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  1. 3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

    Philadelphia, PA
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    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program. With a 27% acceptance rate last year, the average student had a 722 GMAT and 3.58 undergraduate GPA. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with an application. International students are not required to submit TOEFL scores. The deadline to apply for its upcoming class is March 30, 2022. The school currently enrolls 915 full-time MBA students. Graduates earn a median base salary of $150,000.
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    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program...

  2. 4. University of Chicago (Booth)

    Chicago, IL
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    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business requires either a GMAT or GRE score to be submitted with an application. The average incoming Booth student has a 724 GMAT score (or 163 quantitative and 161 verbal GRE score) and 3.6 undergraduate GPA. Candidates must submit two recommendation letters with their application. The TOEFL is required for international applicants. There are three application rounds each year, and the school currently enrolls 1,220 full-time MBA students. Booth grads earn a median base salary of $150,000. The school does not disclose its acceptance rate.
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    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business requires either a GMAT or GRE score to be submitted with an application...

  3. 6. Columbia University

    New York, NY
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    Columbia Business School requires a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment score for admission to its full-time MBA program, with the average incoming student reporting a 726 GMAT score. Last year, the average incoming student had a 3.6 undergraduate GPA and the school’s acceptance rate was 16%. Columbia requires one letter of recommendation with an application, but does not require a TOEFL score for international students. Applications are due April 8, 2022. There are currently 1,521 full-time MBA students enrolled at Columbia. Graduates earn a median base salary of $150,000.
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    Columbia Business School requires a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment score for admission to its full-time MBA program, with the average incoming student reporting a 726 GMAT score...

  4. 7. New York University (Stern)

    New York, NY
    NYU Stern School of Business requires applicants to submit a GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment score, or a test waiver to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program. Last year, the average incoming student had a 723 GMAT score and 3.6 undergraduate GPA. Stern admitted 29% of applicants last year, and currently enrolls 668 full-time MBA students. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. The final application deadline is March 15, 2022. Stern MBA graduates earn a median base salary of $150,000.
    NYU Stern School of Business requires applicants to submit a GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment score, or a test waiver to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program...

  5. 8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

    Cambridge, MA
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    MIT Sloan School of Management for the 2021-2022 application cycle does not require a GMAT or GRE score to be submitted as part of its full-time MBA program application due to COVID-19 challenges. The average incoming student in 2020 had a 720 GMAT score and a 3.49 undergraduate GPA. The school did not disclose its acceptance rate for last year, but it currently enrolls 887 full-time MBA students. Applicants must submit one letter of recommendation to be considered for admission. Sloan graduates earn a median base salary of $150,000.
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    MIT Sloan School of Management for the 2021-2022 application cycle does not require a GMAT or GRE score to be submitted as part of its full-time MBA program application due to COVID-19 challenges...

  6. 9. Yale University

    New Haven, CT
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    Yale School of Management requires full-time MBA applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score. The average incoming student last year had a 720 GMAT score and 3.62 undergraduate GPA. In 2020, less than one third of candidates who applied were accepted to the program. Two recommendation letters are needed to apply. There are three application rounds per year, and Yale currently has 692 full-time MBA students enrolled. International students are not required to submit a TOEFL score. The median base salary for Yale SOM graduates is $140,000.
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    Yale School of Management requires full-time MBA applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score...

  7. 10. Dartmouth College (Tuck)

    Hanover, NH
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    Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score when applying to its full-time MBA program. There are no test waivers available. In 2020, the average incoming student reported a 720 GMAT score and 3.5 undergraduate GPA. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, and non-native English speakers must submit scores for either the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS. Dartmouth’s acceptance rate in 2020 was 34.5%, and the school currently enrolls 575 full-time MBA students. Tuck graduates earn a median base salary of $150,000.
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    Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score when applying to its full-time MBA program...

  8. 11. Duke University (Fuqua)

    Durham, NC
    Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business requires applicants to submit a standardized test score to apply for its full-time MBA program, but will accept either the GMAT, the GRE, or the Executive Assessment. Applicants are allowed to submit multiple test scores. The average incoming student to Fuqua in 2020 had a 702 GMAT score and a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate to Duke’s full-time MBA program was 25% last year. There are four application rounds each year, including an early action option. Fuqua graduates earn a median $135,000 base salary.
    Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business requires applicants to submit a standardized test score to apply for its full-time MBA program, but will accept either the GMAT, the GRE, or the Executive Assessment...

  9. 12. Cornell University (Johnson)

    Ithaca, NY
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    Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management requires that full-time MBA candidates submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, but for the 2020-2021 application cycle candidates could submit a request for a test waiver that asked applicants to write a short statement on how they would “flourish in our rigorous academic environment.” Cornell Johnson’s average incoming student has a 691 GMAT score and a 3.33 undergraduate GPA. In 2020, Cornell accepted 40% of applicants, and currently enrolls 292 full-time MBA students. Graduates earn a median base salary of $140,000.
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    Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management requires that full-time MBA candidates submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission, but for the 2020-2021 application cycle candidates could submit a request for a test waiver that asked applicants to write a short statement on how they would “flourish in our rigorous academic environment...

