The MSMS application for fall 2016 entry is now open.

The Master of Science in Management Studies program is open to applicants who have completed or are in the process of completing an MBA or equivalent Master’s degree program at a partner institution*. Applicants will be evaluated based on performance in their MBA or equivalent Master’s degree program, recommendations, application essay, and other criteria. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate stellar undergraduate and graduate school grade point averages as well as GMAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL scores.

*Partner schools for the MSMS program include: Fudan University, HEC, Lingnan (University) College, The Lisbon MBA, SKK Graduate School of Business, and Tsinghua University.

MSMS Application Schedule

The Admissions Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines listed below. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.

Applications must be submitted by
Monday, February 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

The Admissions Committee notifies applicants of their decision by Monday, April 11, 2016.

Admitted applicants must reply to their offer by
Monday, May 2, 2016.


The MSMS application for fall 2016 matriculation is now available.

Instructions for MSMS Applicants

Applicants to the MSMS Program should fill out the entire application following the instructions below. For more information about the MSMS Program, please visit


Please prepare a résumé that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether employment was part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned or in progress. Other information appropriate to a business résumé is welcomed and encouraged. The résumé should be no more than one page in length.


Essay #1: We are interested in learning more about how you work, think, and act. In your response, please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

Question: Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or fewer)

Essay #2: Explain what you expect your thesis topic will be and how it relates to your professional goals. Note: We do not expect that you know your precise topic, but if you had to decide today on what to write about, what would that topic be? Why is it important or interesting to the field of management? How would you study the topic? How will this information support your career? (500 words or fewer)

Optional Question: The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format. If you choose to use a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us the URL.


MSMS applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. Two of the letters should be from faculty who are able to speak definitively about your academic achievement and potential. The third recommendation should be from an individual, e.g., a work supervisor or manager, who is able to speak with certainty about your professional achievement and potential.

Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept recommendations via the mail.

Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages.

Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions:

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  • How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
  • Please give an example of the applicant’s impact on a person, group, or organization.
  • Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
  • If you are an academic/technical recommender, please tell us how well the applicant mastered the subject you taught or supervised and in what ways did the applicant demonstrate this mastery.
  • Which of the applicant’s personal or professional characteristics would you change?
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

You must input the names and contact information for each provider, including the email address. Upon saving the information, the recommender will receive an email with instructions. We prefer that you enter a professional or academic email address - not a personal one.

Several corporate servers block our recommendation emails. We encourage you to confirm with your recommender that they have received the email request. If your recommender encounters difficulty submitting, please ask them to email for assistance.

Lastly, it is your responsibility to remind your recommenders of the deadline date in order for your complete application to be received on time.

Academic Records (Transcripts)

Please list all post-secondary institutions that you have attended or are currently attending. Please list your degree-granting undergraduate institution first.


Please scan and upload your transcript(s) from all schools attended, or currently attending. If you are currently earning a degree, please submit your most up-to-date transcript. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts.

If your transcripts are not in English, we ask that you scan and upload both the original and the certified translation.

We cannot accept "digitally signed" or encrypted transcripts. If you're having difficulty uploading your document, this may be the reason. Print out your transcript, scan it, and upload the PDF.

Admitted applicants to the program will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcript from all schools attended. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a candidate's rejection or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.

Test Scores

The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. We accept both the GMAT and GRE test results and have no preference for one over the other.

Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Test scores are only valid for five years. We calculate this using date of matriculation; therefore, we will consider all scores taken after September 1, 2011.

We ask that you also include percentiles when submitting your score.

MSMS GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-24
MSMS GRE School Code: 3935

Application Fee

MSMS application fee: $100.00

The non-refundable application fee is payable by credit card when you apply online. You will be prompted for payment information after pressing the “Submit Application” button.

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