The Richmond MBA's student body is comprised of high-potential individuals from leading employers in central Virginia. Our program is designed for working professionals who benefit from being able to take what they learn during evening courses and apply it to their professional career the following day.
There are two application deadlines determined by when students wish to begin the program:
(1) Applicants who wish to begin classes in August 2016 must submit a completed application packet by June 3, 2016.
(2) Applicants who wish to begin classes in January 2017 must submit a completed application packet by November 14, 2016.
Please note: Those admitted in either January or August will attend the Opening Residency scheduled in August of that calendar year.
MBA classes are offered in the evenings (Monday - Thursday), 6:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. for half-semester classes and 6:15 p.m. - 8:55 p.m. for full-semester classes during the spring and fall. Summer classes are typically held on a Monday/Thursday schedule.
Because The Richmond MBA is designed for working professionals, all applicants are expected to have at least two years of professional work experience after completion of their bachelor’s degree before applying.
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet current standards for undergraduate grade point average (GPA). In recent years, the average GPA for incoming students has been approximately 3.3. Official transcripts of all college and university work attempted from each college and university attended are required.
An applicant whose prior experience in higher education includes work taken at a non-United States college or university may be required to have the academic record evaluated by an independent credentials evaluation service. In addition, non-United States citizens are required to submit additional documents to meet Immigration and Naturalization Service requests. Such students should contact the director at least six months prior to the application deadline to determine if a transcript evaluation will be required and/or what additional documents must be submitted.
Transcripts must be sent directly from the undergraduate institution to the MBA office.
Each applicant must submit an official score report for either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE. The score must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Information on the GMAT may be obtained from www.mba.com and information on the GRE may be obtained from www.ets.org/gre. In recent years, the average GMAT score for incoming students has been approximately 605. For those interested, GMAT test preparation classes are offered at the Robins School through Executive Education.
In a few exceptional cases, a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement may be granted to candidates who have significant work experience. To request a waiver before applying, please contact MBA Director Randy Raggio at email@example.com.
We will consider several factors in reviewing each request for a waiver. These factors include an applicant’s work experience and current job responsibilities, previous academic coursework, especially at the graduate level, and professional certifications.
A current resume is required and should be submitted with the application.
A non-refundable $50 application fee is required upon submission of your application and can be sent to the MBA office.
Recommendation letters are not required but may be submitted for review with other application materials.
All prospective students are encouraged to visit The Richmond MBA office for a one-on-one conversation about pursuing your degree. While we do not require an in-office interview, we recommend an appointment to discuss the program.
The Richmond MBA hosts monthly information sessions during which you will learn more about our program, meet other prospective students and schedule a class visit for a first-hand experience. Register for our next information session.