Thank you for your interest in the Ole Miss MBA program. The application process is your opportunity to tell us who you are, why you seek admission to our program, and how you will succeed in our program.

Please note that the admissions requirements listed below are the minimum required for consideration for admission. Admission is competitive.

To Apply


To apply to the online MBA program, complete the University of Mississippi's Application for Graduate Admission and follow the instructions to submit all required materials. A $50 application fee is required.

Online Application


Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Please send transcripts directly to the University of Mississippi Graduate School, P.O. Box 1848, 54 Galtney-Lott Plaza, University, MS  38677-1848.


The GMAT or GRE is waived for students with an overall GPA of 3.5 (or higher) or a GPA of 3.5 (or higher) on the most recent 60 hours of coursework. We do not waive the test requirement for individuals who already possess a graduate degree, professional degree, or significant professional work experience. The GMAT or GRE is required for all students who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship

Candidates who do not qualify for a waiver must submit an official GMAT or GRE score that is no more than five years old. Candidates must have a 485 minimum on the GMAT or the equivalent GRE score of 302 (Total of the Verbal and Quantitative sections combined). While the Admission Committee considers the entire application, if your GMAT (or GRE equivalent) is below 485, we recommend retaking the exam in order to be competitive for admission.

Significant preparation, ideally two months of study, for either exam, is encouraged. Testing information can be found here: GMAT | GRE

Sending Scores
The University of Mississippi Institution Code for both the GMAT and GRE tests is 1840. The Department code for the GRE is 5199.  All test scores should be sent directly to the Graduate School at If you did not request that your score be sent to Ole Miss at the time of testing, please contact ETS to have your GRE score or GMAC to have your GMAT score sent to the Graduate School at


If you did not earn your undergraduate degree in the U.S., there is a minimum required English language proficiency exam score(s). (Citizens of countries on the exemption list and students who graduated from institutions in those countries are not required to submit scores.) 


Candidates must submit a current resume via the online application. We do not have a format preference.


A candidate must submit a Statement of Purpose with his or her name included via the online application. The Statement of Purpose is a short essay in which an applicant reflects on the contribution the MBA degree will make to his or her future success and the special characteristics that he or she brings to the MBA program.

The typed Statement of Purpose (about 400 words) should address the following questions:

  • Why have you chosen to pursue the MBA?
  • How will these studies help you attain your career goals?
  • Is there anything you wish us to know that is not reflected in the other application materials? 

* Please be sure that your name is included on your Statement of Purpose.

If you would like to inquire about the status of your application, please contact Mrs. Amy Johnson at

7. Prerequisite Coursework

Completion of two prerequisite undergraduate courses is required prior to enrolling in MBA courses: Principles of Accounting (UM ACCY 201 or ACCY 202) and Business Finance (UM FIN 331), or their equivalencies. Courses must be completed with a “C” or higher. 

It is possible that applicants have completed the above courses or their equivalencies in undergraduate coursework, particularly if a degree has been awarded in a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. To confirm that you meet the prerequisite course requirements, you may email a copy of your unofficial transcript to Amy Johnson at for further review. 

Admission decisions are not based on successful completion of these courses. However, admitted students are not permitted to enroll in MBA courses until the prerequisite courses have been completed with a grade of "C" or better. These courses can be completed as part of an undergraduate program or they can be taken at any accredited institution. Additionally, they are both now offered through the University’s Independent Study Office, also known as iStudy.

Application Deadlines

While the program is designed to begin in the summer or fall term, students may enter the program in any semester. However, if the candidate's goal is to complete the program in one year, it is unlikely that can be achieved if he or she enters the program in the spring.

To be considered for admission for one of the three possible entry points, all application materials must be received by the following deadlines:

  • Summer Admission (starting in May) - April 1
  • Fall Admission (starting in late August) - July 1
  • Spring Admission** (starting in mid-January) - November 1

** Please contact the Director of MBA Administration, Ashley McGee for more information about the timeline.

Admissions Decisions

Admitted candidates will receive an email of acceptance from the MBA Office. If a candidate is admitted to the program, he or she must respond to indicate whether or not he or she plans to join the program

The Ole Miss Graduate School also generates emails to accepted candidates based on the decision made by the department.

If your application is complete, but you wish to retake the GMAT or GRE before your file is reviewed and a decision is made, please notify Mrs. Amy Johnson at and indicate the new test date.  


A limited number of assistantships are available for outstanding MBA applicants. All admitted students are considered for assistantships based on undergraduate GPA and GMAT scores as well as other academic criteria. Assistantships offer a partial graduate tuition waiver (approximately 75 percent) for the fall and spring terms and a monetary stipend in exchange for approximately ten hours of work per week within the School of Business. Visit the tuition and fees page for more information.