Business Schools without GMAT requirement


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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Nov 10, 2021 15:07 IST

Business Schools without GMAT requirement

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. 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.

The common questions they raise are:

  1. Is it compulsory to take this test 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.

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.

Study 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.

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 USA without GMAT


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

Study 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.

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MBA in Canada without GMAT

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


Study MBA in Australia 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.

MBA in Australia and New Zealand without GMAT


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 schools 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.

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