Admission Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • No prerequisite coursework is required, however students who enter the MBA program should:
    • Demonstrate strong writing and quantitative thinking skills.
    • Have prior education in economics and accounting. A student without this background may be challenged by some of the MBA courses and should discuss his or her situation with the program advisor to determine if preparatory courses are advisable. 

2. Application

Transcripts required: BA/BS transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with prerequisite coursework.

Request official transcripts for receipt on or before the application deadline.

Must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript service.

Email to

Mail to:
The College of St. Scholastica
Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Please order early — transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

  1. Complete the Online Application. (You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.)
  2. Prepare your essay. (Word or PDF. Please use 12-point font with 1-inch margins.)

    As part of your online application, you will be asked to upload a 500-word essay that addresses the questions below. It should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate your ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, graduate program. Revisions will be requested if these requirements are not met.

    • What life experiences lead you to pursue an MBA
    • What leadership skills have you demonstrated in your field?
    • In your own words, describe the attributes and skills you feel are important in leading a business or organization and why? 
    • What are your career goals and how will an MBA support those goals?
    • Why did you choose The College of St. Scholastica for your studies?
  3. Provide contact information. In your online application, you will be asked to enter contact information for two references (preferably from two different organizations) who have observed and evaluated your leadership abilities. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form.
  4. In the online application, upload a current resume listing all education and work experience.
  5. Upon receipt of your completed application and transcripts, your application will be sent to the program department for review and the admission decision.

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process  at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

Application Deadlines

Duluth/St. Paul

Fall: Aug. 15
Spring: Jan. 4

St. Cloud

Fall: Aug. 15

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Contact Us

St. Paul

Nu LyNu Ly
Admissions Counselor
(651) 403-8654

St. Cloud

Katie WayneKatie Wayne
Recruitment Counselor,
St. Cloud Campus
(877) 287-8740

Duluth/Grand Rapids/Online

Breanne TeplerBreanne Tepler
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8734