Best Graduate Schools With No GMAT Required

Want to go to a graduate school but without the burden of needing to take the GMAT? The good news is there are quality graduate schools that don't have a GMAT requirement. We examined some top graduate schools that admit students who have not taken the Graduate Management Admissions Test. Keep reading to find out who topped our list.

Information About the GMAT

Some business graduate programs, like an MBA program, require students to take the GMAT, which is an admissions test, before applying. However, there are many master's programs, even ones in business, that don't require students to take the GMAT. For admission to these programs, schools evaluate students using a holistic approach that takes things like the student's grade point average as an undergraduate and his or her professional work experience into consideration.

Requirements for Being Admitted to a Graduate School

Even if you apply to a school that does not require the GMAT, you'll still need to meet other requirements in order to be considered for admittance. First of all, you will need to have earned a bachelor's degree program from an accredited higher education institution. Additionally, some graduate schools that are waiving the GMAT requirement will also require you to have earned a master's degree or doctoral degree.

Along with looking at the degrees you've previously earned, graduate schools will evaluate your undergraduate transcript, including your GPA, which could serve as an indicator of how ready you are for graduate studies.

Your previous work experience, including how much you have and the kind of work you did, may also be examined as part of the admissions process. This is because students in programs like business may be able to apply real-world experience, such as experience gained as a CPA, to their degree program. Work experience can influence the decision to waive a GMAT requirement.

Top Three Schools That Waive the GMAT Requirement

In order to compile our list of the top three schools that don't require the GMAT, we evaluated the schools in seven different areas. We looked at academics, brand awareness, career services, flexibility, learning environment, program diversity and support. These are the schools that topped our list:

1. Walden University

The Executive MBA program at Walden University caught our attention because it shows how a graduate program can be flexible. It was designed with working students in mind. Other graduate programs at Walden University include business master's and doctoral degrees that have a variety of concentration options. The university lets students use their Self-Designed program option so that they can create their own program specialization that will best meet their career goals.

Walden University also offers tools, like CareerBoost career management, to help students with their career options. Other benefits of Walden University include getting online access to not only lectures but also to mini-lectures given by industry leaders.

If you apply to Walden University, your related work experience and academic record will be evaluated. Your application should also include a Goal Statement. You may have to fulfill additional application requirements.

2. Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University was a stand out school because of a special item it offers to students. If you attend this university, you could take one class at a time, which can make it easier to balance pursuing a degree with family and work responsibilities. We also liked that Grand Canyon University offered a variety of graduate programs and available concentrations.

If you're applying to a graduate program at Grand Canyon University, you'll need to have already earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.8. Although scores for standardized tests like the GMAT are not needed to be considered for a program, they may be considered in place of the GPA requirements.

3. DeVry University

DeVry University gives students interested in earning a graduate business degree several options by offering more than 15 different concentrations. We also liked that DeVry offers a lot of flexibility to students. The university lets students design about 40% of their degree program themselves so that the degree can best meet their goals. We also think it's important to note that DeVry University is accredited by the Project Management Institute.

Another way that DeVry University provides flexibility to students is by having year-round enrollment. This can make it easier for students to fit classes into their schedules. Students also benefit from the one-on-one attention they receive through the online learning platform.

Although students are not required to take the GRE or GMAT to apply to DeVry University, they may need to fulfill other admissions requirements.

Disclosure: Some or all of the above schools may be partners of Learn.org.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

Popular Schools

  • American University

    American University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at American University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Georgetown University

    Georgetown University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Georgetown University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Herzing University

    Herzing University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Herzing University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Strayer University

    Strayer University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Strayer University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Purdue University Global

    Purdue University Global responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Purdue University Global:

    • Doctoral
    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Concordia University Portland

    Concordia University Portland responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Concordia University Portland:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Florida Tech

    Florida Tech responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Florida Tech :

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • The George Washington University

    The George Washington University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at The George Washington University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Full Sail University

    Full Sail University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Full Sail University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Grand Canyon University

    Grand Canyon University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Grand Canyon University:

    • Doctoral
      • DBA in Management
    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. Next »