Admission to the graduate programs of the Brennan School of Business is open to those who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field with an appropriate general education component from an accredited institution. No prior business courses are required. The Admission Committee ordinarily bases its decision on:

  • The applicant’s total academic record
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), as required by the degree program; learn about our GMAT waiver below
  • Two recommendations (from a current or past employer, professor or professional colleague)
  • The applicant’s personal statement and resume*

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all semesters. All application materials for U.S. students should be submitted at least one month before the beginning of the semester in which the student desires admission. Materials for international students should be submitted two months before the beginning of the semester. Students may apply online.
*Resume, personal statement and recommendation letters must be submitted as PDFs.

Completed MBA/RD applications should be submitted to:

Dominican University 
Graduate Admission Operations
Mazzuchelli 266
7900 W. Division Street 
River Forest, IL 60305

There is one start date a year for the MBA/RD program, which is in the fall. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester and the application deadline has been extended thru May 2018.

For additional information on the Brennan School's programs, students should contact Ben Mueller, Graduate Marketing & Recruitment Senior Coordinator or Elizabeth Logan, Director Brennan Graduate Programs.

Request for Waiver of Admission Test

Applicants who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution may request that the graduate admission test requirement (GMAT or GRE) be waived. Applicants must submit this request in writing to the Admission Committee prior to admission.

GMAT Review

In order to assist our prospective students with preparation for the GMAT, the Brennan School of Business offers a non-credit GMAT preparation class. The class is offered during the fall and spring semesters. Instruction takes place at Dominican University’s Main Campus in River Forest, and the class meets once a week for eight weeks. All materials, including the GMAT review book, are included in the class fee. For additional information regarding the GMAT preparation class, please contact the Brennan School of Business office at (708) 524-6810 or

Foundation Course Waivers

Foundation courses required for degree programs may be waived if students have successfully completed equivalent course work at another accredited institution as part of their previous studies. In order to be eligible for waivers, students must have achieved a grade of B or better in an equivalent three-credit course(s). Original transcripts are required for consideration of waivers. Transcripts will be reviewed for waivers at the time of admission, but final approval of waivers may be withheld for students accepted provisionally until an acceptable graduate admission test score has been submitted. Core courses and electives cannot be waived. All waivers are subject to final approval by the admission committee in consultation with the university registrar. 

Transfer of Credit

Students who have completed relevant graduate courses at another accredited institution prior to matriculation at Dominican may transfer up to six semester hours of credit toward the MBA or MSA degree. All transfer credits are subject to approval and no transfer credit will be awarded unless an official transcript is provided showing that a grade of B or better was achieved. All transfer credit decisions are subject to final approval by the admission committee in consultation with the university registrar. 

Returning for a Second Degree

Students currently enrolled in one of the degree programs in the Brennan School of Business who wish to apply for a second degree must submit a new application and a new personal statement. All other required documentation such as transcripts, recommendation letters, GMAT or GRE, and TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted for the first degree will be presented with the new materials to the Admission Committee for review.

Brennan School of Business alumnae/i seeking a second degree must submit a new application, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Transcripts, graduate admission test scores, and English proficiency test scores used to evaluate the original application will be presented with the new materials to the Admission Committee for review. International students seeking to continue or return for a second degree must also submit a current financial statement (pdf) in addition to the other documents specified. Students are subject to degree requirements in effect the first semester they attend classes after being accepted for the second degree program.

Returning for a Second MBA Concentration

Any alumna/us who has earned an MBA from Dominican University may return as a student-at-large to complete an additional concentration. Only courses completed within six years of the completion of the additional concentration will satisfy concentration requirements.

Student-at-Large Status

An applicant wishing to enroll as a student-at-large, rather than as a degree-seeking student, must submit a student-at-large application, an application fee and official transcripts. Student-at-large status is permissible for one semester only and for a maximum of six-credit hours. International students are not eligible to apply for student-at-large status.

Student Referrals

Current students are encouraged to refer to the Brennan School of Business other qualified individuals interested in a graduate business degree. If the referred person is accepted and matriculates into a Brennan School of Business graduate program, the referring student may be eligible for textbook reimbursement of up to $500 in the first semester of the new student’s enrollment. The referring student must be identified on the new student’s application to be eligible and the referring student may receive credit for only one new student per semester.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age marital status or sexual orientation.

Students with Special Needs

Students with special needs Information regarding services for students with special needs is available in the Office of the Dean of Students. Students needing these services are encouraged to meet with the dean of students prior to enrollment.