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.
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.
- Academic Grades: Undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.1 or greater in one of the following degrees or majors: business administration, science, engineering, technology, or math. Undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.3 in degrees or majors other than what is listed above. You must have your bachelor’s degree transcript evaluated via World Education Services (WES) if the degree was earned from a non-United States institution. The rigor and ranking of your institution and major will be considered along with your GPA.
- Coursework: In our experience, the rigor of your quantitative coursework, the number of quantitative courses and your performance in those courses indicates probability of success in the MBA classroom. Applicants who have successfully received undergraduate or graduate-level quantitative coursework with a minimum grade of “B” or better in at least two rigorous (not introductory) quantitative classes (e.g. finance, accounting, statistics, calculus, advanced math, engineering, or physics) are preferred.
- Certifications: CPA or CFA (or international equivalent) or other quantitatively rigorous certificates.
- Work Experience: Significant post-undergraduate full-time work experience in a quantitative, mathematical, or analytical field where the majority of your job responsibilities require rigorous quantitative analysis. Please note that working in Excel and pivot tables for simple analysis does not qualify.
- Demonstrated Grit: Professional and academic experiences that demonstrate grit and the ability to be successful in quantitative coursework.
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.
- For applicants targeting Round 3, submitting your Test Waiver Application by March 5, 2024, will guarantee a decision in advance of the Round 3 application deadline of March 26, 2024.
- For applicants targeting Round 4, submitting your Test Waiver Application by April 9, 2024, will guarantee a decision in advance of the Round 4 application deadline on April 30, 2024.
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.