Anyone who has been accepted into an MBA program already knows how daunting the application process can be. Some applicants struggle with the essay section, while others may fear their GRE or GMAT scores might be enough. Still others will spend hours laboring over the work experience section, combing through past positions in hopes of highlighting any relevant skills that could help strengthen their application. Although this may be a common experience for MBA applicants, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be.
While you probably won’t be able to skip the essay section of any MBA application (there are hundreds of how-to articles out there that can help you through it, though), a growing number of schools are ditching the GRE, GMAT and/or work experience requirements. An added bonus is many of these schools offer programs that may be completed online. We’ve identified five such schools, and all are accepting applications now. Let’s take a look.
- American University
- Sam Houston State University
- Syracuse University
- University of Dayton
- University of Kansas
Kogod School of Business at American University offers an Online MBA known as [email protected]. The AACSB-accredited program accepts applicant’s with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. While work experience is preferred, it is not always required. To apply, students must include, in a personal statement, how prior experience, “academic and/or professional,” demonstrates their readiness for graduate business study. [email protected] does not require GRE or GMAT scores.
Sam Houston State University
The College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University offers an MBA program that may be completed entirely online. While students seeking a GMAT waiver must have at least three years of significant managerial experience, work experience is not a requirement for admission to the program. However, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, preferably in business. All COBA degree programs are AACSB-accredited.
Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is home to the [email protected]. Per the school, this fully online, AACSB-accredited program “accepts qualified candidates without work experience who possess, among other criteria, exceptionally strong academic backgrounds, demonstrated leadership, and a strong potential for success in business.” GMAT and GRE requirements are waived for applicants with five or more years of professional experience.
University of Dayton
The School of Business Administration at University of Dayton is home to the AACSB-accredited [email protected]. This one-year, Online MBA program is designed for those who have earned an undergraduate business degree within the last seven years, who have limited related work experience, and who have the availability and motivation to complete 7.5 credits per term. Although there is no work experience requirement, UD waives the GMAT/GRE requirement for applicants who demonstrate skills in teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving through at least three years of professional work experience or an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
University of Kansas
The School of Business at University of Kansas is home to the KU Online MBA. While work experience is “preferred,” it is not always required. This is particularly true for exceptional applicant’s whose academic records “demonstrate a high level of quantitative and analytical skill.” Under special circumstances, candidates with professional work experience that demonstrates the above-mentioned may request a GRE/GMAT waiver. The KU Online MBA is AACSB-accredited.
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College of Business Administration. Sam Houston State University, 2018. Web. 31 July 2018.
Kogod School of Business. American University, 2018. Web. 31 July 2018.
Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Syracuse University, 2018. Web. 31 July 2018.
School of Business Administration. University of Dayton, 2018. Web. 31 July 2018.
School of Business. University of Kansas, 2018. Web. 31 July 2018.