AcademicsAdmission & Program FAQs

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Interested in learning more about a specific degree program at Weatherhead School of Management, or how to apply? Take a look at the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions on the following topics: 

Graduate students: Want to learn more on what's next after admittance to Weatherhead? See our steps to enrollment timeline. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for in the questions provided, get in touch with us, call the Office of Admission at 216.368.2030, or request more information.

Undergraduate applicants: Learn more about applying to CWRU, including dates and deadlines, and register for a campus visit or live online event to get to know about our campus, students, faculty and our intentional approach to hands-on learning. Questions about undergraduate admission? Contact us or request more information.

Undergraduate Applicants

  • With our single-door admission policy, once you’re admitted, you can explore the university's entire catalog of academic offerings. You may declare any time after Nov. 1 of your first year. 
  • Ready to apply? Review the application process and deadlines on the Undergraduate Admission website.
  • Questions about the application process? The Office of Undergraduate Admission is here to help. Get in touch with us and request more information.


  • We provide a variety of merit scholarships and need-based aid. And we meet 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students. And, based on the success of our alumni, we are confident a CWRU education pays off. Learn more about tuition and aid.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics (with an optional STEM-designated concentration in quantitative methods)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Management with a major in business management*, finance, marketing, or an individualized program of study (i.e., dean-approved major)

*Concentrations: business information technology, healthcare management, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, organization leadership, supply chain management

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurial studies 
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Business management (for non-Weatherhead majors only)

Yes! It is generally very easy for students to complete multiple majors within Weatherhead or combine majors across CWRU’s schools/colleges. Two-thirds of economics majors, for example, have at least one other major. Students add another major once they are on campus and begin taking classes. There is nothing that needs to be indicated when submitting your application for admission.

Weatherhead advisors and faculty are eager to connect with students to discuss interests and options. For starters, contact a designated academic representative: Tiffany Schwendeman for the accounting major, or Jim Hurley for other programs in business or economics.


You can follow us on Twitter (@WeatherheadUG). (If you are a student, we will respect your privacy and not follow you back unless you ask). We can also be found on Facebook as Weatherhead Undergraduate Programs.

Register for a campus visit or live online event through The Office of Undergraduate Admission.

You may declare any time after Nov. 1 of your first year. (CWRU students must declare a major during the spring semester of their second year in order to register for the subsequent fall semester.)

Connect with a designated academic representative: Tiffany Schwendeman for accounting, or Jim Hurley for other programs in business or economics. For more information, visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies site

Yes. With careful planning, most CWRU undergraduate students can complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees within four years or more. Integrated programs include Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance, Master of Supply Chain Management, and Master of Business Analytics & Intelligence.

Students typically apply within their sophomore or junior year and begin the integrated program as a junior or senior. Interested students should speak with Tiffany Schwendeman for the Master of Accountancy program, or Jim Hurley for more information regarding the other programs.

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.

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. When you are ready, apply online. 

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.

Application round deadlines are available on your program’s admission pages or on the summary of required application materials page. If you miss one of the deadlines because you are missing a required document, your application will automatically be moved to the next round for consideration if completed.

The Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Analytics and Intelligence programs each have prerequisite course requirements. These programs’ specific prerequisite information is included on their admission information pages.

In addition, all programs require a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university earned by the time of enrollment, except for the Executive MBA track.

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

The part-time MBA, Online MBA with a Healthcare Management Track, Executive MBA, Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead Executive MBA, 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.

You only need to upload unofficial documents during the application process. Please do not send or mail any official documents unless you are admitted and you accept the offer. Official documents are required and must be submitted before you can enroll and start your classes. Once you accept, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for submission.

As part of submitting your application, you will be required to enter the names, relationship and contact information of two recommenders. You will find instructions in the application for how to enter the information.

No transfers, waivers or substitutions are accepted for full-time MBA, EMBA, MPOD or MAcc programs. For MFIN, MSCM, and MBAI, transferred credits are not accepted; however, your curriculum may be adjusted if you have previously taken comparable CWRU courses. In these rare instances, decisions about substituting coursework will only be considered by the faculty program director of the department after you begin the term and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Students who entered the program in Fall 2011 and after may transfer up to six credit hours of prior coursework 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 five 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 your 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.

