The GMAT – necessary for some, but not all applicants

Here is what it measures - do you have these skills?

As most of you have heard by now, there is an opportunity for some applicants to waive out of the GMAT requirement for the WP MBA program.

The GMAT was designed to help business schools assess whether applicants will succeed doing the coursework required of a graduate management business program.  The GMAT is just one component used to help admissions officers predict academic success – we also evaluate your undergraduate academic record (as well as other graduate academic record, if it exists), professional work experience, community involvement/extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and information gathered through an interview, if requested.

Our experience evaluating applicants for the WPMBA program has revealed that, in some cases, we have enough information to determine whether a student is going to succeed without needing the GMAT score as an additional measure.

Applicants who have achieved a 3.4 GPA (or equivalent) during their undergraduate academic experience and who have at least four years of professional (in most cases, post-baccalaureate) work experience OR applicants who meet the GPA requirement and have another graduate or professional degree may request a waiver of the GMAT exam.

Keep in mind that this policy was really created for applicants who have demonstrated sufficient evidence of quantitative, verbal, and analytical aptitude through their previous education and/or current work experience.  If you are someone who did not utilize those skills through your undergraduate degree or are not leveraging them in your current job, you are likely not going to receive the waiver of the GMAT.

If you are interested in being considered for the GMAT waiver, click the appropriate box in the online application and the request will be sent to the admissions committee.
Good luck!