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Executive MBA Application and Admission

Please use the following information to guide you as you apply to the Executive MBA Program. You may send in your application materials as you complete them. Please note that application material will be processed once a week on Wednesday. When you submit material, you will receive a confirmation email the following Thursday. The Admission Committee cannot review your application until all application materials have been submitted.

Personal Requirements

  • At least 5 years of meaningful work experience, preferably in a managerial or supervisory role
  • A bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited university
  • A commitment to attend weekend classes and spend time in out-of-class preparation
  • A willingness to work as part of a group

Application Deadline

The Executive MBA program has a limited number of seats and accepts a maximum of 65 students per cohort. We accept applications year-round and use a rolling admission process.

We are currently accepting applications for the Class of 2018, which will begin next June. The best consideration deadline for this cohort is, April 15, 2016. After April 15, we will continue to accept applications until the class is full.

Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in applying, please contact Gina Urias-Sandoval, EMBA Program Director. Please email application materials to:, and please mail application material to the following address:

Executive MBA Program
MSCO5 3090
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Application Process

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Online Application

Please fill out the application form completely. If you fill out a paper application, please sign and date it where indicated. Please upload your resume and statement of purpose when you submit your online application. Please see below for additional instructions about each of these documents.

Application Fee

You may pay the $50 application fee via the following methods:

  • Pay online here
  • Check or money order made out to the Anderson School Foundation, submitted with your application materials
  • Over the phone via credit card by calling the EMBA Program Office at 277-2525

Statement of Purpose

Please write an essay ~500 words explaining your reasons for seeking an advanced degree in business, as well as your personal qualities and experience that will benefit your professional colleagues in the program. Include any noteworthy achievements or additional information you wish to share with the Admissions Committee. Your statement of purpose can be uploaded with your online application.


Please submit a current resume detailing your work experience, management experience, and areas of responsibility. Your resume can be uploaded with your online application.

3 Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required, including one from your immediate supervisor. Each letter should have the EMBA Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet attached. The most meaningful evaluations come from people who have been responsible for evaluating your academic or managerial performance.


Please send one official transcript from each college, university, and graduate school you attended as a registered student. Each transcript must be enclosed in the registrar's sealed envelope and included in your application package or sent directly to the Executive MBA Program Office. If you earned a degree from the University of New Mexico, we will request your transcript.

Permanent residents with foreign transcripts must provide a transcript evaluation. UNM recommends: National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( or World Education Services (

GMAT or GRE Scores

The GMAT and GRE entrance exams are administered computer-adaptive tests, which you can take year-round at a date and time that are convenient for you. Both tests measure general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills at the level of a high school sophomore.

Change to: The Admissions Committee will accept either the GMAT or the GRE. The Admissions Committee requires a 500 or better on the GMAT, or a GRE score that is deemed to be greater than or equivalent to 500 on the GMAT using a conversion tool available at:

Once you complete the test, your scores will be shown to you. Please record your scores and submit them to us. These will qualify as your "unofficial" scores. While you will need to submit your official scores to be officially admitted, your unofficial scores allow us to expedite the interview process. The school designation code is 4845 for either exam. Please do not indicate a specific program for your scores to be sent to; only use the UNM school code (4845). Test scores are valid for five years.

Information about the test, registration, and practice tests are available at:

The entrance exam requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of the following conditions:

  • Ph.D. in any field
  • A Master's Degree with substantial quantitative coursework
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Business from an AACSB accredited institution with a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale in all upper level courses (300-level or above).

For more information on preparing for either exam, visit our test prep page!


Once your application is complete, you will be required to interview with the Admissions Committee. The interview is an important part of the application process. It is your opportunity to discuss in more detail your qualifications and the value you will bring to the EMBA Program. You should receive notification of the admission decision within two weeks after your interview is completed.