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Most of your questions should be answered in our Frequently Asked Questions.  If the information provided does not adequately address your question or if you have other questions that are not addressed please contact the Admissions Office at foxinfo@temple.edu.

MS FAQs

How can I get more information about the program?

To get more information about our Masters Programs you can request information or you can attend an information session.

How do I apply?

You can apply to the Fox School by filling out our online application. Admission materials can be sent to:

Temple University
The Fox School of Business and Management
Graduate Admissions
Alter Hall (006-22)
1801 Liacouras Walk, Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19122

When are the application deadlines?

Application Deadlines for Specialized Masters Applicants

Spring 2012 Deadline:

October 31st

Fall 2012 Deadlines:

December 10, 2011 – Early Decision
March 1, 2012 – International Applicants
May 31, 2012 – All Domestic Applicants
June 30, 2012 – Late Deadline

Is there an advantage to applying early? Do you have a pre-established quota or maximum number of people who are accepted?

There is always an advantage to turning your application in early. At the Fox School we have rolling admissions, meaning the open positions for candidacy fill up with each round. Even though we do not have a pre-established quota for accepted students; we do try to establish a target amount each year. Applying early allows you to be considered among the first applicants for candidacy at the Fox School of business. In addition you have early notification, which allows you more time to prepare for your Masters Program.

For international students we strongly recommend applying at the earliest moment possible. This gives you extra time to spend on the often time-consuming process of obtaining a visa. You will also have extra time to prepare for your endeavor at Temple.

However, we want you to make sure that your application represents you and your capabilities. In your search for the right Graduate Program match for you, you are investing your time and money applying to different business schools. You should be confident in your application before applying; you do not want to send in a weak application that could put you at a disadvantage.

Are applicants without previous coursework in business at a disadvantage?

No. Students must meet prerequisite course requirements for each program. If a student has not taken previous coursework in the prerequisite courses, they must first enroll in the appropriate business foundation or other equivalent courses. However, we do strongly recommend that all newly admitted students use Ivy Software to prepare for the business core courses.

Can I apply as a college senior? If so is there any advice about what I can do to increase my chances for admission?

Because the Specialized Masters programs do not require previous professional work experience, we have over the years taken students straight from college who demonstrated strong leadership skills, quantitative skills, GMAT scores, etc. For prospective students who are applying straight from college we look at their extracurricular and community activities, academic credentials, GMAT or GRE scores, as well as any type of internship or jobs they may have had.

Are re-applicants at a disadvantage? What are the procedures for reapplying?

Re-applicants are not put at a disadvantage for reapplying to the Fox Specialized Masters Programs. When applicants reapply they are considered to have a fresh start. When reapplying applicants must submit new materials including transcripts, resume, transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, GMAT or GRE/TOEFL scores, application fee, etc. We strongly recommend re-approaching the application by rewriting essays and updating your information. Decisions are made from the new application.

Do you accept transfer students from other graduate business schools? Can I transfer units into the Business School?

Full-time and part-time students may apply to transfer up to 20%, usually six credit hours, of coursework.

What are the educational requirements for admission for students educated outside the United States? I have a three-year degree; am I eligible?

We require that students educated outside of the United States complete an undergraduate program that is equivalent to that of the U.S. As there are a number of Universities in the World that have a three-year degree program we only require that the degree received is comparable to the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.

How do you evaluate applications and make final decisions? Can you tell me more about the evaluation process?

We evaluate each applicant based upon their performance on their GMAT or GRE, transcripts, professional background, and their fit into the program determined by their essays and, if necessary, an interview. One criterion is not necessarily more important than the other. In essence we are looking at the entire package that each applicant presents us with.

What are you looking for in the essays? How many pages should they be?

Your essays allow us to know you better through your influences, values, and aspirations. Each applicant must submit an essay about Leadership and on about your Goals.

Leadership: Please describe an incident from your personal experiences that typifies your definition of leadership. Specifically address ethics, diversity, collaboration and motivation.

Goals: Describe how you would expect to change over the course of the program. What personal and professional values and skills do you hope to acquire beyond the academic content? How will obtaining the degree help you achieve your career goals?

In addition there is an optional area to provide Fox with any additional information or material you would like to include, such as discussing any weaknesses or strengths that bear on your application

When writing these essays, take time to think and remember there is no right or wrong answer. The essays should be clearly laid out and as long as you feel they need to be.

