MBA Admission Instructions

MBA applications are accepted throughout the year with admissions decisions made shortly after the receipt of a completed admissions package.  Upon approval, students may start the MBA program Fall or Spring semester, however, completed packages must be received at least 45 days prior to the start of the first semester.  Completed applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following semester.

Students interested in the 3+2 program can visit for more information. 

Admissions Checklist

  1.  Application
    • Create a CMUconnect account and submit the graduate student application.
    • $50 Application Fee is required to complete the application.
    • Application deadlines: 
      • July 1, 2020 for a Fall 2020 start
      • December 11, 2020 for a Spring 2021 start
  2. Request official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities.
    • Possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better from the most recent 60 credit hours of course work earned towards a bachelor degree and a GPA of 3.0 or better from prior graduate work.
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly from the college or university to Nichelle Chandler, Graduate Coordinator, 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501, or            *Due to COVID-19, electronic official transcripts are preferred and unofficial transcripts will be accepted via email ( At this time, anticipate a delay in processing hard copies. 
  3.  Submit remaining supplemental items through CMUconnect.
    1.  GRE Test Scores
      • Register at to schedule an appointment for the GRE.
      • All applicants are required to take the GRE. Waivers are reserved for rare exceptions, specifically where applicants have substantial managerial experience or have already completed a Master's program. MBA application packets are considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed, until the GRE is complete or a waiver is granted. For this reason, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the GRE or to apply for the waiver far in advance of the application deadline.  Submit this form to apply for the GRE waiver.
    2.  Two Letters of Recommendation
      • Two recommendations: one professional and one academic.
      • A recommendation form, not a formal letter, is required. The form is available through CMUconnect.
    3.  Personal Essay
      • 750 word essay: indicating reasons for seeking a Master of Business Administration degree including professional and/or career goals and pertinent past work experience.  The minimum length is 750 words, submitted as MS Word document with 1” margins, 12 pt. font and a cover page which includes the name of applicant and date.

Leveling Courses 

Leveling Courses provide a foundation for success in the MBA program.  Applicants who enter the program with an undergraduate degree in business come prepared with business knowledge from these courses.  Non-business majors are encouraged, but not required, to prepare for their MBA experience by taking the following courses.  While each of these courses is offered by CMU, additional delivery methods are available, including online instruction.

  • Leveling Courses
    • ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
    • CISB 101 Business Information Technology - Computer Literacy
    • FINA 301 Managerial Finance
    • MANG 201 Principles of Management
    • MARK 231 Principles of Marketing
    • CISB 241 Introduction to Business Analysis or STAT 241 Probability and Statistics - Statistical Literacy
  • Leveling Course Options

International Student Information

Admission to the MBA program is open to anyone holding the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, in any field of study, from an accredited institution.

Contact: Annie Gingerich, Admissions, Associate Director of International Programs and Services,, 970.248.1802 or learn more about international admissions.

Post-Acceptance Instructions

Welcome to the CMU MBA Program! Our program provides students with the flexibility to complete their degree in 2 or 3 years. If you would like to complete the MBA in 2 years (4 semesters) you need to complete 3 courses (9 credits) a semester. If you would like to complete the MBA in 3 years (6 semesters) you need to complete 2 courses (6 credits) a semester.

In addition to the “Suggested Course Plan,” review the “3-Year Course Planning Guide” as well. These resources will provide you with a course sequencing guide. Generally speaking, we want you to complete the XXXX-500 classes prior to starting the next level of courses. 

You can learn more about actually registering for courses HERE and we have an entire team of people waiting to help should you need assistance with other aspects of getting started at CMU via Integrated Resources for Students (IRIS.)  After you learn how to navigate MavZone to register for classes you’ll also need to learn our Learning Management System (LMS) Desire2Learn (D2L) via our Distance Education webpage.  Be sure to have all of your required course materials prior to the start of class which can be found at the CMU Bookstore.  Course start dates can be found HERE.

Contact: Dr. Kyle Stone, MBA Coordinator,, 970.248.1969 or Annie Shoberg, MBA Liason,, 970.248.1778