Frequently Asked Questions

Full-time MBA FAQ

Applications and Transcripts

An application is considered completed when we have received: a completed application form; official test score and TOEFL test score if applicable; your essays; all transcripts; and your recommendations. If you complete your interview during our open interview period, it will also include your interview.

Yes, we will accept scanned unofficial transcripts for evaluative purposes. Please upload all transcripts to the application with your essays and résumé. If you are admitted to the program you will be required to submit official transcripts with your enrollment deposit.

Yes, regardless of whether your credits from other institutions were accepted by the institution where you received your degree, we must receive a transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

Detailed instructions for checking the status of your application will be sent with confirmation that your application was received.

Yes, you may submit your application whenever you are ready. It will be reviewed in the first round following the date you submit. For example: If you submit on November 15, you have missed the Round 2 deadline and your application would be reviewed in Round 3.

Our application fee is $175. You may use the same application to apply to any of our programs. There is a $25 fee for each additional MBA program.

You will need to email us directly. Please forward a copy of your receipt with the date you submitted payment and the card holder's name. If you did not receive a receipt following online payment, please contact your credit card company and verify the charge. If the charge is not verified, please resubmit payment.

Email us directly, and let us know you would like to change your order of preference.

Recommendations

Yes. Your request to your recommenders can be sent prior to submitting your application. Once you log into your application, fill out the recommender section and then select "notify" for each recommender. Your recommender will be notified of your request via email. Please tell them to expect the email and to check their spam box if they do not see it within a day.

We prefer recommenders use our recommendation form, but they may submit a letter that addresses our questions as long as they also include the evaluation grid, which can be downloaded from the hardcopy form. They may scan their letter which should include their business card and email it to us or to our mailing address:

Emory University
Goizueta Business School
MBA Admissions
1300 Clifton Road, Suite W288
Atlanta, GA 30322

Depending on the filters they may have on their email systems, they should look in their spam boxes. If the request is not there, you should contact us via email.

Test Scores

Two-Year MBA

  • GMAT: C3Q-71-17
  • GRE: 3984
  • TOEFL: 3984

One-Year MBA

  • GMAT: C3Q-71-68
  • GRE: 3984
  • TOEFL: 3984

Please send us an email and request that we hold review of your application until we have your new scores. If we have not already rendered a decision we will hold your application. Your application will then be moved to the next round. Your application will be considered incomplete until we have your final test score. Once we receive your score your application will be reviewed in the next round.

Yes, we will accept the GRE. No prior approval is necessary.

No, we gladly accept both test scores. Please note some employers require GMAT scores in the recruiting process.

Generally, it takes 3 weeks for us to receive your scores electronically. In order for us to receive your scores you must have listed Emory University Goizueta Business School as a recipient. If you did not list Emory (you can check this by looking at your copy of your scores) please contact GMAC directly and add us to your list of authorized recipients.

Your GMAT score is only one of the components we consider when making an admission decision. There is no minimum requirement, however, in our Full-time MBA, the middle 80% scored between 570-740. If your scores are outside this range and you feel your application is otherwise strong, we encourage you to apply.

If you feel your score does not accurately reflect your capabilities then you should consider retaking the GMAT. We consider the highest total score.

If you have taken both the GMAT and the GRE you should submit all scores. We will take into consideration your highest score.

Candidates who take the GRE can use an online conversion scale to determine if their converted score falls within the GMAT range of 620-740.

We do not average scores. We consider only the highest total score. Multiple test takings do not negatively impact how an application is reviewed.

Interviews

All students who are admitted to our program have been interviewed. We offer in-person interviews for those who are local, but most often interview by a web-based tool similar to Skype.

Prior to the Round 1 application deadline, you may request an interview without submitting an application. After this date, all interviews are by invitation only after review of an application. You are encouraged to plan ahead when requesting an interview as spaces fill quickly.

Interviews are scheduled by request during the open interview period (August through the Round 1 deadline). After the Round 1 deadline, interviews are by invitation only after review of your completed application. Submit all required application materials in order to be considered.

We do not expect you to travel to Atlanta prior to or during the application process. If you are local, we may request an in-person interview, but otherwise, all of our interviews are conducted by a web-based tool similar to Skype.

These interviews are by invitation only after review of a completed application. We highly encourage applicants in this region to apply by Round 2 to be considered for an invitation to interview.

No, we view all interview evaluations equally. The interview gives the committee an opportunity to get to know you better and may serve to answer some questions that were not addressed in your application file. We find that web interviews simulate the in-person interview.

Generally, a member of the Admissions Committee conducts the interviews.

You should plan to spend 30 minutes with your interviewer. Please leave sufficient time to arrive at the interview location at least 20 minutes prior to your interview.

Please have a copy of your most recent résumé available. If your current position or responsibilities have changed since you submitted your application, please take a moment to email us the latest version of your résumé.

All applicants have the opportunity to request and schedule an interview prior to the Round 1 application deadline. If an applicant does not interview prior to this date, the application is reviewed without an interview. An invitation to interview may be extended following review of a completed application. Deny and waitlist decisions may be issued without an interview.

Decisions

All applications are reviewed during the round in which the application is determined to be complete (submitted and all required materials received). Decisions are released online on the notification date corresponding to each round.

