Top 100 MBA Programs With GMAT/GRE Waiver in 2021

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Jun 30, 2021 11:44 AM

Students without GMAT/GRE scores are now being accepted to pursue an MBA at highest-ranked institutes including MIT, Carnegie Mellon, University of Virginia, to name a few. Read on to find the list of the top 100 full-time MBA programmes that are waiving GMAT and GRE tests for 2021-22 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. 

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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 requiements. Read on to find the list of the top 100 MBA programmes that are waiving GMAT and GRE tests for 2021-22 academic year. 

Full-Time MBA Programmes Waiving GMAT/GRE Scores in 2021

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 School of Business-University of Virginia

Charlottesville, USA

May take previous SAT & ACT scores into consideration for a waiver

Ross School of Business- University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, USA

Will admit or waitlist Round 1 MBA students

Tepper School of Business-Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, USA

Will ask for evidence of preparedness in math through advanced quant classes

NC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Needs 3.2 GPA in economics or STEM, business, analytics or advanced or terminal degree, or 5+ years or prior work experience in a quant or analytical field

McCombs School of Business

Austin, USA

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

Emory University's Goizueta Business School

Atlanta, Georgia

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 500 words stating why you deserve a waiver

Scheller College of Business

Atlanta, Georgia

Will ask for a 2,000-character essay to support academic preparedness for a test waiver

Rice Business (Jones Graduate School Of Business)

Houston, Texas

Will ask for 7 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

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 master’s degrees

Simon Business School

Rochester, New York

Needs Bachelor’s degree GPA of 3.2 or higher


Madison, USA

Needs 5 years of prior work experience and 3.3 Bachelor’s degree GPA

University of Georgia (Terry)

Athens, USA

Current or former military service required

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 2021 applicants

The University of Texas at Dallas (Jindal)

Richardson, USA

Waivers possible if an applicant faces “logistical difficulties of taking the test as a result of Covid-19”

Michigan State University (Broad)

East Lansing, Michigan

Need 4+ years of prior work experience, a strong recommendation from supervisor and online prerequisites

Boston University (Questrom)

Boston, Massachusetts

Test optional for Fall 2021 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

Waivers for applicants with 2 years of prior work experience and a 3.7 GPA in Bachelor's degree


Irvine, California

Needs 4 or above years of prior work experience and a “strong academic performance”


Davis, California

Needs 3.2 or more in a quant subject, 5 or more years of prior work experience, CPA or CFA, 4 or more years of military duty, or a master’s

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Needs current or former military service 

George Washington University

Washington, D.C., United States

GMAT or GRE not required anymore

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

Test optional due to Covid-19

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Test optional due to Covid-19

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Needs 3.6 GPA  in Bachelor's, a graduate degree, 10 or more years of prior work experience, military service, or 9 or above credit hours in an AACSB MBA

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Needs 3.0 GPA or above in Bachelor's, or vets, Peace Corps volunteers or terminal degree holders

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Those without test scores ‘will not be penalized or be at a disadvantage’

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Assesses past academic background, written and verbal communication and career potential or graph through a resume and references

Boston College

Newton, Massachusetts

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

Test optional due to Covid-19

William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

Test optional due to Covid-19

Fordham University

New York City, New York

Test optional due to Covid-19

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

Waivers for applicants with an S.J.D, J.D., MD, PharmD, or PhD.

Pepperdine University

Los Angeles, California

Needs 3 years of prior work experience at a “management level position” and a 3.0 in a Bachelor's business degree

Rutgers Business School

Newark, New Jersey

Priority is given to Bachelor's degrees from Rutgers, outstanding Bachelor's degree record along with leadership qualities and diversity

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Needs 3.0 GPA in Bachelor’s degree, 4 years of experience, evidence of quant or analytical skills or CPA or terminal degree

Case Western University

Cleveland, Ohio

Test optional in 2021 due to Covid-19

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Waivers for 3.5 GPA and 2+ years of experience or 3.0 GPA with 6 years of work experience

Baruch College

New York City, New York

Waivers only for applicants with a GPA of 3.3 or higher in Bachelor's degree or graduate programme


Buffalo, New York

Will accept expired GMAT, GRE, SAT or ACT scores

UC-San Diego

San Diego, California

Waivers available only for FlexEvening and FlexWeekend MBA programmes

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Needs at least a 3.0 GPA, a graduate degree, or B grades in two graduate courses & 3 or more years of prior work experience

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

Waivers for those with a GPA of 3.2 or higher with 5 or more years of prior work experience, a master’s degree plus 2 years of experience

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Test waivers available in 2021

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

Waivers for those with managerial or technical work experience, good academic record, CPA or CFA

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Test scores optional until Fall 2021

Chapman (Argyros)

Orange, California

Needs a Bachelor's degree in a quant subject with a 3.2 GPA, or a graduate degree, or a CPA or CFA

Clemson University

South Carolina

Limited waivers available

Texas Tech (Rawl)

Lubbock, Texas

Waivers available for all due to Covid-19

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Waivers for those with many years of prior work experience or evidence of quant and analytical knowledge

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Waivers for 3.4 GPA or higher, 8 years of managerial experience, a master’s degree with a 3.0 or higher

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

No GMAT or GRE scores needed

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York

Waivers for Bachelor's degrees from RIT with a 3.25 GPA or higher, plus terminal degree

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 waivers available due to Covid-19

Tampa (Sykes)

Tampa, Florida

Will waive for those with master’s degrees or students unable to take a test due to the pandemic

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