MBA and Joint Degree
Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The Lokey Graduate School of Business accepts applications for fall and spring semester entry to the MBA and MBA/MA in Educational Leadership programs. Applications for the MPP/MBA joint degree are accepted for fall only. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms. Additional details about the admission and application process can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round 1/Priority Scholarship deadline–February 1
Round 2–March 15
Round 3–May 1
Round 4–July 15
Spring (January) entry–October 15
Spring Round 2–November 19

Current Mills seniors applying for fall may consider applying by the early action deadline of November 15th.

MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
Round 1/Priority Scholarship deadline–January 15
Applications accepted on a space available basis after this date
Spring (January) entry–October 15

Round 1/Priority Scholarship deadline–February 15
Applications accepted on a space available basis after this date. We recommend you use the MBA Rounds as guidelines for when to apply.

In order to be considered within any application round, all required materials must be submitted on or before the corresponding application deadline. Applications are reviewed when all required materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent from the Office of Graduate Admission.

All applicants to the MBA and joint degree programs at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Applications can be completed online or hard-copy. Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including:

Statement of Purpose. For MBA, please follow the essay guidelines provided on the main application form. For joint degrees, please follow the essay guidelines provided on the respective supplemental applications.

Current Resume. Applicants to the MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Program are strongly encouraged to have at least three years of professional work experience.

Supplemental Application: MBA and joint degree students are required to submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission questions.

Application Fee of $50: Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. The application fee is also payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank. Cash is accepted if paid in person to the Office of Graduate Admission.

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. If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion 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.

Letters of RecommendationRecommendation forms can be sent as part of the online application or sent directly by the recommender to the Office of Graduate Admission via postal mail or email. MBA applicants should submit two letters of recommendation. Joint degree applicants should submit three letters of recommendation.

Quantitative Prerequisite: At this time, the GMAT is optional for admission to the Lokey Graduate School of Business. In lieu of the GMAT, students who enroll in the MBA and MBA/MA in Educational Leadership programs are required to take an online math assessment prior to the start of classes, as well as attend an MBA Math Boot Camp at the start of the program.

MPP/MBA joint degree students are required to show evidence of basic algebra and graphing skills prior to starting classes. There are two options to fulfill this requirement:

Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by June 1, 2014. If you obtain a score in the 35th percentile or higher, you will have met the quantitative preparation requirement for the program (code 004485)


If you do not want to take the GRE or you get a score that places you below the 35th percentile, take a short math prep course at Mills just prior to the start of the program. There is no additional charge for this course, but you must participate fully in it to meet the quantitative preparation requirement for the program.

If you have taken the GMAT and 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).

Proof of English Language Proficiency: A TOEFL or IELTS is required for all non-native speakers of English, unless you hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university of college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. The minimum TOEFL score on the iBT is 80, and the minimum IELTS band score is 6.0.

Certification of Finances and Bank Statement: Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.

Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.

MBA Interviews: 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.

All application materials should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613
Via email:

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

 MBA Program Brochure

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Contact Information
P: 510.430.3173
F: 510.430.3361

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Last Updated: 10/29/14