No-GMAT MBA Programs and No-GRE Master’s Degree Programs Gaining Popularity

U.S. News University Directory examines the increasing interest in no-GMAT MBAs and no-GRE master’s degrees, especially among working adults

By Greg Scott Neuman
Posted 2011

March 15, 2011 – Over the past year, the writers and editors of U.S. News University Directory have noted greater interest in master's-level degree programs that do not require students to sit for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to enrollment. In particular, working adults – who often have significant financial responsibilities like families and mortgages – seem to appreciate the time and money that no-GMAT schools can save them.

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The GMAT and GRE range in price from $150 to $250, with the possibly of hundreds more in additional fees for services such as test prep materials and classes, late registration and score reviews. Students who attend on-campus or online MBA no GMAT programs can instead spend that money on tuition, books and living expenses. They can also save a lot of time;, a graduate school advising service, notes that it takes over 100 hours on average to study for the GMAT.

Matthew Speer, Director of Sales and Marketing for U.S. News University Connection, says that “Website traffic to, our premier education portal, indicates intense and growing interest in no-GMAT and no-GRE programs. Inquiries from working adults regarding accredited business schools with no GMAT requirement have become quite common.”

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As Speer notes, accreditation is of critical concern to students. No-GMAT schools and no-GRE schools must be regionally accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accrediting bodies if graduates are to get full value out of their degrees. Additionally, students pursuing programs such as executive MBA no GMAT, accounting MBA no GMAT or leadership MBA no GMAT should make sure their business schools are nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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Matthew Speer, Director, Sales and Marketing
U.S. News University Connection

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