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M.S. in Commerce

Application Process

Start Your Online Application

We take a holistic approach to evaluating your application, so it is important to present a well-rounded view of your academics, experiences, and motivation. We encourage you to start an application early, review the essay questions in advance, choose recommenders, and collect required information. Applicants are able to access their applications at any time and make changes before submitting for official review. Once submitted, you will be unable to make further changes to your application.

Your completed application will include the components detailed below.

Essay Prompts
  • Required: M.S. in Commerce Program requires that students actively participate in class discussions, work collaboratively on significant projects outside of class time, and engage deeply in the learning process. Please discuss how you have engaged in the learning process as an undergraduate. Based on your understanding of the McIntire’s culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and outside of the classroom in the M.S. in Commerce Program?
  • Required: Please describe a situation in which you needed to collaborate or closely communicate with someone whose life perspective or cultural background was very different from your own. Please reflect on the challenges you faced, the strengths you brought to the situation, and areas for improvement. Please include what you learned about yourself and what you would do differently next time. (500-word limit)
  • Optional: If there is further information about you or your background that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee, please feel free to provide it (e.g., an explanation of any academic weaknesses, positive or negative trends in your GPA, or gaps in your collegiate history). (500-word limit)
Test Requirements

We have decided to review applications for the 2022-2023 academic year without test scores. Please note that submitting an application without test scores will place increased weight on your academic transcript, so be sure you are able to demonstrate quantitative, analytical, and/or written communication skills. You are welcome to submit SAT, ACT, or MCAT scores to support your application as well. The admission committee reserves the right to request a test score as further evidence of academic ability. 

If you have, or expect to have, an undergraduate degree from a college or university outside of the U.S. and English is not your native language, you will need to submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. To be competitive, your TOEFL score must be a minimum of 100 (iBT), or a minimum overall band score of 7.5 for IELTS. Candidates whose primary language is not English and who have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university that included a minimum of two years of residency in the U.S. are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score. The admission committee reserves the right to request additional verification of English language proficiency that could include specific coursework or TOEFL or IELTS testing.

Please submit test scores to the McIntire School of Commerce using the following codes:

GMAT: KC7-K3-45

GRE: 5829


IELTS: Electronic IELTS scores must be submitted to our Electronic Download account directly by the IELTS test center. Please provide the following information to the test center when requesting your scores:

  • E-download account name: University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
  • E-download account address: 125 Ruppel Dr. Charlottesville, VA 22903

To learn more about the GMAT, download free practice software, and schedule a test date, visit

Submit Transcripts or Credential Evaluation

Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended. Please redact your SSN or National ID before uploading unofficial transcripts. Applicants who are offered admission must arrange for your official/final transcript to be forwarded to the McIntire Graduate Admissions Office (addresses below).

Students who completed coursework outside of the United States must submit a professional course-by-course credential evaluation of their official transcripts. This evaluation must be performed by a professional credential evaluator, with the report sent directly from the evaluator to the McIntire School of Commerce either electronically or to one of the addresses below. (Note: This requirement does not apply to students attending U.S. institutions who completed coursework outside of the United States as part of a study-abroad program.)

Official Electronic transcripts may be submitted to

Mailing Address
Graduate Admissions Office
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Physical Address
Graduate Admissions Office
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia
125 Ruppel Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Letters of Recommendation

Request two letters of recommendation. At least one recommender must be someone who has taught you in an academic environment and can attest to your academic abilities. The online application allows you to add each recommender's name and contact information. They will receive and submit an online recommendation form. Once submitted, it will attach automatically to your file and you will receive confirmation.

Application Submission and Fee Payment

Pay the $75 non-refundable application fee online by credit card (American Express, Discover, or Mastercard) or by e-check. Once an application has been submitted, you will not be able to make changes.

The McIntire School of Commerce offers application fee waivers based on several criteria, including:

Our application fee waiver is part of the online application process, and each applicant can learn if they are eligible for an application fee waiver prior to clicking the submit button.

Track Your Application

You can track your application's progress by logging into the application. Candidates are encouraged to keep copies of all admissions materials for their personal files. Every attempt will be made to review applications within the requested evaluation period (round). However, incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Missing documentation may result in holding an application until a later round.


If you have been selected for an interview, the Graduate Admissions Office will notify you.

Connect With Us

We look forward to connecting with you about your interest in our Graduate Programs and encourage you to be in touch with any questions you may have.

Contact Information
+1 434-297-9381