Frequently Asked Questions

Evening MBA FAQ

Program and Academics

Our curriculum is innovative and is continually evolving to meet the needs of working professionals. The depth of discussion that takes place in our classrooms is one of the key reasons that our students can become decision makers and leaders in their field of interest. As an Emory MBA student, your network will include more than 19,000 alumni worldwide, an engaged faculty, and your talented classmates. Goizueta students have full access to all of the resources of Emory University and benefit from academic and career support tailored to working professionals.

Only in schedule. The Evening MBA experience provides students with a network of business colleagues, real-time application of knowledge learned in the classroom, and strong leadership development to advance their career to the next level-without career interruption. Goizueta Business School faculty members teach courses in Evening, Full-Time, and Executive MBA programs. The delivery format is adjusted for each program to meet the needs of its students. In determining which program is right for you, we encourage you to explore all MBA programs offered at Emory through class visits, admissions events, and an admissions consultation sessions.

Goizueta's Career Management Center for Working Professionals partners with Evening MBA students to build lifelong foundational skills for establishing and managing career objectives. To learn more about these services, visit our Career Management section.

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

Evening MBA students fulfill their International Study module by participating in one of several one-week study abroad options. Past destinations include Argentina, Brazil, China, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, South Africa, and the UAE.

The quality of an applicant's work experience is an important factor in the application review process. 100% of our students have full-time work experience following their undergraduate degree. Most students have at least 2 years of work experience; the average is 6-7 years.

The typical schedule includes two class meetings per week from 6:30-9:30pm. Classes are held Monday through Thursday during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Core courses are typically scheduled on Monday and Wednesday evenings. For additional information please view the Program Structure. All class meetings are held at the Goizueta Business School on Emory University's main campus.

The Evening program is designed to be flexible for the busy professional. Most people take 3 years to complete the program although one can finish in as little as 24 months or take up to six years to graduate. In addition to regularly scheduled core and elective courses, students can elect to participate in opportunities to accelerate their program. These include: Washington Campus, Directed Study elective, and our Accelerated Course Electives (ACE).

The first year curriculum is a series of core courses to provide a solid foundation in business. However, students can start to take electives as early as their second semester. Many concentration options for students to pursue. For more information and to see the list of concentrations view the Concentration Options.

A limited number of credit hours may be transferred to Emory's Evening MBA program. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 elective credit hours (i.e. up to four 3-credit-hour elective courses). These courses must have been completed within 5 years prior to enrollment at Goizueta as part of a graduate degree-seeking program from an AACSB accredited university or college. Credit hours earned as part of a completed graduate degree are not eligible for use as transfer credits. Core MBA courses cannot be transferred, only electives. Transfer credit is not part of the admissions process and requests for consideration of transfer credit will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of the Evening MBA program and the Evening MBA Program Faculty Committee after a student has been admitted and enrolled in the program. Final decisions on transfer credit are made exclusively by the Evening MBA Program Faculty Committee subject to the recommendation of the Associate Dean of the Evening MBA Program.

Waiver exams are available for most core courses. If waived, the core course will be replaced with an elective course.

Online Application

The Evening MBA enrolls once-per-year in August. All Application Round Deadlines are for fall enrollment.

There are no prerequisite courses to apply to the Evening MBA. If admitted, you will be notified of any required pre-enrollment foundation courses which are provided through Goizueta. Our goal is to ensure that all students are prepared to be successful in their courses.

For applicants whose native language is not English, we require the TOEFL exam or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). A TOEFL or PTE waiver will be granted when a candidate has:

  • Spent at least 3 years in the U.S. studying toward completion of an undergraduate degree, OR
  • Completed a graduate degree followed by at least 2 years of work in the U.S., OR
  • Received an undergraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND works in a country where the commerce is generally conducted in English. (Examples of such countries include: Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Ghana, Nigeria. and Uganda.)

No. You may have various components of the application sent directly to the Admissions office and we will store those items until you have submitted the complete application.

Yes, you may submit your application whenever you are ready. It will be reviewed in the first round following the date you submit.

A completed application means that we have received a completed application form, official GMAT or/and GRE score, TOEFL test score (if applicable), your essays, all transcripts, your recommendations, and that you have completed your interview. Evening MBA interviews are required and not based on invitation.

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 have a transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. This includes any study abroad programs attended.

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

No. Financial corporate sponsorship is not a factor in the admissions process.

Scheduling an Interview

Yes. Evening MBA application files are not considered complete until the candidate has completed an in-person interview. Evening MBA interviews are not based on invitation.

Schedule Your Interview

Interviews may be scheduled at any point in your application process. It may be helpful to interview early on as it is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and application. The interview is a required part of the application and not based on an invitation. You should plan well in advance of the round deadline in order to ensure that you can schedule your interview.

Letters of Recommendation

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 form, but they may submit a letter that addresses our questions as long as they also include the evaluation grid, which can be downloaded to hardcopy form. They must attach a business card to the letter and send it to us at our mailing address:

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

First, depending on the filters they may have on their email systems, they should look in their spam boxes. If it is not there, you will need to resend a request for recommendation. To do so, log into your application, navigate to the recommender section and select notify. If they do not receive the request, please email us.

Test Scores

  • GMAT: C3Q-71-90
  • GRE: 3984
  • TOEFL: 3984
  • EA: C3Q-71-19

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.

The Evening MBA program is test optional. For candidates who choose to submit a standardized test score, both the GMAT and GRE are accepted. The EA is also accepted for candidates with 5 or more years of work experience. While a GRE average score is not available, scores comparable to the posted GMAT average are expected. A score conversion tool is available on the ETS website. The GRE code for Goizueta Business School is 3984.

The Evening MBA program is test optional. The GMAT score is only one of the components we consider when making an admission decision. There is no minimum or cutoff score.

If you feel your score does not accurately reflect your capabilities, then you should consider retaking the GMAT. We do not average scores, we consider only the highest total score. Multiple test takings do not negatively impact how an application is reviewed.

After the Application

Specific decision notification dates are posted for each Application Round. Decisions will be emailed to the applicant and posted through our online application system.

You are welcome to email us a deposit deadline extension request with reasons and desired dates and we will do our best to accommodate your request. We understand that you may be considering other programs and that notifications may come at different times.