Admission Criteria

Please carefully read the information below as you prepare to apply to the BYU Marriott EMBA program.

Admission criteria include:

  1. Commitment to the mission of BYU and its sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • The BYU Marriott Executive MBA program is committed to developing individuals who will make a difference for good in the world through their service to their families, to their professions, to their church, and to their communities. You do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but an understanding of and a commitment to support the Church’s mission is necessary.
  2. Evidence of management and leadership skills
    • The admissions committee is looking for applicants for their demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and make an impact in their organizations. A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience is required. The historical average has been twelve years.
  3. Academic ability
    • The GMAT is not required for the Executive MBA program. If you do already have a valid GMAT score in the 80% or higher, we encourage you to include it in your application.
    • Undergraduate GPA is required. The average GPA for admitted applicants is 3.47.
  4. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    • International applicants with an undergrad degree from outside the U.S. must provide a credential evaluation from IERF. Request a detailed report. Visit for more details.
  5. English proficiency.
    • Applicants with an undergrad degree from outside the U.S. whose first language is not English are required to submit official IELTS or TOEFL scores in order to be considered for admission. U.S. permanent residents are not exempt from the English proficiency requirement unless they have met the criteria above.
    • The minimum scores required are:
      • TOEFL Internet-based: 100
      • TOEFL Computer-based: 240
      • TOEFL Paper-based: 590
      • IELTS: overall band score of 7.0 (minimum band score of 6.0 in each module)
        • TOEFL Waiver Option: The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for international applicants who receive an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. university. The degree must not be older than 2 years at the time of enrollment to qualify for the exemption.

Also Note

  • Temporary work visa holders (e.g. H1B and L1) may participate in the BYU Executive MBA conditional on maintaining full-time employment with the sponsoring business. Attendance in class is required. Individuals who lose temporary work visa status (due to job loss or reaching the visa’s time limit) may have to return home; consequently, they will not be able to continue in the BYU Executive MBA program. 
  • Students who leave the program before completion do not receive tuition refunds. 
  • Individuals on student visas (e.g. F-1 and J-1) are eligible for the full-time MBA, but are not eligible for the Executive MBA.
  • Executive MBA students are not permitted to switch to the full-time program.