For nearly 1,300 business schools, the GMAT remains an essential part of the admissions process. But for schools like Ohio University, Babson College, Yale University, and Purdue University, a more practical evaluation of candidates is preferred. These business schools (B-schools), which combined offer a mix of traditional, online, part-time, and distance MBA programs, are committed to expanding their applicant pools with more diverse students by focusing their admissions more on real-world experiences and less test scores. Here's a closer look at some of the practical approaches universities are taking to fill their MBA programs. Want to get an MBA no GMAT? Read on!
Many schools that evaluate candidates on professional experience have found that it's a better indicator of MBA program success than testing scores. In fact, a large number of Executive MBA (EMBA) programs, which generally admit candidates between the ages of 30 and 40, with up to 18 years of work experience, have done away with the GMAT requirement completely. Some universities are even willing to waive GMAT scores for those who work technical jobs or hold advanced degrees.
According to Penny Oslund, director of University of North Carolina's EMBA program, the GMAT “doesn't measure their determination, their drive, their leadership, and those things that are critical in the application process.”
In place of GMAT scores, many B-schools are utilizing undergraduate GPAs to select candidates. This way, instead of focusing on test scores, admissions departments can more comprehensively evaluate applicants on academic accomplishment and ability. After all, not everyone is a good test-taker. With evaluation based on a variety of courses and the cumulative success rate to consider, colleges like Ohio University are giving a fighting chance to students who deserve it.
Many schools are waiving GMAT scores in place of another test, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which can provide insight into candidates' analytical, reasoning, and critical-thinking skills. In addition, the structure of the GRE helps evaluate academic strength and weakness in areas of writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. Highly ranked schools that accept the GRE for admission into their MBA programs include Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
These scores are used not only for business degrees, but other professional study as well. The GRE is the primary test for all graduate school programs without their own specific test like the GMAT.
To attract experienced professionals, some universities are only requiring their applicants enroll in review courses prior to beginning study, to hone their academic abilities. This way, students don't have to bother with the GMAT testing process and can still display their strengths in a similar setting to that of an actual MBA program.
Although many institutions have opted for some of these more practical approaches and don't require the GMAT for admission, many still do. Not all schools are willing to adopt these advanced practices, so whatever program you're interested in applying for, be sure to do your research and know the requirements.
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