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Application Guidelines

The Online MBA program welcomes a new cohort in May of each year. Applications are reviewed in three rounds, though early application is encouraged.

Admissions criteria for the Online MBA program are based on a comprehensive review of the applicant's professional work experience, academic performance, and personal goals. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis. For more information please contact Rebecca McGill, Associate Director of MBA Recruiting, at or (703) 538-8497.

To complete and submit your application, the following application materials are required:

  • Completed online application form
  • Current resume
  • A scanned copy of official transcripts from all universities or colleges, where a degree was conferred
    • Virginia Tech alumni do not need to submit official transcripts
    • Students with degrees from universities outside the U.S. will need to submit a report from a credential evaluation service and a translation into English if necessary.  See additional details on the Apply Now page.
  • Two letters of recommendation sent electronically
  • Essay
    •  Many students are drawn to our Online MBA program because of its accelerated completion timeline. Members of our OMBA cohorts are able to complete their degree in just 24 months. However, the accelerated nature of the program is consistently reflected in the time commitment required by our program. In addition to spending approximately 11 hours in synchronous classes two weekends per month, students can expect to spend approximately 15-20 hours weekly on assignments outside of classes. How do you plan to successfully juggle your personal, professional, and academic commitments? What habits do you have in place that will allow you to be successful in our rigorous, accelerated program?
  • Optional statement
    • Please feel free to submit a statement that includes any additional information you believe would be helpful to the committee regarding your academic or professional history. This may include an explanation of academic issues, employment gaps, or to highlight academic, personal, or professional accomplishments that will strengthen your application.
  • 2-minute video
    •  We find that one of the most important factors our students must consider when beginning their MBA is timing. Please submit a two-minute video telling us why you have chosen to begin your MBA at this time. What makes it so that this feels like the right time to take on graduate coursework and the commitment necessitated by a graduate program? Please note that we encourage you to record this video with your cell phone. We do not expect this video to be highly produced.
  • Academic and professional goals statement (as required for all Virginia Tech graduate students)
    • Applicants are asked to provide a 1 - 2 page, double-spaced personal statement that adresses why you are pursuing a graduate degree, why at Virginia Tech, and why now.
  • TOEFL, if necessary
  • A non-refundable $75 application fee

After an initial review of your completed application, you may be invited to a 30-minute interview via Zoom with the Director of MBA Programs and two other Online MBA applicants.

Please note that GMAT/GRE test scores are not required to apply to the Online MBA program.

Visit our Apply Now page when you are ready to begin your application.

  • GPA: 3.0 or better
  • Minimum two years of professional work experience completed post-undergraduate degree, with five years of experience preferred.
  • GMAT/GRE test scores not required to apply to the Online MBA

If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact Rebecca McGill, Associate Director of MBA Recruiting, at or 703-538-8497.

Completed Online MBA applications will be reviewed in three rounds. Our application deadlines for the May 2025 cohort are as follows:

  • Round 1:  December 1, 2024
  • Round 2:  February 15, 2025
  • Round 3: April 1, 2025

The summer 2025 application is now open and students may submit their application. Review of applications will begin after the Round 1 deadline.

Please note that your application must be completed by the stated deadline for each round. After each round, an admission decision (i.e. accept, reject, or move to next round) will be made on all completed applications. Applications that are missing materials (including copies of official transcripts and letters of recommendation) will be reviewed in the following round.

Please note that we encourage early application as scholarship availability is greatest at the beginning of the review cycle. All applications are automatically considered for a scholarship. We encourage you to review the scholarship information found here for more information regarding scholarship awards. 

All admissions decisions will be final at the conclusion of Round 3.

View Virginia Tech's academic calendar to see the date classes start for current and future academic years. Please note that the Online MBA program starts with the first Virginia Tech Summer session.