We have compiled a selection of the questions prospective students to the Evening MBA program ask most frequently. If you are unable to find the answer to a specific question or wish to speak with someone directly, email or call us at 404.894.8722.
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Is this a heavily quantitative program?
The core curriculum of any MBA program tends to be quantitative in nature, which is why most MBA programs look for strong quantitative skills during the admissions process. The Georgia Tech program is no more quantitatively based than other MBA programs.
Because many students are interested in more quantitative and technical areas, like operations management and information technology management, we are sometimes viewed as a quantitatively based program. However, students may customize the electives portion of the program toward their particular interests, which may or may not be quantitatively focused.
What's the typical student profile in the Evening MBA program?
There is none. We have a wide variety of students with different academic and professional backgrounds. More than half of the students come from non-engineering backgrounds and more than 60% do not have business degrees.
Visit our class profile for more information.
How do students with non-technical backgrounds perform?
Students from all academic and professional backgrounds that are innovative and hard working excel in our program and go on to develop very successful careers. Core courses expose students to all functional areas of business. Students also choose from a variety of electives in areas such as organizational behavior, marketing, strategic management, as well as more technical areas such as operations, information technology and management of technology.
Do I have to declare a concentration?
Students do not declare a concentration area, but are able to customize their curriculum by choosing electives in one academic area or from multiple areas within the Scheller College of Business. Students who are undecided about a focus area find that completing the core courses helps them to identify their passion.
What makes an application stand out among others?
There is no point system or secret formula; however, the school doesn't compromise quality. Students must demonstrate work experience, leadership, maturity, community activity, intellectual capacity and competitive academic credentials (GRE or GMAT score and GPA). Strengths in one area may compensate for weaknesses in another area.
What is the admission profile for students enrolled in the Evening MBA Program?
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||Average GMAT Score
||Middle 80% GMAT Score Range
||Average GRE Score
||Average Work Experience
||Average Undergraduate GPA
For more information on student demographics, visit the Class Profile page.
Is this the same program as the two-year, full-time program?
Yes. The Evening MBA students earn the same degree and enjoy the same benefits as our Full-time MBA students, including the same academically challenging curriculum, outstanding faculty, access to MBA Career Services, and social and networking opportunities.
Major differences are:
- Students have the flexibility to complete their degree at their own pace
The Evening MBA program is not a lock-step/cohort based program; meaning you're not taking all your courses in a pre-set sequence with a specific group of classmates.
- Classes are available during the summer
- On-campus recruiting
Evening MBA students are able to participate in on-campus recruiting opportunities for permanent positions. Since Evening MBA students are typically working professionals, we do not offer access to on-campus recruiting for summer internships. However, if you choose to pursue an internship, career services is available to help with your self-search.
- Enrollment is in the spring and fall
The Evening MBA program enrolls twice per year, and begins in the spring (January) and fall (August). Priority application deadlines are September 1 and May 1 respectively.
What will my transcript and diploma say?
Evening MBA students receive the same degree as our Full-time MBA students, the diploma and transcript say "Master of Business Administration".
Do I have to take courses in a predetermined sequence or can I schedule my classes on a flexible basis?
Enrollment in the program is on a flexible basis, meaning that you can take as few or as many courses each semester as your schedule permits.
How long is the program?
This is up to you and depends on how many courses you choose to take each semester. Most students complete their degree in two-three years. You will have up to six years to complete the MBA degree.
View 2- and 3-year sample course plans.
When and where are classes offered?
Classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings beginning at 6:00 PM. Each Evening MBA class meets one night per week. All classes are located in the Scheller College of Business building on the Georgia Tech campus in midtown Atlanta.
Are Evening MBA students allowed to take classes during the day?
All of the Evening MBA core courses must be taken in the evening. However, to give all MBA students the full range of elective offerings, Evening MBA students may take electives during the day if their work schedule permits.
Can Evening MBA students automatically "switch" into the two-year Full-time MBA program?
