How to apply using the Fast Track Application

The Fast Track application allows candidates to apply to a graduate program in the School of Business through an abbreviated process.

Eligible applicants are PLU students/alumni as well as students/alumni from any AACSB accredited school who have completed a degree in the last five years with a cumulative upper division GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants can be from any academic background and must hold a bachelor’s degree before the beginning of their first semester in a School of Business graduate program.

Fast Track applicants are not required to submit GRE/GMAT score or an application fee. Space for Fast Track students may be limited and competitive. If a candidate loses Fast Track status, the candidate may reapply to the program using the standard graduate admission process.

Questions about your application? For questions regarding admission to the Master of Business Administration program contact MBA Director Juanita Reed at reedjj@plu.edu.

Questions about Fast Track?

For questions regarding Fast Track admission contact MBA Director Juanita Reed at reedjj@plu.edu.

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GRE/GMAT and application fee are not required for Fast Track applicants.

Application Process

Follow the instructions below to submit your Fast Track application:

Candidates who are currently enrolled as a PLU undergraduate or graduate student may apply for Fast Track admission to a School of Business graduate program. That candidate remains admitted to the graduate program as long as they maintain eligibility. If Fast Track eligibility is lost, that candidate may reapply to the program using the standard graduate admission process.

Fast Track Eligibility:

Undergraduate

  • Completion of a PLU degree
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA in upper-division (300 and 400 level) courses

Graduate

  • Completion of a PLU degree
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA
Application Process:

Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs.

Apply online via GradCAS with the following steps:

  1. Select Create an Account to get started
  2. Select the Term you plan to start
  3. Type “Pacific Lutheran University” in the Search field or use Filters to search
  4. Select and add the program Master of Business Administration/Fast Track for PLU Students and Alumni (with desired start term)
  5. Complete all required application questions
  6. Upload your resume noting work experience
  7. Upload a brief statement of professional goals
  8. Provide contact information for one reference. Your reference will receive an email invitation from gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com with instructions for completing the recommendation electronically. You may send your reference the Recommendation Form which can be uploaded to the Recommender Portal in place of a recommendation letter.

GMAT/GRE, official transcripts, and application fee are waived.

Visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal, and refer to the Recommender Help Center if your reference needs assistance.

Candidates who have completed their degree, in the last five years, in any major or graduate program from PLU may apply for Fast Track alumni admission to a School of Business graduate program.

Fast Track Eligibility:

Undergraduate

  • Completion of a PLU degree in the last five years
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA in upper-division (300 and 400 level) courses

Graduate

  • Completion of a PLU degree in the last five years
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA
Application Process:

Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs.

Apply online via GradCAS with the following steps:

  1. Select Create an Account to get started
  2. Select the Term you plan to start
  3. Type “Pacific Lutheran University” in the Search field or use Filters to search
  4. Select and add the program Master of Business Administration/Fast Track for PLU Students and Alumni (with desired start term)
  5. Complete all required application questions
  6. Upload your resume noting work experience
  7. Upload a brief statement of professional goals
  8. Provide contact information for one reference. Your reference will receive an email invitation from gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com with instructions for completing the recommendation electronically. You may send your reference the Recommendation Form which can be uploaded to the Recommender Portal in place of a recommendation letter.

Official transcripts and application fee are waived. No GMAT or GRE scores are required unless the alumnus does not provide a resume noting work experience or is unable to obtain a letter of recommendation.

Visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal, and refer to the Recommender Help Center if your reference needs assistance.

Candidates who have or will receive a degree from an institution with AACSB accreditation may apply for Fast Track to a PLU School of Business graduate program.  This include candidates from all academic backgrounds (not just business).  Alumni from these institutions must have completed their degree within the last five years.

Fast Track Eligibility:

Undergraduate

  • Completion of a degree in the last five years from an AACSB accredited institution
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA in upper-division (300 and 400 level) courses

Graduate

  • Completion of a degree in the last five years from an AACSB accredited institution
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA
Application Process:

Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs.

Apply online via GradCAS with the following steps:

  1. Select Create an Account to get started
  2. Select the Term you plan to start
  3. Type “Pacific Lutheran University” in the Search field or use Filters to search
  4. Select and add the program Master of Business Administration/Fast Track for AACSB Schools (with desired start term)
  5. Complete all required application questions
  6. Upload your resume noting work experience
  7. Upload a brief statement of professional goals
  8. Provide contact information for one reference. Your reference will receive an email invitation from gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com with instructions for completing the recommendation electronically. You may send your reference the Recommendation Form which can be uploaded to the Recommender Portal in place of a recommendation letter.
  9. Submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended directly to GradCAS (see GradCAS instructions for sending transcripts electronically or by mail)

The application fee is waived. No GMAT or GRE scores are required unless the alumnus does not provide a resume noting work experience or is unable to obtain a letter of recommendation.

Visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal, and refer to the Recommender Help Center if your reference needs assistance.

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 visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center, or contact GradCAS Customer Service at: (857) 304-2042 or gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com