The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is a standardized exam often used for admission to graduate business schools. This test serves as an integral part of the application process, measuring an aspiring graduate student’s ability in critical thinking and problem-solving.  

On average, over 250,000 applicants each year take the GMAT as a mandatory requirement for applying to a business school. However, as a way to mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19, testing centers have been closed until further notice.

As a response, many universities and MBA programs waived the GMAT requirement. For thousands of aspiring MBA students, this is a great opportunity to take an MBA without the daunting examination.

If you’re in search of MBA programs in the United States, we created lists of MBA programs that don’t require the GMAT for the 2021 term from various sources. You can also refer to the information section to see what these programs require as an alternative to the GMAT. 

Business Schools in the US That Waived GMAT Requirement

These are some business schools in the US that waived the GMAT requirement for their MBA programs. The information table details what the school requires instead of the GMAT.

Business SchoolInformation
MIT Sloan School of ManagementReview of submitted materials (For 2021 Only)
Columbia Business SchoolTake Executive Assessment Test
Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management100-word essay
New York Institute of TechnologyWaived for students with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale 
Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of BusinessEvaluates math preparedness through calculus, algebra, and statistics
Boston UniversityWaived for Evening professional MBA
Chapman School of BusinessStudents must have at least two years of work experience, OR a 3.25 GPA in a related field, OR a 3.35 GPA in a non-related field  
Georgia Tech SchellerEssay with up to 2,000 characters
Michigan State University – Eli Broad Graduate School of ManagementAt least four years of work experience, online prerequisites, and recommendation from a supervisor
DePaul UniversityGMAT is optional
University of California, DavisAt least 5 years of work experience, at least four years of military duty, 3.2 GPA or higher in a quant subject, must be a CPA or CFA
Golden State UniversityAt least five years of work experience
UC, San Diego – Rady School of ManagementWaived for FlexEvening and FlexWeekend programs
Minnesota Carlson School of ManagementAt least 5 years of work experience, a 3.2 undergraduate GPA, must be a CPA or CFA
Rutgers Business SchoolTake Executive Assessment Test
Texas-Austin McCombs School of BusinessWaived for MBA applicants who are unable to take GMAT due to COVID-19
University of WisconsinAt least five years of work experience, and a 3.3 undergraduate GPA

MBA Programs in the U.S. That Waived GMAT requirement 

MBA ProgramsInformation
Executive MBA (Kellogg School of Management)No GMAT, but applicants may be compelled to provide GMAT if the application has problems 
Professional MBA (Florida State University)At least four years of professional work experience 
Executive MBA (Marshall School of Business) GMAT is optional
One-year MBA (Hult International Business School)Take the Hult Business Assessment Test
MBA (University of Delaware)At least four years of work experience, and a 2.8 undergraduate GPA

The GMAT is an integral part of the admission process to business schools, but some MBA programs waived this requirement for the 2021 term. Stay tuned with MSM Unify to receive updates and have access to the latest stories about taking your MBA in the US.