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How to Apply to the One-Year MBA Program

Getting started with your application is easy and we're here to help. Below is a checklist that will walk you step by step through the process. If you have any questions along the way, please contact the One-Year MBA Admissions Team at 740-593-2053 or

Step 1: Online application and transcripts 

Start your application

The online graduate student application allows you to create a password-protected account so you can return to the application, enter information, and upload documents at your convenience.

  • Start your online application
  • The application fee is $50 for U.S citizens/permanent residents and $55 for international applicants
  • Select application type: Fall, Graduate Degree Application
  • Under "Program Selection," choose Campus-Based


Request an official transcript from all institutions of higher education you have attended and arrange for them to be sent to OHIO's Graduate College.

Electronic submission (preferred): Choose “Ohio University - Graduate Admissions” as the recipient and, if needed, input for the email address.

Mailing address (if electronic submission is not available):

Graduate College
1 Ohio University
Grosvenor Hall 102
Athens, OH 45701 USA

Transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must be official or registrar-certified and in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, if possible. Learn more about international transcripts

Step 2: Prepare deliverables 

Recommendation Letters

Arrange for three professional or academic references to submit letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should include the provider’s relationship to you and their complete address and contact information, including a clearly identifiable professional email address.

When prompted on the online application, request that your recommenders be contacted through the online application process for electronic submission of their recommendation letters. You’ll need to enter each individual’s name and email address.


Upload a current professional resume as an attachment to your online application in the supplemental materials section.

Professional Statement

Your professional statement should include your accomplishments, career goals, objectives, and the value of the MBA degree to achieving your career goals. Please also address any weaknesses in your application materials, such as a low GPA. 

Upload this document to your online application in the supplemental materials section. Please limit the length of your statement to no more than two double-spaced pages.


The GMAT/GRE is not required. 

Step 3: Interview and admissions decisions  


Admission to the One-Year MBA program is highly competitive and selective. Factors considered in the admission decision include strength of recommendation letters, fit, academic and career achievements, and finally a pre-admission interview. Once the application and all supporting documents are on file with the College of Business, selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are typically made within two weeks of the interview. A letter will be emailed to each applicant from the College of Business, followed by an official letter from the Graduate College. 

Ready to Apply?

When you're ready, you can start your application. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the One-Year MBA Admissions Team at 740-593-2053 or We're available to help Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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