Since the 1950s, the GMAT has been the go to standardized exam for aspiring MBA students. But all of that seems to be changing. With the rapid rise of alternative MBA programs (online, hybrid, weekend, flex, evening, executive) and the intense competition between schools to recruit students, MBA programs—even the cream of the crop, are also opting for alternative routes to helping them predict how students will perform. In fact, top-tier schools such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Wharton, UC Berkeley, Duke, MIT, NYU, and Northwestern all accept GRE scores.
Some schools have taken the crusade further by nixing GMAT and GRE requirements all together. This is especially true of many of the alternative MBA programs listed earlier. A good example is F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, Babson, Massachusetts. The school offers a special Blended Learning MBA Program that has no GMAT required for acceptance “based on the fact that Blended Learning students have extensive work experience.” Babson is able to waive GMAT and GRE test requirements for this program for qualifying applicants. If review of application material (including transcripts from all academic institutions attended) reveals specific areas of concern or question, either exam may be required.
While no GMAT or GRE required MBA programs make it easier to gain entry, this does not make it easy. Simply put, hard work is still a requirement for entry. Like Babson, schools may require extensive professional work experience (often five to eight years or more), an exceptional GPA, another master’s degree or higher in good standing, and/or prerequisite coursework in lieu of exam scores.
The AACSB-accredited schools below offer MBA programs that do not require the GMAT. Some do not require the GRE. It is important to note that admissions requirements depend on the type of program. For example, the College of Business at Auburn University offers a Physician’s MBA and Executive MBA that do not require either exam. Both the traditional and online MBA programs do. In addition, some schools such as Howard University’s School of Business recommend the GMAT, but it is not required. Here you go.
Auburn University, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business (GMAT/GRE not require
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business (GMAT/GRE not required)
Colorado State University, College of Business (GMAT/GRE not required)
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, UCCS College of Business
Howard University, School of Business (GMAT/GRE not required)
Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School
University System of Georgia, College of Business Administration
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, College of Business
Frostburg State University, College of Business
Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business
Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School
University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Manning School of Business
Hofstra University, Frank G. Zarb School of Business (GMAT/GRE not required)
New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business (GMAT/GRE not required)
Pace University New York, Lubin School of Business
Rochester Institute of Technology, E. Philip Saunders College of Business
Syracuse University, Martin J. Whitman School of Management
Ohio University, College of Business
Oklahoma State University, Spears School of Business
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, College of Business Administration & Information Sciences
Saint Joseph’s University, Erivan K. Haub School of Business
University of Scranton, Kania School of Management
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Haslam College of Business
Texas A & M University-Commerce, College of Business
Texas Southern University, Jesse H. Jones School of Business
University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management-Graduate
Washington State University, Carson College of Business (GMAT/GRE not required)
University of Wyoming, College of Business
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