Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the international equivalent, prior to beginning graduate study.

Individual programs may require additional application materials and may have more selective admission requirements than those of graduate admission, including minimum GPA requirements. Copies of all official documents can be used for admission purposes. Note: official documents are required at a later date if not originally provided.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications including all supporting documents must be submitted and received by the following dates:

  • Fall term – July 1
  • Spring term – November 1
  • Summer term – May 1

Enrollment Fee Deadline:

  • Fall term – August 1
  • Spring term – December 1
  • Summer term – June 1

Some programs may have earlier deadlines. Please view program pages for additional information.

If you wish to defer your application to the next term, contact Graduate and International Admission at

Unconditional Admission

Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework to be eligible. Applicants who have completed a minimum of nine (9) graduate credit hours will have their graduate coursework used for GPA evaluation and must meet the same minimum GPA requirement. All GPA and transcript evaluations are completed in-house.

Conditional Admission

Applicants with at least a 2.5 GPA may be considered on the basis of a combination of other factors including, but not limited to, scores on standardized tests, preparation at the undergraduate level, quality of work, recommendations, and other relevant factors. Students admitted conditionally will be informed in their admission letter of the conditions they must satisfy in order to continue their enrollment in the program and to become eligible for scholarships.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $40 may be paid by credit card in the online application. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been received.

Admission Essay

Applicants must provide a short admission essay on the following topics:

  • Identify the achievements and work experience you consider relevant to your interest in and capacity for graduate study.
  • Briefly state your career objectives and how the graduate program you have selected will assist you in attaining these goals.

Some programs use a separate essay prompt. This information is included in the online application.

Transcripts and Proof of Degree

Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution electronically or by mail. Applicants applying as non-degree students are required to provide transcripts from their highest degree only.

Office of Admission
Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625

Documents submitted by mail cannot be returned to the applicant.

International Applications

A bachelor's degree considered to be the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. Some three-year bachelor's degrees are not considered equivalent to a US bachelor's degree. In those circumstances, applicants are required to complete a two-year master's equivalent degree in order to be eligible to apply. An additional one year of study at the undergraduate level does not fulfill the minimum eligibility requirement.The MBA program at Bradley University may choose to accept your three-year degree from India for admission purposes even if it is not considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's. In these cases, the degree must be awarded by an institution accredited by India's NAAC with a grade of "A" or better.

In the U.S., a transcript is the name given to the official university report listing the subjects, grades, dates of attendance, and other information reflecting a student's academic performance at a specific institution. A transcript is considered official only when prepared by the institution and submitted directly to Bradley University in a sealed envelope or electronically (as listed above).

One set of official copies of transcripts, academic records, or university mark sheets should be sent directly from the academic institution (normally the registrar's office) to Bradley’s Office of Admission. Transcripts should reflect subjects and examination results on a year-by-year or semester-by-semester basis. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation. An explanation of the grading system should be included, if not noted on the document. Certification of the degree and the date the degree was awarded is required.

Applicants from countries using statements of marks, memorandum of marks, mark sheets, etc., are required to submit official (attested) copies of their annual and semester mark sheets from every examination session for all subjects passed, failed, and repeated. Consolidated mark sheets alone are not accepted.


A minimum of two recommendations must be submitted as part of the online application. Some programs require additional recommendations; please refer to the program pages for specific information. The recommendation requests are sent electronically after completing the online application.


The resume is not required by all programs. However, it’s very helpful in making admissions decisions and financial aid awards, so we recommend all applicants submit one.

Standardized Test Scores (GRE, GMAT or MAT)

If your program requires a standardized test score, the official score must be sent directly to the Office of Admission by the testing agency. Bradley's institutional code for score reporting is 1070.