Top MBA & EMBA Programs that don’t require GMAT/GRE

Most high ranked full time MBA programs use the applicant’s GMAT score as an essential part of their application process so it is no wonder candidates spend a lot of effort and time on getting a high GMAT score, as they are well aware of the fact that this would improve their chances of admission at the top business schools. There are, however, some MBA programs that do not require the submission of a GMAT score in order for the candidate to be considered for admission. Additionally, there are some MBA Programs, that will grant GMAT Waivers to experienced candidates.

Sometimes, taking the GRE as opposed to the GMAT might be an alternative, but in some cases the business schools and MBA programs listed below do not require neither a GMAT score or a GRE score as your suitability for the program can be demonstrated in other ways instead.
These are the business schools that ARINGO knows for a fact have dropped the requirement for applicants to take the GMAT in order for be considered for their MBA programs:

MBA programs that do not require or waive GMAT/GRE:

Program NameProgram TypeLocationDetails
HULTFull time Boston, San Francisco, London, DubaiThe MBA requirement for GMAT will be waived if the applicant has proven to have more than 5 years of managerial work experience.
Foster-WashingtonGEMBASeattle, WAIf a candidate is nominated and sponsored by their organization, GMAT will be waived as a requirement.
RossFull timeAnn Arbor, MIWe accept the MCAT and LSAT in place of the GMAT or GRE.
DardenFull timeCharlottesville, VAWe also accept the Executive Assessment (EA), MCAT or LSAT. If you have already taken one of these tests, we encourage you to reach out to our office to discuss if submitting your EA, MCAT or LSAT score is the best course of action.
GeorgetownFull timeWashington DCThe GRE/GMAT requirement is waived for Georgetown students who earned at least a 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA and for non-Georgetown students who earned at least a 3.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
USC MarshallMD/MBA dual degree programLAThe only exception are those candidates who are applying to the MD/MBA dual degree program.
IE Business SchoolInternational MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBASpainAt IE we accept three entrance exams the IE Global Admissions Test, GMAT and GRE.
WarwickFull timeUKThe Warwick Test may be available as an alternative for certain candidates dependent upon circumstances.
Babson CollegeBlended Learning MBA, fast track MBABabson Park, MABabson College offers a special Blended Learning MBA program, which has no GMAT score required for acceptance. Based on the fact Blended Learning students have extensive work experience, Babson is able to waive the GMAT test requirement for this program for qualifying applicants. The fast track MBA does not require GMAT as well.
RotmanFull timeTorontoGMAT requirement is waived for applicants who have passed all 3 Levels of the CFA designation. Please request from the CFA confirmation of your CFA level 3 pass, which can be sent via email to [email protected]
DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of BusinessFull-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, Weekend MBAChicago, ILApplicants to Kellstadt’s Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA and Weekend MBA may receive a GMAT waiver if they have completed an M.D., Ph.D or J.D. or demonstrate clear evidence of quantitative analysis skills.
Lake Forest Graduate School of ManagementImmersion MBA and Leadership MBALake Forest, ILNo test scores are required for admission to Lake Forest’s Immersion MBA and Leadership MBA programs.
Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of BusinessFull-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, Global MBA and Executive MBABoston, MAGMAT® and GRE® requirements can be waived for Sawyer’s Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, Global MBA and Executive MBA programs provided that applicants meet certain conditions.
Pace University’s Lubin School of BusinessFull-Time, Executive MBA, Part-Time MBANew York, NYApplicants to Lubin’s Full-Time and Part-Time MBA programs who already hold a business-related master’s degree can request a GMAT® waiver. Lubin’s Executive MBA Program doesn’t require the GMAT® at all.
Rutgers Business School, Newark and New BrunswickFull-Time MBA, Flex MBA, Executive MBAPiscataway Township, NJ GMAT® waivers are available for the school’s Full-Time MBA, Flex MBA and Executive MBA programs.
SDA BocconiFull timeItalyAs an exception, and for very specific reasons, candidates can ask Admission Services for authorization to take the SDA Test as an alternative to the GMAT/GRE. The SDA Test is organized by SDA Bocconi, and assesses quantitative, logical, and verbal skills. Enrollment for the test is organized directly through Admission Services after submission of the application for admission.
CEIBSFull timeChinaThe CEIBS Admission Test is an option that CEIBS provides to applicants in lieu of the GMAT. The CEIBS Admission Test is similar in style to the GMAT except that it does not have the AWA Section and IR Section.
La Salle UniversityFull-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, One-Year MBA, Saturday MBAPhiladelphia, PASome students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better may be admitted into the first semester of the Full-Time MBA, the Part-Time MBA, the One-Year MBA and the Saturday MBA programs without taking the GMAT®.
University of Delaware’s Lerner College of BusinessFull-Time MBA, Part-Time MBANewark, DEApplicants to the Full-Time/Part-Time MBA who hold a terminal degree or possess four or more years of professional experience may fill out a GMAT waiver request form. LSAT and MCAT scores may also be considered in place of GRE® or GMAT® scores for this program.
Edward S. Ageno School of Business – Golden Gate UniversityFull-Time MBA, Part-Time MBASan Francisco, CANo GMAT is required for applicants to GGU’s Professional MBA Program. The GMAT is usually required for the Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA, but some exceptions are as follows:
1. Applicants who have an earned master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited US institution.
2. Applicants who have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher in studies leading to a US bachelor’s degree from an accredited or approved institution.
3. Applicants who have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
4. Applicants who have other professional licenses or designations earned by passing a nationally recognized US exam (e.g., CMA, CIA) and who petition and are granted approval from the Dean of the Business School
5. Applicants who can document more than 5 years of substantial professional and/or supervisory managerial work experience, and who petition and are granted approval from the Dean. If the applicant does not meet admissions criteria as stated in GGU’s catalog, s/he may be admitted conditionally with the approval of the academic department, in which case s/he must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their first 9 units at the University.
Henley Business School-University of ReadingUKThe GMAT® may or may not be required for the Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA, and Flexible Executive EMBA, dependant on individual applicants’ prior academic grades and work experience.
