Graduate programs in business are open to any qualified holder of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university regardless of undergraduate major field of study. The goal of the admission policy is to select candidates who demonstrate the greatest potential for academic and professional success. The application committee reviews all components of candidates' applications when making admissions decisions.

When to Apply

Students may be admitted to the program prior to the start of any term. We do not specify specific deadlines for admission, however, we recommend that you complete your application at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester. You can apply for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. This is waived for GU undergraduates, alumni, and those who attend an information meeting with the Prospective Student Advisor. 

Candidates must also submit the following: 

 Short Essays

MBA Applicants: Submit answers to the following questions (approximately 150 words each): 

  • What matters most to you and why?
  • What are your short-term and long-term career objectives?
  • Why Gonzaga?

M.Acc and MS.Tax Applicants: Submit a response to the following prompt (approximately 400 words):

  • As the faculty review your application, what else would you like us to know about you? 

 Two Confidential Recommendations

  • Online recommendations should come from professors, supervisors, managers, etc. Recommendations from family members, friends, or other personal references are not accepted. A recommendation from an accounting professor is required when applying to the M.Acc or MS.Tax programs. 
  • You will need the names and contact information of your recommenders when completing the online application. 

 Professional Resume

  • Update your resume so that all information is accurate.
  • Your resume must be submitted electronically with your online application.

 Official Transcripts

  • One copy of official transcript is required from all colleges and universities attended.
  • On your application please list all colleges attended even if you took only one course.
  • If you are a Gonzaga undergraduate student or alumnus, you do not need to request your transcript from Gonzaga but need to request an official transcript from any other colleges or universities attended.  
  • Transcripts available via eScript-Safe, Parchment, or Clearing House can be sent to The mailing address for official transcripts is also included below. 

 Entrance Exam

M.Acc and MS.Tax Applicants: No entrance exam is required for applicants who earned their bachelor's degree in the United States. The GMAT is only required for M.Acc and MS.Tax applicants who earned their bachelor's degree outside of the United States. 

  • GMAT: Call 1-800-GMATNOW or visit for information and registration
  • On the day of the test, request that your scores be sent to Gonzaga University:
    • M.Acc (BMM3182), MS.Tax (BMM3104)
  • It is recommended that you schedule your exam at least one month in advance to allow for registration and exam prep.

MBA Applicants: The GMAT or GRE is required for admission unless applicants meet the criteria in our GMAT/GRE waiver policy (outlined below). 

MBA GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy: Gonzaga University will automatically waive the entrance exam (GMAT or GRE) requirement for applicants who meet one of the following conditions:

  • Previously earned master or doctoral degree.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher and 3+ years of full-time, professional work experience.
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher and 5+ years of full-time, professional work experience.
  • GPA 3.0 or higher and 10+ years of professional work experience, showing career advancement and professional accomplishment.
  • A discretionary waiver for a lengthy professional experience in a business discipline (the typical standard is 15+ years with significant management responsibility).
  • Current Gonzaga students (senior standing): GPA of 3.5 or higher in business or 3.25 or higher in engineering.

For students not meeting any of the above criteria, the entrance exam requirement can be waived at the discretion of the MBA Director, if recommended by the Admission Committee after a thorough review of the applicant’s admission application.

NOTE: International students must submit additional application documents. For more information, please visit the International Students page.

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