  10. 13. University of California–Berkeley (Haas)

    Berkeley, CA
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    UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business requires full-time MBA applicants to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission and does not offer a test waiver policy. The average incoming Haas student has a 727 GMAT score and 3.65 undergraduate GPA. Last year, the school accepted 23.3% of applicants. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. The school offers three application deadlines each year. Haas currently has 1,233 students enrolled in its full-time MBA program. Graduates earn a median base salary of $140,000.
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    UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business requires full-time MBA applicants to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission and does not offer a test waiver policy...

  11. 14. University of Virginia (Darden)

    Charlottesville, VA
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    University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business accepts several standardized test scores including the GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, MCAT, and LSAT as part of the application to its full-time MBA program. Applicants are asked to submit scores from a test that “best aligns with their strengths, application plans, and career goals.” The average incoming Darden student has a 703 GMAT score and 3.49 undergraduate GPA. One recommendation letter is needed to apply. In 2020, Darden accepted 39.5% of applicants, and currently enrolls 725 in its full-time MBA program. Applications are due April 6, 2022.
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    University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business accepts several standardized test scores including the GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, MCAT, and LSAT as part of the application to its full-time MBA program...

  12. 15. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)

    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business requires either a GMAT or GRE score for admission to its full-time MBA unless an applicant is granted a waiver. The average incoming student has a 680 GMAT score and 3.32 undergraduate GPA. Last year, the school’s acceptance rate to its full-time MBA program was 27%. Applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Tepper’s final deadline for MBA applications is March 2. There are 340 full-time MBA students currently enrolled at Tepper. Graduates earn a median base salary of $136,000.
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    Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business requires either a GMAT or GRE score for admission to its full-time MBA unless an applicant is granted a waiver...

  13. 16. University of Texas–Austin (McCombs)

    Austin, TX
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    University of Texas–Austin (McCombs) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 704 or a GRE quantitative score of 159 and verbal score of 159. One letter of recommendation is required with an application. University of Texas–Austin (McCombs) requires submission of a TOEFL score for international students but waivers are available. In 2020, the school accepted 37% of applicants, and currently enrolls 491 full-time MBA students. McCombs graduates earn a $125,000 median base salary.
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    University of Texas–Austin (McCombs) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  14. 17. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

    Chapel Hill, NC
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    University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) requires either a GMAT or GRE score with an application to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming student last year had a 694 GMAT score and a 3.4 undergraduate GPA. About half of the applicants who applied last year were granted admission. Kenan-Flagler requires applicants to submit two recommendation letters. There are currently 597 full-time MBA students enrolled at Kenan-Flagler. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for international applicants. The school has not yet announced deadlines for its 2022 admissions cycle.
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    University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) requires either a GMAT or GRE score with an application to its full-time MBA program...

  15. 18. University of Washington (Foster)

    Seattle, WA
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    University of Washington (Foster) is test-optional for the 2021-2022 application cycle for its full-time MBA program, however the school strongly encourages applicants to submit a GRE or GMAT score. The average incoming student last year had a 692 GMAT score and 3.37 undergraduate GPA. In 2020, Foster admitted 32% of full-time MBA applicants, and currently enrolls 227 students. Applicants must submit two recommendation letters, and international students must submit a TOEFL score of at least 100. Foster graduates earn a median base salary of $125,000.
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    University of Washington (Foster) is test-optional for the 2021-2022 application cycle for its full-time MBA program, however the school strongly encourages applicants to submit a GRE or GMAT score...

  16. 19. Georgetown University (McDonough)

    Washington, DC
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    Georgetown University (McDonough) requires that candidates submit a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming McDonough student had a 691 GMAT score and a 3.34 undergraduate GPA. Last year, Georgetown accepted 56.8% of applicants to its full-time MBA program. One letter of recommendation is required with the application, and international students must submit a TOEFL score. Georgetown currently has 509 full-time MBA students enrolled, and graduates earn a median base salary of $125,000. Students need 60 credits to graduate.
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    Georgetown University (McDonough) requires that candidates submit a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment score to be considered for admission to its full-time MBA program...

  17. 20. Vanderbilt University (Owen)

    Nashville, TN
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    Vanderbilt University (Owen) requires official GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment scores with an application to its full-time MBA program, but does not have a preferred test. Last year, the average incoming Owen student had a 676 GMAT score and 3.37 undergraduate GPA. About half of the applicants who apply are granted admission. Applications, which must be submitted ahead of one of four deadlines each year, must include one letter of recommendation. Currently, there are 182 students enrolled at Owen’s full-time MBA program. Graduates earn a median base salary of $125,000.
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    Vanderbilt University (Owen) requires official GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment scores with an application to its full-time MBA program, but does not have a preferred test...

  18. 21. Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley)

    Bloomington, IN
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    Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley) requires applicants take the GMAT or GRE to apply for its full-time MBA program, although waivers are granted to those with a record of strong academic, quantitative performance. Applicants must submit one recommendation letter and the average accepted student scores 652 on the GMAT or quantitative and verbal GRE scores of 156. International applicants can skip the TOEFL if they earned a degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction. Kelley admitted 43% of applicants in 2020, and currently enrolls 226 full-time MBA students. Graduates earn a median $119,000 base salary.
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    Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley) requires applicants take the GMAT or GRE to apply for its full-time MBA program, although waivers are granted to those with a record of strong academic, quantitative performance...

