MBA Admission Requirements

At Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, the coursework is challenging but the experience of working with us is not. Our admissions process is streamlined and highly personalized. Our Admissions Representatives are also available to assist you every step of the way.

The Admissions Committee evaluates all MBA program candidates on their potential to contribute to the MBA program. Our evaluation also takes into account how well our MBA program aligns with each candidate’s career aspirations. We focus on personal experience and the impact of individual achievements as well as the ability to communicate effectively and professionally. Finally, we highly value any candidate who will be able contribute to classroom discussions on contemporary business challenges.

Our MBA program admissions requirements include professional work experience, an admissions interview, current achievements, letters of recommendation, application with a personal statement, and previous academic history.

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The following components are required to complete the admissions process:

  1. Admissions interview

  2. Current resume or robust LinkedIn profile

  3. Official academic transcripts

  4. One letter of recommendation

  5. Application with personal statement

Work Experience Requirements for Leadership MBA

Applicants who are more experienced in their career are encouraged to apply to the Leadership MBA program. A minimum of 4 years of professional experience is required for the Leadership MBA. The program may be completed at a campus, for students looking for MBA programs in Chicago, or online.

Applying as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

Students who wish to take MBA courses but do not intend to earn an MBA degree may enroll in up to four courses as non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students who wish to enroll in more than four classes must satisfy all MBA admissions requirements and be accepted to the MBA program. Students who enroll in a single certificate program are considered non-degree seeking.

Non-degree seeking students are required to meet the same admissions standards as degree seeking MBA students and must fulfill all course prerequisites.

LFGSM is not currently accepting face-to-face or online students from Montana, Arkansas, Alabama, Maryland, or Massachusetts, unless part of an approved corporate degree location.

Application Fee

A $75 application fee is required at the time of application. If paying by check or money order, please send payment to the Lake Forest campus admissions office. All payments should be made payable to Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Electronic payments may be made when applying online. This fee is not refundable.