Application Instructions

WPI Online Application Instructions

All applicants must submit an online application to be considered for admission to the WPI School of Business. The online application includes a Statement of Purpose, resume, three letters of recommendations, and application fee. Complete the online application carefully, accurately, and thoroughly - it is the official representation of your qualifications and desire to attend WPI School of Business. Any requested information not provided in the online application will not be considered part of your official application. Apply now.

First time users will need to create an account prior to accessing the online application. Once you have established a username and password, you can start, stop, and resume your application at any time. Please note that once you submit your completed application, you will no longer have access to the application details. Any subsequent changes will need to be communicated to the Office of Admissions.

The Statement of Purpose, resume, and letters of recommendations must be submitted through the online application. You are responsible for arranging for test scores to be sent to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (school code 3969) and official college and/or university transcripts to be sent to Databank. Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received.

Once you submit your online application, you will immediately receive a confirmation email. Please make sure that your email address on file is accurate and valid.

Please note that the information provided in your application should be prepared by you and reflect your own work. Any instance of plagiarism, falsification or misrepresentation will result in an admissions denial.

For International Students: If you have financial documentation readily available it is recommended, not required, you submit it with your application.  This will help expedite the issuance of the I-20 if you are admitted.  Financial documentation may be in the form of a balance verification statement on bank stationary or an official award letter from a sponsoring government or agency.  If you are submitting a balance verification statement that is in someone else’s name we additionally require a signed statement from the account holder indicating the monies may be used to fund your educational program at WPI. 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
RESUME
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
APPLICATION FEE
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
GMAT EXAM OR GRE EXAM
TOEFL EXAM OR IELTS EXAM
WORK EXPERIENCE

WPI Online Application Components

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other applicants who apply each year to the WPI School of Business. This essay portion of your application should be one page, single-spaced, and contain three to five paragraphs. Please discuss the following topics in your essay:

  • What brings you to this point?
  • Where do you want to go with your career?
  • How does the degree program to which you are applying help you achieve your career goals?
  • What will you bring to the WPI School of Business community, classroom experience, etc.?

You will be prompted to upload your Statement of Purpose in the Self Evaluation section of the online application. Please note that you must upload a Statement of Purpose before you will be allowed to submit your application. We encourage you to prepare your Statement of Purpose prior to starting the online application.

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RESUME

A current resume outlining your education history and work experience is required. As part of the online application, you will be prompted to upload your resume in the section of the online application. Please note that you must upload a resume before you will be allowed to submit your application. We encourage you to prepare your resume prior to starting the online application to expedite the submission process. Any subsequent changes to your resume after your application has been submitted will need to be communicated to the Office of Admissions.

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LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Three letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on your professional abilities and potential success in a rigorous graduate business program are required. We place a higher value on recommendations that addresses specific successes, memorable performances, and defining characteristics--details that impart insight to the impact you will have in the classroom and community--than indistinguishable recommendations coming from persons with impressive titles.

As part of the online application, you will be prompted on the Letters of Recommendation section to supply the names and relevant information for three individuals who will be submitting a recommendation on your behalf. Please note that the information you provide on the Letters of Recommendation section is used strictly to indicate to the Office of Admissions who you will be inviting to write letters of recommendations on your behalf.

After submitting your online application, you will need to log back into the online application to initiate an electronic recommendation request for each of your recommenders.  On the application overview page, under the For others to complete section, click on Create Invitation to create a request. This section will also provide you with the current status of each recommendation request. You can check the status of your recommendations at anytime by logging back into the online application. 

Please note that it is our policy to audit recommendations. Fraudulent behavior will result in an admissions denial. 

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APPLICATION FEE

You must pay a $70 US application fee as part of the online application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you are an WPI alumnus, employee, or current student, you may contact the Office of Admissions to request an application fee waiver.

