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  1. 1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

    Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA
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    University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) MBA applicants must submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. The program requires two letters of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 733, and the acceptance rate was 25%. English language proficiency scores are not required for international applicants. The median base salary for Wharton MBA graduates is $175,000.
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    University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) MBA applicants must submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission...

  2. 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

    Cambridge, MA
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) expects applicants to its full-time MBA program to submit either GMAT or GRE scores, but waivers are available. In 2022, incoming students had an average GMAT score of 724. Applicants must submit one letter of recommendation to be considered for admission. Sloan graduates earn a median base salary of $165,000.
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) expects applicants to its full-time MBA program to submit either GMAT or GRE scores, but waivers are available...

  3. 3. New York University (Stern)

    New York, NY; Washington, DC
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    NYU Stern School of Business requires applicants to submit a GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, LSAT, MCAT, or DAT score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program, but waivers are available. Last year, incoming students had an average GMAT score of 733. Stern admitted 27% of applicants last year. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must submit one letter of recommendation, and international students must provide proof of English proficiency. Dozens of concentrations are avaliable to choose from. Stern MBA graduates earn a median base salary of $170,000.
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    NYU Stern School of Business requires applicants to submit a GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, LSAT, MCAT, or DAT score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program, but waivers are available...

  4. 4. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)

    Ann Arbor, MI; Los Angeles, CA
    University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ross) requires candidates to submit a GMAT (GMAT Focus), GRE, MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, or DAT score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program. On average, incoming Ross students have a 720 GMAT score. Last year, Michigan accepted 28.1% of applicants to its full-time MBA program. One letter of recommendation is required with the application, and international students must submit a TOEFL IELTS score. Graduates earn a median base salary of $165,000.
    University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ross) requires candidates to submit a GMAT (GMAT Focus), GRE, MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, or DAT score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program...

  5. 5. Duke University (Fuqua)

    Durham, NC
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    Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business requires applicants to submit a standardized test score to apply to its full-time MBA program and will accept either the GMAT, the GRE, or the Executive Assessment. Applicants are allowed to submit multiple test scores. On average, incoming students to Fuqua in 2022 had a 718 GMAT score. The acceptance rate to Duke’s full-time MBA program was 20.5% last year. One letter of recommendation is needed. A TOEFL score is not required for international students. Fuqua graduates earn a median $160,055 base salary.
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    Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business requires applicants to submit a standardized test score to apply to its full-time MBA program and will accept either the GMAT, the GRE, or the Executive Assessment...

  6. 6. Cornell University (Johnson)

    New York, NY; Ithaca, NY
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    Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management requires full-time MBA candidates to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, but for the 2023—2024 application cycle candidates could submit a request for a test waiver that asked applicants to write a short statement on how they would “flourish in our rigorous academic environment.” Cornell incoming students have an average GMAT score of 707 GMAT. In 2022, the program accepted 31.23% of applicants. Graduates earn a median base salary of $165,000.
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    Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management requires full-time MBA candidates to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, but for the 2023—2024 application cycle candidates could submit a request for a test waiver that asked applicants to write a short statement on how they would “flourish in our rigorous academic environment...

  7. 7. Dartmouth College (Tuck)

    Hanover, NH
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    Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score when applying to its full-time MBA program but offers waivers for certain candidates. In 2022, incoming students reported an average GMAT score of 726. Dartmouth has three application rounds throughout the year. Last year, the acceptance rate was 33%. Tuck graduates earn a median base salary of $175,000.
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    Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score when applying to its full-time MBA program but offers waivers for certain candidates...

  8. 8. University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson)

    Los Angeles, CA
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    University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson) MBA applicants entering in fall 2023 are not required to submit GMAT or GRE scores. The program requires two letters of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 708. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants unless students obtained their undergraduate degree in an English-speaking country. The acceptance rate in 2022 was 37.6%. Anderson MBA students earn a median salary of $145,000 after graduating.
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    University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson) MBA applicants entering in fall 2023 are not required to submit GMAT or GRE scores...

  9. 9. University of Washington (Foster)

    Seattle, WA
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    University of Washington (Foster) MBA applicants are strongly encouraged to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 703. The program requires two letters of recommendation, and English testing scores are required for international applicants. The median base salary for graduating Foster MBA students is $144,500.
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    University of Washington (Foster) MBA applicants are strongly encouraged to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission...

  10. 10. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller)

    Atlanta, GA
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    Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) doesn’t require candidates to submit a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but in 2022, incoming students had an average GMAT score of 690. Two letters of recommendation are required. Last year, the school accepted 32% of applicants. Graduates earn a median base salary of $127,000.
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    Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) doesn’t require candidates to submit a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but in 2022, incoming students had an average GMAT score of 690...

  11. 11. University of Rochester (Simon)

    Rochester, NY
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    University of Rochester (Simon) MBA applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score, but qualified applicants may receive a test waiver. Letters of recommendation aren’t required, but the program requires two references. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 671, and an English proficiency exam score is required for international applicants, unless they qualify for a waiver. Simon offers 10 MBA specializations.
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    University of Rochester (Simon) MBA applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score, but qualified applicants may receive a test waiver...

