Get an international MBA without writing GMAT in 2017

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 It is common knowledge that most business schools around the world require Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores for admissions. Some schools accept your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores instead of GMAT. However, there are many top business schools that admit candidates without GMAT or GRE scores and this is usually done based on some pre-conditions such as minimum years of working experience and/or your undergraduate scores.

It is pertinent to note here that many of these programs are executive MBA courses that are specifically designed for working professionals with sufficient work ex. These programs allow you the flexibility to pursue your career during your program so that your income is not affected. Given below are some of the institutes/schools that waive the requirement of GMAT Scores:

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Northwestern University Kellogg Executive MBA: This school offers a rigorous program for highly experienced professionals. There is a minimum requirement of 8 years of experience. The average working experience of admitted students is about 12 to 15 years. The program is conducted over 2 years and covers all topics under general management. Though usually, GMAT scores are not a pre-requisite, the admissions committee reviews the application and could decide to insist on the scores.

NYU Stern Executive MBA: This program runs for 22 months and working professionals need not submit GMAT scores. The MBA degree earned here is equivalent to a full-time MBA Program. Partial or full sponsorship from the employer is a must for this program. The school boasts of a global faculty which relevant experience to teach working professionals.

Duke Fuqua Global Executive MBA: This program is offered to working professionally with a minimum of 10 years of experience. The average working experience presently is 15 years. It is a 15-month program and consists of five terms including a two-week residential course at the school’s main campus at Durham, NC, USA.

MIT Executive MBA is a 20-month rigorous MBA course designed for professionals who are at critical junctures in their careers. Classes are conducted once in three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays through webinars. Additionally, there is a one-week module every six months along with a one-week international project trip. Applicants require a minimum of ten years of experience.

Smith Executive MBA: is offered by University of Maryland-Robert H. Smith School of Business. It is a 19-month program consisting of topics related to general management. The average work experience is 15 years. It is quite a rigorous course wherein students are expected to put in 21.5 hours of work each week. Classes are conducted on alternate Friday or Saturday.

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Global EMBA for Asia Pacific: This is an MBA program designed by UCLA Anderson School of Management in collaboration with the National University of Singapore Business School. The program consists of six 2-week sessions that are conducted in four different countries including UCLA in Los Angeles, NUS in Singapore, and Bangalore in India and Shanghai in China. Candidates successfully completing this program earn two MBA degrees one from NUS and another from UCLA.

Oxford Executive MBA: offers 16 one-week long residential modules through the 21-month duration of the program. There are continuous e-learning modules between these week-long residential modules. While the GMAT scores are waived for candidates with 10 years or more of experience, those with lesser experience require GMAT scores.

Johnson Cornell University: offers a 22-month long MBA program for candidates with a minimum of 5-7 years of working experience. The average working experience is about 12 years. There are four residential sessions on the campus in addition to classes being held every alternate Saturday and Sunday.


University of Michigan Ross School of Business EMBA: is a 21-month general management course. While GMAT scores are not required, candidates with insufficient experience and background could be asked to take an assessment.

ISB Post Graduate Program in Management for Senior Professionals: is offered by the Indian School of Business for professionals with 10-25 years of working experience. The classroom sessions are held at both the Mohali and Hyderabad campuses.

Other full-time MBA programs that do not require GMAT scores are:

University of Central Lancashire: Admission to this one-year full-time MBA program requires TOEFL or IELTS scores but GMAT scores are not needed.

The Imperial College Business School, London: offers an MBA program that requires five years of work experience and English language test scores but no GMAT scores.

Middlesex University Dubai: offers MBA program that requires candidates to have at least 3 years of work experience and a relevant undergraduate degree.

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