Master's in Marketing Admissions



Our goal in admissions is to work closely with you to ensure your application process is personal, simple and successful.

We look for students who bring quantitative strengths, a passion for marketing and the ability to be successful in a specialized master's program.

Application Strengths

  • An academic background demonstrating strong intellectual capacity
  • References that support your study and quantitative skills
  • GMAT/GRE results
  • Solid English communication skills

UA Graduate College

The UA Graduate College website includes all of the information you should need to know as a prospective graduate student at The University of Arizona. There are two information packages provided:

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020 Application now open!

May 1: Fall Admission (International)
June 5: Fall Admission (Domestic)

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Completed applications includes all letters of recommendations have been received, GMAT/GRE scores, TOEFL scores and transcripts have been received. Completing the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL after the application deadline will mean your application is incomplete.

    Application Package Requirements

    To expedite the processing of your application follow these instructions carefully. All information must be received for an application to be considered complete. 

    No work experience is required.

    All applicants should add, and to their authorized email sites to avoid important mail regarding the application to be tagged as junk mail.


    Applications will be assessed based on a variety of criteria including;

    • Undergraduate Coursework
    • GMAT/GRE
    • TOEFL Minimum Score of 85 Required for international students if education has been in a non-English speaking country.

    You must meet the minimum entrance requirements to apply for the Master's in Marketing program.

    • A B.S. or B.A. degree from an Accredited Institution 
    • Minimum GPA: 3.00
    • Submit an online graduate application through GradApp.

    Apply to the UA Graduate College

    Full instructions and requirements are included in the online application.

    Online Application Package Requirements

    • Affidavit of Domicile (Arizona residents complete with application)
    • Proof of Financial Resources (international students)
    • Resume
    • Statement of Intent
    • 2 Letters of Reference: Names and contact information
    • Transcripts from all colleges/universities, except UA
    • GMAT/GRE results (School Code 4832) 
    • TOEFL Minimum Score of 85 (or IELTS) (international students only; School Code 4832)

    Submitting Official Transcripts

    In addition to completing this online application, you are required to send Official Transcripts from all institutions directly to the Marketing Department at:

    Master's in Marketing Program 
    Department of Marketing 
    The University of Arizona 
    McClelland Hall, Room 320 
    1130 E. Helen Street 
    Tucson , AZ 85721-0108

    International Applicants

    You are considered an international student if:

    1. You are not a citizen of the United States of America, and
    2. You are not a U.S. Permanent Resident, Refugee, Asylee, or Jay Treaty status holder.

    Admissions requirements for International Students include the same criteria for all degree-seeking students, as well as:

    • English Proficiency
    • Proof of Financial Resources
    • Health Insurance

    More information for international students is available from International Student Programs and Services.

    Degree Requirements

    Please review our International Graduate Admissions Requirements summary to discover the minimum degree required of students from each country.

    English Proficiency

    Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language.  

    Please check the Graduate College's English Requirement list to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.  

    Tests must be dated within 2 years of the enrollment term to be considered valid.

    Acceptable English Proficiency tests are: 

    Conditional Admission

    Conditional Admission is a departmental promise of future admission for international students who have met all Graduate College requirementsexcept the English proficiency requirement.

    Helpful Facts regarding Conditional Admission:

    • There are no exceptions to meeting the minimum English requirement. 
    • Conditionally admitted students are not permitted to enroll in degree courses until their English requirement is met and they have been formally admitted into a degree program.
    • Conditionally admitted students are required to successfully complete the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) English training course or submit acceptable English proficiency test scores before final degree admission can be granted. 
    • The English requirement must be met within one year of the Conditional Admission term.
    • The department will adjust the semester of admission to the degree program after the English requirement has been met.
    • Students must apply to and enroll at CESL, at their own or their sponsor's expense, with the expectation of achieving English proficiency within one year.
    • If English proficiency is not achieved within one year of the Conditional Admission, the applicant must re-apply to the Graduate College.

    Visa Information

    The student's initial I-20 or DS-2019 will be generated by CESL.  At the time of formal admission into the Graduate College, the student's visa must be transferred from CESL to the University of Arizona Graduate College. Once all financial guarantee requirements have been met, a new I-20 or DS-2019 for the degree program can be issued by the Graduate College.

    Further information on The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) can be found on their website at


    Those exempt from submitting English proficiency scores are:

    • Applicants from countries where English is the official language.
    • Applicants who have completed a bachelors or graduate degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or an approved institution in an official English speaking country.  Degree must not be older than two years from the term of enrollment.
    • Applicants who have completed two years of full-time academic study must have 48 upper division, graded undergraduate semester units or 30 graded, graduate semester units.

