How to Apply - Standard Application

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. Once a completed application has been submitted, processing takes two to three weeks. The MBA program has three possible start terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer

How to apply

Step one – create your application account & list your references

Create your application portal account, enter in your letter of recommendation details, and pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee via our application portal.

Enter two references via the online application portal. This will send an email notification to your recommenders to follow a link and submit their letters of recommendation. References may be academic or professional.

Make sure to record your login and pin!

Step two – submit all required supporting items below

Official transcripts: Have official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent to Graduate Studies (PLU graduates do not need to send their PLU transcripts.) We accept and prefer electronic delivery of official transcripts. Have them sent to If the college or university does not offer electronic delivery, please have them mail your transcripts to:

Graduate Programs and Continuing Education
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue S
Tacoma, WA 98447

Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit a course-by-course evaluation for US degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are Foreign Credential Translation and Evaluation Services (FIS) and World Education Services (WES).

GRE or GMAT scores: Have scores sent to PLU directly from the testing institution. 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.

Resume: Upload your resume via the online application portal that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors and awards. You can also submit this later via the application portal by logging inand clicking on the “checklist” button.

Statement of Professional Goals:  Upload your statement via the online application portal.  If you would like to submit it later please email in PDF format to  The statement should be 300-400 words addressing your educational and professional goals.

Step three – check what items have been received and what is missing via the application portal.

The portal will indicate when your application is complete. Your admission decision will be sent via email, not via the portal.

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

  • 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.
  • IELTS or TOEFL scores. We can accept a copy of an IELTS score report, but TOEFL scores must be mailed to PLU directly from the testing institution.
  • Passport picture page

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

  • Pay the enrollment deposit
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and proof of financial support