  19. 22. Rice University (Jones)

    Houston, TX
    Rice University (Jones) candidates must submit a GMAT or GRE score and two letters of recommendation to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 690 or a quantitative GRE score of 157 and a verbal score of 156. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for international candidates. In 2020, Jones accepted 40% of applicants, and it currently has 281 full-time MBA students enrolled. Graduates from Rice’s full-time MBA program earn a median base salary of $125,000.
    Rice University (Jones) candidates must submit a GMAT or GRE score and two letters of recommendation to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program...

  20. 23. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Carlson)

    Minneapolis, MN
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    University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Carlson) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but this requirement can be waived if a candidate meets certain academic and work experience requirements; candidates must request a waiver prior to application submission. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 660 or a GRE quantitative score of 159 and verbal score of 162. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Carlson) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 87 for international students. The acceptance rate to Carlson’s full-time MBA program was 53.8%.
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    University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Carlson) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but this requirement can be waived if a candidate meets certain academic and work experience requirements; candidates must request a waiver prior to application submission...

  21. 24. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller)

    Atlanta, GA
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    Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) requires candidates to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program. unless they meet several prerequisites including three or more years of professional work experience, professional certifications, an advanced degree, or a Georgia Tech undergraduate degree. In 2020, the average incoming student had a 666 GMAT score and a 3.3 undergraduate GPA. Last year, the school accepted 35% of applicants, and it currently has 157 full-time MBA students enrolled. Graduates earn a median base salary of $116,000. Students need 54 credits in order to graduate.
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    Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) requires candidates to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  22. 25. Texas A&M University–College Station (Mays)

    College Station, TX
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    Texas A&M University–College Station (Mays) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but does offer waivers for score submissions in special cases. The average incoming student has a 626 GMAT score or a quantitative GRE score of 153 and a verbal score of 154. In 2020, Mays had an acceptance rate of 42%. The school currently enrolls 145 full-time MBA students. No letters of recommendation are required with an application. Texas A&M University–College Station (Mays) requires a minimum 100 TOEFL score for international students. Graduates earn a median base salary of $118,000.
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    Texas A&M University–College Station (Mays) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but does offer waivers for score submissions in special cases...

  23. 26. University of Maryland–College Park (Smith)

    College Park, MD
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    University of Maryland–College Park (Smith) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but waivers are available for those who demonstrate excellent quantitative and analytical skills. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 615 or a total GRE score of 310. In 2020, Smith admitted 46% of applicants. One letter of recommendation is required with an application. University of Maryland–College Park (Smith) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 88 for international students whose primary language is not English. The school currently enrolls 139 full-time MBA students, and graduates earn a median base salary of $117,000.
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    University of Maryland–College Park (Smith) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but waivers are available for those who demonstrate excellent quantitative and analytical skills...

  24. 27. University of California–Davis

    Davis, CA
    University of California–Davis requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score with an application to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 641 or a quantitative GRE score of 158 and a verbal score of 156. In 2020, Davis accepted 44% of applicants. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of California–Davis requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students. Currently, 80 students are enrolled in the full-time MBA program, and graduates earn a median base salary of $120,000.
    University of California–Davis requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score with an application to its full-time MBA program...

  25. 28. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

    Notre Dame, IN
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    University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) requires a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program unless a test waiver is requested. In 2020, the average incoming Mendoza student had a 654 GMAT score and a 3.3 undergraduate GPA. Nearly half of applicants last year earned a spot in the most recent class. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, and international students must submit a TOEFL score unless a waiver is requested. Mendoza currently has 237 full-time MBA students. Those who graduate from the program earn a median base salary of $116,500.
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    University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) requires a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program unless a test waiver is requested...

  26. 29. University of Florida (Warrington)

    Gainesville, FL
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    University of Florida (Warrington) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 667 or a total GRE score of 310. Last year, the school accepted 21.82% of applicants, and 87 full-time MBA students are currently enrolled. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Florida (Warrington) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for international students. Warrington graduates earn a median base salary of $110,000. Students need 48 credits in order to graduate.
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    University of Florida (Warrington) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  27. 30. Howard University

    Washington, DC
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    Howard University requires applicants to its full-time MBA program with a bachelor’s to take the GMAT or GRE, but the standardized test is waived for those holding a terminal degree and a waiver is considered for those holding a master’s. Two letters of recommendation are required to apply. The average incoming student has a 513 GMAT score or quantitative and verbal GRE scores of 150. In 2020, Howard accepted 40% of applicants. The school currently enrolls 46 full-time MBA students. Graduates from Howard’s full-time MBA program earn a median base salary of $115,500. Students need 48 credits in order to graduate.
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    Howard University requires applicants to its full-time MBA program with a bachelor’s to take the GMAT or GRE, but the standardized test is waived for those holding a terminal degree and a waiver is considered for those holding a master’s...

