Requirements for Master’s Degree in Business Administration

By: UoPeople Outreach, 
November 2, 2016

As a fully accredited University, UoPeople has a number of requirements for all potential applicants, to help maintain a strong, intellectual student body. To meet admission requirements, applicants need to be 18 years old or older and be able to demonstrate a bachelor’s degree completion. In addition, applicants need to have:


  • English proficiency (international students must meet English proficiency requirements according to the DEAC guidelines for graduate study)
  • A minimum of two years work experience
  • One reference (from an employer/lecturer etc.)
  • An official bachelor’s degree transcript 


To apply for admissions consideration to our MBA program, applicants must complete an online application, including payment of a non-refundable Application Processing Fee. In addition applicants who are non native English speakers or didn’t complete their undergraduate degree in an institution where the primary language of instruction is English are required to provide proof of English proficiency. Should applicants be unable to provide proof of English proficiency they will need to successfully complete a UoPeople English course before proceeding to UoPeople MBA Foundations. UoPeople does not require a standardized entrance exam for admittance. 


In order to be admitted to a graduate degree program, students must successfully complete the UoPeople MBA Foundations Courses. The UoPeople MBA Foundations Courses are designed to equip students with the necessary skills needed to thrive in their academic degree studies. Once students have successfully passed the UoPeople MBA Foundations Courses, and sent their proof of Bachelor’s degree completion document, they may continue as Degree Seeking Students at UoPeople in their MBA degree program. The UoPeople MBA Foundations Courses count towards the MBA degree credit requirements. 


Submitting proof of undergraduate degree completion may be satisfied during your first term at UoPeople through the submission of:


1.  official diploma (or transcript showing graduation) sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed, submitted online or a scanned copy sent electronically); or

2.  a photocopy of the original diploma (or transcript showing graduation) certified by a notary sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or

3.  the best evidence available, including a signed certification from the applicant regarding earning a diploma, a written explanation of why a diploma cannot be sent, and an attachment of the best evidence available.  Every case will be evaluated separately and it is at the university discretion to allow sending only the best evidence available. 


  • Resume

Applicants submit a resume showing at least two years of work experience.


  • Letter of Recommendation

Applicants submit a letter of recommendation from one individual who can write knowledgeably about their academic background and/or work experience. The letter should be formally written and addressed to the UoPeople Office of Admissions. Applicants should submit the recommender’s first and last name, email address, and phone number including the country code.


It is important to verify that all the appropriate documents are included, as well as to be sure that you have copies for your personal records.


***Please note that all submitted documents become the property of University of the People, and cannot be returned, due to university regulations.


If applicants have any issues or questions regarding the required documents they need to send, they may contact their personal Admissions Advisor or the Office of Admissions at  


Documents that are not in the English language must be submitted along with an official notarized translation. The original as well as the English version must be sent to UoPeople.


*Special consideration will be given to successful graduates of UoPeople’s undergraduate degrees. Diplomas and transcripts that are not in English must be submitted together with an official notarized translation, and in certain cases, the Office of Admissions may require applicants to present additional documentation.