MBA Abroad Without GMAT

Most B-schools, for their flagship MBA programs, consider standardized tests such as the GMAT to measure applicants’ problem-solving and quantitative abilities. Yet, a substantial number of business schools across the globe do not mandate a GMAT score for their MBA programs. They consider other relevant factors such as quality of work experience, and career progression to assess applicants’ capability and skills. Some institutions such as the Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management accept the GMAT, but they also offer a waiver for the GMAT under special circumstances. Applicants who have a strong work experience, as well as those with a military background can qualify for the GMAT waiver, as they have demonstrated quick decision-making skills or worked under extreme pressure.

Some MBA programs that do not require a GMAT score:

  • Kellogg School of Business (for Executive MBA)
  • University of Bradford (offers Bradford test in case a student does not have a GMAT score)
  • Babson (Online MBA)

More about such programs

  • Duration of programs ranges from one to two years depending on the country/business school)
  • Cost will depend on duration, country/business school requirement
  • Aspects such as undergraduate GPA, strong work experience, leadership experience/potential, extracurricular activities, well-prepared application consisting of resumes, essays, letters of recommendation, etc. are considered
  • The class profiles of such MBA programs differs from those of MBA programs that require GMAT scores
  • Completion of non-degree courses in areas such as finance, accounting, and statistics is considered a good way to show academic preparedness
  • Some B-schools accept the GRE instead of GMAT
  • Some B-schools also waive the GMAT requirement if a candidate has exceptional undergraduate grades
  • Completion of such programs may require fewer credit hours, thus making the course duration shorter

Post-MBA prospects

Employability of graduates of MBA programs (that do not require GMAT scores) may fall behind the programs that need GMAT. This is largely because top MBA programs of the world continue to use GMAT scores as an admission criterion. Some employers also use MBA graduates’ GMAT scores during recruitment. Outside of this, international students who do not take the GMAT can take advantage of the same work opportunities, post-study, afforded by a specific country.

Many B-schools in North America, Europe, Australia, and other parts of Asia offer MBA programs without mandating GMAT scores. The best of these programs are created for professionals with extensive work experience who can easily prove their managerial capabilities. Beyond the admission stage, there is no marked distinction between the programs; alumni of such MBA programs have gone on to hold high-level positions in the corporate world and garner huge success.

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