Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants

This first section contains information applicable to both domestic and international students.
Additional information specific to international applicants is available in a separate section below.

  • How do I apply?

    The Weatherhead School of Management uses a paperless online application system where you will apply and upload the required unofficial documents. Please review the Required Application Materials for your program of interest. Detailed application instructions for each program are available on the program pages. When you are ready, use Hobson’s ApplyYourself to create an application.

    PLEASE NOTE: You can complete your application in stages. Save your work as you go, and if you are not ready to submit or complete it now, log back in later with your user ID and password. As long as your application is completed by one of the application round deadlines, you will be considered for admission in that round.

  • What is the application deadline for my program?

    Application round deadlines are available on your program’s admission pages or on the summary of required application materials page. We do not extend deadlines. If you miss one of the deadlines because you are missing a required document (test score, transcript, recommendation letter), your application will be moved to the next round for consideration.

  • Are there any prerequisites or coursework requirements for my program?

    With the exception of the EMBA and MPOD programs, all programs require a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university earned by the time of enrollment.

    The Master of Accountancy, MSM-Business Analytics and MSM-OR/SCM programs each have prerequisite course requirements. These programs’ specific prerequisite information is included on their admission information pages.

  • May I be accepted under conditional admission?

    We only offer conditional admission if it is possible to fulfill a prerequisite requirement.

  • Do I need to have work experience?

    The part-time MBA, executive MBA, Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead executive MBA, MSM-Healthcare, and Master of Positive Organizational Development (MPOD) programs require previous work experience. Work experience is preferred for the full-time MBA program. While work experience is not required for our other programs, it is always helpful.

  • What official or unofficial documents are required when I apply?

    You only need to upload unofficial documents and test scores during the application process. Do not mail any official documents; this will only delay the review process. If you are admitted, we will request your official documents once you have decided to enroll.

  • How should I submit letters of recommendation?

    Hobson’s ApplyYourself, the application platform we use to manage your application, has a recommendation system that will request letters of recommendation by email on your behalf. All you need to do is provide the contact information for your recommenders.

    If recommenders prefer to mail us letters of recommendation, these should be sent to:

  • Do you accept transfers from other graduate programs?

    No transfers, waivers or substitutions are accepted for full-time MBA, EMBA, MPOD or MAcc.

    For the MSM-Finance and MSM-OR/SCM:

    Upon approval of the faculty program director, MSM-Finance and MSM-OR/SCM students may substitute up to 9 credit hours of coursework if comparable CWRU courses have been completed.

    For the MSM-Healthcare:

    Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours of prior course work from an AACSB-accredited university to replace elective classes only with approval from the faculty director and the Weatherhead registrar. No course in which the student received a grade lower than a “B” will be accepted. Graduate courses counted toward another degree are not eligible for transfer credit. Courses completed more than 5 years prior to the start of the MSM-Healthcare program are not eligible for transfer credit. If a transfer credit request is approved, upon completion of the course, it is the student’s responsibility to provide the Weatherhead Registrar’s Office with an official transfer transcript. Courses cannot be transferred without an official transfer transcript. Quarter hours convert to semester hours with a conversion of 0.67 semester hours for every 1.0 quarter hours.

    For the part-time MBA:

    Students who entered the program in fall 2011 and after may transfer up to 6 credit hours of prior course work from an AACSB-accredited university to replace elective classes only with approval from the faculty director and the Weatherhead registrar. No course in which the student received a grade lower than a “B” will be accepted. Graduate courses counted toward another degree are not eligible for transfer credit. Courses completed more than 5 years prior to the start of the MBA program are not eligible for transfer credit. If a transfer credit request is approved, upon completion of the course, it is the student’s responsibility to provide the Weatherhead Registrar’s Office with an official transfer transcript. Courses cannot be transferred without an official transfer transcript. Quarter hours convert to semester hours with a conversion of 0.67 semester hours for every 1.0 quarter hours.

    Legacy part-time students who entered the part-time MBA program prior to the 2011 fall semester must complete the Petition for Transfer Credit Form and submit the required accompanying documents (a current course description and the course syllabus). Core courses are not eligible for transfer credit. Transfer approval in this case is required from the Weatherhead registrar, the faculty program director, the department chair and the Dean’s Office. Legacy part-time students should contact the Weatherhead Registrar’s Office for the Petition for Transfer Credit Form.

