Important Dates

To help you stay on track for your preferred start term, please refer to this academic calendar for each term’s course start date. Our application deadlines are rolling, so please speak with an enrollment advisor for more detail.
Fall 1 2018 Fall 2 2018 Fall 3 2018
Start Date August 20, 2018 October 1, 2018 November 5, 2018
Spring 1 2019 Spring 2 2019 Spring 3 2019
Start Date January 7, 2019 February 18, 2019 March 25, 2019
Summer 1 2019 Summer 2 2019 Summer 3 2019
Start Date May 6, 2019 June 10, 2019 July 15, 2019
Fall 1 2019 Fall 2 2019 Fall 3 2019
Start Date August 19, 2019 September 30, 2019 November 4, 2019
The Carson College of Business MBA at Washington State University prides itself on our land grant mission. We are keen to attend to our purpose to provide quality education to those willing and able to participate successfully in our programs. To that end, we evaluate the whole of a person’s experiences. No one thing defines an individual’s candidacy for this prestigious program. As such, we consider the following for which you can find more information below; a complete program application, a history of academic performance through transcripts, a complete resume or curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Exam scores are requested of all candidates but may be waived for those meeting specific criteria.

Enrollment Requirements


All persons wishing to be considered for our MBA must have completed and signed the graduate application. Completion of the application will be facilitated by an enrollment advisor who will support you as you collect the various materials required for review.


Official transcripts from each college or university attended are required prior to review. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution or have the international equivalent* at the time of applying. Alternately, you may communicate an expected conferral date that takes place prior to your desired MBA enrollment term. Typically, successful candidates have achieved a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, however, the age of GPA and the level of degree and rigor will be considered in the evaluation. Candidates with professional degrees (i.e. MD, PharmD, DVM, and others) who may not have completed a bachelor’s degree are also encouraged to apply.

Resume/Curriculum Vita (CV)

Please submit a comprehensive resume or curriculum vita so that we can best assess your ability to succeed in the program and ensure that program features will support your success.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Please submit letters from those persons intimately familiar with your professional and/or academic experiences. All three can be from professional sources. Be sure to select individuals capable of detailing why you will be successful in the MBA program.

Statement of purpose

In about 500 words (or thereabouts), demonstrate how your professional and academic experiences have prepared you for success as an MBA student Be sure to let us know why the Carson College of Business at Washington State University is right for you. Once you complete the program, you will be a Coug for life and we want to make sure you and we are able to commit to that relationship.

GMAT/GRE Score Report

The GMAT is required for admission, but may be waived for individuals exceeding the minimum MBA admission requirements as detailed above or for those with a previously earned a graduate or professional degree. Demonstrating seven or more years of progressive managerial experience in position(s) requiring supervisory decision-making and leadership is another way to potentially have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived. If you would like to be considered for the GMAT/GRE waiver, please contact an enrollment advisor.

Online MBA Business Foundation Course Requirements

To best ensure students will be successful in the program, it is important for students to possess core business competencies. If you earned your bachelor's degree in business, or took equivalent courses with an average grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) with no more than two grades below a 3.0, you may satisfy that requirement. If not, we offer the foundation courses to cover these basics, which will be required. Please consult with your enrollment advisor to confirm. Should you need to take the prerequisite courses, these are also offered online.

We offer the following foundation courses in a five- to seven-week format:

MBA Online Foundation Courses

Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting (Acctg 550) – 3 credits Data Analysis for Managers (BA 500) – 2 credits Foundations in Marketing (BA 501) – 2 credits Foundations in Operations Management (BA 502) – 2 credits Foundations of Business Law (BA 503) – 2 credits Foundations in Finance (BA 504) – 2 credits Managerial Economics (Econs 555) – 3 credits Note: WSU may accept transfer credits from qualified institutions.

* International Students

Please submit all of the materials as required in addition to the following:
  • Official copies of certificates and/or diplomas
    • School Code: 4705
    • Score: 580 (237c) (93 IBTS)
  • Pearson Test of English
    • Code: 8Z2-GT-38
    • Score: 62

Tuition and Fees*

Below is a breakdown of the costs related to the online MBA:
  • Total tuition: $29,268 - $42,276 (36 - 52 credits, based on foundation coursework needed; and excludes books)
  • Tuition per credit hour: $813
  • Tuition per credit hour for active military and veterans: $714
  • Application fee: $75 (waived for active military and veterans)
*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Scholarships available - to learn more, speak with an enrollment advisor. There are many financial aid options available to eligible students to help finance their education. To find out more, visit Student Financial Services. Payment and Late Fees: Payment of registration fees is due on or before the third day of class. If payment is not complete by the third (3rd) day of classes, students will be assessed a late fee of $150 flat rate. If tuition is not paid after five (5) days the student will be dis-enrolled from classes. This is in effect for Fall, Spring and Summer classes. NOTE: Overdue accounts owed to the University will prevent release of transcripts, diploma and enrollment. Registration is not complete until all of the student's tuition and fees are paid.

Student Financial Services

You may be eligible for financial assistance to help fund your education. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out if you are eligible for need-based financial aid (most commonly available in the form of federal student loans). Private loans are available from a variety of sources. The WSU Student Financial Services Office and the Carson College of Business do not specifically endorse these loans or lenders, and we encourage you to carefully consider all loan options. To learn more about the financial aid options available to you, consult the Student Financial Services website.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In an effort to ensure that we have successful students and responsible borrowers, we have a Satisfactory Academic Progress policy in place. As a graduate student, a 3.0 grade point average is required to enroll and to stay enrolled in your program, regardless of the funding you have secured. If your funding choice is financial aid, in addition to maintaining a 3.0 GPA, you must meet certain standards of academic progress to continue to receive funding. Failure to meet these standards may result in financial aid being withheld. As a student accepting financial aid, it is very important to understand the associated responsibilities and required rates of progress. If you persist according to the course schedule and degree plan that your student support team member provides to you, you will be on track for on-time degree completion. To learn more, read WSU's policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress and Academic Deficiency Requirements.

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