To be granted transfer credits, you must 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.

Yes, 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.

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. If you are a Case Western Reserve University current student, you may grant the Weatherhead School of Management Registrar permission to access and share your academic history with the Weatherhead Admissions Office to fulfill this application submission 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 or video essays and vision statement, transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and your interview, so a low score in one area can be offset by excellence in another.

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

We do not need your official test scores unless you are admitted and you decide to enroll. Once you are matriculated (accepted offer), we will notify you by email when it is time to submit your official documents (required before enrollment). We prefer that you send your documents electronically and our ETS score reporting codes for all programs at Weatherhead School of Management are as follows:


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
  • Master of Finance: WTJ-F1-17
  • Master of Supply Chain Management: WTJ-F1-57
  • Master of Accountancy: WTJ-F1-90
  • MPOD: WTJ-F1-28

Each essay can be up to 500 words maximum. It is okay if it is not exactly 500 words; we are more interested in your story than its length.

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.

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 up to $5,000 per academic year for those applicants who attend the Executive MBA program and work for participating organizations. The tuition match is only granted at the time of admission.

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 of Business Administration programs. We offer two to five spaces annually, depending on the program.

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

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 FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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 video interview.

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.

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

We offer a part-time MBA program, and an Online MBA with a Healthcare Management track. These programs also have courses available online.

We also offer several residency-based programs including an EMBA, Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead EMBA, MPOD, and Doctor of Business Administration program.

All these options allow students to work toward degree completion while maintaining their current work obligations. Additionally, the programs listed above may meet either one night per week, once per month or once per quarter depending on the program.

All other programs are full-time.

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


  • Master of Accountancy
  • MPOD
  • Online MBA with a Healthcare Management
  • Finance Certificates


  • Part-time MBA (June)


  • Full-time MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead EMBA
  • Master of Business Analytics and Intelligence
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Science in FinTech
  • Master of Supply Chain Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Online MBA with a Healthcare Management
  • Finance Certificates

International Graduate Applicants

Yes. International applicants can be considered for merit-based scholarships 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. cosigner, 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.

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

If your native language is not English, you must submit an English language exam. We accept the unofficial TOEFL, IELTS or PTE during the admissions review process. Test results are valid for two years from the date of the exam.

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

  1. Four years of undergraduate/graduate studies (combined) where English is the 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. Additionally, the preceding waiver policy applies only to master’s programs; for PhD programs, the applicant must meet the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and the specific department to which they are applying.

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.

If your university transcripts do not state either a cumulative GPA or total average score on any numeric scale, you must 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). You must also submit your school’s grading scale.
  • A transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) OR Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).  Other transcript evaluators are not accepted.
  • For all programs, we reserve the right to request additional information to further evaluate your candidacy.

For more information, contact:

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.

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.

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 WES states that your degree IS the equivalent of a four year degree in the U.S., you must upload a screenshot of that page to your application. If your degree is not listed as such, you may need the WES evaluation OR you must have one year of study in a master’s level program in order to be eligible to apply. Offers of admission will not be binding until we have verified your degree.

For more information, contact:

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.

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.

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 diversity, as it prepares students to live, work and lead in a global marketplace.

Non-Degree Applicants

Yes, we do! Weatherhead professional development programs cover a range of topics designed to deepen your knowledge, build your skill set, and boost your performance. Learn about our Executive Education programs.

You can do that! Pursuing a certificate program at Weatherhead allows you to explore occupational areas, enlarge your professional potential and gain new skills to become more marketable, without committing to a full-degree program.

Career Management FAQs

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.

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

Placement statistics for the full-time MBA program are available through our Career Management Office. Because the part-time MBA, Master of Healthcare Management, MPOD, Doctor of Business Administration, and Executive MBA programs are intended for working professionals, placement statistics are not available for these programs.

Placement statistics for the Master of Finance, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Business Analytics and Intelligence programs are not currently available. However, our graduates are successful at finding work with a variety of companies regionally and nationally. You can learn more about the extensive resources and assistance we provide through our Career Management Office.

In addition to the services of CMO, the Master of Finance and Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Business Analytics and Intelligence programs have a dedicated staff person focused on sourcing internships and career opportunities for domestic and international students and on corporate partnerships for class projects.

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.