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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:When do students matriculate each year?

A: The Tulane MBA program begins in early August each year with a mandatory Orientation. Most international students are required to attend a preorientation designed to better prepare students for studies in a U. S. classroom.

Q:How long will it take to complete the Tulane MBA program?

A: The Tulane MBA is an intensive full-time, two year, 4 semester program, with new enrollments starting each fall.

Q:Does the Tulane MBA accept transfer students or transfer credits?

A: The Tulane MBA does not accept transfer students or transfer credits from any other institution.

Q:Can I start the part-time PMBA program first and then switch to the full-time MBA program?

A: No, once a student begins the PMBA program, they can never switch to the full-time MBA program.

Q:May I defer my admission to the following year?

A: The Freeman School does not defer admission decisions; however, we keep all application materials on file for two years. If you have previously applied to program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for information on reactivating your application. One exception to this rule applies to active U.S. military personnel.

Admissions Criteria

Q:What factors does the Admissions Committee consider when evaluating my application?

A: The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, which includes all required application materials (application form, essays, resume, academic background, recommendations, and test scores), to assess an applicant's motivation, maturity and ability to successfully complete a graduate business degree.

Q:How can I gauge my chances of being admitted to the Tulane MBA program?

A: It is impossible for the Admissions Committee to access your suitability to the MBA program without reviewing a complete application. Please refer to the Class Profile to compare your credentials with successful candidates to the program.

Q:Does the Admissions Committee require specific courses prerequisites?

A: The Tulane MBA does not require any specific course or major prerequisites. The Tulane MBA seeks candidates from a range of academic backgrounds from engineering to humanities.

Q:Does the Admissions Committee require post graduate work experience?

A: We do not require post graduate work experience for admission into the Tulane MBA program; however, the Admissions Committee has a strong preference for a minimum of two years of post-graduate work experience.

Application Process

Q:What are your application deadlines?

A: Please refer to our Application Calendar for current application deadlines.

Q:When should I apply to the Tulane MBA?

A: We encourage you to complete your application as early in the application cycle as possible. Often entering students are required to complete requirements during the summer before starting the MBA program. While we have seats available for each application deadline, fellowship funds are limited. Finally, the earlier you apply, the earlier you will have an admission decision giving you plenty of time to begin your transition to the Tulane MBA.

Q:What credentials should I submit to complete my application?

A: In order to complete an application for review, we require the following application materials:
  • Online application form
  • Current resume
  • Post-secondary transcript(s)
  • International students are required to submit evaluated transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score (international applicants only)
Our application process is entirely paperless and all required documents must be submitted electronically via the online application. We require official documents (transcripts and test scores) at the time enrollment is confirmed.

Test Scores/Transcripts

Q:Can I apply if I haven't taken the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS yet?

A: You may start the online application at any time; however, you will not be able to submit your application for review until you have provided all required application materials including test scores.

Q:If I take the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS more than once, will the Admissions Committee average the scores or take the highest one?

A: The Admissions Committee utilizes the highest total score for review. Please self-report your highest score information in the online application.

Q:Can I submit a GRE score instead of a GMAT score?

A: Yes, a test score from either the GMAT or GRE is a requirement to apply to the Tulane Full-time MBA program. The GMAT is considered the benchmark test for MBA programs.

Q:What is the GMAT reporting code for the Tulane MBA program?

A: The MBA GMAT reporting code is XVC-SG-32.

Q:Is there a minimum GPA or test score required for admission?

A: We do not have a minimum test score or GPA requirement. Please refer to the Class Profile to compare your competitiveness against successful applicants to the program.

Q:If my test score or GPA is below the average, should I still apply?

A: The Admission Committee reviews applications holistically. Therefore, a below average test score or GPA is not an automatic disqualification to apply. However, the ranges are useful indicators of admissible standards.

Q:My educational institute does not use a 4.0 GPA scale. How should I report my GPA in the online application?

A: You should report your cumulative GPA based on the GPA reporting scale of your institution. You do not need to convert your GPA to the 4.0 scale.