Who would Temple prefer recommendations come from?

Preferred recommendations are those that come from professional references such as supervisors and co-workers. Academic references are acceptable. References should come from those who know the candidate well and who can attest to the candidate’s leadership ability.

What is the process for references?

The Fox School has a Recommendation Form for references to fill out. References may submit their own recommendation rather than use our form.

After downloading the form you will complete the information on the form and send it with a reference envelope to the individual who will be providing your reference. Write your name and address on the envelope when it has been returned to you, and mail the SEALED envelope with the rest of your application materials. DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE WHEN IT HAS BEEN RETURNED TO YOU. Once received, this reference will be the property of Temple University, and will not be returned.

I don’t want to tell my employer that I am leaving. Who should I ask to write my letters of reference? What should I do?

If you are unable to ask your employer for a recommendation you may want to ask a past employer or supervisor or a person from an extracurricular project. Make sure this person is someone who is able to give us information about your leadership skills and talents.

Can I apply without paying the application fee?

No. We cannot waive the application fee.

Do I have to send a completed packet/application? Do I have to send all materials in at once?

With the online application you may save the application and stop as many times as you please and come back to it. All application materials do not need to be sent in all at once. You may send in the materials in intervals if you like as long as all materials are received before the deadline.

If my application is missing materials, can I be accepted conditionally until those items arrive?

Conditional admission due to an incomplete application is usually not an option at Fox. Applications will not be considered for admission until complete. A complete application includes all of the items listed on the Application Checklist.

What is the average GMAT/TOEFL score?

We do not have minimum performance standards at the Fox School. The average GMAT score for the past years is 655 for full-time and 626 for part-time. GRE scores at or about 600 in either quantitative or verbal section are usually competitive. Higher quantitative scores are usually required for the MSFE, MS in Actuarial Science and MS in Statistics Programs.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores [code 2906-02] for non-native English speakers - unless your degree is from an English language university in a country where English is the native language - with minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based). TOEFL scores must have been taken within the last two years.

We will accept the IELTS test as a substitute for the TOEFL with a minimum score of 7.5.

How close to the application deadline can I take the GMAT and/or TOEFL? When should I take the GMAT/TOEFL?

The Fox School requires that you take the GRE, GMAT or TOEFL and leave enough time for Graduate Admissions at the Fox School to adequately consider your application. This means that international students should add in additional time to apply for a Visa and therefore take the appropriate standardized test as close to the application deadline as possible. It is strongly suggested that domestic applicants take the GMAT, GRE, TOEFL (if required) as early as possible in case you feel like you need to take it again.

Which GMAT score should I report if I took the test more than once? Can my official GMAT scores arrive after the deadline for which I applied?

The Fox School takes the highest score acquired on the GMAT or GRE. There are no limits to how many times you take the test. The GMAT must be taken within the guidelines specified above, thus, the scores may be received after the deadline as long as it is not too far after the deadline.

If I sent my score to you more than a year ago, and did not apply, do you still have my score? How long are scores valid?

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years after the test date and TOEFL scores are valid for two years. Scores sent prior to these years are no longer valid.

How do I take the TOEFL?

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is administered by an organization calledETS, and is available in three formats: you may take a paper-based test, a computer-based test, or an Internet-based test. These three options are not available in all areas. For example, according to ETS, the Internet-based test is not widely available in Asia, and the paper and computer-based tests are being phased out in Europe. We encourage you to plan accordingly for these tests. Due to a large volume of test-takers, exam slots fill up very quickly.

For more information go to TOEFL.

What is the average GPA?

The typical average GPA for an enrolled class is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Can I waive the TOEFL? GMAT?

Yes the GMAT can be waived if you possess a terminal degree. Generally that means for US applicants, a PhD, JD, MD, or DMD. For international applicants, the terminal degree must be earned as a post-bachelor’s degree.

TOEFL examination is required of all applicants who are not native speakers of English, regardless of previous language instruction. Applicants having an undergraduate degree conferred by a US university are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

You may request a waiver of the expiration date of your old TOEFL by submitting a copy of your score report in addition to a letter to the Graduate School. Your request may or may not be granted. Your request can be e-mailed to Fox’s Graduate Admissions Office at foxinfo@temple.edu.

To be admitted to graduate study, applicants must score a minimum of either 600 on the paper-based version, 250 on the computer based version (CBT), and 100 on the internet based version of the TOEFL.

