Wayne State University

Graduate admissions

You're ready to take the next step in your professional development. It's time to pursue the graduate business degree that will prepare you for future advancement and success.

Congratulations on your decision! Here's how to make it happen at the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Most prospective graduate business students will take the GMAT or GRE, although the Mike Ilitch School of Business does offer GMAT waivers to highly qualified applicants. 

To be considered for a GMAT or GRE waiver for admission into the master of business administration (M.B.A.) program, you must meet the minimum GPA requirement for graduate admission and one of the following criteria:

  • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) entrance exam
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an AACSB-accredited business program
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher from a regionally-accredited university in any major
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience that shows increased responsibility over that period

To be considered for a GMAT waiver for admission into the Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) or Master of Science in Taxation (M.S.T.) programs, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an AACSB-accredited business program
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher from a regionally-accredited university in any major

Please contact the Graduate Programs Office for more information on GMAT waivers or equivalency requirements.

If you've taken the GMAT more than once, we will use your highest GMAT score in the last five years when evaluating your application.

Admissions applications may be submitted in advance of taking one of these tests.

The GMAT and GRE are offered continually at testing centers throughout North America and at select international sites.

Admissions process

Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA for admission into a graduate program is 2.75. Be sure to check the Wayne State graduate admissions website to ensure you fulfill the university's admission requirements.

To apply for admission to a graduate business program:

  1. Take the GMAT or GRE and have your results sent to Wayne State University (school code 1898), or contact the Graduate Programs Office to confirm your qualification for a waiver.
  2. Complete an application for graduate admission (GMAT/GRE score is not required to submit application)
  3. Submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions by postal mail or courier to:

    Wayne State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    5057 Woodward Ave., Suite 6000
    Detroit, MI 48202

    Electronic transcripts will be accepted if they are delivered securely from the registrar of the issuing institution directly to the Wayne State University Office of Graduate Admissions (gradadmissions@wayne.edu). An electronic (secure, certified PDF) transcript is official as long as it is not altered. A printed copy of a PDF transcript is not official. Wayne State will not accept an attested or notarized copy of a transcript, a hand-delivered transcript or a transcript that reads "issued to student." 

  4. International students should also check the international student admissions page for additional admissions requirements.

Application deadlines

The admissions application and all other required documents are due by:

  • July 1 for fall semester admission
  • November 1 for winter semester admission
  • March 1 for spring/summer semester admission