If you want to earn a graduate business degree, you probably are familiar with the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is a standardized test that many business schools require for you to be considered for admission. In addition to GMAT scores, applicants typically need to have recommendations, high GPA, essays and writing samples, and even a personal interview.
Many students spend weeks and months studying so they can get the highest GMAT score possible. The test consists of these sections:
- Analytical writing assessment
- Integrated reasoning
- Quantitative section
- Verbal section
Top notch business schools often want to see a GMAT score of 670 or higher. While the GMAT score may not be the most important factor involved in getting into these schools, it is important. Some business schools may have more emphasis on other factors, such as GPA, recommendations and writing samples. The higher your GMAT score at these business schools, the better.
Good News – GMAT Not Always Required
More prestigious business schools are no longer requiring the GMAT. Or, they may provide a GMAT score waiver for those who qualify. These are usually professionals with a high GPA or many years of work experience. Others may receive a waiver if they already have a graduate degree in certain fields related to business.
According to US News and World Report, of the 218 programs they rank, 99 require standardized test scores, but the list of no-GMAT-required schools is growing annually.
Why is this happening? Some educational experts maintain that the GMAT score, while it does provide a measurement of knowledge and your ability to use it, is of limited importance for determining likelihood of success in graduate school.
A GMAT score does have some value, but these hours-long tests do little to show how innovative or tenacious you are in school and in the business world. Nor do GMAT scores indicate your ability to apply what you learn to your career and field. And that is why more schools today are relying less on GMAT scores for MBA admission, or ignoring them entirely.
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For those who either do not want to take the test or have trouble doing well on standardized tests, it is recommended to consider business schools that do not require GMAT scores. If you are considering such an MBA program, it will be important for your application to be strong in these areas:
- GPA – above 3.0 is highly desirable
- Two or three professional and/or academic references who can speak to your business and academic ability
- Strong business resume with years of related experience
- Strong writing samples
Do MBA Admission Requirements Differ without a GMAT Score?
The entrance requirements for a no-GMAT MBA program online will vary, but a good example of requirements can be found at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. There are GMAT waiver options available, but you must have at least five years of professional experience with some managerial experience.
Also, the student needs to have shown preparedness for being successful in a quantitative-based curriculum. To demonstrate this, the student should have a graduate degree in a quantitative subject, such as accounting, mathematics, statistics, etc. Or, the student must have an undergraduate degree with the last four classes averaging 3.0 in math, economics, statistics, finance or accounting.
Other requirements for this MBA program are at least two years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field. Letters of recommendation, transcripts and an updated resume also are needed.
It also should be noted that few employers after you graduate are interested in whether you took the GMAT or what your score was. Above all, businesses want strong business management leaders to fill vacancies in their organizations. Whether you took the GMAT or not is of little relevance in this situation.
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Executive EMBA vs MBA Programs
As you review your MBA program options, you will probably see some universities that offer a regular MBA and an executive MBA, also referred to as an EMBA. What is the difference?
An MBA is usually a two year program and can be taken online or in person at many universities. It can also take three or four years if taken part time. Most regular MBA programs are general management degrees that usually require less work experience than an EMBA. It depends upon the university, but it is common for many MBA programs to have students with five years or less of professional work experience.
MBA programs provide a more general business management background, with courses in accounting, finance, supply chain management, leadership and quantitative analysis.
An EMBA program is also usually a two year, full time program, but it is designed for experienced business managers and executives with more experience. Some EMBA programs require at least seven years, while others require 10 years or more of professional managerial experience. EMBA students are generally older and more experienced. Most EMBA programs are in person, not online, but can be full or part time.
Most EMBA programs are highly specialized; it is assumed that experienced business managers already have a background in basic business topics, such as finance, accounting and quantitative analysis. Students in an EMBA program usually are interested in developing specific, specialized business management skills for the particular industry in which they work.
Another major difference between these programs is who foots the bill. More MBA students tend to pay for their own education, or have to find scholarships, loans and grants. Most EMBA students’ employers pay for their education. After all, the company is directly benefiting from the knowledge the EMBA student is learning. Most companies will require the EMBA graduate to stay at the company for a few years after they graduate.
Accreditation – AACSB – Why It’s Important
When you are considering university’s MBA program, there are many factors to consider. One of the most critical is accreditation. It is important for the university that you are attending to have two types of accreditation: regional accreditation and program accreditation.
