Admission Criteria

The BYU Marriott MBA program takes a holistic approach to admissions. The admissions committee balances objective and quantitative metrics (e.g. test scores, grades) with qualitative and subjective factors (e.g. work experience, statement of intent, interview).


The BYU Marriott School of Business continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and make adjustments as needed for students and applicants. BYU Marriott recognizes access to GMAT/GRE testing centers has been diminished due to regional health concerns. Therefore, candidates applying to the Full-Time and Executive MBA 2021 entering classes may request a waiver of standardized test requirements.

The BYU Marriott MBA program is committed to admitting the very best students and future leaders–those who strive for the personal and professional transformation that comes from BYU Marriott’s rigorous MBA program. We recognize standardized testing is just one piece of information in a much broader, holistic evaluation of each candidate. Please carefully consider your entire application portfolio before making your decision to apply for a GMAT waiver. Consider whether a test score may help supplement your professional and academic achievements.

Additional important points to consider before requesting a GMAT/GRE waiver:

  • Scholarships: Test scores are often a beneficial data point (but not required) for the Admission Committee when evaluating an admitted student for a scholarship.
  • Full Time Employment: Some employers use (or require) test scores during initial screenings, particularly in finance and consulting.

Applicants interested in a GMAT waiver should contact recruiting manager Jason Hall to discuss their application.

Admission Requirements

  • Excellent GMAT/GRE score – 679 average (20th–80th percentile: 640-710)
  • Strong undergraduate GPA – 3.5 average
  • Minimum two-year post-graduate work experience that demonstrates promotion and leadership trajectory.
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent.
  • University transcripts
  • Commitment to BYU Honor Code
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement
  • Essay (statement of purpose/letter of intent)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé

Note: averages are from previous year’s incoming class

International applicants must also submit a TOEFL English score and university transcripts must be translated into English.

Application Evaluation

Here are some insights into how the admissions committee will evaluate an applicant’s profile:

Evidence of career progression and leadership skills

This is assessed through several pieces of the application, including an applicant’s statement of intent, résumé, letters of recommendation, work experience, and an interview with a member of the admissions committee. Interviews are conducted by invitation only to applicants deemed competitive for admission. A minimum of two years of full-time, professional experience is also required.

Academic ability

Because the BYU Marriott MBA program is a competitive and challenging graduate business program, the admissions committee seeks to ensure that students are ready for the academic rigor of the required coursework. The following two factors are considered:

  • Standardized test scores: Applicants must take the GMAT (preferred) or GRE or apply for a waiver. The admissions committee pays close attention to the quantitative and verbal scores. The BYU Marriott MBA program does not consider the analytical writing or integrated reasoning sections in admissions decisions. The average GMAT score for the most recent incoming class was 679, with 40 percent of students scoring 700 or above. The highest GMAT score was 770. Students applying with a GRE score are expected to have competitive scores.
  • GPA: The admissions committee believes undergraduate GPA to be an important reflection of an applicant’s drive and capacity for rigorous personal development. Students from all areas of academic study are encouraged to submit an application and there are no course prerequisites to apply. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is a requirement for applicants.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Applicants must show evidence of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the United States of America or equivalent from a recognized international university.

International applicants who received a degree from outside the U.S. must submit all official transcripts, diplomas, and marksheets to the International Education Research Foundation for a credential evaluation and request a “detail report”. International applicants should plan on this process may taking up to four weeks to be completed. Applications requiring a credential evaluation will not be reviewed without a credential evaluation.

Commitment to live the BYU Honor Code

The BYU Marriott MBA program is committed to developing individuals who will be an influence for good in the world through service to their families, professions, and communities. All enrolled BYU students are required to sign and commit to live the BYU Honor Code while attending the university. While the university is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, membership in the Church is not required for admission to BYU. Applicants who are unfamiliar with the Church are encouraged to visit to learn more about BYU’s sponsoring institution.