Q:Who should I choose to write my recommendation letters?

A: References should be limited to those people who can speak to your skills and abilities in an professional or academic setting. There is a preference for recommendations from people who can comment substantially on your professional experience.

Q:Can my recommenders submit their letters of recommendation once I have submitted my online application?

A: Yes, the recommenders can submit their recommendation letters either before or after your application has been submitted. However, your application will not be completed for review until both recommendation letters have been received. Recommendations are the only part of the application process that is not under applicants' direct control, so we advise applicants to request recommendations very early in the process.

Admissions Interview

Q:Are Admissions Interviews required?

A: MBA Admissions interviews are by invitation only. Not all applicants will be invited to interview.

Q:Must admissions interviews be done in person?

A: No. Because our MBA applicant pool is spread all over the globe it is not possible for us to interview all invited applicants in person. Most of our interviews are done by phone or Skype with a member of the admissions committee.

Q:Can I do my MBA Admissions Interview in person?

A: Yes, if you are invited for an interview and prefer to do the interview in person you are welcome to do so. The Admissions Committee does not have a preference for interviews done in person versus over the phone or by Skype. The choice of in person or phone interview is up to the applicant.

Q:What can I expect during the interview?

A: Applicants can expect to talk about themselves, their experiences and aspirations, their academic background, their leadership and group activities, and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Freeman School. The interview is also an opportunity for applicants to ask the school representative questions about the program.

International Applicants

Q: Are there additional requirements for International applicants?

A:*NEW* effective Fall 2015 applicants- International students will be required to submit evaluated transcripts using one of our approved evaluation companies listed below. Please indicate on your application which company you will be using. You will still be required to upload your transcripts as part of the application process.

We will accept evaluations completed by one of the following:

- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) - www.ece.org

- Educational Perspective- www.edperspective.org

- One Earth Evaluators- www.oneearthevaluations.org

Q: What evidence of English proficiency do you require?

A. We want you to be successful in the program and excellent English language skills are essential to your success. The Freeman School requires you to take either the TOEFL or IELTS. We prefer scores at or above the following: TOEFL - 610 (paper based), 253 (computer based), or 102 (internet based), or a 7.0     IELTS. Please apply even if you have a lower score. We will consider applicants with lower scores and will use additional evaluation tools, such as an interview, to determine proficiency.

Q:What are your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE waiver eligibility requirements?

A: International students who completed one years of study at in institution where English is the primary language of instruction are eligible for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver. Please denote your waiver eligibility in the international section of the online application.

Q:What is the TOEFL institution code for the Freeman School at Tulane?

A: The TOEFL institution code is 6832-02.

Q:Q: I have a three-year degree from an accredited university. Does this satisfy your educational eligibility requirements?

A: Please contact the Admissions Committee to determine if your three-year degree meets our education eligibility requirements.

Q:If I'm admitted to the Tulane MBA program, when will I receive my I20?

A: We do not provide an I20 until after a student has confirmed enrollment in the Tulane MBA. To confirm enrollment, a student must complete the commitment form, pay the $1,000 non-refundable commitment deposit, submit a complete Affidavit of Support form along with supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements), and a photocopy of your passport photo page.

Merit Based Awards and Financial Aid

Q:What are the tuition, fees and program costs?

A: Please see the Cost of Attendance budget.

Q:Do you offer fellowships in the MBA program?

A: All successful applicants to the MBA program are evaluated for merit-based fellowship awards at the time of admissions, and there is no separate fellowship application or interview process. If you are awarded a merit-based fellowship, you will receive notification of your award with your admission decision.

Q:What types of financial aid (student loans and work study) are available to students?

A: U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal need-based financial aid in the form of student loans and work study to cover all educational expenses (tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel and miscellaneous expenses) up to the cost of education. In order to be considered for federal financial aid as a graduate student (no parental data required), students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov and request that their information be sent to Tulane University.

Q:What types of financial aid are available to international students?

A: International students may apply for an Alternative Loan, however, a credit worthy cosigner who is either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is required.
Last Updated 2/4/15