McDonough School of Business

Full-time MBA Test Waiver Policy

A standardized test (GMAT, GRE, or EA) is required as part of the Full-time MBA application process. The test is one component of the application that allows us to gain insight into and assess your academic and quantitative aptitude and readiness. However, if you believe that other components of your application demonstrate an above average level of quantitative aptitude which will make the admissions committee confident of your success in the rigorous quantitative coursework, then you may choose to submit a test waiver application.

PLEASE NOTE: The Full-time MBA Test Waiver Form has been closed for the Fall 2024 application cycle. Please continue to check back regularly for updates to the policy and form for the Fall 2025 application cycle. More information is coming soon. 

Based on our experience, candidates who are most likely to be successful in the quantitative rigor of the classroom have one or more of the following as part of their profile.

Based on our review of your standardized test waiver, we could require additional proof of quantitative acumen, course syllabi, or request that you complete additional quantitative coursework, which could include requiring a standardized test score. 

Process Overview: For those applying to the Full-time MBA program, there is a separate application for a test waiver. You must start (but not submit) an MBA application, then submit the test waiver application for review. You will be notified if you are awarded a waiver and then you may proceed with submitting your MBA application. 


We understand you may have questions as you consider whether you will submit with a waiver. While our team cannot advise you whether or not to take the test, our Associate Dean of MBA Admissions answers common questions our applicants have about submitting an application with a test score waiver in a post on the MBA Admissions Blog plus view our FAQ page.