Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or from an accredited foreign institution of higher learning.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale from all colleges and universities
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to the applicant’s academic preparation, enthusiasm for graduate level study and interest in business administration.
    • One letter should be from a current or former supervisor from the current (or last) position of employment.
    • This requirement may be adjusted for international students at the discretion of the program director.
  • Admissions essay detailing the applicant’s academic, career goals, and educational history. The essay must be exclusively the work of the applicant and no more than 400 words in length. The essay should be submitted electronically to
  • Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission if they provide one of the following, in addition to the above admission requirements:
    1. Evidence of a minimum of 3 years of meaningful professional experience, including uncompensated service.
    2. Written documentation, such as letters from employer or organization(s) must be submitted.
    3. Peregrine pre-test may be required at the request of the program director.

Park University Undergraduate Seniors/Non-Degree-Seeking Students
Park University seniors with a 3.6 cumulative GPA, while completing their bachelor’s degree, may be admitted to take up to nine (9) graduate credit hours in a non-degree-seeking status. Financial aid will not be available for courses taken as a non-degree-seeking student. These credits will be applied to the appropriate graduate program, after the student has received his/her undergraduate degree and has been admitted to a graduate program. Please contact the Graduate Admissions office at (816) 559-5630 for more information. 

Common Body of Knowledge (Prerequisites)
Applicants who do not posses an undergraduate business degree are required to complete the Common Body of Knowledge coursework. This requirement can be satisfied by taking the indicated undergraduate courses or their equivalents. Please consult with the MBA director for exceptions. A grade of "C" or better must be earned.
  • Principles of Accounting (AC 201 and AC 202) before MBA 515.
  • Macro and Micro Economics (EC 141 and EC 142) before all economics courses.
  • Financial Management (FI 360) before all finance courses.
  • Principles of Management (MG 352) before all management courses.
  • Principles of Marketing (MK 351) before all marketing courses.
  • Quantitative Research Methods (EC 315) before MBA 674.
(See Park’s Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions.)

Students must also demonstrate proficiency in writing, by passing a departmentally designed writing test, the Writing Competency Test or passing EN 306 (Business Communications). Satisfactorily passing the writing portion of the GMAT also demonstrates writing proficiency. Note: Taking undergraduate courses while enrolled in graduate courses may affect financial aid. Consult the Office of Student Financial Services with questions.