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GMAT Waiver Fall 2023 Complete List of Top MBA Programs

Gone are those days when you can’t apply to any business school without having your GMAT scores. In today’s times, top universities have programs that promote diversity, and let applicants boost their profile over their GMAT scores by offering GMAT waiver through multiple ways.


If you are looking to apply to your dream university without actually submitting your GMAT scores. this article is for you. Find a complete list of MBA colleges that do not require GMAT scores for fall 2023.

Before we go further, check out our blog on:

GRE Waiver Fall 2023 Complete List

There are 3 ways to waive off GMAT:

  1. B Schools where you can request GMAT waiver
  2. B Schools offering alternative tests instead of GMAT
  3. Non-US MBA programs that allow GMAT waivers

1. B Schools where you can request GMAT waiver

MBA programs do not give flat GMAT waiver (except very few). But they allow you to request a waiver. If you can demonstrate your analytical and aptitude skills via any other thing such as another relevant MS degree, CPA, CFA kind of exams, relevant job role, expired GMAT/GRE score etc, then some universities waive off GMAT.

When GMAT waiver is based on GPA, they typically ask you for proof such as your transcripts and CV. On the other hand, some institutes ask you to submit an essay describing the conditions under which you are asking for a GMAT waiver.

Let’s take a look at some such programs that give you an option to get waiver:

2. B Schools offering alternative tests instead of GMAT

Some other programs require you to take an alternative test such as Executive Assessment (EA) or their internal business school test to submit instead of a GMAT/GRE score. It means that you still have to give some test even if its not GMAT.

The Executive Assessment is an entrance exam that was designed specifically for applicants to executive MBA programs for professionals with about 10 years of business experience. It was created by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and designed for “experienced leaders” who are interested in applying to graduate school but who don’t necessarily have the time to prepare for the GMAT.

Lets look at which schools accept EA or another test in place of GMAT:

Columbia Business School
Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Baruch College Zicklin School of Business
Case Western University, Weatherhead School of Management
Fordham University Gabelli School of Business
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation
Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
Stanford Graduate School of Business (MSx)

3. Non-US MBA programs that allow GMAT waivers

Please note that US is more particular about GMAT. If you are open to B schools in Europe, Canada and other countries, you will have more options.

Let’s look at some of these:

Imperial College London
ANU (Australian National University)
Ivey Business School and Rotman Canada (gmat waived for applicants who have passed all 3 Levels of the CFA designation) 
IE Business School, Spain
Amsterdam Business School
EGADE Business School, Mexico (#1 in Latin America)
SDA Bocconi (can take their SDA Test instead of GMAT/GRE)

So this was the list of all popular and well-known universities around the world that are waiving off GMAT for fall 2023. Most of these schools will only have Round 3 deadlines pending now, so hurry up and apply to your dream schools!

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