  12. 12. Michigan State University (Broad)

    East Lansing, MI
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    Michigan State University (Broad) does not require GMAT or GRE scores from applicants to its full-time MBA program. Accepted students who do take the GMAT score an average of 658. At least one letter of recommendation is required. International students must take the TOEFL, but waivers are available. In 2022, 28% of applicants were accepted to Broad’s full-time MBA program. Graduates earn a median base salary of $118,577.
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    Michigan State University (Broad) does not require GMAT or GRE scores from applicants to its full-time MBA program...

  13. 13. University of Florida (Warrington)

    Gainesville, FL
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    University of Florida (Warrington) MBA applicants must submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. Two letters of recommendation are required. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 652. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants, unless they qualify for a waiver. The median base salary for Warrington MBA graduates is $117,550.
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    University of Florida (Warrington) MBA applicants must submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission...

  14. 14. Fordham University (Gabelli)

    New York, NY
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    Fordham University (Gabelli) is standardized test-optional for all MBA programs. All applicants must submit one letter of recommendation, and international applicants must submit a TOEFL score. In 2022, incoming students reported an average GMAT score of 655, and 60% of applicants earned admission. Gabelli graduates earn $120,000 median base salary.
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    Fordham University (Gabelli) is standardized test-optional for all MBA programs...

  15. 15. University of Maryland–College Park (Smith)

    College Park, MD
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    University of Maryland–College Park (Smith) MBA applicants don’t have to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. The program requires one letter of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 647. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. The acceptance rate in 2022 was 35%.
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    University of Maryland–College Park (Smith) MBA applicants don’t have to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission...

  16. 16. Southern Methodist University (Cox)

    Dallas, TX
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    Those who apply to the Southern Methodist University (Cox) MBA program have the option to submit either GMAT or GRE scores with their application, and incoming students have an average GMAT score of 694. No letters of recommendation are required for all candidates, however students must include two references. Applications are due April 30, for U.S. residents. In 2022, 30% of applicants were accepted, and students need 71 credits in order to graduate.
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    Those who apply to the Southern Methodist University (Cox) MBA program have the option to submit either GMAT or GRE scores with their application, and incoming students have an average GMAT score of 694...

  17. 17. William & Mary

    Williamsburg, VA
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    William & Mary does not require GMAT or GRE scores to be submitted by MBA applicants, but test scores are evaluated as part of the application package. The program requires two letters of recommendation. Among students admitted last year, the average GMAT score was 628, with an acceptance rate of 58%. The median base salary for graduating William & Mary MBA students is $112,000.
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    William & Mary does not require GMAT or GRE scores to be submitted by MBA applicants, but test scores are evaluated as part of the application package...

  18. 18. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin)

    New York, NY
    CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin) candidates must submit a standardized test score, but the requirement is waived based on undergraduate GPA for U.S. college graduates. Two letters of recommendation are needed to apply. Zicklin has a 50% acceptance rate, and last year’s average GMAT score was 595. Graduates earn median salary of $105,000.
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  19. 19. Babson College (Olin)

    Wellesley, MA
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    Babson College (Olin) is test-optional for candidates applying for fall 2023 entry. One professional—non-academic—letter of recommendation is required. Admitted students who choose to take a test have an average GMAT score of 653. A TOEFL score is required for international students. Seven MBA concentrations are offered, including business analytics and machine learning as well as global management. In 2022, the school accepted 63% of applicants. Graduates earn a median base salary of $113,750.
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    Babson College (Olin) is test-optional for candidates applying for fall 2023 entry...

  20. 20. University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

    Pittsburgh, PA
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    University of Pittsburgh (Katz) MBA applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score, but qualified applicants may receive a test waiver. The program requires two letters of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 651. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. Katz MBA graduates earn a median salary of $100,000.
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    University of Pittsburgh (Katz) MBA applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score, but qualified applicants may receive a test waiver...

  21. 21. American University (Kogod)

    Washington, DC
    American University (Kogod) is test-optional program that accepts both GMAT or GRE scores. Applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 668. English testing scores are required for international applicants, unless they qualify for a waiver. The median base salary for graduating Kogod MBA students is $106,500.
    American University (Kogod) is test-optional program that accepts both GMAT or GRE scores...

  22. 22. University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg)

    Amherst, MA
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    University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg) provides waivers for GMAT or GRE score based on academic or work experience, but submitted scores can enhance any application. The program requires two letters of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 638. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. The acceptance rate in 2022 was 28%.
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    University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg) provides waivers for GMAT or GRE score based on academic or work experience, but submitted scores can enhance any application...

  23. 23. University of Denver (Daniels)

    Denver, CO
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    University of Denver (Daniels) MBA applicants are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. The program doesn’t require letters of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 586. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. The acceptance rate in 2022 was 49%.
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    University of Denver (Daniels) MBA applicants are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission...

