MBA Application Checklist

As you work on your GW School of Business application, you may be unsure of the right time to hit “submit.” It may be helpful to know that we will only review your application after we have received all application materials. If items are outstanding, our admissions team will work with you to make sure we receive all required materials before our admission committee reviews your application. For this initial review, unofficial documents are sufficient.

Online Application Requirements

To be considered complete, the following must be included in the online application:

1. Online Application:

Completed Online Application Form with $80 non-refundable application fee. In some circumstances, this application fee may be waived. View the complete list of waived applicants.

2. Current Resume:
Please list your entire work history including start and stop dates. You can upload the resume in the Employment History section of the online application form.

3. One (1) Letter of Recommendation:
A professional letter is strongly preferred. Your letter writer will be prompted via email to submit on your behalf.

4. One (1) Essay:
You may preview the essay questions prior to starting the application.

5. GMAT Score or GRE Score:

A GMAT/GRE score report is required as part of the application process for all MBA Programs at GW. Unofficial scores can be sent via email or uploaded in the “Other Higher Education” section on the education page of your application. However, upon request, a waiver for this requirement will be considered for applicants to our part-time MBA programs (Professional, Accelerated/Cohort, Online and Healthcare). Those part-time MBA applicants with over three years of relevant, professional, full-time work experience may apply for this waiver.

Evaluation of relevant experience is at the discretion of the admissions committee. Several factors are considered in the review of a waiver request, including the rigor of prior undergraduate and graduate coursework, academic performance, evidence of quantitative and analytical skills, prior work experience, current job responsibilities, and professional certifications.

To request a waiver, please provide a brief summary that outlines why you believe you are qualified for the test score waiver along with your resume and unofficial copies of academic transcripts. Please note that a GMAT/GRE waiver is NOT automatic and an approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program.

6. Transcripts:

Upload copies of your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, whether or not the program was completed or the credit appears as a transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your initial application. Upon admission, students will be required to submit official, sealed transcripts of all colleges and/or universities attended with proof of a bachelor’s degree. Please mail official transcripts to the mailing address at the bottom of this page.

International applicants should upload the English-language version of their transcripts or a copy of a credentialed evaluation. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please visit

7. Quantitative Aptitude   

Candidates without previous undergraduate or graduate quantitative course work, strong quantitative skills displayed on the GMAT or GRE test, or quantitative centered professional experience, may be asked to demonstrate their abilities by taking a class (such as calculus) at an accredited institution prior to beginning MBA coursework.

Information for International Applicants

Applicants who have not completed a degree in a country in which English is the principal language must submit one of the following: an official TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5, a PTE Academic Score of at least 53, or a Duolingo English Test (DTE) Score of at least 110. TOEFL code: 5246. TOEFL exemptions can be found here.

Contact Information

Please have official transcripts mailed to the Graduate Admissions office at the following address:

Graduate Admissions
The George Washington University School of Business
Duquès Hall, Suite 550
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20052


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