  • If I transferred from one institution and got my degree from another, do you need both transcripts?

    We must receive transcript(s) for all coursework used to confer the degree required for enrollment. Please check application requirements for your specific program. Only unofficial transcripts are required during the admissions process.

  • I haven’t graduated yet. Can I still submit my transcripts?

    Yes. You must upload your unofficial transcripts during the admissions review process, even if you have not yet graduated. If you are admitted into a program, you will be required to provide a final, official transcript as soon as it is available and before beginning classes at Weatherhead.

  • Is the GMAT or GRE required? Is one preferred over the other? Do you have a minimum test score requirement?

    The GMAT/GRE requirements vary by program; review the application requirements for your specific program. Only unofficial score reports are required during the admission review process.

    We do not have minimum test score requirements. To see how you compare to the current class, you can visit the class profile page for your program of interest to see their average scores. We do a holistic review of each application including your resume, essays, transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation, so a low score in one area can be offset by excellence in another.

    If you plan to retake the GMAT or GRE, please wait to upload your score report until you receive your new one. You may not change the score you enter once you submit your application.

    If you miss a deadline because you are waiting to retake the exam, it’s okay. We will simply move your application to the next round for consideration.

    PLEASE NOTE: Offers of admission are not binding until your official test scores have been verified.

  • What are Weatherhead’s codes for reporting test scores?

    Our ETS score reporting codes for all programs at Weatherhead School of Management are as follows:

    TOEFL and GRE: 1105 and Department Code 02

    GMAT codes are by program, as follows:

    • Full-Time MBA: WTJ-F1-10
    • Part-Time MBA: WTJ-F1-58
    • EMBA: WTJ-F1-47
    • MSM-Finance: WTJ-F1-17
    • MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management: WTJ-F1-57
    • MAcc: WTJ-F1-90
    • MPOD: WTJ-F1-28
  • How long should each essay be?

    Each essay can be up to 500 words maximum. It is okay if it is less than 500 words; we are more interested in your story than its length.

  • What about financial aid?

    Financial aid is available through Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Financial Aid. This is a separate procedure from the admissions application process and is administered solely by the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Do you offer scholarships?

    Merit-based scholarships are available to both domestic and international applicants for most programs. Visit your specific program admission pages for details. All scholarships are based on merit, not need.

    There is no separate application process to be considered for merit-based scholarships. You will be asked on the application form if you are interested in being considered. If you are granted a scholarship, it will be indicated in the admission offer letter.

    We offer tuition match for those applicants who attend the executive MBA program who work for participating organizations.

    If you have been in the military, you may be eligible for our Yellow Ribbon program. This is offered across all of our master’s level and Doctor in Management programs. We offer two to five spaces annually, depending on the program.

  • What is your current class profile?

    Class profiles are provided on each of the program pages. Please visit our degrees page to select your program of interest and then visit the corresponding class profile.

  • How can I connect to current students or learn about the student experience?

    Current graduate students post regularly about what it’s like to be a student at Weatherhead on the Life at Weatherhead blog. You can also get a feel for what it’s like to be a student in your program by visiting your program’s student experience page.

    If you’d like to talk to a student directly, your program’s admissions manager can put you in touch with current students. You can also follow the Weatherhead community on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

  • Can I request an interview?

    Interviews are by invitation only from the Admission Review Committee. If you are not local and unable to travel, or you are an international student, you will be invited to register for a Skype interview.

  • Do you offer research or graduate assistant opportunities?

    There are a limited number of graduate and research assistantships available to both domestic and international students who are enrolled in a program. You can apply for these positions when they are posted, typically in the fall semester.

    These positions are competitive and there is an interview process. They are part-time (10-20 hours per week). Wages earned are not applied to tuition and fees.

    Visit the Student Employment page or contact departments directly to learn about opportunities. We also encourage you to let your professors know you are interested as soon as classes begin so they can keep you in mind if something opens up.

  • How much does your program cost and what are the expected living expenses?

    Tuition costs vary from program to program. Consult your individual program of interest’s tuition and fees pages for specific rates for your program.

  • Do you offer part-time or online courses?

    We offer an MSM-Healthcare program part time and a part-time MBA program, as well as several residency-based programs (EMBA, Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead EMBA, MPOD, and DM), all of which allow students to work toward degree completion while maintaining their current work obligations. We do not currently offer any courses online.

  • Do you offer a spring start date? What are the program start dates?

    Our program start dates vary by program. In general, our programs begin:

    Spring and fall: Master of Accountancy
    Summer: Part-time MBA (June), MSM-Business Analytics (July)
    Fall: Full-time MBA, MSM-Finance, MSM-OR/SCM, MSM-Healthcare (August)
    Executive MBA, Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead EMBA, DM (September)
    MPOD (October)

International Graduate Applicants

  • Do you offer scholarships/financial aid to international students?

    Yes. International applicants will be considered for merit based awards if they are enrolling in one of our full-time offerings. We do not offer need based awards.

    International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, if you have a U.S. co-signor, you may be eligible for financial aid.

    If you are enrolling in the MPOD or doctoral programs, we recommend that you speak with the program director to learn if there are any scholarship opportunities for the academic year for which you are applying.

  • What is the tuition rate for international students?

    Our tuition rates are the same for domestic and international students regardless of the program to which you are applying.

  • Do I need Proof of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Waivers)?

    If your native language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS. Test results are valid for two years from the date of the exam. We only need your unofficial score reports uploaded during the admission review process.

    If you are not happy with your current score and you plan to retake the TOEFL or IELTS, do not upload your score report until you receive your new one. You will not be able to change it after you officially submit your application. If you miss a deadline because you are missing this document, we will simply move you to the next round for consideration.

    WAIVERS are extended to non-native English speaking applicants who meet one of the following criteria (except MAcc and MPOD program, please read the program’s application requirements for specific waiver conditions):

    1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. If English is not an official language in your country, the transcript must state that English was the primary language of instruction.
    2. Three years of full-time work experience in a country where English is an official language.

    PLEASE NOTE: Offers of admission are not binding until your official test scores have been verified.

  • May I be accepted under conditional admission as long as I am enrolled in ELS?

    We do not accept any applicant on conditional admission for this reason. As a result, we suggest that you enroll in the ELS in enough time to complete it and then sit for the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams. Once we receive the results of the exam and your other application materials, we will move your application forward for an admission decision.

  • What is a transcript evaluation and do I need it (GPA Requirement)?

    For the Masters of Accountancy program: All international students must submit a course by course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

    For the Part-Time MBA and MSM-Healthcare programs: Weatherhead reserves the right to request further documentation for missing cumulative GPAs or those not on a 4.0 scale.

    For the Full-Time MBA, MSM-Finance, MSM-OR/SC, MSM-Business Analytics program: If you have earned a degree outside of the United States, Weatherhead School of Management requires that your transcripts state your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or total average score on any numeric scale. This must also include the grading scale used to calculate it.

    If your transcripts do not state your cumulative GPA or total average score and your grading scale, you must also submit one of the following:

    • An official GPA Certificate from your university stating your cumulative GPA or total average score on any numeric scale (examples: 88/100, 3.5/4.0, 3.8/5, 7/10)
    • The grading scale used to calculate your GPA
    • A course-by-course transcript evaluation from either the World Education Services OR Educational Credential Evaluators (see contact information below)

    NOTE: Your application will remain incomplete until one of the above documents has been received and uploaded to your application.

    Advantages of having a transcript evaluation:
    • Evaluated GPA’s tend to be higher than those stated on many international transcripts.
    • If you are an international student, it confirms that your degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.
    • You may also send electronic copies to more than one school.

    When ordering your transcript evaluation, you do not have to pay to express mail the report to us. Simply request that a copy be sent electronically to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University by selecting our school in their drop down box. We will also accept unofficial or student copies that are uploaded to the application.

    Your application will remain incomplete until the WES or ECE evaluation has been received. Offers of admission will not be binding until we have verified your degree.

