MSM Admission Requirements - College of Business and Economics (CBE)  

MSM Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit a completed AUA Application for Admission to Graduate Study and all required program supplements as outlined in the application instructions. Applicants are evaluated based on a combination of metrics, which have been established to gauge applicants’ potential to succeed in this program of study.  The MSMA offers a balanced blend of advanced quantitative and qualitative subjects; hence, the admissions criteria reflect these varied dimensions of the applicants’ profile.  The MSMA program’s admission committee performs a holistic assessment of each candidate’s profile, which does not reduce the admission decision to a test score or grade point average. The following criteria and requirements are used in evaluating applicants:

Present valid and official results confirming English Language Proficiency typically through the following options:

  • TOEFL iBT 
  • IELTS Academic 
  • English Language Proficiency Test Waiver – Native and near-native speakers are eligible for a waiver. For more information, please read the English Language Proficiency Test Waiver policy. To apply for a waiver, visit here.

* The program follows the university-wide guideline of minimum scores of 79 TOEFL iBT and 6.5 IELTS.

Present valid and official results confirming Graduate School Admissions Exam results through the the following options:

  • GRE (quantitative section)
  • GMAT (quantitative section)
  • GRE/GMAT Test Waiver: Applicants applying to MSMA, who meet the below requirements, may apply for a GRE/GMAT waiver.
AUA BAB seniors or graduates

  • Grade B- or higher in Business Mathematics and Introduction to Statistics
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
AUA BSCS, BSDS, BSES seniors or graduates

  • Grade B- or higher in Statistics
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Seniors or graduates of other universities

  • Language of instruction of entire program is English
  • Curriculum contained strong foundation of math and statistics
  • Submit relevant course syllabi during waiver request

* The program requires a minimum of 50th percentile on the GRE or GMAT (only quantitative part); a higher score does not guarantee admission.

Academic Background:  Applicants to the MSMA program should hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution of higher education with evidence of strong academic performance. Importantly, applicants lacking a background in business studies might be required to take up to 3 pre-requisite courses, namely Accounting, Finance and Marketing. The decision about applicants need to take prerequisite courses will be made by the MSMA admission committee and communicated to the applicant together with the admission decision. Admission decision does not depend on the need of taking prerequisite courses.

Personal Attributes: The MSMA program seeks mature applicants who have a clear vision of their career and their personal and professional development plans.

Work Experience: No prior work experience is required.

More information on application requirements can be found at