GMAT Waiver Online MBA Programs

A master of business administration (MBA) is considered to be an important qualification for those looking to pursue a career as a business-owner, executive, or manager. This graduate-level degree can provide students with a vital skill-set applicable throughout their working lives. By illustration, the author of a report in the Harvard Business Review (July 2017) broadly declared that completing an MBA helped her learn about leadership, authenticity, and people, among other ideas integral to being successful in the business world.

Of course, MBA programs can be difficult and time-consuming, especially for students required to travel to and from a college campus. That said, a growing number of MBA programs are now available online, established to meet the needs of working professionals who seek a more flexible schedule. Because an MBA program can be grueling, some graduate students find solace in the face-to-face support provided by other students in the class. Distance-based MBA students, by contrast, must be highly self-motivated and comfortable receiving support virtually rather than in person.

For some students, one of the most difficult parts of the application process is preparing for or taking standardized tests, either because said students don’t test well, or because they don’t have the time to prepare properly. Conveniently, these days there are several online MBA programs with “GMAT waiver” options. A program that offers a GMAT waiver is offering a conditional waiving of the GMAT requirement for qualified applicants. Consider, for example, East Carolina University, which offers a GMAT waiver; in this case, the school waives the GMAT requirement for applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • If they have completed an advanced degree which required an entrance exam (GRE, LSAT, etc.)
  • If they have completed seven years of full-time professional experience and earned an overall GPA of 2.7 or greater
  • If they have been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma
  • If they are a graduate of ECU’s Honors College

Should an applicant meet one or more of the criteria above, they will not have to provide ECU with their GMAT scores as part of the application process. For all practical purposes, this means they would not need to sit for the GMAT exam at all unless other business schools to which they were applying required it. Note that not every school offering a GMAT waiver will have the same criteria as ECU. Some, for instance, allow students whose undergraduate grade point average (GPA) meets or exceeds a certain threshold to apply without submitting their GMAT scores. Students are advised to check the specific GMAT waiver criteria for each program to which they are applying.

Note that a GMAT waiver should not be confused with a “GMAT fee waiver,” which waives the GMAT exam fee for eligible students, but does not waive the requirement to submit GMAT test scores when applying.

What follows is a list of select online MBAs with GMAT waivers, as well as three reputable professors who teach in such programs.

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Professors to Know in Online MBA Programs

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    Larry Pulley, PhD

    Dr. Larry Pulley is the T.C. and Elizabeth Clarke Professor of Business Administration at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, where he also serves as the dean—a position he has held now for two decades. Prior to being appointed dean in 1998, he was the associate dean of the business school from 1993 to 1996, and before that, he worked at Brandeis University. His areas of expertise include banking industry structure and regulation, international payments, and portfolio managements.

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    Stanley G. Eakins, PhD

    Dr. Stanley Eakins is the dean of the College of Business at East Carolina University, where he also had served as the associate dean and as chair of the Department of Finance. Dr. Eakins is the co-author of Financial Markets and Institutions, 7th Edition, published by Pearson Education, which is currently the best-selling markets and institutions text. He is also the author of Corporate Finance Online. Prior to his career at East Carolina University, he served as the comptroller and vice president of the First National Bank of Fairbanks, as well as a real estate and commercial loan officer.

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    Michael Christian, PhD

    Dr. Michael Christian is the Sarah Graham Kenan Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior within the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, where his research focuses on understanding the mind-body connection at work. Specifically, Dr. Christian examines how somatic states such as sleep, pain, and sickness affect energy, work engagement, and self-control at work. As of this writing, his research has been published in various journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and The Journal of Management.

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    KENNETH D. BUTTERFIELD, PHD WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

    Dr. Kenneth Butterfield is an associate professor and chair of the WSU Carson College of Business Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship. His current research focuses on the management of ethics, moral awareness, and restorative justice in the workplace. He has worked on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Learning and Education and Business Ethics Quarterly, and his research has been featured in an array of media outlets, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Economist, among others. During his time as a professor, he has led courses on managerial leadership and general management at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels.