Top MBA in 2023 without a GMAT or GRE? Yes! Once again this is possible!

In continuation to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Business schools and top MBA programs are continuing to offer GMAT waivers to MBA candidates applying to their programs for the 2023 intake. In the 2021-2022 admissions cycle many top business schools and MBA programs such as MIT Sloan, MIT Sloan Fellows, Cornell Johnson, Cornell Tech, NYU Stern, Virginia Darden, Michigan Ross, Indiana Kelley, Texas McCombs, UNC Kenan Flagler, CMU Tepper, Emory Goizueta, Washington Foster and many more top MBA programs were offering GMAT and GRE waivers. Many MBA candidates took advantage of this rare opportunity and got accepted to top MBA programs without a GMAT score.

ARINGO MBA Admissions Consulting will continue to update this list of top-ranked MBA programs that offer GMAT waivers for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle.

As of June 26, here are the current schools that are offering GMAT waivers for the 2022-2023 admission cycle (September 2023 start date):

Virginia Darden

Waiver applications should be submitted prior to submitting the overall degree application. Candidates who plan to submit a waiver application should do so 3-4 weeks prior to their target degree application deadline. They will receive a decision from the test waiver application within an average of 10-14 business days. Waiver applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and our Admissions Committee will consider a number of factors when evaluating these applications.

Texas McCombs

We will waive the testing requirement if General Test Waiver (merit-based) is approved.

NYU Stern

If you feel that you are not able to prepare for or take a standardized test and are able to demonstrate academic readiness without a standardized test score, you may request a standardized test waiver for the Full-Time and Focused MBA programs.

Cornell Johnson

In response to continued hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we continue to debate the value of a GMAT/GRE score as a predictor of future academic and career success, Cornell Johnson is offering candidates of the Full-Time MBA 2022-2023 application cycle the ability to request a GMAT/GRE test waiver, without negative bias, through the online application. Candidates should indicate their request and be prepared to submit a short statement for why you will flourish in our rigorous academic environment (100 words). The admissions committee will connect with you via email to indicate if a test waiver has been approved. If your test wavier is not approved, your application will remain incomplete until a test score is submitted. 

MIT Sloan

Because of the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MBA program will allow candidates for the 2022-23 admission cycle to submit a request for a test waiver, should their current situation prevent them from safely being able to access an exam. If the waiver is approved, and the candidate is admitted, no test will be required. To request a test waiver, please start your application and navigate to the Test Scores section and fill out the test waiver request form; once submitted, you will receive a response as soon as possible.


Here is a list of the current business schools and MBA programs that are offering GMAT and GRE alternatives such as the Executive Assessment (EA) score or an internal business school test:

  • Amsterdam Business School
  • Baruch College Zicklin School of Business
  • Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business
  • Case Western University, Weatherhead School of Management
  • Columbia Business School
  • Duke University Fuqua School of Business
  • EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Reutlingen University ESB Business School
  • Fordham University Gabelli School of Business
  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
  • HULT Business School
  • IE Business School
  • MIT Sloan School of Management (SF MBA)
  • New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Quantic School of Business & Technology
  • Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
  • Rutgers Business School
  • SDA Bocconi
  • Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business
  • S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business (MSx)
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Rochester Simon Business School
  • The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation
  • University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
  • The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Valparaiso University College of Business
  • Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management