Regional accreditation means that the university itself has been accredited by one of the six regional accreditation agencies that are recognized by the US Department of Education. Regional accreditation means that the university has meet basic standards of educational quality. The regional accreditation agency that accredits the university depends upon the school’s geographic location. These accreditation bodies are:
- Higher Learning Commission
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Accreditation Commission
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
The other type is program accreditation. It also is important for the MBA program to have been accredited by a respected business education accreditation agency. In the business and accounting industries, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB. AACSB International has been accrediting business and accounting since 1916.
AACSB accreditation means that the MBA program has met the very highest standards of quality for business programs. With this accreditation, you can be confident your MBA curriculum is of the best quality, as the AACSB spends months evaluating the curriculum, teaching methods and staff of the business school. When you are ready to graduate and join the workforce, your degree will be recognized by employers as a high quality business degree.
List of No GMAT Online MBA Programs
The following chart lists top Online MBA Programs without the GMAT requirement.
|1||Abilene University||Abilene, TX||Yes||Analytics, Healthcare Administration, Non-profit Leadership, Corporate Communications|
|2||Albertus Magnus College||New Haven||No||Accounting, General Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Marketing, and Project Management|
|3||Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||Yes||Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management/Logistics, Tax, and Technology|
|4||Baker University||Baldwin City, KS||No||Finance, Health Care Administration, Human Resources, Information Systems, International Business, Leadership and Organizational Change, and Marketing|
|5||Ball State University||Muncie,IA||Yes||Business, Health Economics, Professional Sales Management|
|6||Belhaven University||Jackson, MS||no||Accounting, Criminal Justice Administration, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, Public Relations|
|7||Bethel University||McKenzie, TN||No||Finance, Global Management, and Management|
|8||Boise State University||Boise, ID||Yes||General MBA|
|9||Bryan College||Dayton, TN||No||General Management|
|10||California State Monterey Bay||Seaside, CA||No||Executive MBA, Traditional MBA, no concentrations|
|11||Cameron University||Lawton, OK||No||General|
|12||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||No||Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing|
|13||City University of Seattle||Bellevue, WA||No||Accounting, Change Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Management, Global Marketing, Human Resource Management, Management Consulting, Project Management, Sustainable Business, and Technology Management|
|14||College of St. Scholastica||Duluth, MN||No||Leadership and Change, Rural Healthcare|
|15||Columbia College||Columbia, MO||No||Accounting and Human Resource Management|
|16||Eastern New Mexico University||Portales, NM||Yes||General MBA|
|17||Emporia State||Emporia, KS||Yes||General, Accounting, Information Systems|
|18||Endicott College||Beverly, MA||No||Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Hotel Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Operations Management, Project Management, Maritime Economics, Project Management|
|19||Fayetteville State University||Fayetteville, AR||Yes||Generalist/Electives, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Project Management|
|20||Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, FL||Yes||International Business|
|21||Florida International University||Miami, FL||Yes||Corporate MBA – no concentrations specified|
|22||Franklin University||Columbus, OH||No||Executive Leadership & Business Strategy, Financial Management, Marketing Management, Financial & Managerial Accounting, Operations & Project Management, and Human Resource Management|
|23||Grand Canyon University||Phoenix, AZ||No||Accounting, Project Management, Finance, Health Systems Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Marketing, Sports Business|
|24||Howard University||Washington, D.C.||Yes||E-commerce|
|25||Indiana Wesleyan University||St. Marion, IN||No||General MBA|
|26||Kettering University||Flint, MI||no||General, Information Technology, Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Technology Management|
|27||Lawrence Technological University||Southfield, MI||No||Information Technology, Project Management|
|28||Liberty University||Lynchburg, VA||no||General MBA, International Business, Organizational Behavior, Market Research and Consumer Insights|
|29||Marylhurst University||Marylhurst, OR||No||Business, Healthcare, Sustainability, Real Estate|
|30||Maryville University||St Louis, MO||No||Accounting, Cyber Security, Financial Services, Health Care Practice Management, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Supply Chain Management/Logistics|
|31||McKendree University||Lebanon, IL||No||Human Resources Management|
|32||Medaille College||Buffalo, NY||No||Integrated Healthcare Delivery|
|33||National Louis University||Chicago, IL||No||MBA, MBA in Non-Profit Management|
|34||North Greenville University||Tigerville, SC||Yes||Human Resources|
|35||Northeastern University||Boston, MA||Yes||Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability|
|36||Northeastern University||Boston,MA||No||General, Accounting|
|37||Northwest Nazarene University||Nampa, ID||No||General MBA|
