GMAT/GRE Waived for Spring 2021 Applicants

COVID-19 has affected access to standardized tests for MBA applicants. As a result, the Online MBA Program has temporarily suspended the GMAT/GRE requirement for Spring 2021 enrollment. No score is needed to apply or be admitted.

See Admissions for a complete list of changes to our admission requirements. The information below applies to applicants beyond the Spring 2021 semester.

Qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver

First, a disclaimer: the decision to grant a GMAT/GRE waiver is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. To be evaluated for a waiver, you need to meet the minimum admission requirements.

We grant two types of GMAT/GRE waivers:

Master’s or terminal degree waiver

This applies if you have a master's degree or terminal degree (PhD, MD, JD, PharmD) that was both:

  1. Earned from an accredited U.S. postsecondary institution listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s list or the AACSB accreditation list. Advanced degrees from non-U.S. institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Earned with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Professional experience and academics waiver

This waiver requires two criteria:

  1. Six or more years of full-time, post-undergrad professional work experience (see details), and
  2. A record of strong academic performance (see definition)
Definition of professional work experience

We define professional experience as time spent working in a business environment with significant individual responsibilities, including some decision-making authority and personal accountability for the results of those decisions.

Professional backgrounds can vary, and we're looking for your work experience to generally demonstrate skills in independent problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, time management, and management of people or teams. If you're a non-traditional student, we'll consider work experience gained before your bachelor’s.

Definition of strong academic performance

You can show strong academic performance in three ways. Options 2 and 3 won’t apply for most Online MBA candidates.

  1. Undergraduate coursework. You will need a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a B or better in two quantitative courses (algebra or higher). Your degree will need to be earned from an accredited U.S. post secondary institution listed on the U.S. Department of Education's list or the AACSB accreditation list. Degrees from non-U.S. institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. MBA coursework completed in the Professional MBA while in PreMBA status. We’ll look for a GPA of 3.0 in at least three MBA courses, including a B or better in two quant courses (Business Analytics, Managerial Economics, Corporate Financial Reporting, or Managerial Finance).
  3. Specific graduate coursework completed as part of Tippie’s graduate certificates in Business Analytics, Business Fundamentals, or Finance. You’ll need a GPA of 3.0 in at least three MBA courses, including a B or better in two quant courses.
Additional information

If you earn a C+ or below in a course while in the Professional MBA Program’s PreMBA status or while enrolled in a Tippie graduate certificate, you won't be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver.