Getting into an EMBA Program without Taking GMAT (Part 2)

Posted By SWatts on Jan 3, 2015 |

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Getting into an EMBA Program without Taking GMAT (Part 2)

For years, the GMAT has been a staple in admissions for any sort of MBA program. However, today more and more schools are beginning to rely less on the exam, with many schools eliminating the requirement altogether. Some applicants might think, “What’s wrong with these programs – are they less reputable than programs that require GMAT?” Absolutely not! Read on to learn about some of the U.S.’s top EMBA programs don’t require the GMAT.

Kellogg School of Management

As one of the U.S.’s most highly ranked programs across the board, Kellogg provides excellent opportunities for its students, particularly in international studies, where students can take courses from locations in either Chicago (Evanston campus) or near Miami. And, the Kellogg application doesn’t require the GMAT.

However, there are several stipulations to the Kellogg’s “no GMAT requirement”. First, the GMAT is required for applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree. What you’re probably thinking is, “Candidates can be accepted if they do not have a Bachelor’s degree??” This fact alone is a great testament to Kellogg’s flexibility and desire to diversify their class with the brightest minds, regardless of background. Second, Kellogg may request that some applicants take the GMAT in order to strengthen their application. This means that, in some cases, if a student shows excellent professional performance but subpar academic performance, he or she may be asked to take the GMAT. Alternatively, if your academic profile is subpar, to prove to the school that you are capable of achieving academic success, you may want to consider the GMAT as a complementary marker of your abilities.

Marshall School of Business

The Marshall policy toward requiring the GMAT is almost identical to Kellogg: the GMAT is strongly recommended for applicants who have not thoroughly demonstrated strength in quantitative skills and analytical reasoning. This means that if you do not have an exemplary academic profile, you may want to consider taking the GMAT anyway to prove that you can hack it in a rigorous academic environment. In this case, given any time constraints, the applicant can take the GMAT as many times as necessary and is required to only report the highest score.

The format of Marshall’s program is broken down into ten “themes”, two of which are off-site sessions within the U.S. and one of which has an international learning destination. The international residency program is known as ExPort, designed to enhance students’ understanding of international business through an eight-day trip to local businesses, joint ventures, and transnational corporations. The program is ideal for students wanting to enhance not only their knowledge, but their experience base as well.

Ross School of Business

Ross seeks out students that have a strong record of professional success in all areas: work experience, academic ability, a high level of responsibility, and dedication to enhancing one’s learning and the learning of others. Ross is a top-choice MBA program for many applicants, and the fact that Ross does not require the GMAT is great news for many EMBA candidates. However, Ross does require extensive work experience. All Ross applicants must have 10 years of work experience, 5 of which must be in a management position. The average age of a Ross EMBA student has remained constant at.

However, just like we’ve seen with many other schools that do not require GMAT scores, Ross states that students whose academic backgrounds do not reflect strong quantitative abilities may be required to take a quantitative skills assessment prior to admission.