No. However, students that have completed 12 or less credit hours can apply for admission.
Consideration is limited to students with 12 or less credit hours because the Full-time MBA is a lock-step/cohort based program. Full-time MBAs take all core courses together and in a pre-set sequence.
The Full-time MBA program begins only in the Fall. Admission is more competitive because the program is limited to 75 students per year. Candidates will be considered with the current pool of applicants and must submit materials by the Full-time MBA application deadlines.
Is the Georgia Tech Evening MBA ranked?
Yes, the Georgia Tech Evening MBA program is ranked 24th among top part-time programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report (March 2013).
The rankings are a good place to start your research on business schools. However, your final decision about where to enroll should have more to do with personal and professional "fit" than rankings.
What are the benefits of the Georgia Tech Evening MBA over other local schools?
The benefits of Georgia Tech's Evening MBA program are many, but some of the highlights include:
- Learning from the same comprehensive Full-time MBA curriculum without interrupting your career.
- Flexibility to choose the number of courses to fit your schedule and complete your degree at your own pace.
- Earn a degree recognized worldwide, and a top-ranked MBA from an internationally respected university.
- Access to an experienced Career Services team to help you develop and implement a strategy to promote or transition your career.
- Classes are held on main campus, offering you numerous educational, professional, and social opportunities.
How do I learn more?
Current students know there is really no substitute for visiting campus in-person. Once you have narrowed your list of potential MBA programs, it is important to schedule a campus visit if possible. Each program has its own distinct, unique personality. While it's important to select programs that will help you in achieving your career goals, the emotional part of your decision is also significant. Visit a class, talk with current students, faculty and career service staff, and tour the business school.
Request program information:
To request a brochure/viewbook, complete the online Request Program Information form.
Attend an on-campus Information Session:
Information Sessions are held at the Scheller College College of Business year-round. Attending is a great way to meet students, admissions staff and faculty members while learning about the program.
Schedule an Evening MBA class visit during fall, spring and summer semesters.
Off-campus events/Evening MBA Ambassador
Georgia Tech participates in various national MBA fairs each fall and at local events throughout the year. Visit our Evening MBA Events page to meet us an upcoming event.
You may also request to speak with an Evening MBA Ambassador about a particular area of study or other program questions. Ambassadors are students currently enrolled in the Georgia Tech Evening MBA program. Email your request or call the Admissions Office at 404.894.8722 to schedule.
How do I get to the Scheller College of Business?
View detailed directions and parking.
Where is the Scheller College of Business and the MBA Admissions office located?
Our address is:
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
800 West Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
The Scheller College of Business is located within Technology Square, a multi-building complex of facilities located in Midtown Atlanta that includes the Global Learning Center, the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, the Economic Development Institute, and the Georgia Tech Bookstore.
View an interactive map of the Georgia Tech campus.
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What are the total number of credit hours required for the Evening MBA program?
The Evening MBA program is a 54 semester hour program. Typically, students will take 14 core courses (30 credit hours) and choose eight electives (24 credit hours).
When do I have to declare a concentration?
One of the advantages of the Georgia Tech MBA program is the ability to customize concentrations. We believe that students know their career and personal goals better than we do, so we allow students to select electives that they believe will help them to reach those goals. Therefore, students never have to officially declare a concentration area and are not required to take a specific set of courses to earn a concentration.
I don't have any undergraduate course in business/management. Will I be at a disadvantage in my MBA classes if I haven't completed any business coursework?
No. Approximately 60% of the students enrolled in the Evening MBA program hold undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than business. While the MBA core courses move at a fast pace, they do not assume any prior business coursework. Our curriculum is structured so that you will build a solid foundation in all the functional areas of business.
The core course portion of the MBA curriculum is not abbreviated (unless you choose to and are eligible to waive a course). Core courses will fully prepare you to get the most out of your electives and provide knowledge you'll reference throughout your career.
My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration. Is it possible to waive any of the MBA coursework based on past academic coursework?
