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5 Top Programs for Earning an Online MBA with No GMAT

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If you are like most test takers, hearing that there is a test to enter graduate school as a requirement may make you cringe. The reason so many schools all required the GMAT entrance test in the first place was to help with their rankings. Those schools whose enrolled students have a high GMAT score would make them look great and attract other top applicants.

If you’re wondering what this GMAT requirement on every MBA application is about, it’s a standardized test for business schools. Consider the GMAT the ACT/SAT of master’s programs. It consists of a verbal and quantitative section with a combined composite score of 800.

In recent years, many online schools are doing away with the GMAT as a requirement. These online schools are acknowledging that there is not a direct correlation between a student’s professional success and their GMAT scores. The older adults who have worked corporate positions for years havethe discipline and hands-on knowledge needed for the online classroom environment. They are simply building upon those real-world skills. They are also using these skills to broaden the learning experience of others through group projects and discussions online.

So online colleges and universities are using these student’s professional experience as an alternative criteria. This allows the student to save a few hundred dollars as well. So test takers fear not, here are the top 5 ranked online programs to earn your MBA no GMA required.

1. Florida International University

As one of the few online programs accredited by the AACSB, students entering their Executive MBA program can expect to receive excellent business leadership and management principle skills. Florida International University is also ranked as one of the top 300 business schools by the Princeton Review.

2. Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business is ranked by Bloomberg Business Week as number 29 in part-time MBA programs in the United States. As one of the top programs in the nation, students can pursue their online MBA program using cutting-edge technology at a schedule that’s right for them.

3. University of New Hampshire

The US News and World Report ranks the University of New Hampshire’s Whitmore School of Business as one of its top-ranked MBA programs. The Whitmore School of Business is the only online MBA program in New Hampshire that is AACSB accredited.

4. Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University is NWCCU accredited and has a wealth of business courses designed to build upon students’ current professional knowledge. It has always believed in students’ ability to succeed, without the need of the GMAT.

5. Utica College

Utica College has an excellent and unique online MBA program, of which students can study business and fraud management courses. There are only a few other schools in the country offering such a marketable degree.

Any of the above five schools are excellent choices to enroll in. You’ll have the convenience of an MBA degree from some of the most highly ranked schools in the country, without needing to take the GMAT.


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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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