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Full-Time MBA Admissions

Interested applicants are encouraged to have achieved at least two years of substantial work experience. However, applicants will not be automatically disqualified because of lack of work experience but will be judged on maturity, motivation and leadership performance during their undergraduate years. Internships, special programs, and recommendations will also be considered.

Learn more about what is required: 

Application- The application to Clark Atlanta University provides a variety of information that will help us evaluate your qualifications. An applicant may apply online or use the paper application.

Transcripts- Candidates must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

CAU require official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. Official transcripts are mailed directly or uploaded from each college or university attended.

GMAT or GRE- All applicants must take and submit a GMAT or GRE score.  Send official score report directly to CAU.

NOTE: CAU/CAU School of Business’ GMAT code is 5110 and GRE code is 5110

Language Proficiency- Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language.

Essays- Applicants must submit three essays. Each essay should be limited to 500 words each. 

Essay 1:  Career objectives- Your resume and recommendations give us a clear sense of your professional path and there is no need to include in the career objectives essay.  Please answer the following question.  What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what is your long-term dream job?

Essay 2: Why CAU? - Let us know how earning your MBA from CAU will empower you to recognize/reach your goals.  Explain your decision to pursue graduate education and explain the opportunities CAU provides.

Essay 3: Please provide an example of a team failure of which you have been a part of, If given a second chance, what would you have done differently?


Recommendation letter 1: This letter should come from your current direct supervisor (or next best alternative) at work

Recommendation letter 2: This letter is someone else who has supervised your work or from your college professor

Recommendation letter 3-This reference may come from someone in a professional or community organizations, or extracurricular experiences.

We recognize that work environments are fluid, so we give you the option of choosing the individual who can best represent your potential impact.

All letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline of the round in which you apply. You must not write, or have any involvement in, the drafting, translation, or submission of the letters. 

Business Resume’- A resume’ is required.  This is your standard business resume or CV. You do not need to have it any special; format.

Application Deadline

CAU reviews application on a rolling basis.  The deadlines below are intended to serve as benchmarks. Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

November 1st – Priority deadline

February 4th  - 2nd Priority deadline

April 1st  – International Applicant deadline

June 30th – Final Deadline