It may be possible to waive some of the MBA core courses if you have completed undergraduate coursework in business. If you waive MBA core courses, you replace those hours with electives, so waiving core course does not shorten the length of the MBA program.
Can I transfer courses into the Evening MBA program?
No, the Georgia Tech MBA program does not accept transfer credit. You may be able to waive some MBA core courses if you have completed equivalent coursework, but you would be required to replace those courses with electives.
I am a student in another graduate program at Georgia Tech, can I take MBA courses?
Yes, select courses are available to non-MBA students at Georgia Tech. Students enrolled in another graduate program at Georgia Tech may register for a maximum of nine hours of MBA core or elective courses.
I completed Georgia Tech MBA courses while I was enrolled in another graduate program at Georgia Tech. If I enroll in the MBA program, will the courses apply towards the 54 credit hours required to earn an MBA?
Yes, if the MBA courses did not count as credit hours for another graduate degree, and courses were completed within six years prior to earning the MBA degree. The same course is not able to satisfy requirements for multiple degrees.
Up to nine credit hours of eligble coursework completed before you enrolled in the MBA program can be applied towards earning your MBA degree.
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How are applications to the Evening MBA program evaluated?
Applications to the MBA Program are evaluated on a rolling basis. Considered in the admission decision are undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) academic performance, GMAT or GRE scores, TOEFL scores for international applicants, work experience, essays, interviews, letters of recommendation, and other documentation supporting the application. Applications are reviewed individually and are also compared to the students currently enrolled in the program (see class profile below) and to the current group of applicants.
The admissions committee evaluates several factors to make a decision. The first concerns the potential for academic success in the MBA program. In this phase, past academic work, GMAT or GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) are evaluated. In the second phase, the committee looks for leadership potential indicators — contributions to the MBA program, both inside and outside the classroom, and career fit. Work experience, essays, letters of recommendation and interviews are weighed heavily in this phase of the process.
Is work experience required to be accepted in the program?
While we do not require work experience, we strongly recommend at least two to three years of professional work experience. Students enrolled in our program average approximately six years of work experience. In addition to their strong contributions they make to the classroom, students with substantial professional work experience find the MBA more enriching professionally and personally.
If you do not have two to three years of professional work experience, discuss the contributions you can make to the program in your essays, based on internship experiences or leadership activities in your undergraduate program.
Are there any prerequisites to the MBA program?
Yes, there are two education prerequisites:
- Bachelor's degree: We welcome applicants with accredited bachelor's degrees from all academic backgrounds.
- A college-level calculus course with a grade of "C" or better is required before starting the program. Applicants may be admitted to the program before this requirement is met, with the provision it's completed prior to Orientation.
What courses are acceptable to satisfy the calculus requirement?
You do not need to complete your calculus course at Georgia Tech. All college-level calculus courses, including business calculus, from a regionally accredited college or university are acceptable. Accredited classroom and online courses are applicable.
Are applicants to the Evening MBA program required to interview?
Yes. Applicants are required to interview; however, interviews are scheduled on an invitation only basis. Once a preliminary review of your application is completed, an admissions representative will contact you to arrange an interview.
What do I bring to my admissions interview?
Treat your admissions interview like an employment interview. Dress professionally and come prepared; bring your resume and do your research in advance.
When and how will I receive an admissions decision?
You will receive an admission decision approximately 4-6 weeks after your application is complete. All applicants are notified by mail; however, if you would like to have the decision e-mailed to you, you may make a request and the decision will be e-mailed to the address listed on your application.
Am I eligible for admission to your program if I have an MBA from another institution?
If you have an MBA from an institution outside the U.S., you may be eligible for admission. If you have an MBA from another institution inside the U.S., you are ineligible to qualify for admission to our MBA program.
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What are the application requirements and deadlines for the Evening MBA program?
Applications to the Evening MBA program are accepted for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Applying by the priority deadline guarentees a decision for your preferred term and first consideration for fellowships.
