Application Requirements


Work Experience

Experience is important to the dynamic of Manderson’s learning environment. Typically more than 60% of each entering class has significant prior work experience. The program also has a niche group of approximately 40% high achieving students with little or no prior work experience. No matter your prior work experience, Manderson gives you experience for the future.


Online Application

The online Graduate Application Center is found hereIf you are a first-time user of the online graduate application system, you will have to create an account. Be sure to keep track of this information, as you will need it during your application. Once logged in, be sure to select the appropriate type of application. All applicants to the program must use the general graduate application. 


Statement of Purpose/Intent Essay

You have the option to electronically submit your essay after finishing your online application. This is the most efficient means of submitting your essay. Statements of purpose turned in digitally must be submitted at the graduate application center. If you wish to mail a hard copy, you can send it to the Graduate School application office here: 

The University of Alabama Graduate School
Box 870118
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


Official GMAT or GRE Scores

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is preferred, but most Manderson programs will accept either the GMAT or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants should take either exam and request that scores be submitted electronically to The University of Alabama, which may be done immediately following the completion of the exam. We accept only official score reports from ETS or Pearson VUE that are less than five years old. Official scores must be received before we can evaluate your application.


Official Undergraduate Transcripts

The Graduate School office requires an official transcript from each undergraduate institution that you have attended. Even if you were/are a UA undergraduate, you still must submit an official transcript before your file can be reviewed. The registrar should sign across the seal on the back of each transcript envelope. The registrar may return the sealed transcripts to you for you to submit with the rest of your application materials, or they may send them directly to the Graduate School office. Send your transcripts to the Graduate School office location:

The University of Alabama Graduate School
Box 870118
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


Explanation of Fees

A fee of $250.00 will be imposed on each graduate course taken. A business school technology fee is assessed at the rate of $11 per credit hour. Other fees (parking, student health services, housing, etc.) are not included in this estimate.

Students enrolled in the Enterprise Consulting concentration are required to register for a class offered in the interim term (the three-week period between spring semester and the summer internship). Visit enrollment at The University of Alabama to find updated tuition rates for the interim term.

Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 9–15 hours per regular semester. An overload fee is assessed for each credit hour in excess of the full-time tuition schedule.

Application Deadlines and Key Dates

The Manderson MBA Program has rolling admissions.  This means we fill our class - and award financial assistance - as applications are received.  All prospective students are considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships based on merit, with preference given to earlier applicants.

Manderson MBA Deadlines are as follows:

October / March annually
Manderson Open House

January 5th
1st Priority Deadline

February 15th
2nd Priority Deadline

April 15th
Regular Deadline

July 1st
Transfer / Special Deadline

The Specialized Master's requires International Students to submit their applications by April 15.  Admission for Specialize Master's will proceed until all spaces are filled.

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