    Financial Guarantee and Visa Requirements

    Students requesting non-immigrant visas (I-20 or DS-2019) must certify that they possess adequate financial resources to support themselves while in residence at The University of Arizona and must submit the Financial Guarantee Form.

    Helpful Financial Guarantee Information:

    • Financial guarantee documents must be dated within six months of the term of admission, must be in English, and should be addressed to The University of Arizona Graduate College.
    • Departmental funding can serve as proof towards completion of the financial guarantee.
    • It is acceptable to combine various types of funding such as student's personal funds, family funds, sponsor funding, and/or departmental funding to meet the total guarantee requirement.
    • Family members (spouse or child/ren) that accompany students to the United States require proof of additional funding. 
    • Please check with your intended department regarding their timeline for funding decisions.  

    Sponsor Information:

    • If a student is sponsored through an organization or government agency, the sponsor must provide the Graduate Admissions Office and the International Student Services office with the terms of support.
    • An official sponsorship letter must include specific information regarding the amount and duration of the financial award. 
    • Some sponsors require the University of Arizona to bill their organization for student tuition and fees.  If so, details must be handled through an embassy or an agency located within the United States.
    • Prior to registration, an official letter regarding billing information must be sent to:

      International Student Services Office
      The University of Arizona
      915 N. Tyndall Ave.
      Tucson, Arizona 85721-0441

    Health Insurance

    Students on non-immigrant visas are required by The University of Arizona to carry student accident and illness insurance coverage for each term of enrollment.  The cost of insurance is included in the amount of the financial guarantee and is incorporated into your semester fees automatically upon registration.

    Students covered by their government or sponsoring agency may be exempted from The University of Arizona's insurance plan when their government or sponsoring agency has submitted accident and sickness insurance plans deemed acceptable by The University of Arizona.  Contact Campus Health for more information regarding an insurance exemption.

    Students hired as Graduate Assistants in teaching or research will have their individual health insurance coverage paid by The University of Arizona.  Additional information about this benefit will be sent to admitted international students who receive teaching or research assistant positions.

    More information regarding our Campus Health Service can be found on the Campus Health website.

    Statement of Intent

    The statement of intent is your chance to describe your academic and professional goals in marketing. It is a personal expression of what has led you to apply to the program and can include life and academic experiences.

    As you write your statement, ask yourself, "Would I likely admit this person to graduate school?" Statements are generally one to two typed, double-spaced pages and should be addressed to the Marketing Department Admissions Committee.


    In the opening statement, please describe why you are applying to the program.


    In the main body of the statement, describe your experiences and how they provide a foundation for the work required in the Master's in Marketing program, how your interest in marketing developed, and your undergraduate studies relate to the MSMM program. Please list all academic achievements and/or specific learning experiences, that demonstrate your interest in master's level of study and the research of marketing.

    Ideally, your statement will clearly illustrate your initiative and ability to develop ideas, your capacity to work through problems independently and your determination to achieve your goals. Also, describe why you will be successful in the Master's in Marketing program, the coursework and in working with the other students in the program.


    In closing, briefly summarize why you believe you possess the experience and skills to be admitted into the program.

    Class Profile

    Successful candidates for the Master of Marketing degree will have strong academic performance in prior university studies, with proven analytical aptitude and creative intelligence, and exceptional communication skills. They will be able to demonstrate both teamwork and leadership from undergraduate experiences as well as relevant internships or jobs. Work experience is not required.

    • Average GPA: 3.31
    • Average GMAT Score: 448
    • Average TOEFL: 90
    • International Students: 50%

    Partial List of Undergraduate Majors

    • Management Information Systems
    • Foreign Language and Literature
    • Film and Television Studies
    • International Economics and Trade
    • Food Economy Management
    • Marketing
    • Information Science and Arts
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Management
    • Communication
    • Public Management Policy
    • Leadership Change Management
    • Economics
    • Interior Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Accounting

    Partial List of Undergraduate Institutions

    • The University of Arizona
    • The University of Hail
    • Lipscomb University
    • Purdue University
    • National Chung Cheng University
    • Yangzhou University
    • Shanghai Ocean University
    • Saint Louis University
    • Oklahoma Christian University
    • Harbin Institute of Technology


      Your Future is Calling

      You’ve heard the “why.” If you think you’re a good fit, it’s time for the “how.” Let’s get you on the road to your Eller MSM. Contact us or begin your application now:

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