester.
How many credit hours are needed to graduate? 
  • For part-time and full-time MBA students, the total requirement for graduation ranges from 40 to 57 credit hours, depending on the applicant's educational background and prior coursework.
  • For the M.S. degree programs (Accounting, Finance and Marketing) the requirements for graduation ranges from 30 to 60, depending on the applicant's educational background and prior coursework.
  • For Executive MBA students, 48 credit hours are required for the degree.
  • Business undergraduate degrees from non-accredited schools will be reviewed for potential credits by the Graduate Business Programs Office. 
Can credits from another institution be transferred? 
  • Students must take a minimum of 75 percent of their required credits at UT in order to receive their degree. Between 9 and 12 credit hours can be transferred from another university.
  • The last 15 credit hours must be earned in residence at UT.
  • The University cannot guarantee any credits will be transferred. The Graduate Business Programs Office must review transcripts and syllabi from each course. 
  • Only credits earned with grades of "B" or better will be considered for transfer.
  • Only graduate-level credits from other AACSB-accredited institutions or EQUIS-accredited institutions will be evaluated for integrated core or elective transfer credit.
  • Graduate courses completed more than seven years ago will not be accepted in transfer.
What is the University's policy for employee reimbursement plans? 
  • Students with employers offering reimbursement should contact the University's Financial Aid Office.
  • For more information or to find required form, click here
What is the leadership coaching program? 
How do I register for my classes? 
  • Students can register online with SpartanWeb or in person. Registration requests cannot be accepted by phone.
  • Registration requires student name, ID number/social security number, class name, class section and course number. 
What is SpartanWeb? How can I log in? 
  • SpartanWeb is a website where enrolled students can check their class schedule, find course availability or register for classes.
  • The access ID is the student's ID number (located on ID card).
  • International students will be mailed an access code. Contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies for further assistance at (813) 258-7409.
What is Blackboard? 
  • Blackboard is a website where course information, grades and announcements are regularly posted