The MIAGE admissions committee seeks a diverse pool of applicants who aspire to learn, practice, and interact in a supportive yet rigorous graduate program designed to help you achieve. We admit MIAGE students representing a variety of undergraduate majors, including business and the social sciences. We also welcome students with diverse professional backgrounds, including those who work in business, government, NGOs, and those coming directly from their undergraduate studies.
The MIAGE admissions committee carefully reviews an applicant's combined academic and professional background. The committee will evaluate each application individually and will consider:
Academic background, including undergraduate transcripts, academic recommendations, and performance on the graduate school entrance exam of choice. Professional experience including work experience, internships, professional recommendations, and volunteer and community service activities. Evaluation of the content of your letter of intent (or personal statement). The admissions committee will also use this document to assess your writing skills.
All MIAGE program application materials must be completed by the priority deadline of February 15 to be eligible for MIAGE scholarships.
Due to a record number of qualified applicants, the MIAGE program's application deadline has been changed to April 1st, 2021, for all applicants.
No new applications for the 2021 cohort will be considered after April 1st.
All applicants will be asked to upload an unofficial copy of their academic transcripts
when completing the application online. Universities participating in an electronic
transcript service should email transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are admitted to MIAGE, you will be required to provide an official copy
of your transcripts, sent directly from your previous school to the Graduate Admissions
The University of Utah
201 S 1460 E
Room 250 S SSB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Transcripts submitted for admission become the University of Utah property and cannot be returned to the applicant. Failure to list all schools previously attended or making false or misleading statements on the application may result in loss of credit and/or cancellation of admission status.
All students are required to pay an application fee.
- Domestic graduate students: $55
- International graduate students: $65
Applications submitted after April 1st will also be subject to a $30.00 late fee.
Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae. Please show all previous work, relevant academic courses, and community and extracurricular activities.
Letters of Recommendation
Please submit three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your
academic and professional abilities. At least one letter should be from an academic
reference, preferably a former professor. Please follow the instructions in ApplyYourself
for submission of these letters.
If your recommenders elect not to use the online ApplyYourself application, please contact the program manager for alternative submission methods.
The admissions committee members prefer that at least one letter is from a professor. However, they will also accept professional recommendations. Please do not submit personal references (which includes pastors, etc.). Consider reaching out to a favorite professor from whom you took more than one class with a note reintroducing yourself. Explain why you would like to pursue this program, particularly if their class contributed to your desire to apply for MIAGE. You can also send them an updated resume to share what you have been doing since you were last in their class.
While preferred, a lack of academic references should not dissuade you from applying.
Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
If your undergraduate GPA is not at or above 3.0, please address this in your letter of intent or contact our office staff to discuss your options.
Standardized Test Score
The MIAGE program accepts the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MAT test scores for admission. It is recommended that the test be taken well in advance so the test scores will arrive for admission consideration prior to deadlines.
There is no minimum entrance exam score, though MIAGE looks for applicants who rank within the upper 50th percentile on their respective exams. The University of Utah provides testing services for graduate entrance exams; please contact the University Testing Center for more information.
Applicants must submit official scores from the GRE to:
U-code is 4853
Department/Program - select International Affairs or Undecided; any scores sent to the University are entered into our PeopleSoft system and are viewable by us.
Applicants must submit official scores from the GMAT to:
U-code is 4853
Please note - GMAT scores are sent to the business school. Students must contact the business school and have the scores sent to the MIAGE office.
For the LSAT:
U-code is 4853.
For the MAT:
U-code is 4853.
We require a TOEFL score of 100 or higher for the internet-based test or 600 or higher for the paper-based test, or a 7 on the IELTS.
Letter of Intent
The personal letter of intent is a crucial part of your application because it is the primary way that the admissions committee will get to know you as an applicant. We recommend applicants format their letter as they would a cover letter (with a salutation and a sign-off). Applicants should consider the following questions when writing their letter:
- Who are you?
- What is your academic background?
- What is your professional background?
- Why are you interested in the MIAGE program?
- How would the MIAGE program benefit you?
- What unique qualities would you bring to the program?
- What are your future goals?
The letter of intent should be no longer than two pages and should include your name and contact information in the heading at the top of each page.
Our graduate assistant is available to consult with students on their letters and review them before submission.
All MIAGE applicants must have academic background knowledge in the following three areas:
Prerequisites do not need to be completed by the time a student applies, but they must be completed before students are allowed to begin graduate study. The exception to this rule is students who are enrolled in PUBPL 6000. There are two primary ways to fulfill these requirements.
These courses must be completed at the undergraduate level with a grade of “C” or better. You may be admitted to the program before completing these requirements; however, you may not enroll in the program until these courses are satisfactorily completed. Prerequisite courses are:
- Introductory Microeconomics* - A sample course at The University of Utah would be ECON 2010
- Introductory Macroeconomics* - A sample course at The University of Utah would be ECON 2020
- Introductory Statistics (basic or applied) - A sample course at the University of Utah would be MATH 1070
Applicants may enroll in PUBPL 6000: Application of Economic Principles & Public Policy Statistics for the summer semester before their official start date.
This new online course allows you to begin your graduate program sooner. You can also earn graduate elective credit as you fulfill your prerequisites and refresh your knowledge of economics and applied statistics. Additionally, this will lighten your future course load (this class counts as one of your six electives).
To register as a graduate student, contact the Program Manager or Program Coordinator to have your start semester moved up from fall to summer. This class can be counted as a part of your graduate course of study and therefore is eligible for federal loans and qualifying grants (such as G.I.). This is unlike non-matriculated undergraduate prerequisite courses, which are not.
This class is also the first in the series for the online graduate certificate in public policy, which can be earned alongside the MIAGE degree.
Course description: PUBPL 6000: Application of Economic Principles & Public Policy Statistics provides a staged learning process and equips students with the fundamentals of microeconomic theory and applied statistics related to public policy issues and processes. The purpose of the course is to provide the foundational knowledge needed for subsequent public policy courses.