Online MBA Degree with No GMAT Required: Program Overviews

Earning an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is one way for working adults to advance their careers without disrupting their personal or professional lives. Find out about some institutions that don't require applicants to take the GMAT in order to gain acceptance into their graduate programs.

Some of the postsecondary institutions that offer online MBA programs include Amberton University, Bellevue University, Northeastern University, Syracuse University and University of Maryland University College. We'll take a closer look at these schools' graduate business programs, including coursework options and admission requirements.

Schools Offering Online MBA Degree Programs Without the GMAT

Many colleges and universities expect graduate school applicants to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Some schools, however, are beginning to acknowledge that standardized test scores don't necessarily paint a complete picture of prospective students. GMAT scores have traditionally been an entrance requirement for online and on-campus MBA programs. Whether they've dropped the requirement for experienced professionals or are allowing students to demonstrate business proficiency through prerequisite courses, the following universities offer online MBA degrees with no GMAT required.

Amberton University

Amberton University offers five MBA programs entirely online in the areas of:

  • General business
  • International business
  • Management
  • Project management
  • Strategic leadership

Applicants to the online MBA programs at Amberton are not required to submit GMAT scores, although the university invites students who have taken the GMAT to include their scores with their application.

Bellevue University

The College of Business at Bellevue University offers a fully online MBA program that is typically completed in 18 months. Students can choose between twenty areas of concentration, including the following:

  • Accounting
  • International management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Tax
  • Executive coaching
  • Managerial communication
  • Finance
  • Human resource management

GMAT scores are not required for admission to the program nor is an undergraduate degree in business. However, students who do have a bachelor's degree in business may skip the foundational courses and complete a second MBA concentration.

Northeastern University

The College of Business Administration at Northeastern University offers an online MBA program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Students can specialize in areas such as:

  • General management
  • Finance
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Health care management
  • High technology management
  • Innovation entrepreneurship
  • International management
  • Marketing

GMAT scores are not required, but applicants must have at least five years of related professional experience.

Syracuse University

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers the MBA@Syracuse program, a distance learning program for business professionals. It is accredited by the AACSB and is identical to the MBA degree awarded to on-campus students. The six specialization options for students are:

  • Accounting
  • Business analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing management
  • Supply chain management

Applicants don't need to take the GMAT, but they should have at least five years of full-time work experience.

University of Maryland University College

The Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers an online MBA program that was named 'distance program of the year' by the Maryland Distance Learning Association in 2009. The main program consists of six full-credit core courses, and students may also choose to improve their writing and/or computing skills through noncredit courses. Although no specializations are available, students can expect to learn about the following topics in their courses:

  • Professional communication, problem-solving and leadership
  • Organizational leadership
  • Financial decision-making
  • Leadership in multicultural settings
  • Marketing and technology innovations
  • Strategic decision-making

GMAT scores are not required for admission to the MBA program, but students who have taken the GMAT and received a minimum score of 600 may skip the prerequisite course, as can students who already have a graduate degree.

There are several universities in the United States where applicants do not need to submit GMAT scores, although some require previous work experience instead. Within these programs, students can choose specializations and/or explore a wide range of advanced business-related topics.

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