The Lee Business School MBA Programs at UNLV are designed for those who seek global career and leadership opportunities. The world is changing quickly and today’s business leaders are faced with new challenges in a complex business environment supported by new communication technologies and organizational structures. Success in the new global marketplace requires teams of executives working across functions and across borders.
The MBA programs at UNLV prepare students to succeed in today’s business environment by providing them with the needed skills, knowledge, and tools to become visionary and creative leaders. The program focuses on ethics and critical thinking, business communications, the role of the firm and its goals and markets, firms’ strategic planning and positioning, supply chain management, international business culture, information technology, leadership, and teamwork. Our faculty and administration are committed to fulfilling the recently revised college mission: to advance the knowledge and practice of the disciplines that constitute business and administration and to foster the intellectual and economic vitality of Nevada and the Intermountain Region through teaching, research, and outreach. Our faculty are committed to continuous quality improvement of the curriculum. To achieve the best outcome, the faculty embrace no single teaching method, but rather employ a combination of methods best suited to the particular objectives of the course. Lectures, group discussions, seminars, case studies, computer simulations, and individual and group research projects are frequently used within courses and across the curriculum.
MBA Program Highlights
- A holistic approach to business management which starts with the role of the firm, its goals and markets, its strategic planning and positioning, and supply chain management.
- Explicit emphasis on a framework for analysis of ethical issues and critical thinking.
- A greater emphasis on international studies through a specific course in international business and cross-cultural perspective and a greater internationalization of other courses.
- An evening MBA Program accommodating the needs of both full-time and part-time students by allowing students to complete their degree at a pace that fits their personal schedule.
- Students can take 2, 3 or 4 courses per semester enabling them to finish in the time frame of their choice. The cohort experience enables students to bond and network with each other in the program.
- Up to nine hours of electives provides greater flexibility in tailoring programs of study to each student’s needs and interests.
Transfer Credit and Prior Course Work
Up to 12 graduate credit hours may be transferred if taken at AACSB accredited business schools within the last 5 years and a grade of B (3.00) or better is achieved. Graduate work taken pass/fail is not transferable toward the MBA degree. This transfer credit is limited by the requirement that a student must take a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate classes from the UNLV Lee Business School to earn an MBA degree. Requests for transfer course work must be evaluated and approved by the MBA Director after the student is officially admitted.
Leave of Absence, Probation, and Suspension
Student academic performance is reviewed twice a year. Admitted students must enroll for courses every semester, excluding Summer Term, and must complete at least 6 credit hours every year. A leave of absence can be granted for up to one or two academic year(s) with prior approval from the MBA Director and Graduate College. A student will be placed on probation if it is determined that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward meeting degree requirements or if the student’s overall MBA program GPA falls below 3.00. Conditions and deadlines for the removal of probation will be specified. Failure to meet the conditions will result in separation from the MBA program.
The Lee Business School MBA Program welcomes applications from college graduates in all disciplines. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Graduates from all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants are evaluated based upon proven scholastic ability, performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), maturity, motivation, leadership, communication skills, and possess the interest and ability to assume business leadership responsibilities.
The Application Process
Admission to the graduate business program is conducted by the Lee Business School MBA Programs and the UNLV Graduate College. Please note that the responsibility of obtaining and submitting the application material, transcripts, test scores and other necessary information rests upon the applicant. In addition, international students must provide proof of English proficiency if the student’s degree is from an institution where English is not the language of instruction.
Refer to the Graduate College Admission & Registration Information contained in this catalog for a complete description of materials and processes required for admission consideration.
Fall (MBA and Dual Programs)
Students will be admitted to the MBA program for the fall semester only.
- International and Dual M.B.A./M.S. in Hotel Administration Students - May 1
- Domestic Students - June 1
Spring (Dual M.B.A/M.S. in Hotel Administration & MIS only)
- International Students - October 1
- Domestic Students - November 15
Application to the MBA and Dual Programs require the following documentation.
- Official results of the GMAT test. You may indicate your test score and date taken on the application or indicate your expected exam date; however, official copies of the GMAT scores must be submitted to the Lee Business School MBA Programs Office.
- A copy of the applicant’s current resume.
- Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional, from persons competent to judge the applicant’s potential to pursue graduate work successfully.
- A one to two page statement of purpose.
- Evidence of a minimum of two years of relevant work experience preferred.
- Evidence (official transcript) of an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00, or higher, on a four-point scale.
- With the exception of the GMAT, required materials listed above are to be uploaded into the Graduate College online application. The MBA program does not require a separate application.
Graduate Management Admission Test
Applicants must meet the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 550 or higher with each component over the 25th percentile. The test score should be reflective of both, verbal and quantitative aptitude. GMAT scores over five years old are not considered. The average score of accepted students over the last two years is about 600. The computer adaptive GMAT is offered on a continuous basis by appointment at one of approximately 400 locations throughout North America. For further information contact:
Graduate Management Admission Test
Applicants with demonstrated potential, a strong undergraduate academic record, and a strong GMAT score, are admitted with graduate standing. Students may be considered for admission on a provisional basis. If their undergraduate academic record and/or GMAT score are not sufficiently strong to be considered for full graduate standing. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.00 but not lower than 2.75, OR a GMAT score less than 550 but not lower than 520, with each component over the 25th percentile, may be considered for provisional admission. A graduate provisional student must complete the first nine credit hours of core courses taken in the program. The courses are approved in advance and are listed on the “Letter of Admission.” The student must complete this course work within the first two consecutive enrollment periods (excluding Summer Term) and earn individual grades of B (3.00) or above (B- is not acceptable) before any other additional course work may be taken. Failure to complete this course work in the allotted time, or any grades less than B, will result in cancellation of the student’s admission. Upon completion of the nine hours with grades of B or better, the Lee Business School will recommend to the Graduate College that the student be given graduate standing status. The Graduate College will then change the student’s status to graduate standing.
Prior to their first semester in the program, all admitted students are required to attend a noncredit orientation program.