Online MBA Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below will provide answers to most of the common questions that we receive about the UConn Online MBA Program. Contact us with additional questions at omba@uconn.edu.

General

What degree will I earn at the end of the program?

Students earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut School of Business.

What is the average amount of work experience that an Online MBA applicant has?

Since fall 2021 is our inaugural cohort, we cannot officially report an average amount of work experience for this program. We require a minimum of at least two years of professional experience. Our most recent applicants had approximately eight years of experience in similar programs like the UConn Part-Time MBA program.

What time of day are classes offered?

The Online MBA is a cohort program. Most of your core required courses are delivered in an asynchronous format; this means you will complete classwork at your own convenience. In addition to the core asynchronous courses, there is a 90-minute synchronous class scheduled for Monday evening from 6:00 p.m.-730 p.m. Elective courses can be either asynchronous or synchronous. All classes will be scheduled in the evening.

How many students are in the program?

The Fall 2021 inaugural cohort plans to enroll 40 students.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Most students will complete the program in about 3-3.5 years. This period assumes each student’s ability to engage in an average of two classes per semester.

Is there a maximum number of classes I can take each semester?

Students will be required to take two core courses a semester for six consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer). During this time, students will have the option to take an elective. Students can alternatively wait until they have completed their core courses before they begin their elective coursework. We recommend students start with the two courses (six credits) for their first semester, to gauge the workload and manage their work/life balance.

Are international students eligible for the Online MBA program?

Yes, however, the University of Connecticut does not issue a Form I-20 for part-time study. Online MBA applicants, therefore, do not qualify for the F-1 student visa through UConn sponsorship. If you are already in the U.S. on a visa, you are responsible to ensure that taking classes will not violate the terms of your visa status. The University cannot determine this for you.

What is the average age of students in the program?

Since fall 2021 is our inaugural cohort, we cannot officially report the average age of students in the program. The average age of students enrolled in other MBA programs at UConn is about 30 years old. We have students enrolled who range from 22 to 60+ years old.

Am I able to attend events on campus?

Yes, Online MBA students are a part of the UConn community and have access to all on-campus events.

Do students intern while pursuing their degrees?

Most of our students are full-time working professionals, therefore many do not intern. Additionally, the courses within the Online MBA curriculum do not incorporate internships for credit. Though we do not have a required internship component in our program, we do have Online MBA designated career counselors who can assist you with your internship/job search and preparation goals for students who would like to organize an internship independently.

Admissions

When should applicants expect an admissions decision?

Applicants will receive a decision by the indicated response date that corresponds with the deadline found on the Business School's website.

How are students notified about their admissions decision?

Decisions are shared via email. The decision will also be available on the application portal.

What semester(s) can I apply for?

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2021.

Is there an application deadline?

Yes, we have specific deadlines every year. Please be sure to verify the deadline for the semester you are applying for - https://grad.business.uconn.edu/deadlines

Is there a GPA requirement?

We seek at least a 3.0 GPA from your previous studies. If you fall below this GPA, please contact our Admissions team to discuss your options.

Is there a minimum work experience requirement?

We require at least two years of professional work experience. If you do not meet this minimum requirement, please contact our Admissions team to discuss your options.

Academic Requirements

How many courses are required to graduate?

The degree requires 19 total courses, 12 of which are core classes and seven of which are elective classes.

Is there a maximum time limit to complete the program?

Yes, you must complete the program within six years.

Are there any prerequisite courses for the Online MBA program?

We do not require prerequisite courses. Our curriculum is designed to accommodate students from all different educational backgrounds.

Application

Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

Letters from professors, business professionals, employers, etc. are generally acceptable. We encourage you to submit at least one of the letters from a current or previous direct supervisor/manager. The second letter can be your choice of a professor, coworker, employer, professional mentor, etc.

Can I upload copies of my letters of recommendation?

No. While you are completing the application, you will be prompted to enter the information of your recommenders, including email addresses. Once your recommenders are added, they will receive an email with a personalized link to securely upload their recommendation. You should not upload any letters of recommendation yourself.

Is the GMAT/GRE required?

The GMAT/GRE is not required for the Online MBA program. However, if you wish to submit your GMAT/GRE scores to strengthen your application, you’re welcome to do so.

What documents are required with my application?

You must complete an online application and upload your unofficial transcript(s), resume, one personal essay, and two letters of recommendation.

Do I need my official transcript for the application?

No, you only need to upload your unofficial copy of your transcript into the online application. If you are admitted, you will be prompted to furnish your official transcript which must be submitted directly from your previous institution(s). (Please note that UConn undergraduates will not be required to submit their official transcripts upon matriculation but will still be required to send their unofficial transcripts when applying).

Is the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE required?

If your native language is not English, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. Please visit the Graduate School website where the policy is outlined in more detail - https://grad.uconn.edu/admissions/requirements/

What if I am not sure which concentration I want to pursue?

Though you must select a concentration on your application, you have the option to change your concentration while in the program. Be sure to connect with your academic advisor about other available concentrations. We recommend that you decide on a concentration early in the program, so you can take the correct elective courses needed.

Can I save my application and return to it later to finish?

You will be prompted to create login credentials to access the application and complete it at your own pace. Please be sure your completed application is submitted before the deadline.

Cost and Fees

Is there a cost differential between in state and out-of-state students?

There is no difference in costs for Online MBA students no matter where you live.

Is there a cost differential if I take winter or summer courses?

No, all semesters/sessions carry the same cost per tuition credit.

Does tuition need to be paid in full upfront?

Our tuition is set up on a per-credit basis. Therefore, you will pay tuition each semester based on the number of credits you are taking that semester. Payment plans are available for the fall and spring semesters. You can learn more about payment plan options here: https://bursar.uconn.edu/payment-plan/

Is financial aid available?

Financial assistance may be available to matriculated students in a degree-seeking program. If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid office directly. You can visit their website for more information: https://financialaid.uconn.edu/ or contact them at financialaid@uconn.edu

Are there Military/Veteran Benefits available?

Yes - To find out if you qualify for the Veteran’s Waivers and/or benefits, please contact UConn Veterans Affairs and Military Programs. OMBA students may contact Rob Passmore at (robert.passmore@uconn.edu) in the Veterans Affairs and Military Programs office.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $75 non-refundable application fee required when you submit your application.

Are there application fee waivers?

Please see the Graduate School website for a complete list and instructions for applying for a waiver.

Are scholarships available?

We do not offer any scholarships for new students. However, once you are a current student in the program, you will be notified of any scholarships that may become available to apply for the individual awards.