MBA Admission

mba-admissionsAdmission Process & Deadlines

Providence College MBA Program seeks to enroll students who are ready for the academic rigor of graduate study, willing and able to meaningfully contribute to their courses, and prepared to experience working in industries that would encourage an interactive and vibrant learning community.

4 + 1 Applicants

PC juniors or seniors who are interested in the 4 + 1 program are encouraged to follow the posted application deadlines. Priority for admission into the Program will be given to complete applications submitted prior to the dates below. Applications are complete when an application, personal statement, resume, $55 application fee, final transcripts, (2) recommendation forms, and GMAT scores are received. Completed applications received after the deadlines are subject to the rolling admission guidelines and will be reviewed within four to six weeks of the last 4 + 1 decision deadline.

 4+1 Junior Summer 2018

Please note: students should apply for summer entry to obtain credit for their internship.

Term Admission Deadlines Decision Deadlines
Summer/Fall March 1, 2017 April 1, 2017

4+1 Senior Summer 2017

Please note: students should apply for summer entry  to obtain credit for their internship.

Term Admission Deadlines Decision Deadlines
Summer/Fall October 1 November 1
February 1 March 1

Accounting Cohort Applicants

The one-year MBA Accounting Cohort Program is designed for students with a background in accounting to complete an MBA degree in 13-14 months full-time; summer to summer. The program is designed to prepare students for the CPA and is focused on providing skills for accounting majors to be successful in future positions in management. Students in this program will take courses, together, in a cohort model. MBA courses will be designed to address the specific skills needed for accountants to be successful in the business community.

MBA Cohort Experience:  Students in this program will complete 12 graduate business courses; 8 core courses and 4 elective courses in 13-14 months as part of a cohorted group of students. The curriculum is designed to be taken as a group, where core classes are designed to encourage team-based learning. Students in this program take all of their core courses, and most of their electives together. The program begins with a summer internship, designed to help students use their work experience for class discussion with an internship experience, and then interweaves both core business courses and accounting electives throughout the program. Students will also engage in an interactive business project or case competition as part of the program.

This program is only available to full-time students who are currently an accounting major or have completed a business degree in accounting. All applications must be complete at the time of deadline. The MBA Accounting Cohort Program admits students only one-time per year. Please check your application status online. The MBA program office will review all applications after the deadlines listed. Please note that there are limited spaces available and we will only accept applications for the other MBA programs (4 + 1, FT, and PT) when spaces are filled. Students who are not admitted to the accounting cohort program may reapply to one of the other programs. Please note that accounting electives are for students in the accounting cohort or part-time accounting programs only.

Accounting Cohort Summer 2017

Please note: students should apply for summer entry to obtain credit for their internship.

Term Student Type Admission Deadlines Decision Deadlines
Summer All ACC Cohort Applicants October 1 November 1
February 1 March 1
PC ACC Cohort Junior Applicants March 1 April 1

Full-Time & Part-Time Applicants

Professionals or undergraduate students who are interested in the full-time or part-time MBA Program are encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid potential seat capacity or timing restrictions. PC MBA admission occurs on a rolling basis, and an admission review does not take place until the application is complete. The PC MBA Program will accept late applications on a space-available basis, however, spaces can close prior to deadlines. Please allow four to six weeks for an admission decision.


Term Admission Deadlines
Summer March 15
Fall May 1
Spring November 1


Term Admission Deadlines
Summer March 15
Fall July 1
Spring November 1

International Students

Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Test scores must be no more than two years old, and a minimum score of 577 (PBT) or 100 (iBT with a minimum of 20 in each sub-score) is needed for consideration. International applicants must have all of their documentation, including official transcripts and grades, translated into English according to U.S. standards. If your previous academic or undergraduate institution was not in the U.S., then you must submit a course-by-course academic International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) evaluation by the World Education Service (WES). For more information and documents for international students, please refer to the Application process and the Center for International Studies website.

International MBA Admission Deadlines

International applicants must apply by the admission deadlines posted.

Term Admission Deadlines
Summer January 1
Fall April 1
Spring September 1

MBA Application Process

Step One

Complete and submit the application online, and pay the application fee. The non-refundable $55.00 USD fee must be paid before the application can be processed. In preparation of submitting the application for admission, please have your resume ready for upload, and complete your personal essay.

Personal Statement: Your essay should address the following areas in 500 words or fewer:

  • Your reason for pursuing graduate study at Providence College.
  • Your academic background and work experience that qualifies you for the admittance to the MBA program and how this applies to your future plans or career goals.
  • Other information that may be of special interest or extenuating circumstances that you would like the program to know about your candidacy.

Step Two

Send to the MBA Office:

Official Transcripts: The MBA Program requires transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary educational institutions. This includes both complete and incomplete degrees/studies in the U.S. and non-U.S. institutions. If the official transcript(s) are not in English, the transcripts will need to be officially translated and evaluated. (Applicants may refer to the Center for International Studies wesbite.) All transcripts must be sent from the academic institution to the MBA Program Office in sealed envelopes.