  28. 31. Michigan State University (Broad)

    East Lansing, MI
    Michigan State University (Broad) does not require GMAT or GRE scores from applicants to its full-time MBA program. Accepted students who do take the GMAT score an average of 649. At least one letter of recommendation is required. International students must take the TOEFL, scoring 250 on the computer version or 100 on the internet-based version. Waivers are available for students whose medium of instruction in undergraduate school was English. In 2020, 47% of applicants were accepted to Broad’s full-time MBA program. The school currently enrolls 64 full-time MBA students. Graduates earn a median base salary of $110,000.
    Michigan State University (Broad) does not require GMAT or GRE scores from applicants to its full-time MBA program...

  29. 32. University of Georgia (Terry)

    Athens, GA
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    University of Georgia (Terry) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 672 or a total GRE score of 311. Last year, 37% of applicants earned admission to Terry’s full-time MBA program. The school currently enrolls 112 full-time MBA students. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Georgia (Terry) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students. Students need to complete 61 credits in order to graduate. Terry graduates earn a $110,000 median base salary.
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    University of Georgia (Terry) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  30. 33. Brigham Young University (Marriott)

    Provo, UT
    Brigham Young University (Marriott) prefers applicants take the GMAT but also accepts the GRE as part of its full-time MBA application, in which case the admission committee will pay close attention to the quantitative and verbal scores. The average incoming student has a 668 GMAT score. International students must take the TOEFL, scoring a 100 on the IBT, 240 on the CBT, or 590 on the PBT. In 2020, Marriott admitted about one-fifth of applicants to its full-time MBA program. Currently, there are 242 students enrolled. Graduates earn a $107,498 median base salary.
    Brigham Young University (Marriott) prefers applicants take the GMAT but also accepts the GRE as part of its full-time MBA application, in which case the admission committee will pay close attention to the quantitative and verbal scores...

  31. 34. Boston University (Questrom)

    Boston, MA
    Boston University (Questrom) applicants must submit either GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a 657 GMAT score or a quantitative GRE score of 158 and a verbal score of 154. One letter of recommendation is required and international students need a minimum TOEFL score of 600 in order to be considered for admission. Prospective students must apply by March 16, 2022. In 2020, Questrom accepted 49% of applicants, and currently enrolls 288 full-time MBA students. Graduates earn a $107,000 median base salary.
    Boston University (Questrom) applicants must submit either GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program...

  32. 35. Southern Methodist University (Cox)

    Dallas, TX
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    Southern Methodist University (Cox) requires either GMAT or GRE scores to be submitted with an application, and the average incoming student has a 650 GMAT score or a quantitative GRE score of 154 and a verbal score of 156. Two letters of recommendation are required for all candidates, and international students must submit a TOEFL score of 100 or higher. Admissions are considered on a rolling basis. In 2020, 36% of applicants were accepted, and the school currently has 215 full-time MBA students enrolled. Students need 71 credits in order to graduate.
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    Southern Methodist University (Cox) requires either GMAT or GRE scores to be submitted with an application, and the average incoming student has a 650 GMAT score or a quantitative GRE score of 154 and a verbal score of 156...

  33. 36. University of Texas–Dallas

    Richardson, TX
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    University of Texas–Dallas requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply for its full-time MBA program, but this requirement can be waived. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 681 or a GRE quantitative score of 156 and verbal score of 156 and a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. One letter of recommendation is required with an application. University of Texas–Dallas requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for international students but waivers are available. Last year, Dallas accepted 40% of applicants, and 60 students are currently enrolled.
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    University of Texas–Dallas requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply for its full-time MBA program, but this requirement can be waived...

  34. 37. Rutgers University–Newark and New Brunswick

    Newark, NJ
    Rutgers University accepts either GMAT or GRE scores with applications to its full-time MBA program, although score submission waivers are selectively considered for qualified applicants. International applicants must submit TOEFL scores, and all candidates must submit two recommendation letters. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 642 or a quantitative GRE score of 159 and a verbal score of 160 and a 3.41 undergraduate GPA. In 2020, 42% of applicants earned admission, and currently 77 full-time MBA students are enrolled. Graduates earn a median base salary of $104,500.
    Rutgers University accepts either GMAT or GRE scores with applications to its full-time MBA program, although score submission waivers are selectively considered for qualified applicants...

  35. 38. Fordham University (Gabelli)

    New York, NY
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    Fordham University (Gabelli) made submitting standardized test scores optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle due to “challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.” Applicants still may submit test scores, and in 2020 the average incoming student reported a 618 GMAT score and a 3.23 undergraduate GPA. The school currently enrolls 131 full-time MBA students. All applicants must submit one letter of recommendation, and international applicants must submit a TOEFL score. In 2020, 71.2% of applicants earned admission. The final date to apply to the program is May 29. Students need 60 credits completed to graduate.
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    Fordham University (Gabelli) made submitting standardized test scores optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle due to “challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic...

  36. 39. University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

    Pittsburgh, PA
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    University of Pittsburgh (Katz) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but this requirement can be waived. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 632 or a GRE quantitative score of 152.7 and verbal score of 154.4. Incoming students also have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.4. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Pittsburgh (Katz) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students, or submission of a passing IELTS or DET score. In 2020, Katz admitted 36.6% of applicants to its full-time MBA program.
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    University of Pittsburgh (Katz) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but this requirement can be waived...

