GMAT/GRE policies

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GMAT/GRE Waived until 2022

Online MBA and Professional MBA Program

COVID-19 has affected access to standardized tests for MBA applicants. As a result, the Online MBA Program and Professional MBA Program have suspended the GMAT/GRE requirement for students applying for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 enrollment. No score is needed to apply, nor at any point in the program.

See the respective Admissions pages for the Online MBA and Professional MBA for a complete list of changes to our admission requirements.

The information below—our typical GMAT/GRE policies—will apply to applicants for Spring 2022 semester and later.

Iowa MBA Programs

Professional MBA

PreMBA applicants: Not required.
Full Admission: GMAT or GRE required unless waived. Two types of waivers available: 1) work experience and academics waiver, or 2) advanced degree waiver. See details.

Online MBA

GMAT or GRE not required for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. For Summer 2021 and beyond, it is required unless waived. Two types of waivers available: 1) work experience and academics waiver, or 2) advanced degree waiver. See details.

Executive MBA

GMAT/GRE not required. Select applicants may be asked to take the Executive Assessment to demonstrate quantitative proficiency.

Hong Kong MBA

GMAT/GRE not required.

CIMBA Italy MBA

GMAT or GRE required unless waived. Two types of waivers available: 1) work experience and academics waiver, or 2) advanced degree waiver. See details.

Specialized master's programs

Master of Finance

GMAT/GRE not required.

Full-time Master of Business Analytics

GMAT or GRE not required.

Part-time Master of Business Analytics

GMAT/GRE not required.

Joint Master of Finance & Full-time Master of Business Analytics

GMAT/GRE not required.

Certificate programs

  • Business Analytics Certificate
  • Business Fundamentals Certificate
  • Finance Certificate
  • Leadership Certificate
  • Marketing Certificate

GMAT/GRE not required.