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||Application and academic transcripts
||GMAT or GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and TOEFL score if applicable
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||Application and academic transcripts
||GMAT or GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and TOEFL score if applicable
Visit the Apply page for a complete list of upcoming Evening MBA deadlines, updates and more details on application requirements.
How can I apply?
Submit the online application. The online application enables you to create a username and password to save your work and return at a later time time to complete.
What are the application essays?
There are two required essays and one optional essay.
1.) Respond to one of the topics below:
A.) Describe a risk that you have taken and discuss its impact on your life.
B.) If you could trade places with someone for one day, who would it be and why?
There is no right answer. We want you to be yourself, creative, and thoughtful in your
2.) Why an MBA and Why Georgia Tech?
Describe how your experiences, both professional and personal, have led you to the
decision to pursue an MBA at Georgia Tech. Discuss your short and long term career
goals and how Georgia Tech is best suited to help you achieve your goals.
3.) Optional Essay
The Admissions Committee believes that the required essays address issues that help us
learn about you and understand your candidacy for the MBA program, however, you may
provide us with any additional information pertinent to your admission that has not been
previously covered in the rest of the application. Feel free to discuss any unique aspects
of your candidacy or any perceived weaknesses.
Please note that there is a 4,000 character maximum (including spaces) for each essay, so please be sure to keep that in mind should you choose to work on the essays in advance.
What should I do if I can't submit all application materials by the deadline?
Contact the MBA Admissions Office at 404.894.8722 or email us for assistance.
I am scheduled to take the GMAT, GRE or TOEFL exam(s) right before the application deadline, so I won't have my official scores in time. What should I do?
Test scores are due one month after the application deadline, so you have some additional time to submit scores. However, you can email or fax a copy to 404.894.4199 of your unofficial scores to the MBA admissions office. An admissions decision cannot be made until the official scores are received.
I want to send my official GMAT scores to Georgia Tech for the Evening MBA program, what is the institute code?
The GMAT institute code for the Evening MBA program is: HWK-54-44.
I want to send my official GRE scores to Georgia Tech for the Evening MBA program, what is the institute code?
The GRE institute code for the Evening MBA program is: 5248.
Is it possible to waive the GMAT or GRE?
No. A valid GMAT or GRE score is required of all applicants to the MBA program regardless of academic or professional background. No exceptions are made to this policy. The GMAT or GRE must be taken within five years of our receipt of your application. If your score is older than five years, you must retake the test.
How can I check the status of my application?
Check the status of your application by going to the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions Website. If you still have questions or concerns after checking your status online, email us.
Please note, we typically receive your official GMAT or GRE scores in about a week, but scores take additional time to post on the online application status check.
Do you provide feedback on why applications were denied?
We will be happy to provide feedback via e-mail or schedule a 15-minute interview, either on the phone or in the office, to discuss the reason(s) why an application was declined. However, please note that many of our applicants are good candidates for admission, but may not be competitive when compared to the current group of applicants.
What if I am a permanent resident, is the application process different?
If you're a permanent resident of the United States, you must include a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), both front and back, with your application. The remaining application process is the same as for U.S. citizens. Permanent residents are exempt from the TOEFL and are not required to submit financial documents.
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Who is considered an international applicant?
Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.
What is the admissions process for international applicants?
International applications are evaluated in the same manner as U.S. applicants. Non-United States citizens may need to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Application processing may take longer due to the review of foreign academic transcripts and financial documents. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process.
Who is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and whose native language is not English and have not successfully completed a year of college/university level study in the United States or another country where English is the primary/official language, like Australia or United Kingdom, must submit a valid TOEFL Academic score. Scores are valid for two years.
Find a testing center and register for the TOEFL
What is the minimum TOEFL score needed to be admitted?
The minimum TOEFL score is 100 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) or 600 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT).
I want to send my official TOEFL score to Georgia Tech, what is your institute code and department code?