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Additional Application Components

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Official transcripts for all previously attended colleges and/or universities must be submitted as part of your admissions application. After you have submitted the WPI online application, only then should you request to have your transcript(s) sent to Databank for processing.  If you are in possession of your official transcript(s), you may send them to Databank after submitting the online application. Applicants should not send any paper documents to the Office of Admissions. Doing so will result in a delay in the processing of your application.  

Please note that upon completing the online application, you will receive an Application Coversheet email that contains a unique FRBU number. We recommend that your FRBU number be included with your official transcript(s) so Databank can easily match your transcript(s) to your online application. If your FRBU number is not included, the processing of your documents may be delayed. 

If you are an international applicant and are unable to obtain multiple official copies of your transcript(s), please contact the Office of Admissions.

Domestic Applicants Send Transcripts To:
DataBank
WPI Graduate Application Processing Center
PO Box 840
Randolph, MA 02368-0840

International Applicants Send Transcripts To:
DataBank
437 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021
Attn: Donna Morrison, WPI Graduate Application Processing Center

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GMAT EXAM OR GRE EXAM

All applicants must sit for either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To learn more about the tests, to download practice exams, and to register, visit the GMAT Website and GRE Website.

When registering for the exam, you will be asked to provide the names of the institutions where your official test scores will be sent electronically by the testing organization. Please be sure to indicate Worcester Polytechnic Institute by providing our school code 3969. If you did not select WPI to receive your test scores during the registration process and need to request an additional score report, you may do so at GMAT Scores or GRE Scores.

WPI requires a minimum GMAT score of 500 or a minimum GRE score of 150 (V & Q avg.).  We strongly recommend that you retake the GMAT if your score does not meet this requirement.

Applicants with prior graduate degrees or acceptable test scores older than the 5-year validity period should contact the Admissions Office to discuss the possibility of an exemption from the GMAT/GRE requirement.

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TOEFL EXAM OR IELTS EXAM

Full-time applicants show native language is not English and have not earned a degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English are required to sit for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To learn more about the tests, to download practice exams, and register, please visit the TOEFL Website and IELTS Website.

When registering for the exam, you will be asked to provide the names of the institutions where your official test scores will be sent electronically by the testing organization. Please be sure to indicate Worcester Polytechnic Institute by providing our school code 3969. If you did not select WPI to receive your test scores during the registration process and need to request an additional score report, you may do so at TOEFL Scores and IELTS Scores.

Please note TOEFL scores and IELTS scores are only valid for two years. Additionally, WPI requires a minimum TOEFL score of 84 and IELTS score of 7. The suggested minimum TOEFL for writing is 20, listening is 22, reading is 20, and speaking is 22, though all applications will be considered that meet or exceed the overall minimum TOEFL score of 84. We strongly recommend that you retake the exam if your overall score does not meet the minimum requirement.

Any international applicant seeking to attend WPI on a F-1 student Visa must submit official TOEFL scores or IELTS scores as required for the issuance of the Form I-20.

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Work experience requirements vary by program. The chart below provides some guidance; however, keep in mind that not only is the Office of Admissions considering the number of years of work experience, but also the scope and breadth of your experience and how this experience prepares you to be a successful student at WPI School of Business.

 

 Program
 Work Experience Requirement  Work Experience Range
 MBA Cohort Track
 5 years of work experience required.  5 -25+ years
 MBA Flex Track or MBA Evening Track  2 years of work experience required.  2 - 15 years
 MSIT  No minimum work experience required.  1 - 16 years
 MSMG  No minimum work experience required.  1 - 6 years
 MSMTI  No minimum work experience required.  1 - 7 years
 MSODL  No minimum work experience required.   1 - 20 years

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MBA Flex Track or MBA Evening Track  2 years of work experience required.  2 -15 years

 
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Need assistance completing the online application?

 We encourage anyone needing assistance completing the online application to contact the Office of Admissions at business@wpi.edu or +1-508-831-4665.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective undergraduate students can learn the detailed instructions for applying to the WPI School of Business through the WPI Undergraduate Admissions-Application Instructions site.