  37. 40. George Washington University

    Washington, DC
    George Washington University is a test-optional school, but will accept scores from applicants who “feel it necessary to strengthen their application.” In 2020, the average accepted student had a 612 GMAT score and 3.3 undergraduate GPA. Applicants must submit one letter of recommendation with their application. George Washington reported a 35.82% acceptance rate for its full-time MBA program last year. Currently, the school has 112 full-time MBA students enrolled. The final date to apply to the program is July 1. Graduates earn a median base salary of $95,000. Students need to complete 53 credits to graduate.
    George Washington University is a test-optional school, but will accept scores from applicants who “feel it necessary to strengthen their application...

  38. 41. University of Tennessee–Knoxville (Haslam)

    Knoxville, TN
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    University of Tennessee–Knoxville (Haslam) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but this requirement can be waived. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 668 or a GRE quantitative score of 158 and verbal score of 158. Students also on average have a 3.51 undergraduate GPA. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Tennessee–Knoxville (Haslam) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students. In 2020, 44% of applicants were accepted to the program, which currently enrolls 99 full-time MBA students.
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    University of Tennessee–Knoxville (Haslam) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but this requirement can be waived...

  39. 42. Texas Christian University (Neeley)

    Fort Worth, TX
    Texas Christian University (Neeley) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a 611 GMAT score or a total GRE score of 302 and a 3.4 undergraduate GPA. Three letters of recommendation are required with an application. Texas Christian University (Neeley) requires a minimum 100 TOEFL score for international students, unless they qualify for a waiver. In 2020, Neeley accepted 31% of applicants to the program, which now enrolls 75 full-time MBA students. MBA candidates need 54 credits completed in order to graduate.
    Texas Christian University (Neeley) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  40. 43. University of California–Irvine (Merage)

    Irvine, CA
    University of California–Irvine (Merage) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, however waivers are available to domestic and international candidates with 2 or more years of full-time professional work experience and a strong record of academic performance as an undergraduate or masters student. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 671 or a quantitative GRE score of 160 and a verbal score of 162. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of California–Irvine (Merage) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for international students. In 2020, Merage’s acceptance rate was 21.4%.
    University of California–Irvine (Merage) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, however waivers are available to domestic and international candidates with 2 or more years of full-time professional work experience and a strong record of academic performance as an undergraduate or masters student...

  41. 44. Purdue University–West Lafayette (Krannert)

    West Lafayette, IN
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    Purdue University–West Lafayette (Krannert) requires that full-time MBA candidates submit either a GMAT or GRE score. Accepted students have an average GMAT score of 607 or a quantitative GRE score of 160 and a verbal score of 158. Average incoming students also have a 3.37 undergraduate GPA. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants, and all candidates must submit two letters of recommendation. In 2020, 50% of applicants earned a spot in the full-time MBA program, which has a current enrollment of 82 students. Students must complete 54 credits in order to graduate.
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    Purdue University–West Lafayette (Krannert) requires that full-time MBA candidates submit either a GMAT or GRE score...

  42. 45. Babson College (Olin)

    Babson Park, MA
    Babson College is test-optional for candidates applying for fall 2021 entry. One letter of recommendation is required. Admitted students who choose to take a test have an average GRE score of 608 or a quantitative GRE score of 155 and a verbal score of 152. Average incoming students also have a 3.13 undergraduate GPA. A TOEFL score of at least 100 is required for international students. Admission is offered on a rolling basis, and in 2020 the school accepted 79.6% of applicants. Graduates earn a median base salary of $93,600. Students need 45 credits in order to graduate.
    Babson College is test-optional for candidates applying for fall 2021 entry...

  43. 46. University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg)

    Amherst, MA
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    University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but waivers are available for high quality applicants who have five or more years of professional experience or an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.2. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 640 or a GRE quantitative score of 158 and verbal score of 155. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students. Graduates earn a median base salary of $95,000.
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    University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but waivers are available for high quality applicants who have five or more years of professional experience or an undergraduate GPA greater than 3...

  44. 47. William & Mary

    Williamsburg, VA
    William & Mary typically requires a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program. but waived this requirement during the 2020-2021 application cycle due to COVID-19. The average incoming student has a 590 GMAT score and 3.21 undergraduate GPA. Last year, the school accepted 68% of its applicants. Two letters of recommendation are needed to apply. The final date to apply to the program is July 17. The school currently enrolls 216 full-time MBA students, who must complete 59 credits in order to graduate. William & Mary MBA graduates earn a median base salary of $86,513.
    William & Mary typically requires a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  45. 48. Pepperdine University (Graziadio)

    Malibu, CA
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    Pepperdine University (Graziadio) requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score during the admissions process to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming Graziadio student has a 606 GMAT score or 303 GRE score. Last year, 60.69% of applicants were admitted to the program, which currently enrolls 166 full-time MBA students. Letters of recommendation are not required, and international applicants are required to score a minimum of 95 on the TOEFL. Students need 55 credits in order to graduate. The median base salary for Graziadio graduates is $100,000.
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    Pepperdine University (Graziadio) requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score during the admissions process to its full-time MBA program...

