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Business Administration (Professional)

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in the Masters of Business. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.


As the only AACSB-accredited business school in the region, Purdue Fort Wayne seeks to recruit top applicants.  The Doermer School strives to enroll a student body with a variety of skills and backgrounds that will work together to foster personal and professional growth in a dynamic learning environment. 

We conduct a holistic review of each application.  Our admissions office considers an applicant's academic record, employment experience, recommendations, and test scores. We are especially interested in evidence of strong academic performance and a brief, clear statement of purpose.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. 

For our Professional MBA program, we require the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three or more years of progressively responsible, professional work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts from universities or colleges attended
  • Candidate statement
  • Quantitative Assessment Test (in-house diagnostic test conducted at time of interview)
  • Interview with MBA Director

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:


Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen Rolling No Admission No Admission
International February 15 No Admission No Admission


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Dr. Carolyn FabianStumph
Phone: (260) 481-6495
Office of Graduate Studies
PFW, Kettler Hall, Room 140
2101 East Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
       3.0 or equivalent required

International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required    
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: no overall score reported
    With the following minimum section requirements:

         Reading:  19
         Listening:  14
         Writing:  18
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 80 
    With the following minimum section requirements: 
        Reading: 19 
        Listening: 14 
        Speaking: 18 
        Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
     An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
    With the following section requirements:
         Reading:  6.5
         Listening:  6.0
         Speaking:  6.0
         Writing:  5.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):  (As of spring 2019 no longer accepted.)
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • ELS - Certificate Level 112

The Graduate School will consider applicants who have (a) enrolled at one of the following intensive English programs and (b) satisfied the exit requirements established for the program as having met the Graduate School’s English proficiency requirement:

  • Purdue University Calumet English Language Program (ELP) Exit Requirement:  achieve a minimum 80% (Level 4 examination) and pass an Exit Test (consisting of speaking and writing components).
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Program for Intensive English (PIE) Exit Requirement:  pass all classes with grades of at least B (82%), and pass the PIE Proficiency Exit Test at the Level 7 level.
  • For Purdue Fort Wayne applicants only, the Graduate School will consider applicants who have enrolled in ELS Language Center’s English for Academic Purposes program and who have passed ELS Level 112 as having met the Graduate School’s weeks of intensive study using curricular materials written at the native speaker level (approximately 360 hours of classroom instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing); completion of an extensive research paper using standard research protocols in a monitored setting; Passing of the Michigan English Language Institute College English Test (MELICET) and Listening Comprehension Test (LCT) standards; passing of speaking evaluations; passing of writing evaluation.  These results must be certified, in writing, by ELS Language Center to the Fort Wayne graduate office before applicants using this method of establishing English proficiency may be admitted to the Graduate School.

These results must be certified, in writing, by the intensive English program faculty to the Office of Graduate Admissions at West Lafayette or the equivalent office at the regional campuses before the applicants using this method of establishing English proficiency may be admitted to the Graduate School. (Note that ELS is available at the Fort Wayne campus only.)

Conditional admission may also be extended to applicants prior to their enrollment in one of these approved intensive English programs if they commit to and enroll in the program.  Conditional admission is for English proficiency only.

To remain in good standing, all MBA students (PMBA or MBA+) must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above as a condition of continued enrollment.

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

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