How do I schedule to take the GMAT?

To schedule to take your GMAT you can go to the official GMAT web site at www.mba.com or call at 1 (800) GMAT-NOW. At the website you can:

  • Locate the nearest test center
  • Download the International Test Scheduling Form
  • Learn the test format and content
  • Find the procedures and regulations
  • Get FREE GMAT POWERPREP software

How many years of full-time work experience do I need to even be considered for admission? Does graduate school count?

The Fox School of Business does not have a set criteria regarding work experience for their Graduate programs. The graduate students’ experiences, here at the Fox School, have ranged from no experience to several years worth of experience. Currently, the average number of years of work experience among the graduate students is approximately 4 years.

When reporting work experience we ask you not to consider graduate school as work experience. While we do recognize the importance and value of graduate academic work, we do not count academic work towards professional work experience.

What kind of work experience do I need? If I come from a “non-traditional” background is that okay?

There is no preference to one type of industry or company opposed to any other. We strive to create each class of students as complimentary as possible. The more diverse the professional backgrounds are the more our students learn from one another and their experiences. This allows a broader range of opinions and ideas brought to each classroom setting and experience.

I am filling out the online application and I have additional information that I believe is important for the Board to have in evaluating my application. Where should this go?

Information such as this should be placed in an additional essay that should be forwarded with all other application materials to:

Temple University
The Fox School of Business and Management
Graduate Admissions
Alter Hall (006-22)
1801 Liacouras Walk, Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19122

How many people do you admit from those that apply? How many from my country? How many from my industry?

From the previous year The Fox School received almost 800 applications for the Fox Specialized Masters Programs, of those that applied only 82 were admitted. The selection process will always be based on the applicant pool offerings. We strive to create a class that will compliment one another with diverse backgrounds and strengths. Because of this standard the type of diversity, whether it be candidates from different parts of the world to different industries, changes on a yearly basis.

How do I get in touch with alumni or current students from Fox?

If you would like to get in touch with a current student or speak with an alumni of the program, please contact Graduate Admissions at foxinfo@temple.edu.

Can I speak to an admission Counselor/Advisor/Staff?

The best way to contact our office with specific questions about our program and application process is by calling 215.204.5890 or emailing foxinfo@temple.edu. We also conductinformation sessions where you can learn more about our programs and speak directly with staff.

How can I schedule a class visit?

If you would like an opportunity to come and see the program in action, please schedule a class visit by emailing foxinfo@temple.edu. For more information on other ways to view our program in action please go to Information Sessions.

What is your policy on deferred admissions?

We encourage students to only apply for the semester in which they intend to attend. Due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise we allow potential students at the Fox School to defer admissions one year from the original application semester.

Do I need an application interview, and how can I arrange an interview?

Full Time Specialized Masters Programs applicants are not required to interview, however, either the applicant or the Fox School may request an interview.

After I submit my application, is there a way to check the application status? How will I be notified of the decision?

A confirmation that your account has been processed and is under review will be posted to your online application. To check this, log into your application account by clicking here and review the status. It may take us up to six weeks after the deadline to post this notification.

How long does it typically take for an applicant to receive an admissions decision after he/she has submitted his/her application?

It usually takes two weeks for an admissions decision after we determine that the application is complete. This is exclusive of the time it takes the graduate school to evaluate the applications. For international transcripts it can take up to an additional four weeks to receive an answer.

Do you give feedback on denied applications?

We understand the disappointment and desire to know the motivations behind decisions, but we are unable to accommodate requests for feedback due to the large response in applications we receive.

How many credits are the Specialized Masters Programs?

Most Specialized Masters Programs are a total of 30 credit hours, exclusive of prerequisite courses.

How do you compare Fox to other schools? Where does Fox rank?

We leave the comparisons of the Fox School and other schools to you. For you to create a more informed decision we try to provide you with all the details of what makes the Fox Specialized Masters Programs. The Fox School offers one of the largest varieties of Masters programs in the area due to the number of business departments in the school and the diversity and academic proficiency of our faculty.

What teaching methods are used in the Fox MBA Program?

The Fox School has incorporated a dynamic, integrated curriculum utilizing cases rooted in real-world business problems. Our Top research faculty coupled with small class sizes and a cutting edge curriculum give students a strategic perspective that is necessary to succeed in today’s business world. Our faculty determines the teaching method that they believe will be the most effective learning environment. Most of the faculty use a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, group projects and simulations.