  46. 49. University of Denver (Daniels)

    Denver, CO
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    University of Denver (Daniels) is a test-optional school. The average incoming full-time MBA student has a GMAT score of 612.35 or a quantitative GRE score of 154.92 and a verbal score of 160 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.36. No letters of recommendation are required with an application. Last year, Daniels accepted nearly two-thirds of applicants to the program, which currently enrolls 75 full-time MBA students. University of Denver (Daniels) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for international students. In order to graduate, students need to complete 80 credits. Graduates earn a median base salary of $90,000.
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    University of Denver (Daniels) is a test-optional school...

  47. 50. University of San Diego

    San Diego, CA
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    University of San Diego requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but this requirement can be waived for those who meet certain criteria. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 589 or a GRE quantitative score of 150 and verbal score of 154. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. In 2020, 58% of applicants were accepted to the full-time MBA program, which currently has 56 students enrolled. University of San Diego requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 92 for international students. In order to graduate, 53 credits must be completed.
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    University of San Diego requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but this requirement can be waived for those who meet certain criteria...

  48. 51. University of Arizona (Eller)

    Tucson, AZ
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    University of Arizona (Eller) before COVID-19 required full-time MBA applicants to submit a GMAT or GRE score, but this is currently optional. The average incoming student to Eller’s full-time MBA program had a 605 GMAT score and a 3.36 undergraduate GPA. Last year, the school reported an acceptance rate of 26%. Eller currently has 66 full-time MBA students enrolled. Applicants must submit two recommendation letters with their application. To graduate from the program, students must complete 48 credits. Graduates earn a median base salary of $81,000. The final date to apply is June 1, 2022.
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    University of Arizona (Eller) before COVID-19 required full-time MBA applicants to submit a GMAT or GRE score, but this is currently optional...

  49. 52. West Texas A&M University

    Canyon, TX
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    West Texas A&M University requires a GMAT score unless the full-time MBA applicant had an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, a graduate or postgraduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA, or 10 years of postgraduate professional experience that “shows significant, upward career progression.” In 2020, the average incoming student had a 560 GMAT score and 3.5 undergraduate GPA. There are three application deadlines per year. West Texas accepted 78% of applicants last year, and the school currently enrolls 318 full-time MBA students. In order to graduate, students must complete 31 credits.
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    West Texas A&M University requires a GMAT score unless the full-time MBA applicant had an undergraduate GPA of 3...

  50. 53. University of Houston (Bauer)

    Houston, TX
    University of Houston (Bauer) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but waivers are available for those who can demonstrate several years of professional experience or can provide proof of a high level of quantitative and analytical knowledge. For prospective students that are from countries that have test closures due to the COVID-19, the university will waive the GMAT or GRE requirement.The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 608 or a total quantitative GRE score of 154 and a verbal score of 151. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Houston (Bauer) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students, but will also accept a variety of other tests.
    University of Houston (Bauer) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score, but waivers are available for those who can demonstrate several years of professional experience or can provide proof of a high level of quantitative and analytical knowledge...

  51. 54. American University (Kogod)

    Washington, DC
    American University (Kogod) is a test-optional school, and does not require a GMAT score for admission to its full-time MBA program. The average incoming student has a 550 GMAT score or a quantitative GRE score of 152 and a verbal score of 157 and a 3.14 undergraduate GPA. In 2020, American accepted 38% of applicants. The school currently enrolls 53 full-time MBA students. One letter of recommendation is required with an application. The final deadline to apply for the program is July 1. Students who graduate from the program earn a median base salary of $75,000. They need 49 credits in order to graduate.
    American University (Kogod) is a test-optional school, and does not require a GMAT score for admission to its full-time MBA program...

  52. 55. University of Oklahoma (Price)

    Norman, OK
    University of Oklahoma (Price) requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. The average incoming Price student has a 544 GMAT and 3.41 undergraduate GPA. Last year, about two-thirds of applicants were accepted to the full-time program, which currently enrolls 94 full-time MBA students. Recommendation letters aren’t required to apply. The final date to submit an application is May 15. Students must complete 48 credits in order to graduate. Those who graduate from the program earn a median base salary of $73,500.
    University of Oklahoma (Price) requires applicants to submit either a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission...

  53. 56. Tulane University (Freeman)

    New Orleans, LA
    Tulane University (Freeman) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 619 or a total GRE score of 306 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.26. Last year, 63% of applicants earned admission to the program, which currently enrolls 67 full-time MBA students. One letter of recommendation is required with an application. Tulane University (Freeman) requires submission of a TOEFL score for international students. In order to graduate from the program, students must complete 61 credits. Graduates earn a median base salary of $82,500.
    Tulane University (Freeman) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 619 or a total GRE score of 306 and an undergraduate GPA of 3...

  54. 57. Clarkson University (Reh)

    Potsdam, NY
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    Clarkson University Reh full-time MBA applicants must submit either GMAT or GRE scores, although exceptions exist for those with work experience, in addition to three letters of recommendation. Accepted students have an average GMAT score of 551 or a quantitative GRE score of 157 and a verbal score of 150 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.56. Last year, 81% of applicants were accepted to the program, which has a current enrollment of 30 full-time MBA students. International students must score an 80 or higher on the TOEFL. Students need 38 credits in order to graduate.
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    Clarkson University Reh full-time MBA applicants must submit either GMAT or GRE scores, although exceptions exist for those with work experience, in addition to three letters of recommendation...

