Prospective Students

GMAT/GRE Information

Entrance Exam Requirement

The Professional MBA program accepts either the GMAT or GRE for admission. However, we strongly recommend that if you have not yet taken either exam that you complete the GMAT due to its long history as a business school entrance exam. This chart explains the differences between the two tests.

  • About the GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized, computer-adaptive test that measures verbal, mathematical, reasoning, and analytical writing skills.
  • About the GRE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized, computer-based test that measures basic verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills.


If your score falls below the first quartile (lower than 25%), we recommend retaking the test before applying. GMAT and GRE scores are good for five years after the test date; your application must be submitted before scores expire.

  • Target GMAT Score: 520+
  • Target GRE Score: 153+ Quantitative, 153+ Verbal

The admissions committee carefully considers each piece of an application and uses test scores as one predictor of academic performance in the program. Explore our list of GMAT/GRE preparation resources.


Where can I get more information about the GMAT or GRE?

GMAT: Start at
GRE: Start at

Both sites include review materials, practice tests, and information about how and where you can take the tests.

How do I prepare?

For suggestions, visit our GMAT/GRE Preparation page.

How do I submit my test results to the Professional MBA program?

For both tests, score reports are available for five years after the test date. Your application must be submitted before scores expire.

GMAT: You will get your quant, verbal, and integrated reasoning scores immediately upon completing the test. On test day, you should select the University of Iowa Professional MBA Program to receive your score report. We are listed under University of Iowa as (4RL-2J-61) Professional MBA Program.

To send results of a prior GMAT to us, visit and request an additional score report. Our program code is 4RL-2J-61.

GRE: After reviewing your unofficial score at the test center you must request that the testing service send your score report to the University of Iowa Professional MBA Program for your application to be considered complete. The Professional MBA Program receives scores under the University of Iowa institution code 6681.

To send results of a prior GRE to us, visit and request an additional score report. Our program code is 6681.

Can I waive the GMAT/GRE?

The GMAT/GRE will be waived for applicants who have earned a master's degree or terminal degree (PhD, MD, JD, PharmD) that meets these criteria:

  1. The degree was earned from an accredited U.S. postsecondary institution listed on the U.S. Department of Education accredited schools list. An advanced degree earned from a non-U.S. postsecondary institution will be considered for a waiver by exception.
  2. The applicant must have earned a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

An applicant who has been granted the waiver but has not successfully completed (grades of B [3.0] or greater) courses within the master's or terminal degree program that demonstrate the ability to manage the quantitative rigor of the MBA may be admitted on a conditional basis.

To request a waiver, please email your request along with a scanned copy of your graduate transcript to Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Official transcripts will be required for the waiver to be finalized.

Questions? Email

I didn't do so well on the test; should I still apply?

The GMAT/GRE is a very important factor in the admissions decision because it's usually an indicator of future performance in the classroom. A strong application in all other areas—in particular your work background, undergraduate GPA, and PreMBA GPA—can certainly help to make up for a slightly low score. If your score falls within the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying.