Graduate admissions

Are you 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.

The following degrees are offered at the graduate level:

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 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:

  • An 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
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA and 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.) program, 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
  • GMAT cannot be waived based on work experience. 

There is no need to request a GMAT/GRE waiver from the Graduate Programs Office. Once your application is reviewed and determined to have met one of the above criteria for test waiver consideration, the application will be pulled and reviewed for an admission decision. If the application is reviewed and an applicant is determined to need a GMAT/GRE for admission into the graduate program, a member of the Graduate Programs Office staff will provide feedback on the application indicating so. Feel free to 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.

Admission 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 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 into a graduate business program:

  1. Take the GMAT or GRE (if applicable) 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 begin or submit an application)
  3. Submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended 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 ( 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. Submit an updated resume detailing work experience within the last ten years (must include start and end dates for each position held.)

  5. Submit a Statement of Purpose outlining how the graduate program aligns with career goals. The statement should be no more than one page, double-spaced.

  6. Alternate graduate admissions/enrollment for current business undergraduate students include AGRADE and Senior Rule.

  7. 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