Business Schools without GMAT Requirement


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Aprant Agarwal
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Updated on Aug 29, 2023 10:33 IST

MBA without GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score is used by various Graduate Business Schools around the globe to evaluate the candidature of applicants who want to pursue their graduate studies from universities abroad. In this article, we will cover details of an MBA without GMAT in countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, etc.

MBA without GMAT


Most of the overseas education aspirants prefer taking this exam; however, there are some applicants, who face a conflicting situation regarding appearing for the exam.

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The common questions they raise are:

  1. Is it compulsory to take GMAT for Business and Management programmes?
  2. Is the GMAT Score required in all the B-schools?
  3. Is it true that International B-schools do not offer any GMAT Waiver?

You would be glad to know, that the answer to all these questions is ‘No’. While most of the top B-schools require a GMAT score, there are many other recognised business institutions that consider your profile without a GMAT score for applying to their Business and Management programme. Such universities usually focus on relevant hands-on experience in the field of management or intense scholarly research that has contributed largely to enhancing the potential of candidates. So for many schools, a student's experience in the management domain, college's personal evaluation system, or relevant academic research keeps more weightage than mere numbers obtained in a test.

GMAT Waiver

As we all know that the validity of the GMAT Exam Score is 5 years, an MBA aspirant whose score validity has lapsed would need to appear for the exam again. However, there are several renowned institutions that give GMAT Waivers. With a good old score and suitable profile like relevant work experience, these institutions may also offer you a GMAT Waiver.

MBA in USA without GMAT

Here is a list of US Universities offering MBA in USA without GMAT:

  • Kenan-Flagler Business, the University of North Carolina, where GMAT score is waived off given the candidate submits an application requesting for the same, along with the required educational and professional transcripts, one month prior to the admissions process.
  • MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a 20-month long Executive MBA program, making ten years of work experience mandatory for the application.
  • Questrom School of Business, Boston University offers a Professional Evening MBA program and waiver of a GMAT score lies at the sole discretion of the admissions committee.
  • Whitman, Syracuse University offers an Online MBA Programme that allows candidates to pursue this full-time course without relocating or even appearing for the GMAT for that matter. Completed within a span of 24 months, this is the best management program for qualified career-driven professionals.


Course offered

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Full-time MBA

Georgetown University

Full-time MBA

Texas A & M University

Full-time MBA

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


NYU Stern


Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University

Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA

Loyola University Chicago


Boston University


Michigan State University

Full-time MBA

University of Delaware

Full-Time and part-time MBA

GMAT Waiver in USA

A few more universities offering a GMAT score waiver are The University of TampaPace University, and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), with varying admission criteria and requirements. A GMAT score is not mandatory to apply for UTampa's MBA though it accepts the score. At Pace University, aspirants who hold a Business-related Master's or Doctoral Degree may request a GMAT Waiver. The NYIT's MBA requires its applicants to submit GMAT scores only if their GPA is below 3.0. Apart from this, there are MBA colleges in USA that offer MBA programs without GMAT.

MBA in Canada without GMAT

Check out the Canadian Universities with no GMAT requirement:

  • Ivey Business School, Toronto offers an Executive MBA program where one has to attend classes four consecutive days once every month and complete the course in 15 months, alongside their career. Although GMAT is not required, a well-detailed resume is mandatory for the application.
  • Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University offers a GMAT waiver in its Masters in Finance course, where the applicants have to submit the required transcripts after successful completion of their four-year university degree course.
  • Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University offers a Part-time Alternate Weekend MBA that does not require a GMAT score, except for students who completed their undergraduate degree outside of Canada.
  • Schulich School of Business, York University’s Executive MBA Program does not require a GMAT score, apart from valid academic credentials and other compulsory transcripts.

There are various business schools in Canada that offer MBA programs without GMAT. Apart from universities, there are various MBA colleges in Canada without GMAT. Other than MBA, Canadian universities also offer GMAT waivers for different business programs.


