The GMAT, or Graduate Management Admissions Test, is a standardized exam that is designed to specifically predict how students will succeed within various aspects of graduate level business and management programs. This rigorous test requires a significant investment of both time to prepare, as well as a monetary cost of $250. For this reason, it is no surprise that many prospective graduate students are looking for programs that are highly qualified but do not have a GMAT requirement. There are currently over 6,000 programs through 2,100 universities in 114 countries that use the GMAT exam as a component to their admissions process. While that does make the search more difficult there are many universities that are opting out of GMAT and GRE requirements by allowing students to submit work experience, references, and exceptional grade point averages in lieu of test scores. The following universities offer some of the top Master’s in Management degrees in the country and do not require GMAT or GRE exams for their graduate level programs.
Master’s in Management Degrees
The School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology offers a Master’s degree in Management that is highly recognized and does not require students to take the GMAT/GRE or have extensive work experience. The program is specifically designed for students with less than two years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree in non-business disciplines. In order to apply to this unique graduate management program, prospective students will need to submit two letters of recommendation, official transcripts from each academic institution attended, official conferment of bachelor’s degree, and an up to date resume. Stevens Institute of Technology also allows their current undergraduate students, as well as offer a two year extension after graduation, a waiver from the GRE/GMAT requirement. International students however, are required to send in GMAT/GRE scores, as well as competitive TOEFL scores.
Boston University offers an innovative and highly competitive Master’s of Science in Management Studies degree. This program offered through the Questrom School of Business is exceptionally recognized by many prestigious organizations. GMAT and GRE scores are technically a part of the program’s application. With that being said, students who have successfully completed analytic coursework during their undergraduate studies have the opportunity to submit a GMAT/GRE Waiver to the Office of Admissions. Examples of acceptable courses include Intro to Macroeconomics, Elementary Statistics, and Discrete Math for Engineering.
The Executive Master’s in Leadership degree program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business does not have a GMAT or GRE admissions requirement. However, students are expected to maintain full-time employment status throughout the program. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a letter of support from current employer, three essays, a current resume. Upon receipt of the completed application, prospective students will also participate in an interview session.
While these three programs may not be a fit for everyone, they offer a great advantage for students that do not wish to take the GMAT or the GRE test. It is important, however, to remember that GMAT scores do play a role in many graduate program applications. Students must research each prospective program and their specific admissions requirements to find the right fit.