  24. 24. University of San Diego (Knauss)

    San Diego, CA
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    The University of San Diego (Knauss) MBA program does not require GMAT or GRE scores, but students can submit them. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 573. The program does not require letters of recommendation, but up to two can be added. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. Graduates earn $94,000 salary on average.
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    The University of San Diego (Knauss) MBA program does not require GMAT or GRE scores, but students can submit them...

  25. 25. Syracuse University (Whitman)

    Syracuse, NY
    Syracuse University (Whitman) full-time MBA applicants are strongly recommended to submit a GMAT or GRE score. Two two letters of recommendation must be submitted to apply. Incoming students, on average, have a 650 GMAT score. Last year, Whitman accepted 73% of applicants to its full-time MBA program. Alumni earn a median base salary of $78,500.
    Syracuse University (Whitman) full-time MBA applicants are strongly recommended to submit a GMAT or GRE score...

  26. 26. Hult International Business School

    United Kingdom; United Arab Emirates
    Hult International Business School allows students to submit GMAT or GRE scores, but they are not required. One letter of recommendation is needed, and international students must submit a TOEFL score. In 2022, the program accepted 55.7% of MBA applicants. Graduates earn a $85,700 median base salary.
    Hult International Business School allows students to submit GMAT or GRE scores, but they are not required...

  27. 27. Bentley University

    Waltham, MA
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    Bentley University does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores, but it is an option. Among those submitting, the average GMAT score was 563. TOEFL score are required for international applicants. In 2022, the school accepted 48% of applicants. After graduating, students earn median base salaries of $77,000.
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    Bentley University does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores, but it is an option...

  28. 28. Morgan State University (Graves)

    Baltimore, MD
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    Morgan State Graves School of Business MBA applicants do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. The program requires two letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. The median base salary for graduating Graves MBA students in 2022 is $80,000.
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    Morgan State Graves School of Business MBA applicants do not have to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission...

  29. 29. University of Cincinnati (Lindner)

    Cincinnati, OH
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    University of Cincinnati (Lindner) applicants are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, but they are taken into consideration for financial aid awards. The program requires two letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants, but waivers are available. The acceptance rate in 2022 was 100%.
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    University of Cincinnati (Lindner) applicants are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, but they are taken into consideration for financial aid awards...

  30. 30. Lindenwood University

    Saint Charles, MO
    Lindenwood University accepts GMAT or GRE scores, but they are not required for admission. Three letters of recommendation are needed if GPA is below 3.0. The program’s acceptance rate was 31.3% last year. A TOEFL or similar test are required for international students, unless they graduated from a U.S. institution.
    Lindenwood University accepts GMAT or GRE scores, but they are not required for admission...

  31. 31. College of Charleston

    Charleston, SC
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    College of Charleston MBA applicants are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, and the program does not require any letters of recommendation. Among students accepted last year, the average GMAT score was 650. English language proficiency scores are required and accepted from TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo. The acceptance rate in 2022 was 45.8%.
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    College of Charleston MBA applicants are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, and the program does not require any letters of recommendation...

  32. 32. John Carroll University (Boler)

    University Heights, OH
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    John Carroll University (Boler) does not require GMAT or GRE scores, but they can be submitted. Last year, admitted students had an average GMAT of 660. The program’s acceptance rate was 83%. Only one letter of recommendation is required to apply. Graduates earn $59,000 annual base salary.
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    John Carroll University (Boler) does not require GMAT or GRE scores, but they can be submitted...

  33. 33. Kent State University

    Kent, OH
    Kent State University applicants must submit either GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program unless waiver criteria is met. Two letters of recommendation are required, and proof of English language proficiency, such as TOEFL score, is required for international students. In 2022, Kent State accepted 83% of MBA applicants. Graduates earn a $57,500 median base salary.
    Kent State University applicants must submit either GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program unless waiver criteria is met...

  34. 34. Xavier University

    Cincinnati, OH
    Xavier University does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission consideration, but it may be requested based upon credentials submitted. Two letters of recommendation are needed to apply, and international students must submit a TOEFL score. Last year, 73% of applicants were admitted to Xavier’s MBA program.
    Xavier University does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission consideration, but it may be requested based upon credentials submitted...

Why many MBA programs no longer require the GMAT or GRE

Good news for professionals looking to apply for MBA programs—more and more top MBA programs are loosening their testing requirements.

Professionals who think their experience speaks to their management competency and would like to skip tests altogether might be happy to hear that many full-time MBA programs no longer require any test scores to be submitted at all.

The top-ranked schools are an indication of a broader trend in MBA admissions policies, a trend that started before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but was expedited in the past two years, according to Esther Magna, a principal MBA admissions consultant at Stacy Blackman, an MBA admissions consulting company. Top schools want to ensure diversity in their incoming cohorts—diversity of both personal and professional backgrounds—and maintaining a GMAT requirement somewhat limits the types of students who apply, Magna adds.