MBA Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The Lokey Graduate School of Business accepts applications for fall and spring semester entry to the MBA program.  Visit our application page to apply online or download forms. Fall application deadlines are as follows:

Round 1/Priority Scholarship deadline–February 1
Round 2–March 15
Round 3–May 1
Round 4–July 15

For spring admission the Priority Scholarship deadline is October 15.

In order to be considered within any application round, all required materials must be submitted on or before the corresponding application deadline. Please note that due to the additional application requirements, international applicants must submit all application materials by December 15 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.

 Applications for the joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership program are accepted for fall and spring entry. The application deadline for the joint degree program for spring is October 15. The fall admission deadline is January 15 and applications are accepted on a space available basis after this date.

Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent in writing from the Office of Graduate Admission. Most programs review applications on a rolling admission basis after the priority deadline.

All applicants to the graduate degree and certificate programs at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including a required three- to five-page Statement of Purpose essay. and a current resume. The essay should be typed and double spaced.

Supplemental Application: MBA students are required to submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission requirements.  The supplemental application is included as part of the online application.

Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank.  Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. Cash is not accepted.

Official Transcripts: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by the institution to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress.

Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommendation forms are provided on the application page or can be sent as part of the online application.  Joint degree applicants should submit three letters of recommendation.

Special Admission Requirements

At this time, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is optional for admission to the Lokey Gradute School of Business. If you would like your GMAT score to be a factor in evaluating your application for admission, please have your score sent to the Office of Graduate Admission. The Lokey Graduate School of Business is a GMAT-score-receiving school (Mills College: #4485).

As part of the review process, the Admissions Committee interviews most applicants, either in person, by phone, or via skype.  If invited, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment once your application is complete.  This interview is separate from an informational consultation that you may wish to schedule with the Director of MBA Admissions earlier in the application process.

International students should be aware of the Special Information for International Student section which outlines additional admission requirements.

MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
Admission to the joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership program requires completion of a bachelor's degree and demonstrated capacity to successfully complete graduate-level work at Mills.  It is also strongly encouraged that applicants to this program have at least three years of professional work experience.

Please note that we interview most applicants for the joint degree, either in person or by phone.  We will contact you to schedule an appointment once your application file is complete.

If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or

Admission to the joint MPP/MBA program requires completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to successfully complete graduate level work at Mills College. It is required that applicants submit three recommendation letters and are strongly encouraged to have at least three years of professional work experience.

Additionally, viable applicants will be invited for an admissions interview, either in person or by phone. We will contact you to schedule an appointment once your application has been reviewed by the committee.

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Last Updated: 4/15/14