Uvm Admissions Essay For Graduate

UVM welcomes applications from talented students. Through a holistic admissions review, we select students with strong potential for academic success who will contribute to our community. The rigor of an applicant’s academic program; class standing and grades; standardized test results; and trends in performance are considered. Essays, recommendations, and other evidence of each student’s life experience also assist our evaluation. Admission decisions are made without regard to family financial circumstances.

All applicants must complete the following requirements prior to enrolling at UVM (one college semester generally substitutes for one high school year). Please review these minimum requirements, as well as additional requirements (below) for each of our undergraduate schools and colleges. Note: all applicants apply to one of our seven undergraduate schools and colleges according to their selected major.

Minimum entrance requirements

  • four years of English
  • three years of mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry (or equivalents)
  • two years of the same foreign language (American sign language meets this requirement)
  • three years of a natural or physical science, including a laboratory science
  • three years of social sciences

Course work not completed at the high school level may be fulfilled by equivalent college-level academic work. In general, one semester of college work is considered equal to one year of high school study. Any exceptions to these requirements are made on a case-by-case basis.

Admitted Student Profile

Class ranking* of students admitted for Fall 2017

  • Top 10%: 39%
  • Top 25%: 77%

*34% attended high schools reporting exact class rank.

SAT/ACT Score Ranges for Middle 50% of Admitted Students*

  • SAT EBRW: 600-690
  • SAT Math: 590-680
  • ACT: 27-32

*Information regarding SAT Score Choice and ACT Super Scoring:UVM considers your highest section scores across all SAT and ACT dates submitted. Applicants are encouraged to send scores from every SAT or ACT test date in which they received a top score in each section. Final admissions decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and UVM updates applicant records each time we receive new scores.

AP, IB, and credit for other courses/exams taken

To learn about credit given for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program () and other courses/exams taken in high school, visit our section on transferring other credits.

Requirements and/or Recommendations by UVM Schools/Colleges

When applying to UVM, all applicants apply to one of the following seven schools or colleges. Additional entrance requirements or recommendations for each are listed here:

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for science majors

Recommended: Candidates are strongly encouraged to take one year of physics and at least one year of math beyond Algebra II (precalculus/calculus is preferred).

Arts and Sciences

Recommended: Course work across the span of liberal arts disciplines; four years of math, including trigonometry; foreign language study all four years of high school.

Note to music majors: Candidates for entry into UVM as a music major seeking the B.A. or the B.Mus. degree must pass an audition as part of the process (except concentrations in Music Business and Technology).

Grossman School of Business

Required: Four years of math with high achievement, including at least one year beyond Algebra II. Trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus preferred.

Education and Social Services

Recommended: One year of biology for Human Development and Family Studies and Social Work majors. Math and science course work beyond the minimum for teacher education majors.

Note to music education majors: Candidates for entry into UVM as a music education major seeking the B.S. degree must pass an audition as part of the process.

Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Required: Four years of math, including trigonometry or precalculus. One year of chemistry and one year of physics for all engineering majors. All other majors: two years of a laboratory-based science.

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry or physics. Additional year of college preparatory math beyond Algebra II.

Nursing and Health Sciences

Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for all majors; four years of math, including trigonometry or pre-calculus.

Recommended: Additional science course work beyond chemistry and biology in the senior year of high school for all majors. One year of physics is recommended for Athletic Training, Exercise and Movement Science, Medical Radiation Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Science majors.

Apply to an MBA Program

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is an advanced degree designed to enhance management and leadership skills.  MBA degrees are often preferred or required for careers further up the corporate ladder. MBA grads utilize their in-depth business knowledge and skills in a variety of settings and industries from government and non-profit organizations to agricultural and telecommunications companies.

Just Getting Started?

If you are in the early stages of considering an MBA program, the first thing to do is clarify why an MBA is the right choice to achieve your career goals at this time.

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  • What are your motivations, goals and expectations?
  • How will a MBA degree move you towards your professional goals?
  • Is an MBA degree a prerequisite to enter your field or will it help you to transition into a new field? Could you accomplish the same goal(s) simply by taking a few specialized courses and/or pursuing relevant professional experiences?
  • Are you aware of the marketability of your degree and the job prospects following completion?

