Can I get into MBA in the USA without giving GMAT, GRE and IELTS?

Asked by Deepa Chaurasiya over 1 year ago

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Saumya Chadha

Saumya Chadha

MentR-Me Team

Study Abroad Expert

I can see how these exams can be confused or why someone might confuse them. However, I must let you know that the IELTS and the GMAT/GRE have different objectives. While the GMAT/GRE are standardised exams for entrance to business schools, the IELTS is a language skills test.

GRE: The most extensive standardised test taken by students to get admission to graduate school is the GRE General Test. Students who seek access to graduate programs across all fields take this exam. The GRE test evaluates a candidate's capacity for pursuing graduate-level study in various fields. In addition, whoever wishes to study a particular subject may also take the GRE Subject test. It assesses a candidate's verbal, quantitative, and analytical thinking ability.

TOEFL: People who wish to travel to a nation where English is the primary language of communication must take the TOEFL exam. This exam evaluates candidates' English language ability. More than 10,000 educational institutions, including colleges, universities, and other organisations, recognise TOEFL scores worldwide.

IELTS: People who want to study or relocate to an English-speaking nation take the IELTS exam.

b: IELTS scores are required by nations where English is the primary language of communication before a visa can be issued. Most UK, Australia, and New Zealand universities favour the IELTS test.

The IELTS Academic test is acceptable for professional registration and undergraduate or graduate studies admission. It determines whether you are prepared to start learning or training in an English-speaking environment and simulates some aspects of academic study language.

If English was the primary language of instruction at your previous educational institution, you are likely exempt from the IELTS.

While the GMAT/GRE is a test that most business schools worldwide require to evaluate your admission for an MBA. This examination was created especially for business schools. It evaluates your suitability for a master's program at a business school.


  1. University of Phoenix
  2. Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University
  3. UCLA Anderson School of Management
  4. New York University Stern Business School-One of the strongest MBA's without GMAT & IELTS:
  5. Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware
  6. Florida International University, College of Business
  7. Hult International Business School
  8. Pace University, Lubin School of Business
  9. Southern California University, Marshall Business School
  10. Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

The prerequisites for an MBA without the GMAT are;

  • a four-year degree from a reputable university
  • two to three years' worth of work experience overall (varies in certain schools)
  • personal statement
  • private statement
  • two letters of recommendation from experts

Most reputable and top-ranked business schools will need you to submit your GMAT or GRE results. This is because you are being evaluated for eligibility. A GMAT score will always help you get scholarships and admission to your chosen universities.


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