New GMAT waiver policy

As you may have noticed on the admission requirements section of our new and improved website, we now have an opportunity for eligible applicants to request a waiver of the GMAT.  The GMAT is the only standardized test that was designed exclusively for MBA admissions and was created to help business schools assess whether MBA applicants have the quantitative, verbal and analytical skills required to succeed in the core business courses offered through an MBA program.  The GMAT is the only standardized test that we officially accept for admission to the MBA program at Fisher.

That being said, we recognize that some applicants may be able to demonstrate their potential to succeed in the MBA classroom without the GMAT.  Applicants who have already earned a graduate or professional degree in the United States  may request exemption from the GMAT exam.  The thought behind this is that these applicants have the ability to prove to the admissions committee that they can handle the rigor of graduate level coursework and presumably have taken some courses that have given them knowledge and skills that can be transferred to the MBA classroom environment. 

When you are completing the online application, you will see a section that enables you to request a waiver of the GMAT.  If you choose to do this, you are giving the admissions committee the freedom to make a final decision on your application as it stands without the score.  This means that the other sections of your application will carry more weight than they would for someone who does have a GMAT score.  Here are the three potential outcomes of applying with a GMAT waiver:

1) Your application is reviewed and you are invited to interview with the program.

2) Your application is reviewed and you are put on the waitlist.  If the admissions committee thinks that a GMAT score is required to better assess your candidacy for the program, you will be contacted with a request to take the exam. 

3) Your application to the  program will be denied.

Some advice: If you are typically a strong standardized test taker, we would recommend that you take the exam.  A strong score could give you a competitive edge over other candidates and it could qualify you for more merit-based funding than you would have received otherwise.  Applicants who elect not to take the GMAT may not be eligible for the highest level of awards at Ohio State/Fisher.


5 Responses to “New GMAT waiver policy”

  1. 1 Uday Salunkhe September 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Seeking admission in an MBA college is a tough job. But, if you prepare yourself for the interview and group discussion around, you can crack it easily.

  2. 2 Krisanu Sarkar October 3, 2011 at 3:43 am


    I have question about gmat test, i have an international 4 years of BBA degree with me and my GPA is 3.45 so my question is, Do i have to give gmat to get an admissions in Fisher

    Looking forward to haring from you

    Thank you,

    Krisanu Sarkar

  3. 3 Alison October 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Krisanu,
    The GMAT is required for the FT MBA program unless you have a graduate or professional degree from a U.S. based institution. In that case, applicants may request a waiver of the GMAT that will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Thanks!

  4. 4 Alaa November 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm


    I am a recent MBA graduate from UW-W. My question is: does the GMAT waiever policy work also for PhD degrees or it is limited for MBA degree?

  5. 5 Alison November 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    The GMAT waiver policy is specifically for the FT MBA program, so it does not apply for the PhD programs at Fisher.

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