What type of career placement does Fox have?

Our Center for Student Professional Development is dedicated to the needs of Fox Graduate Students. The center provides valuable resources and assistance in focusing and preparing for post-graduate careers. We help you develop a career vision, make strategic career decisions, and build a strong foundation for continuous career and life management. Our graduates work throughout the world, in nearly every industry and function. For additional information, please visit the Career Development section of our website.

Is the admission process the same for full-time and part-time programs?

The admissions requirements are the same for both programs. However, Application Deadlines vary.

Can I waive any of my Foundation courses?

The business foundation courses are prerequisite courses and therefore can be waived by qualifying undergraduate or graduate coursework.

At which campuses are Specialized Masters courses offered?

Courses are offered at Temple University’s Center City, Fort Washington, Ambler, and Main Campuses. Most students take their classes at the Fox School’s Graduate Business Center at Temple University’s Center City Campus (TUCC) which is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s business district. TUCC is adjacent to top companies such as ARAMARK, GlaxoSmithKline, CIGNA, Comcast.

For maps and directions to these campuses, visit www.temple.edu/maps.

What is the cost of the MS Program? Is financial aid available?

Business school is a significant investment—both in time and money. However, graduates believe that their graduate education was a lifelong investment in their own personal development.

For more information please check our Tuition page.

For loan information, please visit the Department of Student Financial Services at www.temple.edu/sfs.

Does Fox offer loans to international students?

All international students are eligible for loans through the National Education Loan Network (Nelnet), which offers low interest rates. Detailed information about financial aid will be sent to you upon your admission to the MS Program.

How do I learn about my financing options?

Typically, if you are a domestic or permanent resident, your primary source of funding will be through federal and alternative education loans. International students use alternative loans as their primary source of funding because they are not eligible for federal loans. To learn more about your financial options go to Student Financial Services Office.

How are scholarships awarded at Fox?

Fox has limited scholarship funding and not all programs have scholarships available to their students. Those that are awarded do so on a merit base; relying primarily on GMAT/GRE scores, undergraduate GPA and quality and length of work experience.

Usually, only full time MBA applicants are eligible to receive scholarship and student employment awards. Award recipients are selected by the Fox School Graduate Admission Committee and are notified after the admission decision is made. No additional application or form is required for consideration.

Awards can take the form of tuition scholarships, both full and partial, or student employment or a combination of scholarship and employment.

Are there any other outside sources that I should consider?

Other sources of funding could come from organizations that you belong to that have aid funds.  Organizations to consider would include religious organizations, fraternal organizations, clubs, athletics, veteran groups, ethnic groups, unions, employers, rotary clubs, etc.

How will I be notified if I am chosen as a recipient of a scholarship?

Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail.  No additional application is required for first year students who wish to apply for a scholarship.  The Admissions Committee makes the determination of the recipients.

What is the Award Notification Letter?

The Award Notification Letter is the document generated by the Financial Aid Office detailing the loan amounts you are eligible to borrow for your studies.

Are credit cards accepted to pay my tuition payments?

Credit cards are accepted for tuition payments.  For more information on payment options please go to www.temple.edu/bursar/current/makingpayments.htm.

Is an entrance interview required?

Financial Aid Entrance Interviews are required for students who apply for government and private loans.  Before a student can receive funding they must complete the entrance interview.  The primary purpose of the entrance interview is to help students better understand student loans and give some general information on planning and managing personal finances.  The entrance interview explores the different types of student loans, regulations, repayment options and the consequences of default.

Does Fox have services for students with disabilities?

Please go to Disabilities and resources website to learn more about Temple University’s services for students with disabilities.

How do I receive a visa?

All international students admitted to a graduate program are required to submit a separate application for the I-20, which is required for a student visa application. The I-20 is issued by the Office of International Services. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application on-line. All supporting documents must be submitted by regular mail. The I20 application requires proof of financial support to cover your expenses at Temple. For more information on the I-20 and applying for a Visa, please visit the Office of International Services web site.

Applicants who are offered full a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship by Temple are not required to show any additional financial documentation. All questions regarding the I-20 or student visas should be directed to:

Office of International Services
203B Vivacqua Hall
1700 N. Broad Street
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
USA

Phone Number: (215) 204-7708
Fax Number: (215) 204-6166

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