Application Timeline

  • One-Year Track (Full Time): Fall 2021 applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis
  • 18-month Track (Part/Full Time): Spring 2021 applications are currently being accepted
  • Two-Year Track (Part Time): applications are currently being accepted for a Fall 2021 start

One or Two-Year Track Application Deadlines:

  • April 15: Priority Deadline I
  • June 1: Priority Deadline II
  • After June 1: Rolling Admission

18-Month Track* Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2021: January 1

*The 18-Month Track is a combination of one (1) or two (2) 7-week courses at a time. In comparison, a full time load is two 7-week courses at a time and a part time load is one 7-week course at a time.

Application Requirements

  • Professional statement
  • Official college transcript from baccalaureate institution
  • Resume
  • 1 Professional recommendation letter
  • 1 Professional or academic recommendation letter

Professional Statement: 

The Houghton MBA prepares students for faithful, thoughtful, skillful leadership and includes several distinctive features. In 300-500 words, describe how the Houghton MBA will help you accomplish your personal or professional goals?

Admission Criteria

The Houghton MBA is ideally suited for those who meet all criteria stated below.  If you do not meet one or more criteria, our MBA Director will be glad to review optional pathways that may help you enter and successfully complete the Houghton MBA.  Connect with our MBA Director today to learn more:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA*
  • Sufficient writing skills, as demonstrated with the professional statement
  • Completion of each of the following prerequisite college level courses with a grade of B- or higher:**
    • Accounting (financial, managerial, or accounting and finance principles)
    • Economics (intro to economics, microeconomics or macroeconomics)
    • Management (principles or fundamentals)
    • Marketing (principles)
    • Statistics
  • 500+ hours professional work/internship experience.***
  • Two recommendation letters (academic and/or professional)

*For students who have not earned at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, the option to be considered for admission:

  • GMAT exam score of at least 500 plus a statement addressing each of the following:
    • An explanation of why grades were below Houghton College’s minimum expectations;
    • A description of your potential to be an influence for good;
    • A list (with a brief description and supporting evidence if possible) of the relevant experiences and/or activities that demonstrate ability to complete graduate work at Houghton College successfully
    • An outline of specific procedures and strategies that will be followed to successfully navigate and meet the rigorous requirements of graduate study.

**For students who have not completed or earned at least a B- in the above courses, options to be considered for admission include:

  • Submit an example of work experience that may be used as to waive no more than one or two relevant prerequisite courses.
  • Agree to complete prerequisite courses, before or concomitant with MBA coursework

***For students who have not completed 500+ hours of professional work/internship experience:

  • Listing and quantification of existing hours of professional work/internship experience
  • Written statement of future opportunities and timeline for completion of additional hours of professional work/internship experience