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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:

  • Completed online application
  • Optional Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score
  • Official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
  • Original Declaration of Intent, Verification Statement, or the completion of the following prerequisite courses. For those who wish to pursue the MS program, but do not have a nutrition-related bachelor’s degree, completion of the courses listed below (with a grade of B- or greater) is required prior to starting the MS program at Dominican University (DU). These classes can be taken at DU or another institution. However, they must be approved for transfer before enrolling.
    • MATH 211 Principles of Statistics
    • NUTR 250 Nutrition
    • NUTR 290 Nutritional Biochemistry
    • NUTR 409 Community Nutrition
    • NUTR 425 Nutrition in Human Development
  • Two professional recommendations (from a current or past employer, professor or professional colleague)*
  • Personal statement. Personal statement should 2–3 pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around. Please discuss all of the following: your strengths/weaknesses, personal definition of professionalism and career aspirations.*
  • Resume*
  • Submission of an Authorization for Background Check (pdf)

Additional Admission Consideration. This program requires that a B- or better be earned in Biochemistry, Medical Nutrition Therapy I (or equivalent), and Medical Nutrition Therapy II (or equivalent). However, provisional acceptance is granted with the requirement of successfully completing (earning a B- or better) any required course(s) within the first semester of the program. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 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 apply online.

*Resume, personal statement and recommendation letters must be submitted as PDFs.

There is one start date a year for the MBA/RD program, which is in the fall.

For additional information on the Brennan school's programs, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission.

Request for Waiver of Admission Test

The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • 6 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Strong GPA (3.0+) from Dominican University or other schools holding specialized accredited undergraduate programs, such as the AACSB (for business), and others (on a case by case basis)
  • Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, or other academic honors fraternities for non-business majors. 
  • Applicants that hold another graduate degree, ie Masters or PhD degree
  • For provisionally admitted students, that receive a B or better in 3 or more of Brennan's MBA Foundation, one-credit hour courses
  • Please note: The GMAT/GRE test score is an important consideration in the awarding of merit scholarships
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 Certificate

Any alumna/us who has earned an MBA from Dominican University may return as a student-at-large to complete an additional certificate.

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 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.