GMAT Waiver Online MBA Programs - Eligibility & Accredited Business Schools

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A master of business administration (MBA) is considered an essential 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 (Dec. 2020) broadly declares that earning an MBA means earning future-ready skills, exploring new industries, accelerating career paths, and expanding and diversifying networks.

Of course, MBA programs can be difficult and time-consuming, especially for students who 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. In addition, 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 challenging 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 adequately. Conveniently, there are several online MBA programs with “GMAT waiver” options these days—especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. A program that offers a GMAT waiver offers 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 the criteria for one or more of the following five pathways:

  • Business expertise: five or more years of professional experience and an undergraduate degree
  • Advanced degree: completing an advanced degree that required an entrance exam (GRE, LSAT, etc.)
  • College of Business graduate certificate: completion of a certificate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate of the ECU Honors College: for alumni or soon-to-be graduates
  • Beta Gamma Sigma: induction into this exclusive business honor society

If an applicant meets one or more of the criteria above, they do 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 and four reputable professors who teach in such programs.

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Professors to Know in MBA Programs with GMAT Waivers

  • 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 Academy of Management Learning and Education and Business Ethics Quarterly editorial review boards.

    In addition, his research has been featured in an array of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Economist, among others. As a professor, he has led courses on managerial leadership and general management at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels.

  • Michael Christian, PhD University of North Carolina

    Dr. Michael Christian is the Sarah Graham Kenan Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Bell Distinguished Scholar 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.

  • Stanley G. Eakins, PhD East Carolina University

    Dr. Stanley Eakins is the dean of the College of Business at East Carolina University, where he also 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.

  • Larry Pulley, PhD College of William & Mary

    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.

    Before 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 management.

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