MBA without GMAT

List of schools offering an MBA without GMAT | Canada, US, and more!

Last Updated on February 15, 2021 by iSchoolConnect

Before shortlisting universities for your 2021 applications, check out this list of schools offering an MBA without GMAT. Applying to these colleges will not only save you money, but it also might spare you from taking the 3-hour long test!

Several universities across the world are changing their admission requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some are offering complete waivers for GRE, GMAT, and SAT exams, others are allowing students to take these tests at a later stage. 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 gone on increasing. This, along with universities that don’t require IELTS or TOEFL, offers a great advantage to all the students who are looking to apply in Spring and Fall 2021.

Schools offering an MBA without GMAT

Without further ado, 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

There are quite a few top schools that are offering an MBA in Canada without GMAT. Let’s take a look at them one by one-

Ivey Business School
Ivey Business School at the Western University
  1. Smith School of Business, Queen’s University
  2. Schulich School of Business, York University
  3. Lakehead University
  4. Thomson Reuters University
  5. New York Institute of Technology
  6. Ivey Business School
  7. Rotman School of Management
  8. Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University
  9. Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Study MBA in USA without GMAT

The list of schools offering an MBA in USA without GMAT is the largest-

University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley
  1. George Mason University School of Business
  2. UC Davis Graduate School of Management
  3. Loyola University School of Business
  4. University of Louisville College of Business and School of Accountancy
  5. University of California, Berkeley (only for Ph.D. courses)
  6. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  7. New York University
  8. Belk College, University of North Carolina
  9. University of Florida
  10. Northeastern University
  11. SUNY Buffalo
  12. University of Southern Mississippi
  13. California State University
  14. Auburn University
  15. University of Houston
  16. Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology
  17. University of Wisconsin
  18. University of Alabama
  19. Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
  20. Jackson State University
  21. Florida State University
  22. Texas A&M Commerce
  23. University of North Alabama
  24. Bowling Green State University
  25. Carnegie Mellon University
  26. University of Illinois, Chicago
  27. Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins
  28. Penn State Smeal College of Business
  29. Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  30. University of North Carolina 
  31. Indiana University
  32. Georgia Tech
  33. University of Minnesota 
  34. UC Irvine
  35. Boston University
  36. University of Maryland
  37. University of Texas, Dallas
  38. UC Davis
  39. Rutgers Business School
  40. Iowa State University

Study MBA in UK without GMAT

There are only a few business schools where you can pursue an MBA in UK without GMAT-

Oxford University
  1. Imperial College Business School
  2. London Business School
  3. Oxford University
  4. HEC Paris
  5. IMD MBA
  6. INSEAD
  7. ESMT Berlin
  8. IESE
  9. Ashridge Business School
  10. Henley Business School

Note: We will update this list as and when more and more colleges decide to waive off GMAT (Highlight in some way)

In the 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 ahead and shortlist any of these schools, there are a few important things to keep in mind. While some of the universities on this list are waiving GMAT outright, others are asking students to fulfill other requirements. These include-

  1. A minimum GPA requirement
  2. A statement summarizing why you believe you qualify for the waiver
  3. An SOP talking about your academic preparedness
  4. A few years of military service
  5. 4-5 years of work experience
  6. Industry certification
  7. Giving the test at a later stage

The university might also ask you to submit proof for a combination of 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 GMAT has been increasing day-by-day. So if there’s a university or a course that you are interested in and you can’t find it on this list, don’t fret!

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 after all! 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 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.

In case you are facing 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 definitely 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.

Help me 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 find out about GMAT test dates, exam pattern, 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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