Required Courses for an MBA

There is no uniform admissions’ standard for Business School. Most schools have several required prerequisite courses. These can include: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Calculus, and Statistics.  If you don’t have an undergraduate background in business, you will want to start planning for any prerequisites you will need to take.  Some programs will allow you to take these courses after you are admitted, before you begin the core coursework. Check each school’s website to learn more.

Selecting an MBA Program

Selecting a Business School, as with other graduate programs, is a personal decision based on numerous factors. We recommend a process of self-assessment in which candidates consider their own priorities, needs and goals. Business schools vary widely in their curriculum, teaching methodology and culture.

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Research programs thoroughly to determine which will be the best fit for you.  Utilize all available web resources, contact admissions departments, visit schools, and talk with alumni. An MBA is a big investment in your future, it’s worth the work to make the right choice for you.

Important factors could include:

LocationClass Size
Rankings & ReputationTotal Program Cost
Program Focus AreasCulture/Atmosphere
DiversityTotal Credits Necessary
AccreditationElective Choices
Business ConnectionsPotential Career Opportunities
AccreditationThere are multiple groups that accredit Business Schools.  MBA accreditation gives you some information regarding a program’s commitment to quality, but is only one factor in the decision making process. Consider your goal in obtaining an MBA, and research the importance of the accreditation to your future career path.

AACSB The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
IACBE The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
ACBSP Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs

Research MBA Programs, Tips, and News
Rankings are one piece of information. Research the criteria that are being measured to evaluate and rank Business Schools.  The best program for you may not be the top ranked school. Find information on programs, tips and advice, articles and current trends:

College Choice: Using Business School Rankings
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
U.S. News & World Report
Financial Times
The Economist
Wall Street Journal
Poets & Quants
Beyond Grey Pinstripes
MBA Depot
Resources for MBA Students

Selection Criteria for Admissions

Admissions officers are looking for candidates with professional experience who have strong analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills. As with other graduate programs, your application will include standardized test scores, essays, recommendations, and transcripts.

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The GMATis the most widely used test for admission to Business School. Some schools will accept GRE scores as well. Check admission requirements.
You can find free diagnostic tests at the GMAT's official site. Take one to help you map out your plan of study.

Recommendations & Essays
Your essays and letters of recommendation are an important part of your application.  Choose people who will give you excellent recommendations and also provide different perspectives on your work, academic, and leadership abilities. Let each person know why you would value their recommendation and what experiences or strengths they could discuss in their letters to support your application. Give people ample time to complete and submit their letters.  Ideally, well before you are applying to an MBA program, you will have been building strong relationships with supervisors and professors who can attest to the quality of your work and character.

The essay gives the admissions committee a sense of who you are beyond the resume and test scores. It is important that you follow directions and thoughtfully and honestly answer the questions each school asks. Your essays should be well written and error free. UVM Writing Center and Career Counselors are happy to review your essays. Essays may touch on the following themes: Why do you want an MBA and how will it help you achieve your goals? Why is this the right time for you to get an MBA? Why do you want to get your degree at our school?

Application Process Timeline

Allow yourself at least a year from the application deadlines to find, research and apply to MBA programs. Generally, the earlier you apply to graduate school, the more beneficial to you.At a minimum, submit the application at least a week before the deadline.  Note that some schools have several application rounds; aim to be in the first round.

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The Year Before the Program’s Start (This timeline assumes a fall start date.)


  • Begin studying/preparing for the GMAT /GRE
  • Begin researching schools
  • Evaluate program types and decide which is the best fit: Full Time, Part Time, On-Line, Executive or specialized MBA
  • Make a timeline with the application deadlines of all the schools you are interested in; note 1,2,3 rounds of applications
  • Begin to identify who you will ask for recommendations


  • Take the GMAT /GRE
  • Visit some of your top schools of interest
  • Build your resume with internships or jobs
  • Begin to brainstorm ideas for your personal statement/ essays



  • Continue/ finish the above as needed
  • Evaluate the schools you’ve been accepted to: review how your priorities and goals fit with the programs, as well as the financial implications and return-on-investment of each of your choices.

Financial Aid/ Scholarships

It is important for you to consider the total cost of your MBA program and research the options to finance your degree.  Apply early in the process to increase your chances of admission and receiving a good financial aid package.  The Financial Aid departments of schools to which you’ve been admitted will be a great resource. Here are a few websites to get you started:



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