Two Recommendations: Download and complete recommendation form and send it to two individuals who can speak to your ability to be successful in the MBA Program. Recommenders should send the recommendation form directly to the MBA Program. Instructions are listed on the form. Note: this form cannot be accepted unless signed by both the applicant and the recommender. The Program encourages applicants to select faculty members from their UG major or minor and/or employers.

GMAT Score Reports*: MBA applicants are required to take the GMAT exam. The Providence College MBA Program will waive the GMAT requirement for admission consideration if the applicant proves to the satisfaction of the MBA Program, at least one of the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree in a business major, from a business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.50.
  • An earned terminal graduate degree (PhD, MD, JD, etc.) from an accredited institution.
  • United States business licensure, e.g. CPA or CFA.
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, in any major, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and a minimum of five years of post-baccalaureate professional managerial work experience, including supervisory roles, with increased responsibility over that time period.
  • Completion of 6 semesters of full-time coursework (minimum of 90 credit hours) in a business major (accountancy, finance, management, and marketing) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 at Providence College.
  • Is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business honor society.

*Students who would like to request one of the GMAT waivers listed above should submit a GMAT Waiver Request form to NOTE: Applicants looking for a GMAT waiver should refrain from sending scores to the MBA Program Office. Any score received is automatically considered as part of student’s application. If a waiver is not accepted, the applicant must then see that scores are sent to Providence College.MBA applicants are responsible for ensuring that GMAT scores are released to the MBA program, within five years of taking the exam. The PC MBA code is 3406. The MBA program has no minimum GMAT score, however, we do review the overall score, as well as the sub-scores. The average GMAT score can be viewed on the class profile under Admissions. If an applicant takes the GMAT more than once, we will consider all scores submitted. An MBA applicant may request that an exception be made to substitute the GRE exam by submitting a GRE Substitution Request Form. These exceptions are made generally for students who have taken the GRE more than three years, but up to five years prior to the date of submitting an MBA application.

Application materials may be sent via email or mail:

Providence College
MBA Program, 115 Koffler Hall
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918

MBA 2015-16 Class Profile

The MBA Program seeks students with strong intellectual and interpersonal skills. We holistically review applications, focusing on academic achievement, professional development, career goals, and personal characteristics. We review applicant transcripts and GMAT sub-scores and take many factors into consideration. The Program has no minimum GPA or GMAT requirements. However, GPAs and GMAT scores are expected to be close to the average 2015-16 Class Profile listed below.

Criteria Average
GMAT 530
Undergraduate GPA 3.31

Check Application Status

MBA applicants are responsible for monitoring their application. Applicants can monitor their application status here. The MBA Program will email applicants once all application materials have been sent to the MBA Program and the application is complete. To protect the privacy of our applicants, we do not release the application status or decision via non-official email, phone, or fax. In addition, we do not discuss an applicant’s status with anyone except the applicant. 

 Admission Notifications

The MBA Program will only review completed applications. Once an application is complete, the MBA Program will send an email indicating that the application is being reviewed. After the application is reviewed, the MBA Office will send the applicant an email with an attached letter confirming the admission decision within approximately four to six weeks. Students typically receive one of the following admission decisions: Offer of admission, interview invitation, denial of admission, denial with an option to reapply, conditional admission, or waitlist offer.

Offer of Admission

If an applicant is admitted into the MBA Program, he or she will receive an acceptance letter and admission packet. The student will need to return his or her acceptance materials and enrollment fee to the MBA Program within 30 calendar days from the date of the acceptance letter, unless otherwise noted on the admission letter. If a student fails to send in his or her acceptance materials and enrollment fee to the program within the deadline, the applicant forfeits his or her spot in the MBA Program.

After the MBA Office has received the non-refundable enrollment fee and acceptance packet, the office will contact the student regarding a mandatory orientation session and information on course registration. Admitted students are required to attend an academic advising session and the new student orientation before beginning their first term. Failure to attend both the advising session and orientation may lead to MBA admission revocation and/or the placement of an academic hold on the student’s account.

Denial of Admission or Denial with an Option to Reapply

An applicant may receive a letter via email confirming that he or she has not been accepted into the MBA Program. An applicant may also receive a letter indicating a denial with an option to reapply. This letter is sent to students whose applications are competitive, with the exception of GPA, GMAT, or TOEFL. In this case, the Program will deny the student’s application, but will allow the student one calendar year to reapply once the student has increased his/her GPA, GMAT or TOEFL without paying an additional application fee or submitting the application materials again. The request is typically made to students with a lower GMAT score.

Waitlist Offer

Applicants who are waitlisted will receive a letter via email confirming waitlist status. This means that the student’s application is competitive for admission for that term, but that the Program may not have capacity to accept that student. The letter will ask the applicant to contact the MBA Office to confirm whether he or she would like to remain on the waitlist until an opening is available to begin the Program for that semester. A student can request to be evaluated for admission for the next term.

Conditional Admission

Very few students are considered for conditional admission. These applicants will receive an email confirming they are admitted contingent upon specific conditions, such as maintaining a minimum GPA their first semester. If the student fails to meet the conditions of their acceptance, a hold will be placed on their account, and they will be removed from the Program.

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