Top MBA Programs With GMAT/GRE Waiver in 2022

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Mar 04, 2022 01:28 PM

Students without GMAT/GRE scores are now being accepted to pursue an MBA at the highest-ranked institutes including MIT, Carnegie Mellon, University of Virginia, to name a few. Read on to find the list of the top full-time MBA programmes that are waiving GMAT and GRE tests for 2022-23 academic year.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, many top-ranked foreign universities have made submission of GMAT or GRE scores optional or redundant for admission to MBA programmes. With the closing down of GMAT/GRE testing centres at various locations around the globe, universities have been bound to change their deadlines and admission process at least for the current academic year.

However, B-schools have also begun to consider scores of GMAT/GRE taken in online mode - introduced as a step to combat the virus whilst not compromising with an aspirant’s timeline. Top international B-schools have also started to conduct admission interviews virtually. While that may be the case, many international applicants have still been unable to take standardised tests such as the GMAT or GRE. 

Prominent institutes including MIT, Carnegie Mellon, University of Virginia, to name a few have invited applications from international MBA applicants who do not have GMAT/GRE waivers but manage to feel other requirements. Read on to find the list of the top MBA programmes that are waiving GMAT and GRE tests for the 2022-23 academic year. 

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Full-Time MBA Programmes Waiving GMAT/GRE Scores in 2022

Given below are the top full-time MBA programmes the do not require GMAT/GRE scores for admission:

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Name of the Institute


Details On GMAT/GRE Waivers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-Sloan)

Cambridge, USA

Submitted material will be reviewed as is and without negative inferences

Darden - University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia Waivers offered on a case-by-case basis

Ross School of Business- University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, USA

Can request a waiver

Tepper School of Business-Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, USA

Will ask for evidence of preparedness in math

NC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Waiver Available; students are encouraged to submit waiver requests early

McCombs School of Business

Austin, USA

Waivers only for candidates who cannot take the test due to Covid-19

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

Will ask for a brief statement under 300 words stating why you deserve a waiver

Scheller College of Business

Atlanta, Georgia

Will ask for a 2000 word-character essay to support academic preparedness for a test waiver

Rice Business (Jones Graduate School Of Business)

Houston, Texas

Will ask for 7 or more years of prior work experience, terminal degree, STEM master’s, CPA or CFA, MCAT, or LSAT

Owen Graduate School of Management

Nashville, Tennessee

Demands performance in analytical and quant coursework & 5 years of prior work experience, CPA or CFA

BYU Marriott School of Business

Provo, Utah

Waivers applicable only during the pandemic; to be declared for 2022

Carlson School of Management

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Needs GPA of 3.2 in Bachelor’s & 5+ years of work experience, a CFA or CPA, or Master’s degree

Penn State Smeal College of Business

Harrisburg, USA

Needs PhD, MD or DO degree with 5+ years of military service, or other advanced professional degrees

Simon Business School

Rochester, New York

Academic record, work experience, or other things should be competitive


Madison, USA

Needs 2-3 years of prior work experience and 3.0 Bachelor’s degree GPA

University of Georgia (Terry)

Athens, USA

Available only for Accounting major applicants

University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

Pittsburgh, USA

Waivers with exceptional undergraduate or graduate quant coursework and significant prior work experience

SMU (Cox)

Dallas, Texas

Test optional for Fall 2022 applicants

The University of Texas at Dallas (Jindal)

Richardson, USA

Waivers possible if application otherwise complete

Michigan State University (Broad)

East Lansing, Michigan

Waivers available for 2022 MBA 

Boston University (Questrom)

Boston, Massachusetts

Test optional for 2022 applicants

University of Maryland (Robert H.Smith)

College Park, Maryland

Industry certification, along with Six Sigma, CFA, CPA and 3.0 GPA at least, MCAT or LSAT

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

Must attend an in-person event; not guaranteed


Irvine, California

Needs 2 or above years of prior work experience and a “strong academic performance”


Davis, California

Waiver available for Summer 2022 MSBA applicants on optional basis

George Washington University

Washington, D.C., United States

Waiver applicable for Spring and Fall 2022 starting semesters

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

Only selected programs require the transcripts

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Waiver available in selected programs on conditional basis (different for each program)

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Only selected programs require the transcripts; Waiver available on optional basis; Waiver applicable for North Carolina students

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Only selected programs require the transcripts

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Waiver available for 2022-23 applicants on optional basis

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Waiver available for 2022 applicants on optional basis

Boston College

Newton, Massachusetts

Waiver available on case-by-case basis; Need 3 or above years of prior work experience, 3.0 Bachelor's degree GPA, or JD, MBA, PhD, or CPA, CFA

University of Colorado-Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Waiver available for Spring 2022 applicants

William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

Waiver applicable for Fall 2022 applicants

Fordham University

New York City, New York

Only selected programs require the transcripts; Waiver available on optional basis

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

Only selected programs require the transcripts

Pepperdine University

Los Angeles, California

Waiver applicable on optional basis

Rutgers Business School

Newark, New Jersey

Waiver applicable for all Rutgers Undergraduates with GPA 3.2 or above

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Waiver available on optional and conditional basis for Masters in Strategic Communication; Non-waiver opting studnets shall be prioritised in merit based tuition and stipend waivers; Waiver opting studnets shall be evaluated at end of first semester (equivalent to 9 hours)

Case Western University

Cleveland, Ohio

Only selected programs require the transcripts; Waiver applicable during initial application process

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Waiver available in selected programs on exceptional basis


Buffalo, New York

Waiver in courses that do not require Professional licensure for the next 2 years

UC-San Diego

San Diego, California

Waiver applicable for CSE PhD or Master’s applications for Fall 2022; Scores may be submitted if test taken by the applicant

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Program-wise requirements and waivers

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

Waivers for State Scholarship applicants and UMass Amherst undergraduates

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Test waivers available in 2022 on program-wise basis

Rollins (Crummer)

Winter Park, Florida

Waivers for those with graduate degrees

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Waivers for those with terminal degrees

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Selected waivers for Spring and Fall 2022

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Program-wise approach taken by the university

Chapman (Argyros)

Orange, California

Needs a Bachelor's degree in a quant subject with a 3.2 GPA, or a graduate degree, 50 percentile or higher score in recognised admission tests MCAT, PCAT, DAT or OAT, or a CPA, CFA, CMA or Professional Engineer Designation

Clemson University

South Carolina

Limited waivers available

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Graduated from University of Houston within 3 years preceding the term applying for, have a minimum GPA as required by the degree applying for

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Waivers for 3.5 GPA or higher, 8 years of managerial experience, a master’s degree with a 3.0 or higher; Conditions may differ on program-wise basis

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

No GMAT or GRE scores needed except some programs

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York

Waivers for selected programs for Spring and Fall 2022

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York

Now waiving the GMAT and GRE for all applicants

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Needs strong academic record along with an internship, prior work experience, military service, volunteer service, leadership qualities, or other relevant experiences

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Limited program-wise waivers available due to Covid-19

Note: The list is dynamic and is updated as and when announcements of waivers are made by universities. 

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