Admissions & Aid
Am I a good fit?
Our selection criteria reflect the CIMBA focus on preparing students to become effective leaders. We seek the most promising applicants and base our admissions decisions on their overall application, not just one factor. We evaluate the combination of your work experience, academic background, essay, test scores, interview, and letters of reference. We also evaluate your leadership potential and personal qualities and values to learn who you are, not just what you have done, and how you will fit within the close-knit CIMBA community.
To ensure you have the ability and aptitude to complete our accelerated program, you will be assessed against the following criteria:
You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, but the cumulative GPA is 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. No specific major is required; past students have come to the program from different and diverse academic backgrounds.
We strongly recommended you have at least two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate work experience. However, strong applicants with less experience may be considered.
GMAT or GRE score
You must demonstrate superior performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as your measure to do well in the classroom. Our minimum GMAT score requirement is 550; the minimum GRE score is approximately 154 for each section. Exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
If English is not your first language or you did not graduate from an English-language university, you may be required to demonstrate English proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Most often, the admission interview will enable us to determine if you have sufficient English ability or if we need additional information.