Graduate Schools Without a GMAT Requirement: Program Overviews

Graduate schools that do not require students to submit GMAT scores usually have other admissions requirements, such as maintaining a certain grade point average and accumulating several years of on-the-job experience. View article »

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Graduate Schools

When looking for graduate-level business programs that do not require GMAT scores, it's important for students to consider the alternative requirements that they may have for admission, as well as course formats and program requirements. While the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is usually required for most business degree programs at the master's degree level, there are many programs that do not require students to submit GMAT scores.

Programs that do not have GMAT requirements are generally designed for working professionals who are looking to advance into managerial positions. Most graduate schools that do not require students to submit GMAT scores require students to meet other requirements. The eligibility requirements vary by school, but they often include previous work experience in addition to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Some possible requirements may include:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 5-12 years of executive or management experience
  • Bachelor's degree in a particular topic (such as science, technology, engineering, or economics) in addition to 3 years of work experience
  • Previous graduate or professional degree

Program Formats

Graduate school MBA programs that don't require GMAT scores can be completed on campus or online, depending upon the school. On-campus programs are traditional in nature and may take about 2-3 years to complete. Online programs may be completed in about 18 months, but some are also available in part-time formats that allow for students to spend longer than 2 years on their degree. While some can be completed entirely online, many MBA programs require or recommend that students participate in periodic residencies on campus or abroad.

Course Requirements

Coursework in these MBA programs is no different than the programs that do require students to submit GMAT scores. Typical course topics for an MBA program include:

  • Organization
  • Leadership
  • Business strategy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Global business

School Options

Here are a few schools that offer GMAT waivers for qualifying MBA applicants or do not require GMAT scores at all:

  • Babson College
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of North Carolina
  • Marylhurst University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Northcentral University
  • Washington State University


Prospective MBA students can find a variety of schools at which they can take advanced business courses and earn their degree without having to submit GMAT scores with their application.

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