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Are There Good Online MBA Programs That Require NO GMAT or GRE?

Expert Advice  >  Online MBA
By Vicky Phillips, Chief Education Analyst   
I’d like to earn an online MBA, but most seem to require the GMAT. I need a program with NO GMAT required. I’m VP of marketing in the real world, but my GMAT scores stink. Nothing I’ve done, including an expensive test prep program, has raised my scores. Can you suggest any top online MBA that does not require this exam or that other pesky exam, the GRE?

Ticonderoga, NY
Low scores on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Exam) hurt a lot of older business school applicants. Fortunately, a legion of reputable distance business schools offer the online MBA with NO GMAT required for admission these days.
In fact, the Get Educated National Online MBA Ranking Survey uncovered 136 accredited online MBA programs that require NO GMAT or GRE exam. (See links to these lists at the end of this article)

One surprising fact: 14 of the 64 top accredited online MBA degrees that reviews do not require the GMAT or the GRE. (These MBAs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB.)

Because online business schools cater to older adults, many are abandoning the GMAT and related standardized admission exams as measures of academic preparedness.
Career experience is increasingly seen as a better indicator of success in the business world than old-school academic measures, such as the GMAT.
Colorado State University’s distance MBA—also 100 percent online and AACSB-accredited —requires the GMAT, but CSU will accept petitions for GMAT waiver from applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA on the last half of their bachelor’s degree. To petition for a waiver you must be able to document at least eight years of professional career experience.

Many online MBA programs are designed for and recruit from older working students who will study part-time while they work at building their careers.  Check the admission requirements at individual programs to see if a certain number of years of professional management experience will make you eligible for a GRE / GMAT waiver.

Some graduate business schools offer specialized MBAs aimed at highly educated professionals. For example, Auburn University in Alabama offers a Physician’s MBA through distance learning. This MBA, which is open only to doctors, doesn’t require any formal admission exam.
Similarly, Oklahoma State University’s AACSB-accredited online MBA for Dentists requires no GRE or GMAT. (You’ll have to graduate dental school prior to seeking admission, however.)
Even more regionally-accredited business schools—95 of the 373 surveyed by—have abolished the GRE/GMAT requirement.
Consult’s Online MBA Guide for links to regionally, nationally and AACSB-accredited online MBAs that do not require the GRE or GMAT.
Baker College Online (Michigan), Excelsior College (New York), and Upper Iowa University (Iowa) are a few of the regionally accredited business schools that don’t routinely require the GRE or the GMAT.
For complete barrier-free admission, try any of the MBAs accredited by national agencies, like the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which accredits distance-only universities, or the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which accredits career colleges.
According to’s National Survey of Online MBAs, none of 14 DETC-accredited distance MBAs require the GRE or GMAT for admission.
You’ll find 217 accredited graduate business schools offering 387 online MBAs fully profiled in GetEducated’s database of online business schools.
Check the ADMISSIONS section of each school’s profile. Even when the GRE or GMAT are required, some online MBA programs require competitive (high) scores, while others accept applicants whose scores fall within the average range.

AACSB-Accredited Online MBAs That Do Not Require GRE and GMAT
Regionally Accredited Online MBAs That Do Not Require GRE and GMAT
Nationally Accredited Online MBAs That Do Not Require GRE and GMAT
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