Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics

Application and Graduation

Who Are We Looking For?

Each year we seek to build a class of students who can engage collaboratively as a community of learners toward excellence in research, scholarship, creative expression, and community engagement. While we understand that our students come with different backgrounds and experiences, they all share the following common characteristics:

Intellectual Curiosity and Analytical Aptitude

The cornerstone of achieving success lies in one’s commitment to and passion for a high standard of excellence. We look for individuals who are discovery-driven and who have a passion for collaboration and lifelong learning. Our course design and our desire for student-faculty interaction depend upon the active participation of innovative students who can assess, analyze, and act upon complex information focused on real-life problems. The MBA and Graduate School Admissions Committee will review your prior academic performance, the results of the GMAT or GRE, and, if applicable, TOEFL or IELTS scores, as well as the nature of your work experience. There is no particular previous course of study required to apply; you must, however, demonstrate the ability to master analytical and quantitative concepts.

Ethics and Community Engagement

While academic rigor is vital to student success, active collaboration of the entire NCAT community is also critical. That’s why we look for students who exhibit the highest ethical standards demonstrated by honesty, trustworthiness, and high moral character. The right candidate must have respect for their colleagues and be eager to share their experiences as well as value and integrate diverse perspectives, life experiences and cultures of others. Our promise is to prepare highly skilled and ethically conscious business leaders through innovative instruction, professional, and community engagements, and relevant faculty scholarship.

To apply for admission to the MBA program in the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must submit:

  • A completed and signed Graduate School Application for admission.
  • A $60 non-refundable fee.
  • Official college transcripts from all higher education institution.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A letter of intent.
  • A current résumé.
  • The GMAT or GRE score will be considered. However, if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or higher the GMAT or GRE examination is waived.
  • TOEFL score, IELTS scores or other proof of English language proficiency (required of all international applicants).
  • Students claiming in-state residence must submit the residence form.


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Application Deadlines


Priority (only applies to Fall Admissions)

Fall Admission - January 15


Fall Admission - May 15Spring Admission - September 15


Fall Admission - July 1Spring Admission - November 1