Master of Science (MS) Degree Programs
Admission Requirements

Consideration for admission to the MS in International Business and the MS in Finance Management degree programs requires submission of a completed application form with the following documentation.

  1. A complete set of all college-level official transcripts showing graduation with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited degree-granting institution, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 (B-) or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants completing prior education out of the USA should provide the transcripts with notarized English translation (if not originally printed in English), and may be required to conduct the transcripts evaluation;
  2. At least two letters of recommendation (this requirement is waived for applicants having received Lincoln University MBA degree), one of which is from a faculty member who can attest to their academic qualifications for graduate study. The second letter may be either an academic or business professional recommendation;
  3. An official GMAT score of at least 500 or an equivalent GRE score (this requirement is waived for applicants having a master’s degree with a GPA of 3.2 or above, or for conditionally enrolled students with a GPA of 3.2 or above during their first semester of the program);
  4. Applicants whose previous academic work was provided in a language other than English are also required to submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or equivalent results of other recognized English language tests, or earn proper results of the Lincoln University English placement tests.

Conditional admission to the programs may be granted to an applicant with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 by the Program Director and is based on the student’s application personal statement, letters of recommendation, and detailed review of his/her prior academic transcripts.  Applicants who receive a conditional admission are required to achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 in the first 9 units of work in the MS programs. Otherwise the student is subject to dismissal after the first term enrollment.

Applicants with a GPA less than 2.5 may be admitted as auditors. These students will be considered for admission to the regular graduate status after completing courses necessary to improve their GPA.  A minimum of twelve units of undergraduate or graduate level foundation courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better is required to obtain the regular status. Based on the student’s academic background, the Program Director may grant him/her regular graduate status before achievement of the GPA requirement. In support, the student may submit letters of recommendation, GMAT or GRE scores, a summary of work experience, research projects, or publications.

Foundation Courses

Students with Bachelor's degrees in areas other than business or whose transcripts are short of some important courses may be required to complete foundation courses in the following areas: accounting, economics, statistics, finance, management, marketing, or computer science. Students, who have not completed these or similar courses before coming to Lincoln University, are required to do so during the first 18 credit units of their study. The courses will be individually determined on the basis of the initial assessment by the Program Director, Registrar, or an academic advisor.