Professional MBA DowntownApplication & Requirements

Admission Requirements

We admit students to our PMBA Downtown program every Fall term only. To be eligible for admission to our Professional MBA Downtown program, you must:

  • Demonstrate at least two years of professional experience with a GMAT or GRE score. Applicants with more than four years of professional experience and strong academic performance may qualify for a GMAT or GRE waiver.
  • Be in good standing with all previously-attended colleges and universities.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better based on upper-division coursework. Applicants with less than a 3.0 with strong work experience may be considered.
*Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the PMBA program.

Application Deadline

The program admits students every Fall term. Applications and supporting documents should be sent as early as possible to allow enough time for processing. We will evaluate complete Fall applications on the following schedule:

Start Term Deadline
August June 1 – notified by July 2

After June 1 – on a space available basis

To be considered, you must submit an online application, have completed all supporting documents and appropriate test scores, and have attended an information session by that date. After June 1, applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications submitted between rounds will be reviewed on a rolling basis -- we will continue to evaluate completed files as they are submitted, and return admissions decisions as available. Admissions decisions are awarded on a competitive basis, and meeting minimum criteria is not a guarantee of admissions.

Application Process

To apply for the program:

  1. Please click here to initiate you graduate application. Select “Create a new user Account”
  2. Enter the program name Professional MBA Downtown, in the online admission form.
  3. There is a non-refundable application fee of US$30.00.

Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admissions. Additionally, applicants with more than four years of professional experience may still be asked to take a GMAT or GRE exam in order to strengthen their application.

Applicants should not wait until they have all of the materials together to apply. Submit your online application now and the rest of the materials as you complete them.

All materials should be sent to:

FIU - Professional MBA Downtown Program
Chapman Graduate School of Business
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, CBC 200
Miami, Florida 33199
  1. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities.

    • If the official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be evaluated by an official translation agency and sent to our mailing address above. The translation should come from a professional, certified translator. It must contain all information shown on original-language documents, “mirroring” them as precisely as possible. Visit the University Graduate School’s website for more information
    • Official proof of degree: A notarized copy of the original diploma is required if the degree is not posted on the official transcript
  2. Current Resume: Detailing your chronological professional experience, specifying employment dates, nature of positions (full-time/part-time), and duties or responsibilities, as well as educational history and dates of earned degrees.

  3. Statement of Purpose: A document of no more than two pages outlining your objectives for pursuing this graduate degree program (Choose one of the following):

    1. Describe a professional situation where you demonstrated one of the following leadership competencies: visionary, strategic, tactical, focused, persuasive, likable, decisive, ethical or inspirational
    2. Of FIU's core values [creativity, rigor, diversity, team, integrity, and global community], which value resonates most with you and why?
  4. Two (2) Recommendation Letters from employers, faculty or professional associates, of which one (1) must be for a current or previous supervisor.

  5. Employment Verification must be submitted to establish professional experience for any position held prior to earning an undergraduate degree.

  6. If required, official TOEFL and/or GRE scores should be sent to directly to us by the Educational Testing Service, (ETS). FIU’s University code is 5206.

  7. An MBA event or personal meeting must be attended prior to Admissions consideration

  8. If required, official GMAT scores should be sent to directly to us by GMAC.

  9. If requested, applicants must be prepared to formally interview with the admissions team prior to receiving consideration.

  10. Citizenship and immigration document as outlined below:

Type of Citizenship/Residency Status

Documentation Required

Native-born U.S. Citizen

No residency documents required

Naturalized U.S. Citizen

Copy of passport

Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident

Copy of permanent resident card

Resident or Citizen of any other Country

Please see our international students section below, and the International Student Services office (ISSS).

Florida Residents: Two proofs of residency. Documents must be dated one year prior to the term you are seeking admissions. For a list of acceptable documents please click here.

International Student Requirements

Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the University Graduate School and the Office of International Students and Scholar Services. You are responsible for compliance with any and all University requirements. For more information on studying in the United States as an International or Foreign student, please visit the State Department website.

International applications who require an F-1 Visa will be required to submit these additional documents to complete their application package:

  1. Bank Letter

  2. Sponsor Letter (Waived if applicant is sponsoring self)

  3. DCF form The Declaration and Certification of Finances must be completed and returned to Graduate Admissions. Students with Internet access can complete the DCF form online. Once completed please print it and return it.

  4. F1 Transfer Form (If needed) F-1 students transferring from another institution in the United States must provide a copy of the F-1 Student Transfer Form with a suitable release date from his/her current institution.

  5. Proof of Medical Insurance By Board of Trustees and university rule, all international students at FIU in F-1 and J-1 status are required to have medical insurance prior to registration. Proof must be submitted to the Health Compliance Office at University Health Services. Students will NOT be allowed to register for classes without complying with the medical insurance requirement, and will receive a hold on their registration.
    The medical insurance requirement can be met in one of two ways:

    • By purchasing the University-approved policy
    • By submitting an International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form completed by your current insurance company and approved by UHS

    The cost of this insurance is not covered by the program’s tuition and fees. For information on program coverage and alternate compliance, please visit the University Health Services Medical Insurance Policy for International Students page.

A Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Students (Form I-20) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the University and the Declaration and Certification of Finances has been approved.

The University is required by immigration authorities to check carefully the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20. Therefore, it is important that you be aware of the cost of participating in the program and have the necessary support and funding for your period of enrollment. The total funds available for the entire program must equal the total estimate of institutional costs and living expenses for the duration of the program (Estimate of $73,500 for the 2016-2017 academic year). Please make sure that you provide us with sufficient proof of funds for at least this amount.

International students must have an I-20 in order to secure F-1 status and participate in the program. Students must secure an F-1 Visa from the U.S. consular in their home country in order to enter the U.S.

To check the status of your application, please call 855.348.7622 or e-mail the PMBA office at pmba@fiu.edu

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