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What American B-Schools Never Told You - MBA Admission Without The GMAT!

Good News for all US-MBA applicants out there: You can now straight away apply for an MBA programme in the USA without having to sit through the GMAT.

Letters of recommendation, essays, and interviews could play a key role in landing you that MBA admission.

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The GMAT described as the "gatekeeper to MBA education in the U.S." has been guilty of killing countless hours of student-time- year after academic year.  It covers 113 countries- basically every continent across the world except for Antarctica. Brrr-that’s cold! And our country was one of the first five to have offered this test. 

‘Waive’ The GMAT Goodbye!

But we found a way for you to escape the GMAT’s cold clutch. How? This standardized test that has been around since 1953 is not mandatory for all B Schools in the USA- much to our surprise. Some unis feel that GMAT is not all that good an indicator of one’s ability to succeed in the business world- so who are we to argue with the experts!? 

Is GRE the New GMAT?

Some of these B schools offer conditional admission without the GMAT requirement. Yes- conditional admission- where in letters of recommendation, essays, and interviews could play a key role in landing you that MBA admission. And corporate experience is always a plus for these no-GMAT programmes and could even be a requirement for some. Some business schools expect you to hand in up to four essays covering topics such as career goals or how you would change the business world if given a chance or some others end up asking you for a  GRE score instead. Such qualitative requirements are highly emphasized by B Schools that go without the GMAT. 

Top Five B-plans For You!

So- let’s now have a quick glance at the top five US B schools that are letting you off the GMAT-hook…

California State University

The California State University offers a one-year intensive MBA programme that comes with no GMAT expectations- provided that you have five-plus years of work experience.  Your English language requirements for TOEFL are 525 (for paper-based) TOEFL, 71 (for the IBT), and 197 (for computer-based); and IETLS- 6.0 or above.

Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University offers a two-year MBA where the GMAT is not mandatory. In the English Proficiency criteria for international students, here’s what we found- you’d have to score in the TOEFL a 550 (paper-based), 79 (IBT), and 213 (computer-based) as the minimum for admission. 

Hamline University

You can opt for the two-year Hamline MBA without having to take the GMAT. You’ll have to shell out an application fee of $100. The English proficiency for this Uni on the TOEFL-front- 550 (for paper-based); 80 (for the IBT); or 213 (for computer-based). Either this or you have to a band of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS. We did a quick run through of how much you would have to spend over the course of a year including tuition fees, room fees, and health insurance- nearly $32,000.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

The SNHU online MBA is another one you can take down in your no- GMAT list. This 21- month degree works on strengthening your marketability and enhancing your business skill sets; it blends practical and theoretical applications into a well-rounded and topical business education program. Courses are conveniently offered round the year online and on campus in Salem, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Nashua, New Hampshire, and Brunswick, Maine. As for your TOEFL requirements, SNHU expects a score of 79-80 or more; on your IELTS- a band of 6.5 or higher. The Uni advises students to send through their TOEFL and IELTS results directly to avoid any delays in the admission process. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State is accredited by AACSB International and its Intensive One-Year MBA comes fifth in our sans- GMAT list. This Uni accepts the GRE in place of the GMAT. Plus your undergrad GPA must be 3.0 or higher.  

Some more world-renowned that take GRE in lieu of GMAT are the Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and MIT’s Sloan School – that’s right MIT as well! See- even top unis are pushing the GMAT away- so you don’t have to fear that your GMAT-less MBA won’t be recognized in the Biz-world!  

First Learn… Then Remove ‘L”!

Also, one more B-factor we’d like you to look out for is- if the business school is connected with the industry and can offer you placements and internships (these can do wonders to your resume- once you graduate). We advise you to ring up their placement office to check what resources they have available to help you with employment, post-graduation.

So voila- this is how you can approach your US-MBA dream without the GMAT. Which MBA is the right one for you?  Take your time to decide. 

And if you’re interested in enrolling in any of the above MBAs or any other, for that matter -all you need to do is drop us an email or give us a call and our counsellors will help you out with the application process-absolutely free of cost! 

Taking up the GMAT?

Nupur Verma Nupur Verma,
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