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Posted On: November 9, 2017 by Jennifer L. Gaskin

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.

See our guide on how to Choose a Top Online MBA Degree

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.

Narrow by MBA Specialization

The MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the ACBSP, which is the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. This is one of the major business education accreditation bodies in the world. The MBA program has been accredited by this body since 1994. Therefore, you can have confidence this program will be respected by future employers.

FACT: Did you know 83% of employers plan to hire new business school graduates in 2018?* At SNHU, we have a tradition of excellence and a proven success rate – 95 percent of our students are employed upon graduation

Courses are taught by highly-regarded faculty with many years of real-world business experience. Courses have been designed to provide you with the business toolkit you need to tackle today’s business challenges head on, from business entrepreneurship to international management.

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Application Deadline: Rolling
School Type: Non-Profit
Accreditation: ACBSP and NEASC
GMAT Required?: None
GPA Requirement: Min 2.75
Degrees Offered: Masters/MBA

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Online MBA Concentrations
  • MBA in Accounting
  • MBA in Athletic Administration
  • MBA in Business Intelligence
  • MBA in Community Economic Development
  • MBA in Criminal Justice
  • MBA in Economics
  • MBA in Engineering Management
  • MBA in Entrepreneurship
  • MBA in Finance
  • MBA in Forensic Accounting
  • MBA in Healthcare Informatics
  • MBA in Healthcare Management
  • MBA in Human Resources
  • MBA in Information Technology Management
  • MBA in International Business
  • MBA in Internet Marketing
  • MBA in Leadership
  • MBA in Marketing
  • MBA in Music Business
  • MBA in Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • MBA in Project Management
  • MBA in Public Administration
  • MBA in Quantitative Analysis
  • MBA in Six Sigma
  • MBA in Social Media
  • MBA in Sport Management Online
  • MBA in Sustainability & Environmental Compliance

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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.

School Name City/State AACSB Concentration
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 (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.
Jennifer L. Gaskin
Jennifer L. Gaskin
Senior Jobs Editor
Jennifer L. Gaskin is an Indiana-based writer & contributing Jobs Editor for She began her professional career as a do-it-all utility player at a small daily newspaper and has been frequently honored for excellence in journalism. She currently shares her office space with a surprisingly quiet beagle named Baxter.

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