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Lacy School of Business
The Butler MBA Program

Criteria for Admission

We Admit the Best

We take a holistic view of each applicant. We consider your undergraduate record, GMAT score, work experience and letters of recommendation. Our average student has seven years of work experience and a competitive GPA and GMAT score. We expect our students to bring their work experience into the classroom, as our experiential curriculum is designed to blend theory and practice. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, including doctors, lawyers, engineers, educators, and more.

GMAT & GRE Scores

While we look at all submission components of each application, we do require applicants to achieve an acceptable GMAT score to be admitted to the program. The average GMAT score for students currently in the program is approximately 590.

We will consider waiving the GMAT for applicants with a Masters, JD, MD, PharmD, or PhD degree.  We will also consider a GMAT waiver for a Bachelors degree with demonstrated leadership skills and 7+ years of post-undergraduate work experience.  To view the full list of GMAT Waiver requirements by degree, visit the How to Apply page.

If you have specific questions about the GMAT, visit For more information and assistance, visit The GMAT Club (, which is a community of aspiring MBA students who help each other prepare for the GMAT.

Beginning in Fall 2017, we will be accepting GRE scores that have been converted to a predicated GMAT score.  Please visit the How to Apply page for more details.

International Students

International students from non-English speaking countries must score a minimum of the scores listed below:


213 (computer-based)

79 (internet-based)

550 (paper-based)