Distance MBA Program

How to Apply

We welcome your application to the Online Professional MBA program in the College of Business at Colorado State University. Our goal is to work closely with you to ensure that your application process is smooth and successful.


Applicants to the Online Professional MBA program generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:*
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience
  • Satisfactory GMAT or GRE scores or waiver**
  • International applicants: a TOEFL score of 565/227/86 or higher or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher

*While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.

**The average GMAT score of our students is 580. Test scores must be no more than five years old. You may request a waiver to the GMAT or GRE if you have eight or more years of full-time professional experience that show a progression in responsibility and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in accredited undergraduate work (3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits is acceptable), or have completed a graduate degree.

Complete the application process

The time required to complete the application process largely depends on your ability to gather your documentation. Completing your portion quickly will allow us to give you a decision sooner. The Graduate Admissions Office will update you periodically throughout the process, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions.

We accept applications for five start dates: August, October, January, March, and May. Please see application deadlines at top right. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit your application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.

  1. Submit CSU Graduate School Online Application

    Fill out the CSU Graduate School Application online.

    • Under "Select Program of Study," Business Administration MBA - Online Professional.
    • Under "Select Term of Study," choose fall, spring, or summer. Further in the application, select a session start of either "1st 8-week (August or January start)" or "2nd 8-week (October or March start)." Do not choose a session if you have selected the summer term of entry.
    • Pay the application fee via credit card ($60 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants).
    • Once completed, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days.
  2. Request official transcripts

    • Request original and official transcripts.

      Original and official transcripts must be received from each institution attended after high school, where any class was taken, even if transferred coursework is included on your final transcript or the coursework did not transfer to your graduating institution. Additionally, transcripts for post-graduate courses or degrees must be received. Institutions may send transcripts directly to the address below, via mail or email. If you already have sealed, official copies of your transcripts, you may mail those directly to us. (Student copies are not accepted.)

      International applicants: You must submit one set of official transcripts and a degree statement with a certified translation into English from each college or university attended, or notarized/certified copies if you can't get originals. Documents must show courses and final examinations taken, marks received for each year, and degree or diploma received. These must be mailed to us.

      Please send transcripts to:
      Rachel Stoll, Graduate Admissions Manager
      Colorado State University, College of Business
      1201 Campus Delivery
      Fort Collins, CO 80523-1201

      Once CSU has received a transcript from an outside university, your application dashboard will reflect the date the documents were received. It's up to you to ensure that transcripts are sent from every institution you attended.

  3. Create your eID

    Visit the eID website and follow the registration instructions on the page. You will need your CSU ID to create your eID.

  4. Log in to your application dashboard

    Log in to the application dashboard with your eID. You must have completed the previous steps in this process to log in. Note that it may take up to five business days for your application, CSU ID, and EID to be created in this system.

  5. Request professional recommendations

    • Request three recommendations via the application dashboard.

      Recommendations provide insight into your skills and expertise in the professional environment and areas where a graduate degree can help you improve. Three professional recommendations are required for admission.

      Note: Although you provided your recommenders’ information on your CSU Graduate School Application Form, it’s your responsibility to request your recommendations via the dashboard. Once you provide the recommender information, CSU will contact your recommenders and provide them with a link to a secure form they submit on your behalf.

  6. Upload your materials via the application dashboard

    • Statement of purpose/cover letter

      A statement of purpose is a one-page letter addressing 1) why you chose the Online Professional MBA program, 2) what you hope to do with the knowledge and skills learned, and 3) what value you and your background bring to the program.

    • Current résumé

      Describe the responsibilities of your professional experience and what you accomplished while in those positions; show the length of time for each position (including the month and year). International applicants, please provide the city, state and country for your employment and academic history.

    • Applicant Data Sheet

      Complete the College of Business Applicant Data Sheet form on the application dashboard.

    • Academic performance explanation (if GPA is below 3.0)

      If your cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA is below 3.0, submit a letter via the application dashboard explaining the circumstances relating to your past academic performance.

    • Submit GMAT/GRE or waiver petition form

      Take the GMAT or GRE and have scores sent directly to Colorado State University (school code 4075). The test must have been taken within the past five years. If you take the GMAT/GRE more than once, only the top score is taken into consideration. Or, if you qualify and want to petition for a GMAT or GRE waiver, complete and submit the waiver form on the application dashboard. See eligibility section for more info.

    • English language proficiency test (if needed)

      International applicants must complete the TOEFL or IELTS if the official language of your country is not English or if you did not earn your undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S.-accredited institution. Test scores must be mailed directly to Colorado State University (school code 4075) from the testing centers. Test scores must be no more than two years old. See eligibility section for more info.

Application Deadlines

For August start dates:
  • July 15
For October start dates:
  • September 1
For January start dates:
  • December 1
For March start dates:
  • February 1
For May start dates:
  • April 1

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