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Application Process

Admission to graduate study at The College of New Jersey is selective and competitive. Admission decisions are based generally on evidence of achievement in appropriate undergraduate studies, performance on nationally standardized tests, strength of recommendations, and other materials submitted with the application. The online application and all supplemental documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education by the appropriate deadline in order for an application to be considered complete. Please note that cohorts begin in the Fall only.

Application Info

Apply for our next Fall cohort

MBA Prerequisites

Candidates who lack competencies below will be evaluated on their GMAT or GRE score, and/or may be asked to complete external modules to demonstrate quantitative proficiency. Examples of demonstrated quantitative methods knowledge may include, but are not limited to the following: Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Finance or Mathematics/Statistics.

Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • Current resume
  • Application fee (waivers available for TCNJ alumni and MBA event attendees)
  • Enrollment deposit
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Additional documents needed from international applicants seeking to study in the U.S.


Essay should be no more than 500 words, detailing your interest in the MBA program and how it fits into your career goals.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation required. Professional references preferred. Academic references accepted.

Options for submitting your letter of recommendation are listed below:

  • Online reference generated through the TCNJ online application.
    • Enter your recommender’s information in the “Recommenders” section of the application.
    • After submitting your application, your recommenders will receive an automatic email inviting them to complete the online reference form.
  • GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR).
    • Recommenders can download the Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) PDF online.
    • Recommenders can complete the template offline and save a final version to their computer (Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name).
    • Recommenders should email their letter directly to the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education,
  • Standalone Letter of Recommendation (LOR) emailed directly to the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education,

GMAT or GRE Test-Optional Policy

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores are not required as part of the MBA application process. Candidates with undergraduate cumulative GPAs below 3.0 are strongly encouraged to submit test scores as an alternate measure of academic readiness for graduate-level coursework.

TCNJ will accept GMAT or GRE score reports from tests taken within the last five years.

  • TCNJ GMAT Program Code: BRS-K7-52
  • TCNJ GRE Program Code: R2519

Mini GMAT Quiz

gmat mini quiz

Application Deadlines and Rolling Admission

New MBA cohorts are enrolled each Fall semester. You can access the application for the next incoming cohort here.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only completed applications will be reviewed for admissions. Candidates are typically notified of their Admissions decision within two weeks of completing their application checklist.

The priority deadline for Fall enrollment is April 1. Candidates submitting their application after the April 1 priority deadline should connect with the MBA director (email to discuss their timeline for application completion and review.

Tuition & Costs

The College of New Jersey provides a high quality education at a lower than average cost than other schools of similar quality.

Courses 14
Tuition (3 credits) $3,127.74
-General Service
-Student Center
-Card Service
Total program cost (14 courses / 42 credits) $50,482.04


Admitted students will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit within four weeks of their acceptance in order to secure their place in the incoming Fall cohort.

The College of New Jersey provides a high quality education at a lower than average cost than other schools of similar quality. The tuition and fees listed above are specific to the current academic year. Figures may change without notice and upon action of the Board of Trustees. Future academic years tuition and fees are subject to annual increase.

Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

Students pursuing a graduate degree at TCNJ may be eligible for some types of student financial assistance, including but not limited to student loans and assistantships. Graduate students must follow the same steps as undergraduates in applying for federal loan assistance.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five credit hours at the 500 level or above in order to be eligible for student loan assistance and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.

Semester Enrollment Requirements for Graduate Students
Full-time status = 9 or more credit hours
Half-time status = 5 credit hours
The enrollment requirements pertain to individual summer session enrollment as well.

TCNJ Alumni Scholarship
Earn a $5000 scholarship towards a TCNJ MBA!  Available to all TCNJ alumni, this $5,000 scholarship is distributed in $1,250 increments across four consecutive Fall and Spring semesters.

The full $5000 alumni scholarship is available for up to three years from the start of entering the MBA program.

Get Support From Your Employer!

You may be eligible for tuition assistance support from your current company.  This guide can help you develop a proposal to request tuition support from your employer.

» Learn more about Financial Aid at TCNJ

International Students

International students pursuing full-time enrollment may be eligible for visa sponsorship pending academic eligibility and the submission of required personal documents, financial documents, and English language proficiency documentation. Students with questions about their eligibility to study can discuss their status with International Student Services