As students enjoy in-person instruction and interaction with classmates, admissions offices are still deciding which COVID adaptations to keep and which to discard. From test-waivers to virtual interviews, things will probably never look quite the same as they did pre-pandemic.
What about testing? Can you safely skip taking an admissions exam? Which programs require which test? Do they require it all?
The situation is very fluid.
Several prominent MBA programs in 2020 and 2021 went test-optional or offered test waivers. Many of them are continuing with this policy for the 2022-23 MBA admissions cycle. Admissions offices are increasingly skeptical as to whether all MBA applicants need a GMAT/GRE score to predict that they will be successful in business school. Other programs are allowing applicants to submit the shorter Executive Assessment as an alternative to the GMAT or GRE, and some schools are accepting other tests like the MCAT or LSAT.
Potential for success is predictable without GMAT/GRE
Most business schools use a holistic approach to admissions and view standardized test scores as just one part of a bigger picture. According to Katie Lloyd, associate dean of full-time and evening MBA programs at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, “We can predict a candidate’s potential for success in and beyond the MBA program without reliance on the GMAT or GRE. Basing a decision on previous academic experience, work history, and interview evaluations has been an effective admissions approach for our Evening MBA program, which began accepting candidates without a test score in 2018.”
Here are the MBA programs that don’t insist on a GMAT, as well as what they do want to see.
Full-time MBA programs that don’t require the GMAT
|School||Are Waiver Requests Reviewed?||Accepts |
|Emory Goizueta||Yes, under certain circumstances.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Georgia State University (Robinson)*||A GMAT or GRE score is not required.|
|Georgia Tech Scheller||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (Supplemental)||Yes (Supplemental)||Yes (Supplemental)|
|Indiana Kelley*||Yes. Candidates applying for a waiver must submit other evidence of academic potential.||Yes||Yes|
|MIT Sloan||Yes, should the applicant’s circumstances prevent them from safely accessing the exam.||Yes||Yes|
|New York Institute of Technology||GMAT is not required for admissions, but may be submitted if your undergrad GPA is below the requirement.||Yes|
|NYU Stern||Yes, for MBA applicants who prove strong academic readiness. Dual-degree applicants may not request waivers.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pace Lubin||Yes. In addition, GMAT/GRE is not required in certain situations.||Yes||Yes|
|UCLA Anderson||No||Yes||Yes||Current graduate students at the UCLA School of Law||Current graduate students at the UCLA David Geffen School|
|UNC Kenan-Flagler||Yes||Yes||Yes||Strong scores can be used to build a case for a GMAT/GRE waiver||Strong scores can be used to build a case for a GMAT/GRE waiver||Strong scores can be used to build a case for a GMAT/GRE waiver|
|University of Delaware Lerner*||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|University of Texas McCombs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
*Not confirmed for the 2022-23 application cycle
Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify.
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One implication of reduced reliance on test scores is increased reliance on other elements of your application including your essays, resume, short answer responses, and interview.
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