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GMAT Waiver Policy

GMAT graphicUnder certain circumstances, applicants to graduate business programs may request a waiver for the GMAT when applying for initial admission, or when attempting to progress from temporary graduate admission to conditional or full admission. The School of Business Administration will consider, on a case-by-case basis, GMAT waiver requests from applicants who fall into one of the following categories:

    1. The applicant has completed a graduate or professional degree (i.e., a degree beyond a four-year baccalaureate degree) from an accredited college or university; OR
    2. For GRE taken before August 1, 2011: The applicant has a current GRE score (less than 5 years old) of 900 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections combined); OR
    3. For GRE taken after August 1, 2011: The applicant has a current GRE score (less than 5 years old) of 292 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections combined); OR
    4. The applicant (i) has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND (ii) has at least two years of professional business experience with decision-making authority AND (iii) writes a letter of application outlining career goals and objectives.
    5. The applicant has completed a 4-year (or longer) undergraduate business or STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Technology) degree within the last 5 years from an accredited college or university; with of 3.5 GPA.1
      If a GMAT waiver is granted under categories 4 or 5, the student will be required to satisfy the applicable program conditions below. Students may apply for a GMAT waiver before satisfying these conditions.
      • Strategic MBA: B or better in MGMT 6351 (or MKTG 6352, if MGMT 6351 is waived) and QMSC 6351 (or MGMT 6355, if QMSC 6351 is waived).
      • Global MBA: B or better in MGMT 6351 (or MKTG 6377, if MGMT 6351 is waived) and QMSC 6351 (or MGMT 6367, if QMSC 6351 is waived).
      • Economic Development & Entrepreneurship MS: B or better in EDEN 6352 and EDEN 6356.

How to request the waiver

GMAT waiver is not automatic for any applicant. To request a GMAT waiver, the applicant must submit the appropriate Appeal Form ‌and the following materials to the School of Business Administration:

  • A brief written request outlining the reasons why the School of Business Administration should grant a GMAT waiver (including career goals and objectives) and indicating which of the above waiver categories applies.
  • Copies of all academic transcripts for work completed at any college or university attended. The applicant may submit unofficial transcripts for consideration, but any unofficial copies must be followed by official transcripts submitted with the formal application.
  • A current professional resume.
  • Any other information the applicant wishes to submit in support of the request (e.g., letter from supervisor explaining the applicant's job duties, performance, and potential, or letters of recommendation).

If you have questions about this policy, please email your School of Business Administration advisor.

1 Students may be admitted to the university under the Temporary Graduate Student classification. Temporary graduate students in the School of Business Administration will be permitted to register for 1 semester only under this classification (maximum 9 hours of graduate coursework), must submit GMAT scores sufficient for meeting university admission requirements before the student is permitted to register beyond the initial semester of temporary graduate admission. Students are encouraged to enroll in the courses required to satisfy the waiver conditions during their first semester.