GMAT/GRE Optional for 2022 Enrollment

The Iowa MBA Program has made the GMAT/GRE optional for students enrolling in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022. No score is required to apply, nor at any point in the program. See Admissions for details. However, if you decide to submit a GMAT or GRE score with your application, it can serve to strengthen your application and help you qualify for scholarship opportunities.

GMAT Waivers and Exam Info

The Iowa MBA Program does not require the GMAT or GRE for admission at this time.

However, if you decide to submit a GMAT or GRE score with your application, it can serve to strengthen your application and help you qualify for scholarship opportunities.

If you intend to take an entrance exam, we recommend the GMAT due to its long history as an MBA entrance exam. This chart explains the differences between the two.

GMAT
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive test that measures verbal, mathematical, reasoning, and analytical writing skills. It's offered at in-person testing centers worldwide as well as online. Cost: $250

Start at mba.com

GRE
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a computer-based test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills. Cost: $205

Start at ets.org

 

What GMAT or GRE score do you need?

Since scores are optional, it's best to take the test if you feel confident that it will strengthen your application.

If your score falls below the first quartile (lower than 25%), we recommend retaking before applying. GMAT and GRE scores are good for five years. Apply before your scores expire.

  • Target GMAT total score: 520+
  • Target GRE score: 153+ Quantitative, 153+ Verbal

It definitely pays to practice for the tests and familiarize yourself with their format. To get you started, we've created a cheat sheet with test prep resources based on input from our alumni.

Test prep resources

Need to send us your scores?

If you've already taken the GMAT/GRE, you can request an official score report from the testing body, who will send the scores straight to us.

  • GMAT score: request from MBA.com
  • GRE score: request from ETS (institution code 6681, department code 4201)