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How to Choose MBA Programs That Don't Require The GMAT

There are several online and traditional classroom MBA programs for which the GMAT is not required. In some cases, schools will also waive the GRE requirement if certain conditions are met, such as grade point average, a certain number of years of practical experience or holding an advanced degree such as a master's or PhD. This article will focus on the program requirements for earning an MBA and the important criteria used to select the best school.

Students can find MBA programs that don't require GMAT scores at most online institutions and at many 4-year universities with business schools. Many schools offer part-time, online and executive-level programs for the non-traditional student with real world experience.

Schools that offer MBAs without GMAT Scores

These schools offer MBA programs without requiring GMAT scores, in on-campus and/or online formats:

College/University Location Institution Type Program Format
(On-campus/Online)
Tuition (2015-2016)*
Indiana University - Bloomington (Kelley) Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public On-Campus or Online $25,500 in-state, $44,460 out-of-state
Temple University (Fox) Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Public On-campus or Online $30,375 in-state, $42,579 out-of-state
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public On-campus or Online $37,015 in-state, $54,413 out-of-state
Arizona State University (Carey) Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public On-campus or Online $25,610 in-state, $42,086 out-of-state
University of Florida (Hough) Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public On-campus or online $12,737 in-state, $30,130 out-of-state
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management Evanston, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit On-campus $64,059
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Carbondale, IL 4-year, Public On-campus or online $480 (per credit) in-state, $1,044 (per credit) out-of-state
Drexel University's LeBow College of Business Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit On-campus or online $64,000
Regent University Virginia Beach, VA 4-year, Private not-for-profit On-campus or online $667 per credit

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, National Center for Education Statistics

Program Selection Criteria

Students seeking MBA programs may consider the following when selecting a school:

  • Program flexibility - A primary consideration for working professionals in selecting an MBA program is the flexibility of course offerings, whether hybrid (online and in classroom), completely online, weekend or evening classes are available.
  • Work commitments - Though flexible scheduling is often offered, programs may require time away from employment for schooling or international travel; students may require approval or sponsorship from their current employers.
  • Admission requirements - In addition to transcript records from all undergraduate or graduate institutions, schools that have waived GMAT requirements typically require or prefer letters of recommendation, personal essays, interviews and corporate experience for admission.
  • Career placement - Prospective students should check the school's graduate career placement statistics to increase their chances of securing employment after graduation.

MBA Program Overview

Most MBA programs have a list of 8-10 required courses in core subjects; beyond that, programs allow students to complete courses in their chosen specializations, which might include areas such as corporate finance, business development, marketing, international business, corporate strategy and analytics. These programs can help students obtain positions as bankers (retail, corporate and investment), consultants, money managers, venture capitalists, financial analysts, accountants, entrepreneurs, marketing directors and sales managers.

MBA options can take the form of a 1-year, 2-year, part-time, executive or online self-paced program. Admission to executive MBA programs usually requires several years of corporate experience.

For students who want to earn MBAs without submitting GMAT scores, there are both on-campus and online programs available.


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