  55. 58. University of Alabama (Manderson)

    Tuscaloosa, AL
    University of Alabama (Manderson) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but applicants with five or more years of work experience can have this requirement waived. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 650 or a total GRE score of 310 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.66. In 2020, 55% of applicants were accepted to the full-time MBA program, which currently enrolls 335 students. Three letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Alabama (Manderson) requires submission of a minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students.
    University of Alabama (Manderson) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, but applicants with five or more years of work experience can have this requirement waived...

  56. 59. University of Oregon (Lundquist)

    Eugene, OR
    University of Oregon (Lundquist) requires full-time MBA applicants to submit a GMAT or GRE score unless they receive a waiver, which is based on undergraduate performance, work experience, and “other parts of their application,” according to the school. Lundquist’s average incoming student has an average 607 GMAT score and 3.38 GPA. More than three-fourths of applicants last year were granted admission. The program currently has 129 full-time students, and there are four application rounds each year. Students need 72 credits in order to graduate. Those who complete the program earn a median base salary of $75,000.
    University of Oregon (Lundquist) requires full-time MBA applicants to submit a GMAT or GRE score unless they receive a waiver, which is based on undergraduate performance, work experience, and “other parts of their application,” according to the school...

  57. 60. Auburn University (Harbert)

    Auburn, AL
    Auburn University (Harbert) requires a GMAT or GRE score and two recommendation letters to apply to its full-time MBA program. Average incoming students have a GMAT score of 557 or a GRE score of 302 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.39. The test requirement can be waived if the applicant has a terminal degree or a certain amount of work experience and a certain GPA. A TOEFL score is required for international students. In 2020, Harbert admitted 38% of applicants to the program, which currently enrolls 69 students. Graduates earn a median base salary of $68,500.
    Auburn University (Harbert) requires a GMAT or GRE score and two recommendation letters to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  58. 61. University of Cincinnati (Lindner)

    Cincinnati, OH
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    University of Cincinnati (Lindner) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, however waivers are available based on prior education and professional experience of the applicant. The average incoming student has a GMAT score of 570 or a quantitative GRE score of 151 and a verbal score of 149, as well as an undergraduate GPA of 3.4. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. University of Cincinnati (Lindner) requires submission of a TOEFL score for international students but waivers are available. Students must complete 38 credits in order to graduate.
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    University of Cincinnati (Lindner) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply to its full-time MBA program, however waivers are available based on prior education and professional experience of the applicant...

  59. 62. Hofstra University (Zarb)

    Hempstead, NY
    Hofstra University (Zarb) applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program, although that requirement is waived for students who achieved a 3.2 minimum cumulative GPA from certain undergraduate business programs. Two letters of recommendation are required and international students must score an 80 or higher on the internet version of the TOEFL. The average incoming Zarb student has a 3.31 undergraduate GPA. In 2020, the school accepted 79% of applicants to the program, which currently enrolls 201 students. Admissions are considered on a rolling basis.
    Hofstra University (Zarb) applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission to the full-time MBA program, although that requirement is waived for students who achieved a 3...

  60. 63. Texas Tech University (Rawls)

    Lubbock, TX
    Texas Tech University (Rawls) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply for its full-time MBA program but this requirement can be waived for Texas Tech STEM majors with a high GPA. The average incoming student has a total GRE score of 301 and 3.47 undergraduate GPA. GMAT averages are not available. Two letters of recommendation are required with an application. Texas Tech University (Rawls) requires a minimum 79 TOEFL score for international students. The final date to apply to the program is August 1. Last year, Rawls accepted 81% of applicants to the program, which currently has 153 students enrolled.
    Texas Tech University (Rawls) requires submission of a GMAT or GRE score to apply for its full-time MBA program but this requirement can be waived for Texas Tech STEM majors with a high GPA...

  61. 64. Louisiana Tech University

    Ruston, LA
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    Louisiana Tech University applicants must submit a GMAT score for the full-time MBA program, although the GRE may be accepted instead at the discretion of the associate dean of graduate programs. Letters of recommendation are not required. International applicants must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version or 80 on the internet version. In 2020, Louisiana Tech accepted 83% of applicants to the full-time MBA program, which currently enrolls 64 students. Admissions are considered on a rolling basis. Students must complete 30 credits in order to graduate.
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    Louisiana Tech University applicants must submit a GMAT score for the full-time MBA program, although the GRE may be accepted instead at the discretion of the associate dean of graduate programs...

  62. 65. Syracuse University (Whitman)

    Syracuse, NY
    Syracuse University (Whitman) full-time MBA applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, but are not required to take the GMAT or GRE. The average incoming student that does test has a 626 GMAT score or a quantitative GRE score of 156 and a verbal score of 158. Whitman students also on average have a 3.24 undergraduate GPA. TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are required for international students. Last year, Whitman accepted 78% of applicants to its full-time MBA program, which currently has 48 students enrolled. The deadline to apply to the program is June 1. Students need 54 credits in order to graduate.
    Syracuse University (Whitman) full-time MBA applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, but are not required to take the GMAT or GRE...

