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MBA Programs for International Students

The Avila MBA Program in Kansas City has a long history of providing high quality education and career advancement for international students engaged in the global marketplace. Avila University's MBA Program for international students provides expertise and business knowledge to students from all over the world. With its diverse cultural environment, small class size, and personalized instruction, the program is an excellent choice for international students seeking to advance their careers.

Seven specialized concentrations are offered in Accounting, Finance, Management, Health Care Administration, International Business, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.



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Requirements for International Admission

To be admitted into the MBA Program for International Students, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and intend to be full-time students (a minimum of 6 credit hours per trimester) until the completion of their graduation requirements. Scholarships are not available for international students, although campus jobs and graduate assistantships are available on a limited basis.

International Students seeking admission into the MBA Program must submit the following application materials:

  1. MBA Application for Admission - $100 Application Fee for International Students. Payable by credit card only. Applications will not be processed until fee is paid in full. Email mba@avila.edu for more information on how to pay application fee.

  2. Transcripts 
    Official bachelor's degree transcripts are required to be translated and received directly from World Education Services or Education Credential Evaluators. Transcripts sent by students or their agency are not acceptable.

  3. TOEFL or IELTS Score Report
    Must be official report sent directly to Avila from TOEFL or IELTS.
    The TOEFL or IELTS is required as proof of English proficiency unless the student is a native speaker of English or is from a country whose main language is English. Minimum required scores:

    550 213 79 6.5

    * Students who do not meet these requirements or need further study of English can directly enroll in Avila's Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP).

  4. GMAT Score Report
    Applicants with a translated GPAof 3.2 or higher by WES or ECE may be admitted without a GMAT score report. Applicants with less than a translated 3.2 GPA will be required to submit a GMAT report showing a score of 420 or higher prior to consideration by the admissions committee. The GMAT report must sent to Avila directly from the GMAT authority.

  5. Copy of Passport
    Names must match on all documents.

  6. Verification of Financial Support
    In order to meet U.S. Immigration requirements for entry into the United States, proof of sufficient financial resources to cover educational and living expenses for the duration of your program must be in place before visa documents can be issued. Proof of funding can consist of either student's certified bank statements or student's sponsor (parents or cultural commission) guaranteeing the student's ability to meet the costs of study in the United States.  Documentation must show a minimum of $19,500 USD.

All application materials should be submitted to:

MBA Admissions Advisor - MBA@avila.edu
Avila University
MBA Office
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145

International Admission Deadlines

International students should apply as early as possible in order to have enough time to obtain their I-20 Forms and F-1 Student Visas. Students seeking admission into the MBA program are strongly advised to submit their application materials by the following dates:

11-Week Trimester Application Deadlines Classes Start*
Fall June 30 Beginning of September
Winter October 30 Beginning of January
Spring January 30 Beginning of March
Summer April 30 Beginning of June

*Please refer to the MBA Course Schedule for exact dates.

Estimated Expenses

Estimated Expenses Fall
(6 hours)
(6 hours)
(6 hours)
(3 hours)
Tuition ($538 per graduate credit hour ) $3,228 $3,228 $3,228 $1,614
Books(approximate) $200 $200 $200 $100
Required fees (Activity Fee, Technology Fee, $38 per hour) $228 $228 $228 $114


* International students are not required to take classes during Summer Session.

As an international student at Avila University , you are required to have health insurance. This requirement remains in force as long as you continue to be a student at Avila University . If you are not enrolled in your home country's government-sponsored insurance, you are required to enroll in an insurance plan offered through the University.

Living In Kansas City - A Great Place to Live

Kansas City, Missouri, is an all-American city with a thriving economy that draws people from across the U.S. and around the world. The city is known for its dazzling fountains, beautiful architecture, and historic districts. In addition, Kansas City exemplifies its dedication to the arts at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Kansas City Ballet. Music can be heard everywhere including jazz, blues, opera and the city's excellent symphony. Sporting KC soccer, Royals baseball, and Chiefs football are major league teams with their homes in Kansas City.  Learn more about Kansas City.

Off-Campus Housing
Students who prefer privacy and the advantages of independent living might consider off-campus housing. Kansas City is one of the most affordable places to live in the US; housing costs here are roughly 7% less than the national average. To obtain more information on housing accommodations in the Kansas City area, students can refer to the following web sites: KCAPT.com, KCstar Classified, KC Area Guide.

Major Employers in the Kansas City Area

Kansas City is a fast-growing city with population of 2.34 million. The area is experiencing growth in all major industrial sectors, with the service and retail sectors experiencing the most growth. Kansas City has a very low unemployment rate and the lowest cost of living of all major metropolitan areas. The largest area employers include:

  • Sprint
    Sprint is a global communication company at the forefront of integrating long distance, local and wireless communications services and one of the world's largest carriers of Internet traffic.

  • Black & Veatch
    Black & Veatch provides full engineering, procurement, and construction services to the power, infrastructure, and process markets. Black & Veatch employs approximately 9,000 professionals in more than 90 offices worldwide in countries form Argentina to Zimbabwe. Kansas City,  Missouri is the headquarters for this employee-owned company. 

  • American Century Investments
    American Century Investments has evolved from two mutual funds to a multi-disciplined investment organization employing over 2,600 people. With more than $80 billion in assets under management, American Century offers the fifth largest direct marketed fund family in the country.

  • St. Luke's Health
    St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network is an integrated regional health care network encompassing 868 beds in five hospitals, 1,200 physicians, more than 4000 employees and nearly 1,000 volunteers.

  • Hallmark
    Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards, Inc. is known throughout the world for its greeting cards and related personal expression products. It publishes its products in 30 languages and distributes them in more than 100 countries.

Practical Training for International Students

Practical training is an opportunity for international students to obtain real-world work experience working for an U.S. employer. It is also a great opportunity to apply knowledge and skills students learned in school. Optional practical training (OPT) must be related to the student's major area of study and requires at least nine months being in F-1 status.  OPT is available in the following instance:

After Completion of the Degree

A maximum of 12 months of OPT can be authorized for the entire duration of a student's F-1 status, no matter how many degrees are completed. In other words, if a student engages in 12 months of practical training after getting a Master's degree, he/she will not be eligible for any after completion of a Ph.D. program.

Students should remember that once OPT is granted, it cannot be recaptured even if the student decided not to use it or is unable to find a training opportunity.

If you plan to travel outside the United States during your practical training, you will need a valid passport and visa to re-enter along with your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and your I-20 (which must be endorsed for re-entry by the Registrar).

On-Campus Employment

Students in F-1 Status may work up to twenty hours per week on-campus during the academic year (or during summer sessions if registered for a course). Students may work full-time on campus during the summer or vacation periods if they were full-time students the previous semester, intend to register as full-time students the following semester, and are not enrolled in courses. Full-time on-campus employment authorization for students may only be obtained by engaging in optional practical training (F-1).