Admission Requirements - Online Tuition-Free MBA Degree
One Year Program in Management

Admission Requirements

As an accredited University, UoPeople has a number of requirements for all potential applicants, to help maintain a strong, intellectual student body. To meet admission requirements for the MBA program, applicants need to be 18 years of age or older. In addition, applicants need to have:


  • A Bachelor’s degree from a US accredited institution or an equivalent degree from an accredited international institution
  • A minimum of two years work experience
  • One letter of recommendation (from an employer/lecturer etc.)
  • English proficiency

To apply for admissions consideration to our MBA program, applicants must complete an online application, including payment of a $60 non-refundable Application Fee.


Non-Native English Speakers

In addition, applicants who are non-native English speakers, or did not complete their undergraduate degree in an institution where the primary language of instruction is English, are required to provide proof of English proficiency during their application process. 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.


Entrance Exams

Entrance-exams are not required for admission – this means that you do not need to submit any standardized test scores in order to be accepted to the online degree program at UoPeople. GMAT is not needed.

MBA Foundations Courses

In order to be accepted 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 submit their proof of Bachelor's degree completion and supporting documents, they may continue as degree students at UoPeople in their MBA degree program. The UoPeople MBA Foundations Courses count towards the MBA degree credit requirements.



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.


Submitting Proof of Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Proof of Bachelor's degree completion may be satisfied at UoPeople through the submission of:

  1. official diploma (or transcript showing the graduation date) sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or
  2. a color scan/photocopy of the original diploma or transcript showing the graduation date
  3. a black and white photocopy of the original diploma (or transcript showing the graduation date) certified by a notary sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or
  4. 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.

Sending Documentation

For the quickest processing of your application materials, it is advised to send your documents electronically via the UoPeople Self-Service Portal here.


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.


Refugees and Asylum-Seekers who are unable to produce original diplomas and/or transcripts may submit alternative documentation.


For applicants still wishing to send their documents to the Office of Admissions in Pasadena, California, must send to the following address:


University of the People
595 E. Colorado Boulevard. Suite 623
Pasadena, CA 91101, USA


Documents that are not in the English language must be submitted along with an official notarized translation. Both the original and translated versions must be received to continue processing your application.


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.


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