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MMR International Applicants

Thank you for your interest in our MMR program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Out-of-Country Application deadlines:
Fall semester deadline--June 1
Spring Semester deadline--October 1
Summer Term deadline--March 1

In-Country Application deadlines:
Fall semester deadline--July 15
Spring Semester deadline--November 15
Summer Term deadline--April 15

Checklist for Application:

1. Apply for Admission: Applications can be completed online at

2. Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): Go to to register for the exam and download practice test software. Scores should be sent to the MMR program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (program code 3T9-CD-77).

3. Official Transcript: In order to be considered for admission, international applicants are expected to have completed a baccalaureate degree or a degree that is comparable to the U.S. baccalaureate from an internationally-recognized institution of higher learning. The baccalaureate degree represents four years of work at the college level and a total of 16 years of formal education. Please mail certified official copies of your individual marks sheets and your degree diploma to SIUE Graduate & International Admissions, Box 1047, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047. Each credential must bear the school's official seal as well as the original signature of the registrar or principal. We cannot accept photocopies, and we cannot accept documents certified by any other source than the university where you earned them. Questions regarding attainment of the equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree must be directed to International Admissions at

4. Application Fee: Students applying for admission to SIUE are required to pay an application fee of $30.00 USD. This fee is non-refundable. Payment should be made in US dollars by check or money order payable to SIUE. Payment may also be made online by credit card at An additional convenience fee applies to web application payments.

5. Submit a Personal History Form (PHF): The PHF may be found by clicking here. Instructions for returning the form to the School of Business Student Services Office are located on the PHF.

6. Submit a statement of interest. Submit an essay articulating effectively the applicant's career goals as related to your interest in pursuing the program. You may send this via mail to Sherry L. Smith, Admissions Officer, School of Business, P.O Box 1186, Edwardsville, IL 62026. In addition, you may also e-mail any questions to the program director, Dr. Ramana Madupalli (

7. Submit three letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's qualifications and likelihood of successful completion of degree requirements. These may either be sent via e-mail to the Admissions Officer, Sherry Smith ( or via mail to Sherry L. Smith, Admissions Officer, School of Business, P.O Box 1186, Edwardsville, IL 62026.

8. English verification: An international applicant whose native language is not English is required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. A minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within two years prior to the term for which admission is sought is required. (SIUE's institutional code is 1759, and the department code is 00). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results can also be used to satisfy our English language proficiency admission requirement. The minimum IELTS total band score required is 6.5. The English proficiency is waived for international students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in the United States. The English proficiency is also waived for applicants who, within five years of the proposed date of enrollment in the University, have graduated with an acceptable baccalaureate (or comparable) degree from a college or university in a country where English is the native language and at which English is the primary language of instruction. A waiver of the English proficiency requirement may also be granted to applicants who satisfactorily complete at least two academic years of full-time graduate study under the provisions described in this paragraph. Full-time graduate study is a minimum of 18 completed hours in a full academic year, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

9. International Student Visa Information Form: Be sure you answer all questions on the web application fully and provide details about your Visa status. Additional information may be found on the Prospective International Students Web Site

10. Financial Verification. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville complies with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations that govern the financial eligibility of international students. Under current regulations, international students must provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to support all their living and education expenses during their stay in the United States.

To receive financial approval for admission and a Form I-20 or DS-2019 (the forms necessary to get a student F or J visa), a student must submit a current notarized bank letter indicating in U.S. dollars that the applicant or sponsor has adequate funds immediately available. The student also must complete the Financial Form in the admission application. The University reserves the right to require tuition deposits, if deemed necessary. Additional information may be found on the Prospective International Students Web Site:

Admission Decisions. Admission to the MMR program is highly selective and competitive. The program director decides who will be admitted based on a balanced appraisal of each component of the applicant's credentials. As a general rule, strong undergraduate performance (high grade point average), above average GMAT scores (including Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing components), and an intense interest in pursuing a career in marketing research area essential prerequisites for admission to the MMR program. Normally a minimum of 500 is preferable, but we will consider all other credentials in case the GMAt score is low. Applicants who hold a PhD or equivalent in a recognized field from an accredited university need not submit a GMAT score. Applicants who do not meet these criteria are referred to the MMR Admissions and Retention Committee, which makes an admission recommendation to the program director. The decision of the program director is final.

Successful completion of the MMR program requires that the candidate have excellent written and oral communication skills and an aptitude for analyzing complex problems. Weaknesses in communication skills, computers, or statistics should be corrected through remedial or self-study courses prior to seeking admission to the program. Students are expected to enter the program with competencies in computer software and statistics. Students without this background in statistics will be required to complete MS 502/251, Statistical Analysis for business Decisions, or its equivalent. Completion of this course will not earn academic credit in the MMR program.

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