Test-Optional MBA Programs: Everything You Need to Know in 2022

Test-Optional MBA Programs: Everything You Need to Know in 2022
Test-Optional MBA Programs: Everything You Need to Know in 2022

MBA programs are planning for a return to in-person instruction. Admissions offices are deciding what to keep and what to discard from last year’s COVID adaptations. And everyone is holding their collective breath to see if the pandemic restrictions are mostly in our rear view mirror.

What about testing? The situation is very fluid.

Several prominent MBA programs last year went test-optional or offered test waivers. Most of them are continuing with this policy for the 2021–2022 MBA admissions cycle. Admissions offices are increasingly skeptical as to whether all MBA applicants need a GMAT/GRE score to predict that they will be successful in business school. Other programs are allowing applicants to submit the shorter Executive Assessment as an alternative to the GMAT or GRE, and some schools are accepting other tests like the MCAT or LSAT.

Potential for success is predictable without GMAT/GRE

Most business schools use a holistic approach to admissions and view standardized test scores as just one part of a bigger picture. According to Katie Lloyd, associate dean of full-time and evening MBA programs at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, “We can predict a candidate’s potential for success in and beyond the MBA program without reliance on the GMAT or GRE. Basing a decision on previous academic experience, work history, and interview evaluations has been an effective admissions approach for our Evening MBA program, which began accepting candidates without a test score in 2018.”

Full-time MBA programs that don’t require the GMAT

SchoolAre Waiver Requests Reviewed?Accepts
GMAT
Accepts
GRE
Accepts
EA
Accepts
LSAT
Accepts
MCAT
CMU TepperYesYesYesYes
Cornell JohnsonYesYesYes
Emory GoizuetaYes, under certain circumstances.YesYesYesYes
Georgia Tech SchellerYesYesYesYesYesYes
Indiana KelleyYes. Candidates applying for a waiver must submit other evidence of academic potential.YesYes
Michigan RossYesYesYes
MIT SloanYes, should the applicant’s circumstances prevent them from safely accessing the exam.YesYes
New York Institute of TechnologyGMAT is not required for admissions, but may be submitted if your undergrad GPA is below the requirement.Yes
Northwestern KelloggNoYesYes
NYU SternNoYesYesYesYesYes
Pace LubinYes. In addition, GMAT/GRE is not required in certain situations.YesYes
UCLA AndersonNoYesYes
UNC Kenan-FlaglerYesYesYesStrong scores can be used to build a case for a GMAT/GRE waiverStrong scores can be used to build a case for a GMAT/GRE waiverStrong scores can be used to build a case for a GMAT/GRE waiver
University of Delaware LernerYes, if certain requirements are met.Yes (preferred)Yes (accepted)Yes, if you took the test for law school and hold a law degree.Yes, if you took the test for medical school and hold a medical degree.
University of Texas McCombs
Applicants who are able to take an exam are strongly encouraged to do so.YesYesYes
UVA DardenYesYesYesYesYesYes

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify.***

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One implication of reduced reliance on test scores is increased reliance on other elements of your application including your essays, resume, short answer responses, and interview.

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