Admissions Requirements

Application Process
The application process for the MBA program at Freed-Hardeman University is a four-step process.

These steps are:

1) Submit an Application for Admission. (students may use our online application Application for Admission, our PDF application,  Application for Admission, or may contact Kim Cook at 731-989-6079, and have an Application for Admission mailed to them)

2) Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) from schools previously attended.

3) Submit a signed Payment and Credit Agreement.

4) Submit an official GMAT or GRE score.

The Freed-Hardeman University GMAT codes are:

QXD-60-28 for full-time MBA students

QXD-60-15 for part-time MBA students

The Freed-Hardeman University GRE code is 1230.

 The websites below can help you schedule and study for the GMAT and GRE.

 To register for the GMAT:  

To register for the GRE:

To find the GMAT testing center nearest you:

To find the GRE testing center nearest you:


Information to help prepare for the GMAT:


 Information to help prepare for the GRE:


For questions about the GMAT, email ETS-GMAT Customer Service at For questions about the GRE, contact Customer Service by going to and selecting the question(s) you desire to ask.

All required admissions materials should be submitted to Dr. Tom DeBerry, Director of Graduate Studies in Business. Each step must be completed before an admissions decision will be made by the MBA Graduate Council.

Regular and Conditional Admission 

Regular Admission:  For regular admission, an applicant must have (1) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and (2) a minimum score of either a 450 on the GMAT or a combined 290 on the GRE.  (All admissions examination scores stated in these criteria reflect scoring scales in effect February 2012.)  

Applicants must have completed all areas of the Common Professional Component (CPC) in their undergraduate degree program or other previous college study.  FHU will consider those applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in a field typically recognized as business as having satisfied all areas of the CPC.  For other applicants, the Director of the MBA program will evaluate transcripts of applicants to identify all completed courses that satisfy CPC requirements.  Students with any unsatisfied CPC areas will, with completion of other requirements for conditional admission, be admitted in the status of conditionally admitted—CPC deficiency. 

The following summarizes specific FHU undergraduate courses that satisfy CPC requirements for specific MBA courses.  Similar undergraduate courses taken elsewhere will be considered by the Director of Graduate Studies in Business in identifying completed courses that satisfy CPC requirements.

Common Professonal Component Requirement      FHU MBA Class Requiring Leveling       FHU Undergraduate Class That Satisfies Leveling
Marketing   Marketing Management   Principles of Marketing
Business Ethics       Business Ethics 
Business Finance   Financial Management   Managerial Finance 
Accounting   Accounting for Internal Decision Making, Accounting for External Decision Making, and Business Controls and Accountability   Principles of Accounting I and Principles of Accounting II
Management   Operations Management and Leading Teams and Organizations   Principles of Management
Legal Environment of Business        Legal Environment of Business
Economics   Economic Thought   Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Global Dimensions of Business     Global Business Environment OR International Finance
Information Systems       Business Technology
Quantitative Techniques/Statistics   Analytical Decision Tools   Statistical and Quantitative Analysis for Business
Business Policies   Strategic Decision Making (Since this is a capstone course and taken only the last semester, CPC is considered met.)  


Conditional Admission:  Applicants who do not qualify for regular admission may apply for conditional admission. 

The status of conditionally admitted—Academic Deficiency can be achieved by a student whose cumulative GPA is at least 2.5 by scoring at least 420 on the GMAT or at least a combined 285 on the GRE.  A student admitted with the status of conditionally admitted—academic deficiency must complete the first 12 graduate semester hours in the program with a minimum GPA in these courses of 3.25; once this occurs, the student’s status will be changed to regular admission. 

The status of conditionally admitted—CPC deficiency can be achieved by an applicant who satisfied all criteria for regular admission except completion of all areas of the CPC.  A student admitted with the status of conditionally admitted—CPC deficiency must satisfy all CPC deficiencies in order to achieve the regular admission status.  The program will work with each student using multiple options through which students may satisfy CPC deficiencies—including (1) completion of specified undergraduate or graduate courses with a minimum grade of C; (2) earning credit by examination (CLEP or Dantes) for specified undergraduate courses; (3) achieving a minimum grade on the assessment test for specified commercially-marketed CPC competence non-credit courses; OR (4) successful completion of such specified commercially-marketed CPC non-credit courses.  Even while in the conditionally admitted—CPC deficiency status, the student may register for any core curriculum course in the program for which the student does have the corresponding CPC area satisfied.

Applicants with a GMAT or GRE score which is older than ten years may be required to retake the exam to be considered for admission into the program.  this decision will be made by the Director of the MBA program.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
The test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is offered in three formats. A score of at least 500 on the paper-based exam, or a score of at least 173 on the computer-based exam, or a score of at least 61 on the Internet-based exam is required of all students for whom English is a second language.

Special Admission
Special admission into the MBA program may be available for undergraduate senior students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 who are within nine (9) semester credit hours of meeting the requirements for a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must submit undergraduate transcripts from all institutions attended. The student is not considered a graduate student and may take no more than nine (9) MBA credit hours. MBA courses taken cannot be used to meet undergraduate requirements.

Readmission Policy
A former MBA student who plans to re-enroll must submit a new application for readmission. After any period of academic or disciplinary suspension, one must apply to the Director of the MBA program for readmission. In addition to the application, the student should submit a letter stating what plans are being made to ensure academic success. Readmission is not guaranteed or automatic.

Non-Degree Seeking Students
A college graduate not planning to enroll in an MBA degree program may register as a non-degree seeking MBA student. An applicant must submit an application for admission and transcripts from all colleges attended and must have an accredited bachelor's degree.

A non-degree seeking student may enroll for any MBA course for which he/she has the necessary prerequisite course work, with the approval of the Director of the MBA program. Certain courses may not be available, and the Director of the MBA program may restrict enrollment or give preference to degree-seeking students.

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Registration Deadline

In each term, students must register for classes a minimum of one week prior to the scheduled start date of classes. This will ensure time for students to obtain required books and materials and for the course instructor to adjust the course's learning activities to the size of the class.