Start Dates, Application Requirements & Deadlines

Start dates, Application requirements and deadlines.

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When should I apply?

Master’s and Certificate Program
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and should be submitted with all necessary application materials at least two weeks prior to your intended start date.

Doctoral Program
The application deadline for the Doctorate in Business Administration is April 1, but are accepted on a rolling basis. Cohort size is limited so positions are often filled before the April 1 deadline.

On Campus Graduate School Start Dates

Online graduate school start dates

Admissions Requirements

Master's Programs

The requirements below generally apply to master’s programs within the Heider College of Business. Some programs have additional requirements that must be met. Find your program to see a complete list of requirements.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Completed application (requires $50 fee)
  • Official transcripts
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable GMAT score (not required for EMBA applicants)

Doctoral Program

Applicant must possess at least one of the following:

  1. Master’s degree in business administration (MBA)
  2. Graduate or terminal degree in another discipline
  3. Bachelor’s degree in related field and 5 or more years of business experience
  4. CPA certification and 5 or more years of business experience

In addition submit:

  • Completed Application (requires $50 fee)
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of competency in statistics and quantitative reasoning. See program page for more information 

To view the full list of admission requirements for the Doctorate in Business Administration program, please visit the Doctorate of Business Administration page.

Certificate Programs

The requirements below apply to graduate certificate programs within the Heider College of Business.

Additional requirements must be met for the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate. See more information on the Business Analytics program page.


Applicants may or may not be required to provide a GMAT score, depending on their intended degree program, work experience and cumulative GPA. Please review the admissions requirements for your specific program for more details:

Conditional Admission

Haven’t taken the GMAT yet? Missing a prerequisite course like statistics? You may want to consider applying for conditional admission. This status allows you to take up to six hours of graduate level coursework before finalizing your formal application. However, you may not register for classes until the registration for formally admitted students has passed.

To apply for conditional admission, you must submit:

  • Online application (requires $50 fee)
  • Official transcripts
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Now you’re ready to complete the online application.

International Applicants

English Language Proficiency Requirements

English Language Proficiency is an important part of the application process for those whose first language is not English. The Faculty Admission Committee for each Creighton Graduate Program has the discretion to determine individual standards for how this requirement will be met using one or more of the following:

  • Your English language exam scores. See below for the exams currently allowed and minimum scores accepted.
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, and Virgin Islands.
  • Individual Graduate Programs have the discretion to utilize face-to-face interviews or other means to verify that English language proficiency has been met.


TOEFL Score IELTS Score Duolingo Score
90 or above (no section below 20) Overall 6.5 (no section below 6.0) 110 or above


Certification of Available Finances

International applicants who are formally admitted must complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office.

Application Deadlines

In order to ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed in time for your intended start date, international applicants should submit their materials three months prior to the beginning of the class.