MBA without GMAT – What Are Your Options?

Wish you could do an MBA without bothering with the GMAT? You may be surprised to know that GMAT’s ability to cause stress is not lost on GMAC, the makers of the exam. 

Of course GRE is an alternative to the GMAT, but for the moment, we are focusing on options for those who are entirely allergic to giving standardized tests. In case GRE makes your blood boil a bit less, read GMAT Vs. GRE? The Choice Is Yours and GMAT vs GRE.

The good news is that there are plenty of B-Schools that don’t require a GMAT score. But while “No GMAT!” may be a cry they are willing to hear, prior work experience, sometimes as high as 8-12 years, is something most B-Schools will not compromise on. A shining resume along with 2-3 letters of recommendation add to your profile. Academic credentials and scores are another factor that may make, or mar, your chances of gaining entry to one of these programs.

If you have a good profile but don’t have time to take the GMAT, have a look at some of the business schools in Canada and Australia, that do not require GMAT scores. 

Universities in Canada with No GMAT requirement


Syracuse University is one of the universities which offer distance MBA in an online mode. Career-focused professionals prefer this because they do not have to spend time preparing for GMAT for this 24 month management program.

Ivey Business School

Ivey school at Toronto does not require GMAT. It offers an executive MBA that can be completed in 15 months by attending classes for four consecutive days every month. Requirements include a well-articulated resume. 

Sobey School of Business

Saint Mary’s University offers a Master of Finance degree to students who have a four-year bachelor’s degree. Submission of GMAT scores is not mandatory.

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Lazaridis School of Business and Economics 

Wilfrid Laurier University makes it easier for students outside Canada to study at this business school. This is an alternate weekend MBA program you can attend without a shining GMAT score.

Schulich School of Business 

York University requires just academic transcripts for its Executive MBA program. GMAT scores’ requirement is not mandatory.

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Universities in Australia That Don’t Need GMAT

Australian National University

Canberra offers a Master of Management (Advanced) as one of its programs, without requiring GMAT scores mandatorily.

Melbourne Business School

The University of Melbourne, makes it seamless to study without submitting GMAT scores. The requirement is to have a minimum of two-year work experience.

Monash University 

This university just requires three years of work experience and a year’s experience in the management field.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Macquarie University in Australia requires fluency in English language and a GPA of 5.0 out of total 7.0. GMAT scores are not a mandatory requirement for admission in this management school.

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