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MBA without GMAT | What do you need to know?
Several universities worldwide are changing their admission requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some offer complete waivers for GRE, GMAT, and SAT exams, others allow students to take these tests later. This is not only because tests like the GMAT at-home exam aren’t feasible for everyone but also because these online exams are not available in all countries. Consequently, the list of schools offering an MBA without GMAT has increased. This, along with universities that don’t require IELTS or TOEFL, offers a great advantage to all the students looking to apply in Spring and Fall 2021.
Schools offering an MBA without GMAT
So, here’s a list of universities waiving the GMAT this year. To make it easy for you to navigate, I have divided this list based on the countries you might want to study in.
Study MBA in Canada without GMAT
As a matter of fact, quite a few top schools offer an MBA in Canada without GMAT. Let’s take a look at them one by one-
- Smith School of Business, Queen’s University
- Schulich School of Business, York University
- Lakehead University
- Thomson Reuters University
- New York Institute of Technology
- Ivey Business School
- Rotman School of Management
- Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University
- Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Study MBA in the USA without GMAT
The list of schools offering an MBA in the USA without GMAT is the largest-
- George Mason University School of Business
- UC Davis Graduate School of Management
- Loyola University School of Business
- University of Louisville College of Business and School of Accountancy
- The University of California, Berkeley (only for Ph.D. courses)
- Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
- New York University
- Belk College, University of North Carolina
- University of Florida
- Northeastern University
- SUNY Buffalo
- University of Southern Mississippi
- California State University
- Auburn University
- University of Houston
- Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology
- University of Wisconsin
- University of Alabama
- Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
- Jackson State University
- Florida State University
- Texas A&M Commerce
- University of North Alabama
- Bowling Green State University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- University of Illinois, Chicago
- Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins
- Penn State Smeal College of Business
- Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
- University of North Carolina
- Indiana University
- Georgia Tech
- University of Minnesota
- UC Irvine
- Boston University
- University of Maryland
- University of Texas, Dallas
- UC Davis
- Rutgers Business School
- Iowa State University
Study MBA in the UK without GMAT
There are only a few business schools where you can pursue an MBA in the UK without GMAT-
- Imperial College Business School
- London Business School
- Oxford University
- HEC Paris
- IMD MBA
- ESMT Berlin
- Ashridge Business School
- Henley Business School
Note: We will update this list as and when more and more colleges decide to waive off the GMAT (Highlight in some way)
Meanwhile, if you know of any other college offering an MBA without GMAT, feel free to drop its name in the comments for us to add!
Some of these universities are waiving GMAT conditionally
Before you go further and shortlist any of these schools, there are a few important things to consider. While some of the universities on this list are waiving the GMAT outright, others ask students to fulfill other requirements. These include-
- A minimum GPA requirement
- A statement summarizing why you believe you qualify for the waiver
- An SOP talking about your academic preparedness
- A few years of military service
- 4-5 years of work experience
- Industry certification
- Giving the test at a later stage
The university might also ask you to submit proof for combining these criteria.
So before you apply, make sure to go through the university website and see if you fulfill their alternative requirements.
Not all universities are listed above.
As I’ve already mentioned, the list of colleges offering an MBA without the GMAT has increased daily. So if there’s a university or a course you are interested in and can’t find it on this list, fret not!
Go to the university website and check their Graduate page. Or look at the program page itself. If the application requirements on these pages do not mention GMAT or say that submitting GMAT scores is optional, you might not need to take the test! Unless you end up shortlisting a college that does require you to share your GMAT scores.
Should I take the GMAT or not?
My only suggestion to you is this – shortlist your colleges wisely.
Don’t just pick universities because they are waiving the GMAT. Choose them because you like the course, find the curriculum fascinating, and love the faculty. And if that means you have to take the GMAT test, do it.
If you face any technical difficulties at home or if GMAC does not offer the GMAT at-home version in your country or your region, email the university. If they say you will have to submit the scores, return to this blog. Shortlist universities that you like, and apply!
You might end up at a place better than you had dreamed of.
How to prepare for the GMAT
Since not all courses and universities are waiving GMAT, you might have a few on your shortlist that are still asking students to submit GMAT scores.
In that case, it’s best to start preparing for the test as soon as you can. To begin with, check out this blog on ‘All about GMAT‘ and then head over to the article I have written on ‘GMAT at-home.’ You will learn about GMAT test dates, exam patterns, registration, and scoring. The first blog also has a sample paper for you to practice.
Moreover, the second blog will help you set up your room and your PC (among other things) to help you take the test at home.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over and start preparing!
And in case you get stuck or have any questions (or if you’re still not sure about giving the GMAT exam), feel free to reach out or drop a comment below.
We would be very happy to help!
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Question 1: What is the GMAT exam?
Answer: The Graduate Management Admission Test, also known as GMAT, is a standard online exam that MBA aspirants undertake.
Question 2: Who conducts the GMAT exam?
Answer: As a matter of fact, there is a council that administers the whole process of the GMAT exam. Developed and administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the test helps assess students’ academic performance during the MBA course.
Question 3: Is the GMAT exam accepted everywhere?
Answer: More than 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300+ graduate business schools worldwide accept the GMAT scores as part of their selection criteria.