Professional MBA FlexAdmission Requirements & Application

Admission Requirements

The Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) program considers a candidate’s work experience, industry knowledge, management skills and undergraduate education.

A candidate's professional maturity and managerial experience are highly considered in the admission selection process. The Professional MBA program at FIU seeks a student that can contribute real-world experiences to the classroom, adding value to the overall student learning environment in this competitive degree program.

To be eligible for admission* to the PMBA Flex program in the Chapman Graduate School of Business, applicants must:

  • Show high promise of success in graduate studies
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • In general, have a minimum upper division grade point average of 3.0
  • Provide a professional resume and statement of purpose
  • Optional GMAT or GRE
  • Demonstrate proficiency of the English language with admissible test scores (if necessary)

A brief summary of our admissions requirements is available for download.

*Admissions at the graduate level are competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the PMBA program.

Application Deadline

The program admits students every Spring and Fall term. Applications and supporting documents should be sent as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing.

Please see deadlines below:

  Spring Fall
All supporting credentials December 15** June 1***

**After December 15th, applications will be considered on a space available basis.

***Please note that we are still accepting applications at this time. However, after June 1st applications will be considered on a space available basis.

Application Process

To apply for the program:

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

Only those applicants who have submitted complete applications will be considered.

Meeting minimum requirements does not a guarantee admission.

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.

Submit your completed application and all supporting documentation to:

FIU - Professional MBA Flex 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.

    • Applicants with foreign educational credentials in a language other than English must provide us with translated transcripts and diploma(s). Copies of these translations may be sent to us electronically. The transcripts/diploma(s) must be translated by a recognized translation agency or an official translator. Some suggested agencies are found on the University Graduate School website.

  2. Official proof of degree: A notarized copy of the original diploma is required if the degree is not posted on the official transcript.

  3. 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.

  4. Statement of Purpose: A document of no more than two (2) pages describing how the program fits within your personal and career goals. The essay will be evaluated for applicants' effective and succinct writing skills.

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

  6. If required, GMAT/GRE scores – FIU Code: 5206

    • GMAT minimum score of 500
    • GRE minimum combined score of 1000 (154 in Verbal and 152 in Quantitative)

    *To learn more about FIU’s GMAT preparation courses please click here.

    If required, TOEFL/IELTS scores – Please note, scores are only valid for a two (2) year period. FIU Code: 5206

    • TOEFL minimum 550 for paper-based, 213 for computer-based, 80 for internet-based (iBT)
    • IELTS minimum score of 6.5

    *Applicants whose studies were completed in a country whose official language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency by taking either the TOEFL or IELTS – a University list of exemptions is available here. These tests are available worldwide. There is a fee for the examination. 

  7. Attend a Professional MBA event or schedule a meeting with a member of our Recruitment team prior to having your file submitted for review.

  8. If requested, applicants must be prepared to formally interview with the admissions team committee prior to receiving consideration.
  9. If required, official GMAT scores should be sent to directly to us by GMAC.

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

  11. 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 305.779.7909 or email our Professional MBA inbox at pmba@fiu.edu.


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