Florida international universityflex and professional MBAs  Miami, FL
Texas A&MFull time  College Station, TXGMAT is only required if candidate doesn’t meet minimum GPA
Howard universityFull time  Washington, DCGMAT is not required
Colorado State universityFull time  Fort Collins, COGMAT requirement is waived for candidates with 8+ years experience
University of st ThomasFull time  Houston, TXGMAT is not required
UNC Kenan-FlaglerFull time  Chapel Hill, NCCandidates may be eligible for GMAT waiver if they either have an advanced degree or work in tech
Michigan State University – Eli Broad College of BusinessFull timeEast Lansing, MIThe Broad MBA program is conducting a pilot this year (2018) to accept domestic candidates with strong work experience and other admission criteria in lieu of the Standardized test.
KelloggEMBAEvanston, ILThe Executive MBA Program does not require GMAT scores for most program applicants. Occasionally, applicants may be asked to take the GMAT if the initial review of their transcripts reveals specific areas of concern or question. The admissions committee will make this request only in special circumstances.
Boston University School of ManagementEMBABoston, MABU’s Executive MBA Program does not require the GMAT.
Loyola University Quinlan School of BusinessEMBAChicago, ILApplicants to Quinlan’s Executive MBA program don’t have to take the GMAT or GRE exams.
Cornell Executive MBA AmericasEMBAIthaca, NYGMAT/GRE not required for admission.
MIT Sloan School of ManagementExecutive MBA, Sloan FellowsCambridge, MAMIT Sloan’s Executive MBA Program and Sloan Fellows Program do not require the GMAT. If you’re a seasoned executive who just doesn’t have the time to prep for exams, you don’t have to cross this prestigious school off your list.
Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of BusinessEMBABoston, MANortheastern’s Executive MBA Program does not require the GMAT.
Loyola Marymount UniversityEMBALos Angeles, CAApplicants to the Executive MBA program do not have to submit a GMAT score provided they can demonstrate, either through past academic performance or work experience, sufficient strength in the areas of quantitative and analytical reasoning.
UCLA Anderson School of ManagementGlobal Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the AmericasLos Angeles, CAAnderson’s Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific and Global Executive MBA for the Americas don’t require the GMAT or GRE exams.
USC Marshall School of BusinessGlobal Executive MBALos Angeles, CAMarshall’s Global Executive MBA does not require the GMAT or GRE exams.
Baruch College’s Zicklin School of BusinessEMBANew York, NYZicklin’s Executive MBA Program doesn’t require the GMAT.
Hofstra University’s Zarb School of BusinessEMBAHempstead, NYZarb’s Executive MBA Program does not require the GMAT for admission.
NYU Stern School of BusinessEMBANew York, NYThe NYU Stern Executive MBA program does not require GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment scores to complete the Formal Application. However, if elsewhere you have not demonstrated sufficient academic or quantitative ability, you may wish to consider submitting GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment scores.
Seton Hall University Stillman School of BusinessEMBA, Part-TimeSouth Orange, NJ Applicants can request at GMAT waiver for Stillman’s Part-Time MBA Program.
Drexel University’s LeBow College of BusinessEMBAPhiladelphia, PAGMAT waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis for LeBow’s Executive MBA program.
Saint Joseph University’s Haub School of BusinessOne-Year Executive MBA, 20-Month Executive MBA, the Executive Food-Marketing MBA, Executive Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBAPhiladelphia, PAThe Haub School of Business has numerous programs that don’t list GMAT or GRE scores as admissions requirements. These include the One-Year Executive MBA, the 20-Month Executive MBA, the Executive Food-Marketing MBA, and finally the Executive Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA.
Temple University’s Fox School of BusinessEMBAPhiladelphia, PAGMAT and GRE waivers are available for Fox’s Executive MBA Program
Villanova School of BusinessEMBAVillanova, PAVillanova’s Executive MBA doesn’t require either the GRE or GMAT exams for admission.
Leavey School of Business – Santa Clara UniversityEMBASanta Clara, CAFor Leavey’s Executive MBA Program, the GMAT or GRE may be waived on a case-to-case basis.
San Francisco State University College of BusinessEMBASan Francisco, CAThough SFSU College of Business’s Executive MBA Program generally requires the GMAT, but it may be waived for applicants who have earned a terminal degree before applying to the program.
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of BusinessExecutive MBA, Global Executive MBAWashington, DCMcDonough’s Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA don’t require the GMAT or GRE for admission.
Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of BusinessEMBAChicago, ILApplicants to Sellinger’s Executive MBA program don’t have to take the GMAT or GRE exams.
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of BusinessEMBACollege Park, MD Smith’s Executive MBA does not require the GMAT or GRE for admission.
Ashridge Business SchoolEMBAUKThe GMAT is not compulsory for Ashridge’s EMBA program, but may be requested by the Program Director at his discretion.
Imperial College Business SchoolExecutive MBA, Global MBAUKThe GMAT is not a requirement for the Imperial Executive or Global MBA Program.
Saïd Business School – University of OxfordEMBAUKCandidates for the Executive MBA Program with at least 10 years of management experience who also currently have a role which requires a high level of quantitative and/or analytical skills, may be granted exemption from the GMAT requirement. This will be at the discretion of our Admissions Committee, upon the submission of a written request together with a full application for a place in the program.
INSEADEMBAFranceCandidates for INSEAD Executive MBA can take the INSEAD’s In-House EMBA admissions test instead of the GMAT. In addition, from March 2016 the new “Executive Assessment” is accepted instead of the GMAT.
LBSEMBAUKIn exceptional cases, the GMAT or GRE can be waived. We will consider GMAT waivers for candidates whose work experience, professional status or prior degree/training indicates a high level of analytical or quantitative ability. Please note that GMAT waivers are rare, and are only given to candidates with a suitable level of seniority. Requests for waivers will be considered after candidates have submitted their online application, as part of the application review. The Admissions Committee may require any candidate to take the GMAT or GRE at its own discretion, and may also ask that a candidate complete an alternative test or an online course in order to meet the conditions of admission. In addition, from March 2016 the new “Executive Assessment” is accepted instead of the GMAT.
Cambridge-JudgeEMBAUKIf you feel that the skills covered by the GMAT can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application (through previous qualifications or work experience) then you may request a waiver; this may be granted at the discretion of the Executive MBA Director.

