The KU MBA program is committed to making your transition to Lawrence and the University of Kansas as smooth as possible. Because of this we have a student organization, MBA International Student Organization (MISO), designated to helping you transition into the program. Below you will find helpful information that the MISO group put together to help answer questions about housing, transportation, entrance exams and health care just to name a few. If you have additional questions contact us at KU MBA.
General Housing information from International Student Services can be found at General Housing information from International Student Services.
Student Housing offers the basics - living space that is secure, well-maintained and conveniently located. Student Housing is committed to providing academic support, leadership development, experiences with different cultures and part-time employment. It also offers personal or group tours of all three on-campus communities:
- Residence halls are the largest on-campus community, offering traditional 2-person rooms plus renovated suite-style buildings.
- Scholarship Halls have 50 residents per building and everyone helps with hall duties such as cooking and cleaning.
- The Jayhawk Towers and Stouffer Place are apartments for non-traditional students, graduate students and students with families.
Naismith Hall is a private residential hall within walking distance to the KU campus. To learn more visit www.livenaismith.com or call 1.800.888.4658 (inside U.S.) or 1.785.843.8559 (outside U.S.).
Apartments and Houses
When searching for off-campus housing, you may look for a studio, apartment or house.
Here's the typical range of monthly rent in Lawrence:
- Studio Apartment: $310 - $450
- One-Bedroom Apartment: $350-660
- Two-Bedroom Apartment: $495-785
You may find information at these web sites:
If you need temporary lodging once you arrive in Lawrence; here is a list of local hotels:
- Roadway Inn: 2525 W. 6th Street. 1.785.841.8410
- The Oread: 1200 Oread Ave. 1.785.843.1200
- Best Western: 2309 Iowa Street. 1.785.843.9100
- Days Inn: 730 Iowa Street. 1.785.841.6500
- Quality Inn: 801 Iowa Street. 1.785.842.5100
- Hampton Inn: 2300 West 6th Street. 1.785.841.4994
Transportation within Lawrence
KU on Wheels: The campus bus system that operates Monday through Friday each semester. Bus service is free to all University of Kansas students with a KU ID. There is no service on weekends or holidays. Visit their website for more information and other services: www.kuonwheels.ku.edu
The "T": A Lawrence public bus system that is also free with your KU ID card. There is no "T" service on Sundays or holidays. Visit their website to see their routes and services:www.lawrencetransit.org
Is an international student eligible for scholarships?
Yes, all full-time applicants are eligible for scholarships. To learn more about our scholarships visit Scholarships
What certifications or tracks do you currently offer in the MBA program?
You can find information about this on the curriculum page.
When should I take the TOEFL/IELTS/GMAT?
Students should look at taking the tests as soon as possible, because your application is incomplete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until they receive all your application materials.
What are the minimum requirements for GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS?
A required score is not set for the GMAT, but it is generally preferred that you score in the upper 500s for the MBA program (the average is a 570). TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. You must have all part scores of at least 53 on the paper version or all part scores of at least 20 on the internet-based test for TOEFL. For IELTS you must have minimum overall score 6.0 with no part score below 5.5. The scores listed above would require you to take Applied English Center (AEC) testing upon your arrival to KU. To avoid this testing you would need to have at least 23 in each section of TOEFL and for IELTS you would need 6.5 for overall score and 6 for listening, reading, and writing. For more information you can visit the Graduate School or the Graduate Catalog.
Do I need take the TOEFL/IELTS if I received my undergraduate degree from a U.S. University?
No, we don't require TOEFL or IELTS scores if you received a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, or from an institution whose medium of instruction is English. This does not apply to degrees earned online.
What is the institution code and department code for sending TOEFL/GMAT?
The KU GMAT school code is 6871.
Which language test is better or preferred?
TOEFL and IELTS are two competing English test brands. KU School of Business will gladly accept either the TOEFL or IELTS. We stress that applicants always get the official international version of the English test. Do not get the institutional, mock-up, trial, prediction or anything else other than the internationally accepted English tests. IELTS has been viewed by many as a superior exam for evaluating the spoken English skills of potential students. Until recently, the TOEFL had no such component and many of the countries requiring the IELTS felt that a speech component to an English proficiency exam was crucial.
As far as speech evaluation goes, there is no definitive rule on which test is better. Some say the individualized IELTS format is great, while others think there's a potential for bias and an even greater chance of inconsistency in scoring because of individual nuances of the examiners. Critics of the IELTS believe that the panel review of recorded speech for the TOEFL test is a more accurate, less biased mechanism for evaluation.
The old fashioned paper-and-pencil format is more suitable for most students. Many international students also prefer doing the speaking section face-to-face. IELTS' simpler scoring system may benefit test takers because the average score is rounded to the nearest 0.5 increment.
Unfortunately, we can't decide for you though. We encourage you to choose the most suitable test for you.
Health insurance: Health Insurance
Pre-Arrival information: Pre-Arrival
Apply by May 1 for the full time program: Apply to Full Time MBA Program
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) or Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).
While the KU MBA program doesn’t provide GRA and GTA appointments or fellowships you can work in the School of Business by applying for one of the hourly positions that are posted throughout the academic year found on the KU jobsite.