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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The University of North Georgia and the Mike Cottrell College of Business offer the Cottrell MBA designed for professionals with a baccalaureate in business administration.  The MBA with Foundations program is well suited for young managers with non-business undergraduate degrees. 

All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date.

Program electives are offered during summer semester.  Some elective coursework may not be available on your home campus.

Application Deadline

Summer - April 15
Fall - April 15
Note: All application materials are to be received prior to the deadline. If program capacity is met prior to established admission deadlines, we will stop accepting applications for admission and cancel remaining incomplete applicants. Completing your application earlier is better.

Quick Facts

Blue Ridge, Cumming & Gainesville campuses
Program length 32 semester hours, 35 with specialization
Cybersecurity specialization available
Entrepreneurship & Innovation specialization available
Technology Leadership specialization available
Part-time, cohort program meets twice weekly in evenings

Program Questions?

Steven M. Kronenberg
Mike Cottrell College of Business
Director of Graduate Programs
(470) 239-3123

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution indicating an earned degree in business from a regionally accredited, four year institution with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).

    Applicants without a degree in business will be considered for admission with the requirement of completing foundation courses prior to the beginning of the program.

  • Official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE). Only scores less than six years old will be considered. You may EXEMPT the GMAT or GRE with evidence of a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your work, e.g., current or past supervisors or managers.
    • Professional resume with a minimum of two years of professional work experience. This professional experience can be removed as long as applicants have a minimum of 500 GMAT score.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE
  • Select “University of North Georgia” for submitting official GMAT scores.
  • You may exempt the GRE/GMAT with evidence of a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Non-Degree

MBA program does not permit non-degree students.

Transient

An individual currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student.

  • Transient students may only enroll in Cottrell MBA elective courses. Electives are usually offered summer semesters.
  • Permission to take courses does not indicate or imply subsequent admission into the program.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the Cottrell MBA Director before enrolling in courses.
  • Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission is for one semester only.
  • Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Students may be required to submit an official transcript from the home institution in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.

Applying to UNG

Complete the online application for Graduate Admissions. Transient admission is for one semester only.  Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply to Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.

Note: The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

All International

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely part-time (less than nine hours) programs.  The MBA program does not permit F-1 visa student admission.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

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