American University Executive MBA Admissions Requirements

Because the AUBG EMBA program is selective, admission is competitive. Each application is carefully read by the Admissions Committee and evaluated on the basis of its merits as a whole. Current students represent a broad range of functional backgrounds, areas of expertise, and levels of management positions. What they have in common is the desire to learn, seek new opportunities, and accept a challenge.

Applicants should have a minimum of two years of professional experience, strong academic credentials, and evidence of leadership in professional and personal lives.

Undergraduate Degree

All students are required to have obtained a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Students with undergraduate studies in business and related fields, as well as those with undergraduate studies in other fields, are encouraged to apply.

English Language Proficiency and Tests

Minimum requirements for proficiency in English apply to all University applicants. Applicants who are not native speakers of English may fulfill this requirement by achieving a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS or University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Satisfactory scores on English language proficiency tests:

English Proficiency Test  Minimum Required 
iBT - Internet Based TOEFL  80
PBT - Paper-Based TORFL 550
IELTS - International English Language Testing System 6.5
CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English C
CAE - Certificate of Advanced English B
ECPE - Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency
in English
PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English 59
Advanced Placement - AP English Language&Composition
or AP Literature&Composition

DET - Duolingo English Test 115

English Language Proficiency Tests Waivers

The AUBG EMBA Admissions Committee may waive the requirement for English language proficiency tests for:

  • Native speakers of English language;
  • Non-native speakers of English language who have completed a full-time Bachelor’s degree program in an accredited university with instruction in English within 5 years of the date of application to the AUBG EMBA program.
Personal Qualifications

All candidates need to provide evidence of motivation and the potential for organizational leadership. Pursuing the Executive MBA is a demanding experience. We look for evidence that participants will be reflective, mature and realistic, as well as highly motivated. Because of the program’s particular emphasis on working in groups with colleagues from diverse professional backgrounds, we seek candidates who will be active participants in the team work and contribute to the collaborative learning spirit of the Executive MBA program.

Professional Interview

Upon acceptance of the application package, the Admissions Committee of the EMBA Program will schedule a professional interview with the candidate. During this interview, the candidates will be asked about their work experience, their expectations for the EMBA Program to contribute to their careers and the qualities and skills they will bring to the EMBA cohort.

Admissions Committee

A committee including EMBA faculty members and representatives of the EMBA administration will serve as the core of the Admissions Committee.

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