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 apply first and 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 with demonstrated career progression with evidence of managing projects and/or people, and
  2. A record of strong academic performance (see below)
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).
  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.