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How to apply using the Standard Application

Application Timeline
The committee reviews completed applications and makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis. To help you prepare for the start of the program and make yourself eligible for scholarships, we recommend you submit your application by the priority application date of March 15th for Fall start. Applications received after the priority date may be considered on a space-available basis.

Application Process
Applications are processed through BusinessCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for business graduate programs.  All official transcripts must be submitted to BusinessCAS, not PLU.

Follow the steps below to submit your application. If you have questions, contact the Graduate Application Specialist.


Use a single online application and set of materials to apply to multiple master’s and graduate certificate programs.

  • Create your application portal account (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Select the following items to start
    • Term – Select the term you plan to start
    • Institution – Type Pacific Lutheran University in the Search field or use the Filters to search
    • Program – Select your desired program
  • Complete all required application questions.

(Visit the BusinessCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal)


  • Identify two references, either academic or professional.
  • Your references will receive an email from businesscasinfo@liaisoncas.com to complete the reference electronically.
  • You can send them the Recommendation Form which may be submitted in place of a letter of recommendation.


  • Upload your resume via the application portal that includes your:
    • Employment history
    • Significant academic, professional and community achievements
    • Honors and awards

Personal Statement

  • Upload your statement via the application portal.
  • The statement should be 300-400 words, divided into 2 sections addressing the following:
    1. Your educational and professional goals
    2. Your quantitative training and/or skills that make you a good fit for this program.

Application Fee

Pay the nonrefundable $48 application processing fee.

(Note: If you need to submit additional documents after submitting the online application, you can email them to gradadmission@plu.edu)

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to BusinessCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application.
  • Official international and French Canadian transcripts must be sent to PLU Graduate Admission Office.
  • PLU graduates do not need to submit PLU transcripts.
  • See BusinessCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • BusinessCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. BusinessCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select BusinessCAS.
  • Include your full BusinessCAS ID number when entering the BusinessCAS mailing address.
  • See BusinessCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.

Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

BusinessCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9221
Watertown, MA 02471

GRE or GMAT Scores

Have scores sent to PLU directly from the testing agency. Our institution code is 4597. Worried about the cost of the exam? We have a limited number of GMAT fee waivers. In rare circumstances this may be waived, contact the Program Director.

Additional requirements for international students:

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must provide:

  • Degree certificate – For completed study, upload a clear and legible copy of your degree certificate via the application portal. Do not send your original document.
  • English translation is required if your documents are not issued in English, precise and word-for-word translations are required. Your documents can be translated by your institution, a certified translation agency such as University Language Services, or any other professional translation service. Upload a clear and legible copy of your translations via the online application portal.
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • Minimum TOEFL-iBT of 88 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL or IELTS may be waived for students who graduate from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
    • TOEFL scores must be mailed to PLU directly from the testing institution.
    • We can accept a copy of an IELTS score report as we can verify with the testing agency.

In order to be sent a form I-20, admitted international students must:

  • Pay the enrollment deposit (if admitted)
  • Submit a Passport picture page
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support dated within 12 months. English translation is required if the documents are not issued in English.

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal and recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please try the following:

BusinessCAS Customer Service