Course offered

New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver (NYIT)


Thompson Rivers University


University De Montreal (Udem)

MSc in Business Administration

University of Northern British California (UNBC)

MSc in Business Administration

Sobey School of Business

Master in Finance

Schulich School of Business


MBA in Australia and New Zealand without GMAT

Given below is the list of Australian Universities that offer MBA or business courses without GMAT:

  • Australian National University, Canberra offers Master of Management (Advanced) and gives candidates a fabulous opportunity to hone their skills in the field of management, without a GMAT score.
  • Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne requires a minimum of 2 years of credible work experience.
  • Monash University, which offers Management Courses with a low score of 550 or even no GMAT. Although a work experience of three years is mandatory, with one year of experience in the management field.
  • Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University states that all you need is a Bachelor’s degree with the required proficiency in English language and a GPA of 5.00 (out of 7.00).

As mentioned earlier, the academic credentials and transcripts are a must, even though GMAT is not. Hence, it is vital for candidates to have immense work experience, even more than 8-12 years in case of a few Executive MBA programmes. An informative yet concise resume is also essential detailing an individual’s academic and professional experience till then. One more important part of this package is a minimum of 2-3 recommendation or reference letters from previous employers that are a must, in order to judge your credibility, character, potential, and work ethics.


Course offered

LaTrobe Business School


Deakin Business School


Monash Business School


University of Canterbury


Auckland University of Technology


Maastricht School of Management


Massey University


Top MBA Colleges without GMAT

GMAT is an essential tool for giving admission to business and MBA programs by business schools across the world. However, there are certain top business schools that do not include GMAT in their application process for MBA and other business programs. Below mentioned are some of the top schools that offer MBA without GMAT.


Course offered

Imperial College London


Ivey Business School


Rotman School of Management, U of T


IE Business School


ANU (Australian National University)

Master of Management (MOM)

NUS-National University of Singapore


Singapore Management University

MSc in Management

However, having well-proven facts, one can not deny the fact that preparing for and taking the GMAT helps one achieve great heights of success. Irrespective of whether a university requires a GMAT score or not, taking the exam alerts people around the globe and hence, increases your chances of getting admission. After all, who can deny that taking the GMAT helps in getting admission in one of the top B-schools in the world, thereby validating your ambition and potential at large, governed by your conscientious nature? Be it the complex mathematical functions or preparing for the verbal section, the GMAT surely grooms an individual’s personality at large.

All the best!

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MBA without GMAT FAQs

Q. I plan on taking GMAT to be on the safer side. How much time is required for GMAT preparation?

A. Time required for GMAT preparation depends on your current level of preparation. Even if you are a beginner who has basic knowledge of Math and English, it should not take more than 6 months for you to prepare for GMAT. Just make sure that you familiarize yourself with the exam pattern and questions previously asked on the GMAT. Do not forget to solve the GMAT OG (Official Guide) and do not ignore mock tests.

Q. How should I begin my GMAT preparation?

A. Those who want to appear for the GMAT must begin my going through the syllabus and questions that have been previously asked on the GMAT. For this, GMAT OG (Official Guide) is of prime importance. You must start with the Official Guide and simultaneously you must study Manhattan GMAT Guides. These two sources should form the base of your preparation. You should aim for a full-length mock test every week. Do not downplay mock tests because they give you an excellent opportunity to review your performance. Once you have completed these sources, you can move on to advanced books and study material.

Q. How much does profile count if I am not providing a GMAT score?

A. Whether you provide your GMAT score to a B-school or not, your profile will always make a major part of your selection process. You must be very careful while drafting your SoP, Resume, Admission Essays, Scholarship Essays, etc. In addition, you need to prepare for interviews as well. GMAT score is definitely important, however, it forms a part of your entire application, it is not an application in itself. Hence, students must focus on building their profile as well.

Q. Is it true that B-Schools that do not require GMAT are low in ranking?

A. This is a false belief that B-schools who admit students without GMAT are low on quality and ranking. Some of the top MBA colleges that offer placements in big firms also have a facility of GMAT waiver. GMAT score does not decide your success in MBA classroom or in the corporate world. B-school selection committees are experienced enough to identify the perfect-fit for their MBA course. As a student, your focus must be on clearing the selection process.

Q. What all factors should I keep in mind while applying to a B-school?

A. Students need to understand that there are multiple factors that decide your selection in a B-school. Even if you score 750+ on the GMAT, it still does not guarantee you a seat in a management course. You need to work on your holistic profile, which includes your academic background, your community involvement, your extracurricular activities, your expression in SoP, your intended career path, etc.
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