Frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning Charlton's graduate/MBA programs.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs.

What are the MBA application deadlines?

Fall admission:

  • International students: June 1
  • U.S. students: July 1 (full time)
  • Part-time or online students: August 1

Spring admission:

  • International students: November 15
  • U.S. students: Rolling

After I apply, how do I know whether my application is complete?

To see what items are still needed, please check your application status.

Your password and PIN (needed to check your status) are sent via regular mail 10 days after you submit your application.

We update your online application status as soon as possible after new materials arrive.

Who should my letters of recommendation be from?

Choose people who can comment on your character and motivations.

We encourage recommendations from professors, work supervisors, and/or people who have worked closely with you.

We want to know that you can handle an academically challenging curriculum and succeed in a work environment.

Can I choose more than one concentration?

Yes, you may double concentrate to focus on 2 areas.

What certificate is right for me?

Business Foundations. This certificate is preferred if you do not have an undergraduate business degree or at least a B grade in Statistics, Economics and Accounting coursework. The Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs can help you determine if the foundation courses would be waived for you.

Any other. If you would not be required to take the foundation courses, choose the certificate that corresponds to the MBA concentration that best fits your needs. This allows you to complete all your electives prior to officially entering the MBA Program.

How do I know if my foundation courses are waived?

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs lets you know prior to the next semester’s enrollment.

When we evaluate your application, we decide if it's appropriate to waive your foundation courses. To be eligible for a waiver, you must have a B grade or better in an equivalent course.

For questions, contact the Assistant Dean.

Can I transfer in any courses?

Approval can be granted to transfer up to 6 credits.

Approval form. Complete a prior approval form to ensure that the course is an equivalent course and that we will accept your credits. We recommend filling out this form prior to taking a class elsewhere if you might want to transfer it here.

We reserve the right to deny your transfer courses if a prior approval form was not completed whether the course was taken before you entered the program or during it.

Can I take courses prior to completing the application?

You may take up to 2 courses if you obtain prior permission from the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs.

Can I take more than 2 courses if I want to enroll in the MBA, but haven’t taken the GMAT.

You can enroll in one of our graduate certificate programs.

Depending on the certificate, 3-4 of those courses directly count towards the MBA. This allows you to enroll full-time, be in a program, and start earning MBA credits prior to taking the GMAT.

You cannot take more than the 4 certificate courses until you submit a completed application with a GMAT score.

What is the GMAT, when should I take it and how do I register for it?

The GMAT is the Graduate Management Admission Test; it is the entrance exam used by all the top business schools.

To have the best options for course registration, complete the GMAT no later than:

  • end of May for fall enrollemnt
  • end of November for spring enrollment

Register at:
There are many test dates and options available.

What is the ETS code for UMass Dartmouth?

Our ETS code is 3786.

ETS sends all score reports (GRE, GMAT, MAT, and TOEFL) directly to the Graduate Studies Office for processing.

A department designation is not required; if you wish, you may enter "00" for the department code.

What is the minimum required GMAT score?

We do not set a minimum required score.

Rather, we evaluate your application based on your GMAT score, undergraduate GPA, résumé, essay, and other information about you.

Is there a required minimum GPA?

We suggest that our applicants have a 3.0 GPA, but we consider all admissions criteria in making admissions decisions.

What are the minimum required TOEFL scores?

We require a minimum score of 500/200/72 (PBT/CBT/IBT) on the TOEFL for entrance to any program and a minimum score of 550/213/79 (PBT/CBT/IBT) for consideration for a teaching assistantship. Some programs require higher minimum TOEFL scores.

IELTS should be a 6.0 or higher.