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Do I Have to Take the GMAT?

Many business schools require prospective students to submit Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores as part of the MBA admissions process. This requirement can pose a barrier, especially for those in full-time jobs.

At $250, the GMAT is not cheap. Besides, some students do not fare well on standardized tests.

The good news is that it is possible to enroll in an online Master of Business Administration program without having to take the GMAT.

How to Apply for an MBA Program Without the GMAT

Many top online MBAs let applicants skip the GMAT, or they waive it if applicants meet other criteria.

For example, Texas A&M International University waives the GMAT and offers automatic graduate school admission to students with:

  • A degree from an accredited business school.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher for completed undergraduate work.
  • Three references and a resume documenting background and work experience.
  • A TOEFL report not more than two years old with a score of at least 79 or IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 (International students only).

TAMIU's MBA programs are AACSB-accredited. The university reviews an applicant's school and work history as part of its admissions process. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can submit a GRE or GMAT score less than five years old. The option to take the GRE instead of the GMAT makes TAMIU's MBA programs more accessible. Those who need to submit test scores will also provide two reference letters and a personal statement of 300 words describing career and personal goals.

How to Get an MBA Online

Students can complete the TAMIU online MBA program in as few as 15 months. Seven core courses worth 21 hours and three electives worth nine hours add up to a total of 30 credit hours.

Each course in a TAMIU online MBA program lasts seven weeks. Six sessions are offered each year, so students have multiple start dates to choose from. Students who take one course per seven-week session can complete the program in about 20 months. It is possible to finish the program faster by enrolling in two classes at a time.

Earning an MBA through an online program provides students with the same learning outcomes as those who attend on-campus classes. Both lead to a graduate degree from a high-quality program. Taught by top-notch faculty, the content is the same regardless of format — on-campus or online. Some professors teach in both settings.

U.S. News & World Report places TAMIU's A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business in the country's top 100 for MBA programs. The university is also ranked No. 3 in's Best U.S. Colleges for Economic Mobility and No. 20 in U.S. News & World Report's Top Public Schools - Regional Universities West.

Learn more about Texas A&M International University's online Master of Business Administration programs.


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