  63. 66. Appalachian State University (Walker)

    Boone, NC
    Appalachian State University (Walker) requires a GMAT or GRE score and three recommendation letters to apply to its full-time MBA program. Average incoming students have a GMAT score of 491 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.52. The test requirement can be waived if the applicant meets certain criteria including a GPA of 3.0 or higher and 5 years of professional work experience. A TOEFL or IETLS score is required for international students. The school’s acceptance rate in 2020 was 84.51%, and the program currently enrolls 68 students. Students need 36 credits in order to graduate.
    Appalachian State University (Walker) requires a GMAT or GRE score and three recommendation letters to apply to its full-time MBA program...

  64. 67. Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead)

    Cleveland, OH
    Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead) requires two letters of recommendation to apply to its full-time MBA program, but is test-optional for fall 2021. Admitted students that take a test have an average GMAT score of 636 or a quantitative GRE score of 156 and a verbal score of 159. On average, incoming students have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3. International students can obtain a waiver to skip the TOEFL if they meet certain conditions. In 2020, 73% of applicants were admitted to the program, which currently has 69 students enrolled.
    Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead) requires two letters of recommendation to apply to its full-time MBA program, but is test-optional for fall 2021...

  65. 68. Morgan State University (Graves)

    Baltimore, MD
    Morgan State University (Graves) requires three letters of recommendation with an application to its full-time MBA program, but GMAT and GRE requirements have been waived. International candidates must submit a TOEFL score. The average incoming full-time MBA student at Morgan State has a 3.1 undergraduate GPA. In 2020, 69% of applicants to the full-time MBA program were admitted. Graves currently has 81 full-time MBA students. The final deadline to apply to the program is October 1. Students must complete 36 credits in order to graduate. Graduates earn a median base salary of $70,000.
    Morgan State University (Graves) requires three letters of recommendation with an application to its full-time MBA program, but GMAT and GRE requirements have been waived...

  66. 69. Lindenwood University

    St. Charles, MO
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    Lindenwood University does not require applicants to its full-time MBA program to take the GMAT or GRE, but they must submit three letters of recommendation. International applicants must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test, except in instances where the applicant has graduated from a U.S. institution. In 2020, Lindenwood accepted 93% of applicants to its full-time MBA program, which currently enrolls 818 students. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2022. The average incoming student has a 3.3 undergraduate GPA. Students must complete 33 credits in order to graduate. Students who complete the program earn a median base salary of $52,000.
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    Lindenwood University does not require applicants to its full-time MBA program to take the GMAT or GRE, but they must submit three letters of recommendation...

What is an MBA?

An MBA, or master of business administration, is an internationally recognized graduate-level degree in business leadership and management that can help you advance in your current industry or change fields. Most MBA programs have a core curriculum focusing on business fundamentals, and full-time programs typically take two years to complete.

Is it worth doing a full-time MBA?

A full-time MBA program requires students to completely immerse themselves in their coursework, group studies, and typically complete an internship. These sacrifices can pay off; the median salary of MBA grads, at $115,000, is 77% higher than people with a bachelor’s degree alone. And some recent MBA grads are fetching $200,000 or more.

Is a full-time MBA hard?

Pursuing an MBA can be hard for students because they must transition back to academia, find the right balance between school and personal obligations, and make the most of networking and other opportunities that are a core part of business school programs. Learn more about what you should consider before you apply.

How long is a full-time MBA program?

Most full-time programs take two academic years to complete, with an internship during the summer in-between. However, some business schools offer 12-month degree programs.

Which MBA has the highest salary?

Some students from top-ranked business schools fetch pay packages exceeding $400,000 in their first roles out of school, depending on their chosen industry. In 2021, Harvard Business School grads netted average pay packages of $217,000, Wharton’s graduating class had a median base salary at $155,000, and more than one-third of Stanford’s latest class went into finance, where they earned $310,000 pay packages.

Can you work and do a full-time MBA?

Most full-time MBA programs are designed to be treated like a job, with a full schedule of coursework and other school-related obligations like group projects. If you don’t want to give up a paycheck while attending school, a part-time, online or executive MBA program may be a better fit.

Is a part-time or full-time MBA better?

Part-time MBA students continue working and earning a salary, while applying lessons learned in the classroom in their current roles. These programs are best for people who want to advance within their current company or industry. Full-time MBA students fully immerse themselves in their business education, pursue an internship, and are often looking to switch careers.

What is a traditional MBA?

A traditional MBA refers to a full-time program that typically takes students two years to complete. Classes are typically conducted in-person and on-campus for traditional programs, and business school is a full-time endeavor for these students.

Online MBA versus traditional MBA?

Online MBA programs allow for more flexibility in students’ schedules, but traditional full-time programs offer students more personalized coursework and the opportunity to take full advantage of internships, networking, and other career resources. Traditional MBA programs are best for people who are switching careers.

Executive MBA versus traditional MBA?

A traditional MBA program can be an asset for professionals at any point in their career who are looking to switch careers, while the executive MBA option is geared toward more seasoned professionals who want to land a C-suite role.

Which full-time MBA ranking is best?

Fortune’s ranking of the best traditional MBA programs stands out by finding schools that not only offer comprehensive curricula, but also see their students achieve competitive salaries after graduation.