|38||Northwest University||Kirkland, WA||No||Project Management, Public Safety Administration|
|39||Norwich University||Northfield, VT||No||Project Management, Finance, Organizational Leadership, Supply Chain Management & Logistics, Construction Management|
|40||Ohio University||Athens, OH||No||Finance, Healthcare, Executive Management, Business Analytics|
|41||Ottawa University||Ottawa, Kansas||No||Finance, Health Care Management, Leadership Development, Marketing, Population Health Management, Human Resources|
|42||Portland State University||Portland, OR||Yes||Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing and Logistics, Sustainability|
|43||Post University||Waterbury, CT||No||Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership, Marketing, Multidisciplinary, Project Management|
|44||Shippensburg University||Shippensburg, PA||Yes||Finance, Health Care Management, Management Information Systems, Supply Chain Management|
|45||Simmons College||Boston, MA||Yes||MBA, Healthcare MBA|
|46||Southern New Hampshire University||Hookset, NH||No||Accounting, Athletic Administration, Business Intelligence, Community Economic Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Internet Marketing, Justice Studies, Leadership, Marketing, Music Business, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Public Administration, Quantitative Analysis, Six Sigma, Social Media, Sport Management Online, Sustainability & Environmental Compliance, Workplace & Conflict Management|
|47||Southwestern College||Winfield, KS||No||General MBA|
|48||Spring Arbor University||Spring Arbor, MI||No||Finance, Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management, Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Leadership|
|49||Syracuse University (Whitman)||Syracuse, NY||Yes||General MBA|
|50||Tabor College||Hillsboro, KS||No||Leadership, Sales Management|
|51||Texas A&M University-Commerce||Commerce, TX||Yes||General MBA|
|52||Texas Southern University (Jones)||Houston, TX||Yes||Energy Finance, General Business|
|53||The University of Scranton||Scranton, PA||Yes||Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, or Operations Management|
|54||University of Baltimore||Baltimore, MD||Yes||Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership and Organizational Learning, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Sector Management|
|55||University of Central Arkansas||Conway, AR||Yes||International Business, Finance, Information Management, Health Care Administration,|
|56||University of Colorado||Colorado Springs, CO||Yes||Accounting, Finance, Health Care Administration, Innovation Management, International Business|
|57||University of Houston-Victoria||Victoria, Texas||Yes||Business Administration, Global MBA, Strategic Business|
|58||University of Mary||Bismarck, ND||No||Energy Management, Executive, Healthcare, Healthcare Informatics, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Public Administration, Virtuous Leadership|
|59||University of Maryland at College Park||College Park, MD||Yes||Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Business Analytics, Marketing|
|60||University of Massachusetts Lowell||Lowell, MA||Yes||Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, or Marketing.|
|61||University of Michigan-Dearborn||Dearborn. MI||Yes||Finance, Marketing, Management, International Business|
|62||University of North Dakota||Grand Forks, ND||Yes||Corporate Finance, Economics, Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management|
|63||University of Northwestern Ohio||Lima, OH||No||General MBA|
|64||University of Saint Mary||Leavenworth, KS||No||Finance, General Management, Health Care Management, Human Resources Management, Organizational Health, Marketing and Advertising|
|65||University of Scranton||Scranton, PA||Yes||General, Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, International Business, Operations Management|
|66||University of Sioux Falls||Sioux Falls, SD||No||Business Innovation and Marketing, General Management, Healthcare|
|67||University of St. Mary||Leavenworth, KS||No||Enterprise Risk Management, General Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing and Advertising, Finance, Health Care Management, Leadership and Organizational Health|
|68||University of the Incarnate Word||San Antonio, TX||No||Asset Management, Data Analytics, Human Resources, General|
|69||University of Wisconsin Oshkosh||Oshkosh, WI||Yes||Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Management, Information Systems, Project Management|
|70||Upper Iowa University||Fayette, IA||No||Accounting, Corporate Financial Management, General Management, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Development|
|71||Villanova University||Villanova, PA||Yes||Finance, Marketing, Analytics, Strategic Management|
|72||Webster University||Saint Louis, MO||No||Business and Organizational Security Management, Environmental Management, Finance, Gerontology, Human Resources Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, International Relations, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Media Communications, Procurement and Acquisitions Management|
|73||West Texas A&M University||Canyon, TX||Yes||General Business, Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Healthcare Management|
|74||William Woods University||Fulton, MO||No||Entrepreneurial Leadership|
If you are interested in getting your MBA and don’t want to take the GMAT, it is recommended that you consider some of the above programs. Many of them are very highly regarded and put a stronger emphasis upon other parts of your MBA program application.
- *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/ (viewed online April 24, 2018). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.