Frequently Asked Questions


What do I need to apply?

All requirements for application can be found on our application checklist.

Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE?

In most cases, the answer is yes. Some applicants may be able to waive the entrance exam requirement. Applicants may waive the entrance exam by meeting one of the following conditions:

  • A Ph.D. in any field
  • A Master's Degree with substantial quantitative coursework
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from an AACSB accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in upper level courses.

You may download the GMAT waiver here.

What score do I need on the GMAT or GRE?

We are looking for a 500 on the GMAT or equivalent on the GRE.  The Admission Committee will accept either the GMAT or the GRE – we have no preference. The committee looks for a score of 500 or higher on the GMAT, or an equivalent GRE score. You can convert your GRE score with a score conversion calculator from ETS.  After you complete the test, you will receive your score immediately. Please record your results and submit them to us as your "unofficial" scores. While you're still required to submit your official scores, your unofficial scores allow us to set up an interview for you. When requesting your official score, use 4845 as the school's designation code. Test scores are valid for five years.

What happens if I don’t get a 500 on the GMAT or GRE equivalent?

Study and do your best on the exam, but please don’t let it get it you down.  We take a holistic approach to the application review process and entrance exam scores only one component of the application. If you score at least a 450 on the exam and have a strong application overall, the Admission Committee will consider your application to the program.

I received a degree from UNM – do I have to send those transcripts?

No, we can pull your transcripts from UNM using your UNM Banner ID.

Do I have to submit everything all at once?

No, you can submit pieces as you have them completed.  Everything must be submitted by Friday, April 15.

What if I miss the deadline?

We will be happy to review your application for the next cohort.


Is this program approved by the Public Education Department to sit for the administrative license?

Yes, this program has provisional approval for the first two cohorts of students that meet the requirements set out by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

What are the requirements to sit for the exam?

Please visit the New Mexico Public Education Department's website for more information on licensure requirements.

What PED licenses do I qualify for after completing the program?

Educational Administrative License and the School Business Official License per the requirements set out by NMPED.