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.
Overall, 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
|School||Required to Apply||Required to Enroll||Test Optional||Waiver Offered||Tests Accepted|
|Columbia||x||GMAT, GRE, EA|
|Darden||x||GMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT, MCAT|
|Fuqua||x||GMAT, GRE, EA|
|Indiana Kelley||x||GMAT, GRE|
|McDonough||x||GMAT, GRE, EA|
|MIT Sloan||x||GMAT, GRE, EA|
|Minnesota Carlson||x||GMAT, GRE|
|NYU Stern||x||GMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT, MCAT, DAT|
|OSU Fisher||x||GMAT, GRE|
|Ross||x||GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT|
|Stanford GSB||x||GMAT, GRE|
|Tepper||x||GMAT preferred, GRE accepted|
|UCI Merage||x||GMAT, GRE|
|USC Marshall||x||GMAT, GRE|
|Yale SOM||x||GMAT, GRE, EA|
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.
- Ross: Waivers are available to candidates whose ability to sit for a standardized test has been impacted by the pandemic.
- Indiana/Kelley: Candidates may apply for a waiver of this requirement and submit other evidence of their academic qualifications.
- Minnesota/Carlson: GMAT/GRE waivers available if specific academic and work experience requirements are met.