A growing number of business schools are allowing prospective students to apply for MBA programs without a GMAT because of their military service. These programs value their military experience and support them with a GMAT waiver for military.

What Is the GMAT?

The General Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA). 

Basically a test to gain admission to a business school.

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Why are Business Schools Waiving GMAT for the Military?

Business schools that offer the GMAT waiver value the leadership and decision-making skills developed during military service. They realize that a GMAT score is not the end-all-be-all. Furthermore, business schools who offer this waiver realize the value of their classrooms when they include students from different backgrounds and experiences. The classroom discussion and learning are richer for it.


Why Enroll in an MBA Program?

In a 2016 study, 88% of corporate recruiters who work directly with participating graduate business schools planned to hire recent MBA graduates. What does that mean? By having an MBA degree, you are increasing your opportunities for a successful career in the civilian world. This degree is one that is highly recognizable throughout the world. It can also be used to pursue other career fields since it is highly compatible with other degree programs. 

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MBA Programs Without GMAT – Waivers for Military Service

This is only a partial list and is subject to change.  Please make sure to check with the schools to verify the most current information.

University of Arizona – Eller MBA         

Ohio State University – Fisher

Western Michigan – Haworth

Xavier – Williams

North Carolina State University – Jenkins MBA

Purdue – Krannert

UOnline – University of Miami

Syracuse University – Whitman

Best MBA Programs for Veterans

Want to see the Best MBA Schools for Veterans? We’ve got you covered. Here are the 2017 Top Business Schools for Veterans according to MilitaryTimes.

  1. University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration
  2. Eastern Kentucky University College of Business and Technology
  3. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick
  4. University of Kansas School of Business
  5. Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management
  6. Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business
  7. Old Dominion University Strome College of Business
  8. The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
  9. Texas A&M University Mays Business School
  10. Northern Arizona University The W. A. Franke College of Business

Best MBA Programs Without GMAT

Only two schools appear on each list for Best MBA programs and those schools with a GMAT waiver for military and veterans.


Next Steps

You can also explore different schools and the military and veteran assistance programs they have to offer with CollegeRecon’s School Finder tool.

Once you’ve had a chance to research and narrow down your choices to a handful of schools, then make sure to reach out and ask those schools if they waive the GMAT for military.

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