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Full-time MBA Programs that Don’t Require the GMAT/GRE Test

By Niamh O

Updated March 13, 2021 Updated March 13, 2021

The GMAT/GRE exam is an integral part of the application process to land a spot on an MBA program. It’s stressful, requires a lot of studying, and you of course need to pay for the exam.

Participants are well aware that scoring highly on the GMAT/GRE will greatly enhance their chance of getting into business school. But what if we told you some MBA programs don’t require you to take a GMAT/GRE exam at all?

This may come as a surprise, considering the GMAT and GRE has played an integral part in assessing business school candidates for over 60 years.

An average of 250,000 candidates take the GMAT every year, and GRE participant numbers are significantly higher – with over 580,000 applicants – as many non-business programs with a strong focus in math and science require the test as part of the application process.

Since 2009, the number of b-schools allowing GRE score submissions increased by 61 percent, as more and more students choose this cheaper and more flexible option.

A number of business schools offer different entry tracks onto their programs – take IE Business School for example. The institution allows MBA hopefuls to take the IE Global Admissions Test. Whereas candidates hoping to land a spot on Columbia Business School and NYU Stern’s full-time MBA programs can apply by taking the Executive Assessment test, instead of a GMAT/GRE exam.  

In contrast, The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management trialed a pilot in 2018 for the Broad MBA program to accept domestic candidates with strong work experience and other admission criteria in lieu of the standardized test. Similarly, Colorado State University – College of Business will waive the GMAT requirement for candidates with 8+ years’ experience.

Let’s take a full look at the list of business schools taking on candidates without a GMAT/GRE test score.

                                          Full-time MBA Programs that Don’t Require a GMAT/GRE

2020 MBA Rank

Business School



Columbia Business School



IE Business School



NYU Stern

Madrid, Spain


The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

East Lansing, MI


Kenan-Flagler Business School

Chapel Hill, NC


Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Babson Park, MA


Mays Business School

College Station, TX


Colorado State University - College of Business

Fort Collins, CO


Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick

Piscataway Township, NJ


Chapman Graduate School of Business – FIU

Miami, FL


Howard University

Washington, DC


Suffolk Sawyer School – USA

Boston, MA


Edward S. Ageno School of Business – Golden Gate University

San Francisco, CA


Henley Business School, University of Reading

Reading, UK


HULT International Business School

Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai


Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

New York, NY


La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA


Pace University’s Lubin School of Business



Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, The University of Delaware

Newark, DE


University of St Thomas

Houston, TX

This article was originally published in February 2020 . It was last updated in March 2021

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Niamh is Deputy Head of Content at QS (TopMBA.com; topuniversities.com), creating and editing content for an international student audience. Having gained her journalism qualification at the Press Association, London and since written for different international publications, she's now enjoying telling the stories of students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and organizations from across the globe.  

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