Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree Programs

Muhlenberg College admits applicants whose profile (a combination of prior academic performance, career accomplishments, community engagement through volunteerism, and other leadership activities) demonstrates the greatest potential for graduate study and contribution to both their profession and to a diverse society. 

Applicants for the Masters in Organizational Leadership will typically have a minimum of two years’ full-time work experience. If you are a senior or recent graduate you may meet this requirement through appropriate professional work experiences through internships, summer work, externships, and projects that may be sufficient. We also recommend that entering students have a basic foundation in accounting and finance, such as financial accounting or principles-level economics.

Applicants to the Masters of Applied Analytics for Organizations will have successfully completed statistics and calculus courses within the last five years. For those who do not meet this requirement or who desire to refresh their knowledge and skills, we offer a half-unit pre-course covering mathematical concepts integral to a student’s success in the master’s program. College seniors may enroll in the Masters of Applied Analytics program in conjunction with their Bachelor’s degree with certain graduate courses fulfilling both their undergraduate and graduate requirements.

Admission decisions are based on many factors, such as:

  • Prior academic degree and official transcripts
  • A personal statement addressing their personal characteristics, acquired skills, and intellectual abilities, including preparation in the desired field of study connecting graduate/professional goals with the academic program (see instructions below)
  • Performance on graduate entrance exams (GRE/GMAT) - optional if undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is equal to or greater than 3.0
  • Relevant work experience represented by résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Interview with our VP Executive Director or Dean of Graduate Studies or other graduate program adviser 

Personal Statement Instructions

We are interested in learning about your personal characteristics (ethical leadership, perseverance, emotional intelligence), acquired skills (research, writing, presenting), and intellectual abilities (creativity, area of knowledge, analytical thought). It should be written in an essay format with a balanced tone between personal and professional and between 450 and 750 words.   

Muhlenberg Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students who wish to apply will need to secure approvals from their academic advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies before the end of their junior year. 

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate Programs

To be considered for acceptance to certificate programs, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. Within the past five years, applicants for the certificate in Applied Analytics for Organizations must have passed a college-level course in Statistics with a minimum grade of B.

Note that applicants to graduate certificate programs will need: 

  • Prior academic degree and unofficial transcripts
  • Personal statement including preparation in the desired field of study and connecting graduate/professional goals with the academic program
  • Relevant work experience represented by resume or curriculum vitae 
  • English language proficiency (see below)

Subsequent Admission to Master’s Degree Program

Candidates for admission to a master’s program who have completed the corresponding graduate certificate with a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 may receive preference. They should schedule a personal interview with the Executive Director or Dean of Graduate Studies and follow the application procedures for the master’s degree.

General notices

The satisfaction of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission since the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available.  Note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the College. The College may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the College. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. All documents submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Admissions become the property of Muhlenberg College and will not be returned.