Candidates who are waitlisted in one round will be moved to the next round and the application will be reassessed. You may check your status online on the next decision notification date. If your waitlist status did not change, it means that you have remained on the waitlist and your file will be reassessed in the next round.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Yes, loans are available and students may borrow up to the budgeted cost of attendance minus any scholarship. Loans include the Federal Stafford Loan, Graduate Plus Loan, Private Loans, and the International Student Loan. The International Student Loan does NOT require a U.S. co-signer.

All scholarships are merit-based and are determined based on the strength of the application. The Admissions Committee looks at academics, work experience, and demonstrated leadership in undergraduate and post graduate extracurricular activities.

No, our scholarships are all merit-based. All students may apply for financial aid loans to borrow funds up to the budgeted cost of attendance minus any scholarship received.

Named scholarships have been donated by alumni, a company, or an organization. These scholarships range in amounts. Our most prestigious award, the Woodruff Fellowship, offers full tuition and a $10,000 stipend. Named scholarships may be noted on resumes and recipients are held to the highest standards.

There is no application for scholarships. All admitted candidates who submitted a completed MBA application, including all recommendations, test scores, transcripts, and essays by Round 3 are automatically considered for merit-based scholarship. We announce merit scholarship awards when we communicate our admission decision.

No, our scholarship notification coincides with the admission decision. Our program is highly competitive and not everyone is awarded scholarship. If your admission decision does not mention scholarship it means that you were not awarded a scholarship.

We encourage all applicants to submit complete applications by the Round 3 deadline. Scholarship funds are limited and may not be available to those that do not meet the Round 3 deadline.

We notify scholarship recipients when we communicate our admission decision.

Round 3 is our scholarship deadline. You will be considered for scholarship only if every other piece of your application has been received. Please note that the request to your recommenders is sent when you select "notify." It is highly unlikely that if you wait until the application deadline to notify recommenders that they will submit their recommendation that same day. Therefore, if you want to be considered for scholarship you should leave plenty of time to get all pieces of your application to us before the deadline.

General Questions

Goizueta welcomes applicants with undergraduate degrees from all majors. We look for students with diverse educational backgrounds and diverse work experience.

We will consider applicants who hold this type of degree. However, given the highly competitive nature of our applicant pool, applicants with significant work experience or additional education beyond the three-year degree are viewed as more competitive.

We require applicants to secure at least two years of post-undergraduate work experience prior to pursuing an MBA. Most of our students have between 3-6 years of work experience. Substantive work experience means you will be able to contribute more to classroom discussions and will have more focus with regard to personal and professional goals.

No, we do not accept transfer credits.

If you have earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the United States, you are not eligible to enroll in a Goizueta Business School MBA. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a rare case-by-case basis if the degree is considered not comparable to the academic and experiential content of Goizueta Business School's MBA.

If you are re-applying within two years of your original application, you are required to submit:

  • Online application
  • An updated résumé
  • Re-applicant essays
  • New or updated recommendation
  • $150 re-application fee

It is not necessary for re-applicants who have completed an interview within the last year to interview again, but we strongly encourage you to do so. If more than two years have passed since your last application, you must complete all parts of the admission application.

Academics and Program Logistics

The One-Year MBA begins in early May and the Two-Year MBA program begins in late July. Each program commences with a mandatory two-week-long onboarding program and team-building exercises. Domestic students should plan to arrive in the area at least one week prior to orientation. International students also attend a week-long, mandatory International Student Orientation, which precedes the general MBA onboarding and provides an important foundation for all international students. This program introduces students to expectations of professors and fellow students, and provides networking opportunities with current students, alumni, and faculty. International students should plan to arrive and settle in Atlanta by early July for the Two-Year Program.

Our program is very intense in the initial semesters. One-Year MBA students should not make any travel or employment plans for the summer they begin classes. Two-Year MBA students are not able to work or travel during their first semester. Subsequent semesters do allow for more flexibility to accommodate flexible part-time work and travel.

Yes. We provide the option to waive out of core courses. We recommend that students with functional or academic expertise who wish to waive out of a core course take the waiver exam associated with their functional area. Waiver requests should be directed to the Program Office.

Students who successfully waive out of core courses may take elective courses in their place.

Emory offers graduate professional housing in venues on the edges of campus targeted to student's needs and desires. Emory provides shuttles to these units. In addition, the Emory area offers a wide variety of attractive and affordable housing options including apartment complexes and rental homes. Admitted students receive more information on housing following admission to the program.

Our partner's club is quite active. All partners and family are encouraged to participate at events throughout the program.

Due to the short time frame of the One-Year MBA, students are not able to participate in a study abroad program. However, there is still an opportunity to travel abroad to explore the business and cultural environment of another country through program trips in August and our Mid-Semester Module in the spring semester.

Two-Year MBA students have the opportunity to study abroad during their time at Goizueta. We have over 20 direct relationships with schools in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Goizueta is also a member of the Partnership in International Management, an organization with over 35 member schools that arranges exchange opportunities. Students have completed a semester at schools in countries such as Austria, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the Netherlands. Typically, 15 or more international exchange students join the MBA class each year.