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.

Schools That Waive the GMAT Requirement

There are several schools that either do not have a GMAT requirement or have a generous policy to allow for previous college credits or work experience to substitute for the GMAT. Keep in mind other requirements will be necessary and are specific to each school, so be sure to check out other program requirements.

Let's look at a few options.

Baylor University

Baylor, located in Waco, Texas, prides itself on creating real-world learning opportunities that give students the ability to work with real companies and professionals in the field. The program also offers robust career placement services that are aligned to each student's individual interests and experiences. With over 26,000 Baylor business school alumni, students also will have access to a vast alum network.

The MBA program at Baylor requires that students take the GMAT or GRE if they have less that four years of professional, leadership, or project management experience. If you have four or more years of this experience, you may be able to waive these tests.

Babson College

Babson offers a blended learning MBA which is designed specifically for working professionals. Students in this program can choose between taking evening or online courses with self-paced options available. In this program, students can choose from several electives to customize their coursework to meet their individual career goals. Results speak for themselves with this program - the average salary for graduates three years post-degree is $167,386.

In order to waive the GMAT for the blended learning MBA, you'll need to meet one of several requirements. These include - already earned a graduate degree from an accredited school, applicable skill evidence from professional opportunities, passed a quantitative professional certification (e.g. CFA or CPA exam), at least three years of work experience and a 3.0 or better GPA, already earned a degree from Babson, or finally, completed Babson's Certificate in Advanced Management (CAM) program.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Saunders College of Business at RIT offers an MBA focused on foundational business topics, importance of technology in the field, and innovation. Students can choose from several concentrations such as accounting, supply chain management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Students can also pick from several various elective courses to customize their degree.

RIT offers a few ways to apply to their MBA program without taking the GMAT. First, if you have graduated from RIT's Saunders College of Business with a bachelor's degree and a 3.25 or higher GPA you may be able to apply for a GMAT waiver. Also, if you are a current undergraduate student in the business school and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher with over 90 credit hours total (30 at RIT) complete, you may also be able to waive the GMAT. If your goal is to get an MBA in accounting, you can also waive the test if you have at least six years of experience in the U.S. as an accounting manager.

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