- Institute code: 5248
- Department code: 02
I have been living and working in the U.S. for several years. Am I still required to submit a TOEFL?
Unless you are a permanent resident of the United States, you are required to submit a TOEFL Academic score.
What academic documents are required for application to the program?
The Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions Office requires the following documents from international applicants:
- Official Native Language Transcripts
- Official English Translation of the Native Language Transcript
- Official Native Language Degree Documents
- Official English Translation of the Native Language Degree Document
For more information, visit the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions Office Website.
Does Georgia Tech accept evaluations of academic documents from private sources, such a Josef Silney or WES?
The Georgia Tech MBA Admissions Office does not accept any private evaluation of academic documents. Official transcripts and degree documents must be submitted at the time of application and the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions Office will evaluate them.
What are the educational requirements for admission to the MBA program?
All applicants to the MBA Program must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the US bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study.
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What are the tuition and fees for the Evening MBA program?
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||Georgia resident tuition
$987 per credit hour
||$1,448 per credit hour
Less than 4 credit hours
Total estimated tuition and fees
||(Completing in two-three years)
¹ International and domestic candidates that have relocated to the state of Georgia for purposes of full-time employment, as well as their spouses, may qualify for a waiver of the non-Georgia resident portion of tuition through the Economic Advantage Program.
Note: The 2013-14 academic year includes the Fall 2013 and Spring/Summer 2014 semesters. Tuition and fees are subject to change after any academic term.
What are the requirements to be considered a Georgia resident for tuition purposes?
In a nutshell, you are considered a Georgia resident for tuition purposes if you have been a resident of Georgia for twelve consecutive months for a purpose other than attending school. For the official policy regarding residency classification, view the University System of Georgia Policy.
Are there opportunities for financial aid or assistance?
We award a limited number of fellowships to Evening MBA students. All Evening MBA admitted applicants will be considered. Applicants who apply by the priority deadline will receive first consideration. No additional application materials are required.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for education loans. To learn more about graduate financial aid and loan programs, contact Georgia Tech's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Employer Tuition Reimbursement
Contact your employer's human resources department for available tuition assistance programs and eligibility.
Economic Advantage Program
International and domestic candidates that have relocated to the state of Georgia for purposes of full-time employment, as well as their spouses, may qualify for a waiver of the non-Georgia resident portion of tuition through the Economic Advantage Program. For all international candidates on a valid work visa, you must also show that you have begun the process of seeking Permanent Residence in the United States.
After admission, contact the Georgia Tech Registrar’s Office for more information on how to apply.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program
Effective August 1, 2011, qualified U.S. veterans may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, books and housing. Yellow Ribbon is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and slots are limited. Visit the Registrar's Website for more information.
Additional information is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website or you may contact Georgia Tech's MBA Graduate Office with questions.
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What are the opportunities for Evening MBA students in the MBA Career Services Office?
Some of the available services include: meetings with a Career Services advisor to discuss individual career goals, seminars that help you leverage your MBA in your current company or organization, and career development workshops that prepare you for the job market.
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Reapplication & Readmission
How do I re-apply?
We keep your application for one year, so if you are reapplying in the year immediately following your initial application you will not need to resubmit the full application. If it has been more than a year since you first applied, you will need to resubmit some of the application documents. In this case, the Graduate Office can advise you on which documents you need to resubmit. Contact the MBA office via email or on 404.894.8722 for more information.
If I am admitted to the Evening MBA program, can I defer my admission?
Yes. Admission can be deferred for up to one year.
If I am declined admission, what is the process to re-apply?
Declined applicants wishing to be reconsidered need to submit an updated resume and a letter of reconsideration addressing the weaknesses in the original application and the steps taken to make improvements.
If I am reapplying, do I need to submit all of the application documents again?
Georgia Tech retains applications for one year. If you are applying within one year of your original application, you will just need to submit an updated resume and letter of reconsideration. If it has been more that one year since your initial application, you will need to resubmit all of the application documents.
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