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International Applicant Graduate Admissions Checklist

Applicants are more than their test scores and resumes – which is why we invite candidates to request an interview with our admission committee once they have submitted the application. If you think you have intangibles that don’t stand out on paper, let us know by requesting an in-person or Zoom interview by emailing us directly at mba@louisville.edu or calling 502-852-7257.

Not sure if you qualify for admission? Speak with one of our dedicated graduate recruitment managers today! Email us at mba@louisville.edu or reach us by telephone at 502-852-7257


Create application account

Visit the UofL MBA Landing page and choose the program for which you are applying.


Two letters of recommendation

Within the application, submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders. They will receive an email invitation on your behalf. Your recommenders will receive a series of prompts to support your acceptance into the program.


Professional resume

Within the application, upload your resume.


Personal statement

Within the application, attach a 1-2 page Word document describing your interest in the UofL program, why you selected UofL, your short and long term goals, and any additional information you feel is relevant.


Submit the application


Official college transcript(s)

Order an official college transcript from all colleges attended, including the degree-granting institution.

Mail transcripts to:
College of Business, Graduate Programs Office
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

E-Transcripts will be accepted from the institution only. They can be sent to:
msba@louisville.edu.


Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

GMAT optional: We are now offering GMAT optional admission. Please apply for a GMAT waiver request after you begin your application and we will waive the GMAT requirement.

The admissions application includes a field in which you can provide your GMAT test date and/or scores if you wish to do so, or if you plan on taking the GMAT at a later date. If you plan to take the GMAT, visit www.mba.com to schedule your exam date

If you intend on taking the exam notify the UofL MBA office. We encourage you to delay reporting your GMAT score until you have seen it and spoken to a recruiter.

Note: GRE scores are also accepted.


Academic records

A complete academic record includes all official transcripts of courses of study completed, degrees, and certificates earned at the secondary or collegiate level. If you studied outside of the United States, you are required to submit your academic records to a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) verified credential evaluation service for a course-by-course evaluation to determine that your degree is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree.

Only evaluation services credentialed by NACES will be accepted. Find a full list here.


English proficiency

All applicants for whom English is a second language need to show evidence of sufficient proficiency in the English language. We will accept the following:

  • TOEFL – Score of 79 or higher on the internet-based test required; scores must be 2 years old or less at the time of application.
  • IELTS – Score of 6.5 or higher on the computer-based test is required; scores must be 2 years old or less at the time of application. Duolingo: minimum score of 105 on the English test. Students must submit subscores. All tests must have been taken after 1 January 2020.

Note: International students who have earned a degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. are not required to complete the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo 105.

For students whose PRIMARY LANGUAGE is English AND whose degree was taught in English, the TOEFL/IELTS may be waived. Eligible countries include:

  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Botswana (if they studied at an English university)
  • Cameroon-Anglophone (if they studied at an English university)
  • Canada (excluding the Quebec Province)
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia (if they studied at an English university)
  • Ghana (if they studied at an English university
  • Granada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia (if they studied at an English university)
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria (if they studied at an English university)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Kingdom (Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland)
  • United States (Guam, Puerto Rico, or the Northern Mariana, if they studied at an English university)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Financial statement*

You will be asked to demonstrate that you have adequate financial resources to support your educational and living expenses for the duration of your studies in the U.S. Every applicant must submit appropriate official financial documents. If you are submitting proof of personal funds, please attach an original dated official bank letter verifying that you or your family has the total necessary funds on deposit. For government agency or employer financial support, please provide an original letter from the sponsor stating the amount and duration of the scholarship and validity for attendance at the University of Louisville. If you will have a U.S. sponsor, they should complete the Affidavit of Support I-134 form and provide the necessary documents. This can be obtained from the immigration website at www.uscis.gov. Submit proof of financials and copy of passport biographical page to the International Center to intcent@louisville.edu. If you receive a graduate research assistantship from the University of Louisville College of Business that covers your cost of study, you will not need to submit any additional financial documents.

*A financial statement will be required once an admission decision has been made.

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