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MBA Admissions

Although admission to Whitworth's MBA program is competitive, the Graduate Admissions Committee is dedicated to a thorough, holistic review of each application.

We encourage you to visit Whitworth University to learn more about the MBA program from current students, faculty and staff or to sit in on an MBA class. To schedule a visit, please call 509.777.3222.


Application Materials

Application and $50 fee

The online application has several components and allows you to upload your résumé and personal essay, send recommendation requests to your references, and pay your $50 application fee.

You also have the option of emailing your résumé and essay to us at a later time, to In addition to submitting your application materials, you will meet with the program director to talk about your particular goals in obtaining an MBA.

GMAT, GRE or Exam Alternative

Whitworth will waive the entrance-exam requirement for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. (If your cumulative GPA is lower than 3.25 due to first- or second-year grades, we will consider the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits for your calculated GPA.) If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.25, please submit one of the following:

Exam Options:

  • Submit an official GMAT score report (exam must have been taken in the last five years).
  • Submit an official GRE score report (exam must have been taken in the last five years).

Exam Alternative:

In lieu of GMAT or GRE scores, you may submit a 1,500-word analytical essay. The essay should demonstrate your ability to analyze, synthesize and critically reflect upon information. Applicants will need to request this option through the graduate admissions office and will be sent a case study to analyze in order to prepare a response.

After you complete your analytical essay, submit it to the graduate admissions office at

Please note: Applicants may be granted admission into Whitworth's MBA program, but they are not eligible for departmental academic scholarships awarded by the university unless a GMAT or GRE score report is submitted.


On your résumé, please include work experience and, if applicable, service activities and recognitions.

We strongly recommend that MBA applicants have full-time work experience. The Graduate Admissions Committee is especially interested in the quality of an applicant's professional skills as evidenced in her or his level of responsibility, leadership, supervision and teamwork. The committee also considers the relevance of these skills to the applicant's intended course of study at Whitworth and to the career goals stated in the essay.

Service activities, such as public, community or military service, travel experiences, and extracurricular activities, as well as any honors or recognitions received, are important indicators of an applicant's motivation and character. The most appropriate place to include this information is on your résumé. The accompanying personal essay may also be an appropriate place to discuss your personal background.


Recommendations should come from individuals who have a superior working knowledge of the applicant, should be professional in nature, and should speak to the applicant's professional work, qualities, career potential and likelihood of success in the classroom.

Recommendations are completed via an online recommendation request sent directly to each reference once you begin the application process.


Although a student's GPA is reviewed for probability of academic success, we understand that undergraduate GPAs, particularly those from several years ago, may not reflect current ability or commitment to academic success. A GPA of 3.0 is recommended, particularly if the undergraduate transcript is less than five years old.

Order official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended and have them sent directly to:

Whitworth University, Graduate Admissions
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

Prerequisites: Whitworth's MBA program requires prior coursework or equivalent work experience in these key functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, marketing and statistics. If applicants do not have the necessary background, Whitworth offers several online and self-paced completion methods to satisfy these requirements.

Personal Essay

The personal essay is a critical component for assessing an applicant's motivation for attending Whitworth's evening MBA program; it summarizes the applicant's background and goals, as well as his or her communication and presentation skills. In your essay, you are asked to respond to three questions: Why Whitworth? Why an MBA? Why now? Your essay should be no more than one page, single-spaced, or approximately 600 words. A strong essay will convey careful research on Whitworth and enthusiasm for the program.

International Students

Whitworth welcomes international students to apply for the MBA program. The global focus of Whitworth's MBA program makes it an attractive option for those living outside the United States. If this would be your first time studying abroad, you may have questions about what it's like to study in the U.S. Please don't hesitate to ask. Contact us at and we'll put you in touch with our MBA advisor.

Whitworth is a safe and comfortable place to study, with smaller, seminar-style classes that give you the opportunity to get to know your professors and classmates. Whitworth is located in Spokane, Wash., a mid-sized city with a four-season climate, so you'll want to be prepared for snow in the winter and warm, sunny summers.

Please complete the application process as indicated above.

University Transcript and Degree Requirements

All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Requirements for admission include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. International applicants with diplomas from non-English-speaking universities may be required to provide a professional credential evaluation of their university transcripts. To obtain a professional credential evaluation, submit official transcripts and/or documentation of degree earned to:

World Education Services (WES):

Please choose the "Course-by-Course" service. All transcripts and evaluations will be forwarded to Whitworth University.
If you have any questions, contact WES at 212-966-6311 (U.S. telephone/FAX) or (email online).

TOEFL and/or IELTS Tests

Whitworth requires the TOEFL or IELTS exam for all international applicants unless the applicant acquired her or his bachelor's degree from the U.S. or a country where the official language is English. A score of 88 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an overall score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the minimum for admission to Whitworth University. Test scores must be sent directly to Whitworth.

For the TOEFL, an official score report must be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) directly to Whitworth at the following address:

Whitworth University, Graduate Admissions
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

Whitworth's institution code is 4593. To learn more about the TOEFL or to request your score, contact ETS at
Waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS Score

A waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS is automatically granted if you are an international applicant and have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English. TOEFL or IELTS waivers pertain only to international students who have submitted an application.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

U.S. citizens and permanent residents do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

International Student Financial Statement

A detailed International Student Financial Statement form with supporting verification documents must be provided to the Whitworth Office of International Admissions. Submit documents to In compliance with U.S. Immigration Service requirements, your documents must show evidence of adequate available financial resources to attend the Whitworth MBA program.

An affidavit of financial support is required from students whose financial resources are supplemented in part or in whole by someone other than themselves. Use INS form I-134 for sponsors from the U.S.