MBA programs that accept EA in addition to GMAT/GRE:

Program NameProgram TypeLocationDetails
NYU SternFull timeNYC, NYCandidates to the full-time MBA programs can apply by taking the Executive Assessment test instead of GMAT/GRE.
ColumbiaFull time, EMBANYC, NYCandidates to the full-time MBA and EMBA program can apply by taking the Executive Assessment test instead of GMAT/GRE.
DukeFull timeDurhamThe Executive Assessment test is also accepted in lieu of the GMAT or GRE for qualified Daytime MBA and Accelerated Daytime MBA applicants (please email [email protected] to see if you are eligible). Approval must be received before your application will be considered complete with an EA test score.
INSEADEMBAFranceCandidates for INSEAD Executive MBA can take the INSEAD’s In-House EMBA admissions test instead of the GMAT. In addition, from March 2016 the new “Executive Assessment” is accepted instead of the GMAT.
StanfordMSxUSAThe MSx Program is now accepting the Executive Assessment exam as well as the GMAT and GRE.
LBSEMBAUKIn exceptional cases, the GMAT or GRE can be waived. We will consider GMAT waivers for candidates whose work experience, professional status or prior degree/training indicates a high level of analytical or quantitative ability. Please note that GMAT waivers are rare, and are only given to candidates with a suitable level of seniority. Requests for waivers will be considered after candidates have submitted their online application, as part of the application review. The Admissions Committee may require any candidate to take the GMAT or GRE at its own discretion, and may also ask that a candidate complete an alternative test or an online course in order to meet the conditions of admission. In addition, from March 2016 the new “Executive Assessment” is accepted instead of the GMAT.
CEIBSEMBAChinaFrom March 2016 the new “Executive Assessment” is accepted instead of the GMAT.
Chicago BoothEMBAChicago, ILFrom March 2016 the new “Executive Assessment” is accepted instead of the GMAT.
HKU Business SchoolEMBAHong KongFrom March 2016 the new “Executive Assessment” is accepted instead of the GMAT.