    For more information, contact:

    World Education Services, Inc.
    Telephone: (202) 331-2925
    Website: http://wes.org

    The Weatherhead Admissions team reserves the right to require additional verification of transcripts, grading scales or official certificates that are uploaded to your application. If documents are not authentic or inaccurate, we will deny admission.

  • What if my transcripts are not in English?

    Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation that states the equivalent of your degree and your grades in the United States and provides information to enable the interpretation of grades. The translations of your transcripts should be notarized. You can upload a copy of this as an unofficial document during the admissions review process. If you are admitted and decide to enroll, we will require the official translation document.

  • Do you recognize a 3-year bachelor’s degree?

    If you have or will have earned a three-year bachelor degree, you may also be required to submit a transcript evaluation prepared by WES or ECE in addition to your transcripts. Weatherhead School of Management will recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree as long as the evaluation indicates that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.

    Before you apply or begin an evaluation process, visit the World Education Services website and use their free “WES Degree Equivalency” tool to see if your degree granting institution is recognized as the equivalent of a four-year degree in the U.S. If your degree is not listed as such, you will need an evaluation from one of these agencies (no preference). If the tool says your degree is recognized as the equivalent of a four-year degree, please take a screen shot and upload this to your application in the Transcripts section.

    Your application will remain incomplete until the WES or ECE evaluation has been received. Offers of admission will not be binding until we have verified your degree.

    For more information, contact:

    World Education Services, Inc.
    Telephone: (202) 331-2925
    Website: http://wes.org

    The Weatherhead Admissions team reserves the right to require additional verification of transcripts, grading scales or official certificates that are uploaded to your application. If documents are not authentic or inaccurate, we will deny admission.

  • What is a Statement of Financial Responsibility?

    In order to receive a student (F-1) visa, you must be admitted and enrolled on a full-time basis. After accepting an offer of admission, you must then show proof that you can afford all tuition and living expenses for one academic year to receive an I-20 or DS-2019 from our university for your VISA application. This may include bank statements, certificates of deposit or a sponsorship or agency letter. This Statement of Financial Responsibility (financial documentation) is only required once a student has been admitted to the program.

    For privacy and security reasons, do not send or upload bank statements or other financial documentation during the admissions review process. If you are admitted, we will notify you then with instructions for how to submit this information.

    Refer to the tuition and fees page for your program of interest to find the current cost-of-living estimate.

  • What kind of assistance do you provide to help international students find internships or jobs after graduation?

    The Career Management Office and program support staff are tasked with supporting both domestic and international students as they pursue careers after graduation. Visit the Career Management Office pages to explore the opportunities available to international and domestic students, including career fairs, mock interviews, resume reviews, workshops, networking and career assessments.

  • What percentage of your students are international?

    It varies by program. Case Western Reserve University draws international students from 91 countries and is rich in culture and diversity. We pride ourselves on the diversity as it prepares students to live, work and lead in a global marketplace.

Career Management

  • Does your school offer any internship opportunities?

    Internship opportunities are available to all students on a competitive basis. Students typically participate in the summer between the second and third semesters. You will be able to apply for an internship as they are posted.

  • How many of your students get jobs after graduation? Placement statistics?

    Placement statistics for the full-time MBA program are available through our Career Management Office. Because the part-time MBA, MSM-Healthcare, MPOD, DM, and executive MBA programs are intended for working professionals, placement statistics are not available for these programs.

    Placement statistics for the MSM-Finance, MSM-OR/SCM and MAcc programs are not currently available. However, our graduates are successful at finding work with a variety of companies regionally and nationally. Visit the Career Management section of your program’s web page to see the list of companies who have hired our students. You can also learn more about the extensive resources and assistance we provide through our Career Management Office (CMO).

    In addition to the services of CMO, students in the MSM-Finance and MSM-OR/SCM programs have a dedicated staff person focused on sourcing internships and career opportunities for domestic and international students.

    International students also find work in the United States after graduation but not at the same rate as domestic students. International students attending any American university will face the additional challenge of getting a work visa because our government limits the number issued each year. For those who plan to return to their home countries, the value of a master’s degree from a U.S. university can make it easier for international students to find work in their own countries after graduation.

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