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MBA Test Requirements 2020-2021

MBA test requirements have seen unprecedented change this year, as many leading business schools have loosened their standardized testing requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some programs, this means accepting tests other than the GMAT and GRE. For others, this involves flexibility on when candidates submit their test scores – if they’re required at all.

mba test requirementsOverall, we’re seeing four “flavors” of testing requirements posted by leading MBA programs for the 2020-2021 admissions season:

  • Required to apply: Candidates must submit a valid test score by the application deadline
  • Required to enroll: Candidates may submit an application without taking a standardized test, but must submit a valid test score before matriculating
  • Test optional: Candidates may submit an application and enroll without taking a standardized test
  • Waiver or exemption offered: Candidates may request a waiver to apply and enroll without taking a standardized test, whether due to exam inaccessibility or demonstrated strength in other areas of their candidacy.

Not able to take the GMAT or GRE by the application deadline? We’ve compiled the test requirements for a number of leading MBA programs in the table below to help you assess your options.

MBA Test Requirements 2020-2021

Table last updated: 9/28/2020

SchoolRequired to ApplyRequired to EnrollTest OptionalWaiver OfferedTests Accepted
AndersonxGMAT, GRE
BoothxGMAT, GRE
ColumbiaxGMAT, GRE, EA
DardenxGMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT, MCAT
FuquaxGMAT, GRE, EA
HaasxGMAT, GRE
HBSxGMAT, GRE
Indiana KelleyxGMAT, GRE
INSEADxGMAT, GRE
JohnsonxGMAT, GRE
KelloggxGMAT, GRE
Kenan-FlaglerxGMAT, GRE
LBSxGMAT, GRE
McCombsxGMAT, GRE
McDonoughxGMAT, GRE, EA
The Lauder InstitutexGMAT, GRE, EA
MIT SloanxGMAT, GRE, EA
Minnesota CarlsonxGMAT, GRE
NYU SternxGMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT, MCAT, DAT
OSU FisherxxGMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT, MCAT ( EA for part-time only. LSAT and MCAT for dual degree)
RossxGMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT
Stanford GSBxGMAT, GRE
TepperxGMAT preferred, GRE accepted
TuckxGMAT, GRE
UCI MeragexGMAT, GRE
USC MarshallxGMAT, GRE
WhartonxGMAT, GRE
Yale SOMxGMAT, GRE, EA

 

Notes

Read on for a bit more information on the MBA testing requirements of policies of programs that don’t require a valid test score to submit an application.

  • Darden: Test waiver available for candidates with demonstrated quantitative strength across several domains.
  • INSEAD: Due to COVID-19, candidates may submit an application without a standardized test score, but must submit a valid score in order to enroll.
  • Kellogg: Candidates who are not able to test may submit an application without a score; however, they must submit a valid score prior to enrolling.
  • Kenan-Flagler: Test waiver available based on degrees earned, academic experience, professional milestones
  • MIT Sloan: Test optional; candidates can submit application without a test score and will not be required to submit a score in order to enroll.
  • McCombs: Candidates who are unable to take a standardized test at home or at a testing center may petition for an exemption.
  • Ohio State/Fisher: The GMAT or GRE standardized test is required for admission. There is no preference for the format or version of the test you choose. Test waivers can apply for certain applicants to the Fisher MBA, which you select during the application process.
  • Indiana/Kelley: We typically require the GMAT or GRE as one demonstration of quantitative and analytic capability. In light of the recent challenges associated with taking standardized tests, candidates may apply for a waiver of this requirement and submit other evidence of their academic qualifications. To request a GMAT/GRE waiver, you must complete the following two steps:
    • Complete and submit the online information request form; and
    • Submit via email ([email protected]) a current professional resume, your unofficial or official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate school transcripts, if applicable), and a brief statement (500 words or less) summarizing why you believe you qualify for a waiver
  • Minnesota/Carlson: Offers GMAT/GRE waivers if youhave one of the following:
      • Previous undergraduate degree with 3.2+ cumulative GPA at an accredited institution using a 4.0 scale or better (domestic or international)
        • Demonstrates quantitative ability through coursework (ex: Statistics, Engineering, Accounting, etc)
      • Previous undergraduate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, etc) field with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA at an accredited institution using a 4.0 scale or better (domestic or international)
    • Must have one of the following additional requirements:
      • 5+ years of full-time professional work experience
        • Note: internships or co-ops cannot be included. Graduate assistantships and fellowships can be included.
      • 4+ years of full-time military experience
      • Graduate (masters or doctoral) degree
      • Professional credential of CPA or CFA

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