Wilkes University

Admission Requirements

Applicants who have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees in any discipline are invited to apply.

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To be considered for admission, please submit the following:

  • A completed online application with a $35 application fee
  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts from a regionally accredited institution
  • Two letters of recommendation​
  • A current resume
  • A personal statement addressing the following:
    • Your short- and long-term goals
    • Why you wish to pursue your MBA at Wilkes University
    • Why you are a strong candidate for the Wilkes MBA program

Admission to the MBA Program at Wilkes University can be based on your performance, proficiency, and pathways.


To be accepted on a regular basis, you must have:

  1. already earned a master's degree or
  2. earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 overall, or
  3. a calculated 3.0 GPA over the most recent four semesters in their undergraduate degree program.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you will be required to interview with the MBA program director or designate. In addition, one of the following conditions must be satisfied:


If you have earned a cumulative grade-point average of a 2.5 to 2.99 overall or calculated over the most recent four semesters in your undergraduate degree program, you will need to earn a satisfactory score on the GMAT.


If you have more than seven years of professional work experience, you should submit a portfolio showing adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain the following:

  • writing samples that show graduate level communication and analytical skills;
  • a detailed resume showing professional development, achievements, awards and professional recognition;
  • letters of reference from persons who can attest to your ability to do graduate level work;
  • letter of explanation detailing the reasons you believe you are a suitable candidate for graduate study in the discipline requested.


Accepted students are immediately assigned an advisor. Advising sessions are used to discuss career goals, student strengths and course-scheduling options. Sessions can also be used to communicate effective managerial role models and current job market conditions.

Thank you for choosing Wilkes University.

Please click through to the online application, and choose the appropriate application option for your program of choice from the drop-down menu on the first page. Each graduate program has specific requirements for admission.

Please send all supporting materials to:

Wilkes University
Graduate Admissions
84 W. South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

If you have any questions about the application process or required materials, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at 570-408-4235.

Graduate Application for Admission

Wilkes University's growing global perspective and commitment to education in an evolving and multicultural world is illustrated by the increasing number of students from abroad who study here.

The University feels so strongly about this initiative that it has invested in the development of a new Center for Global Education and Diversity.

Graduate Application for Admission

  • Once you are accepted into the graduate program of your choice, the Center for Global Education and Diversity will assist you in getting your visa and will offer numerous orientation programs and cultural and social events designed to introduce you to the Wilkes University experience and American culture.
  • Our International Graduate Admissions office is eager to assist you with the application process.

Requirements for Graduate International Students

For more information, contact:
Kristin Donati
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 3338
(570) 408-3338