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Evening MBA Test-Optional FAQs

Any part-time Evening MBA applicant who can demonstrate strong quantitative skills through their academic and professional work experience is welcome to apply without a GMAT or GRE test score. Prospective students do not have to meet certain criteria in order to pursue this option.

60% of applicants who applied without a test score advanced to the next stage of the admissions cycle. Below are the average statistics for those who have been admitted without a test score:

  • Average GPA: 3.37
    • Nearly 90% held a STEM or business-related degree

  • Average Years of Experience: 6
    • The Admissions Committee strongly recommends that applicants have at least two years of work experience when applying without a test score.



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Who should consider applying without a GMAT or GRE score? What factors make a candidate well-suited to submit an application without a test score?

Candidates who meet several of the criteria below could consider applying without a test score:

  • Demonstration of success and strong record in undergraduate coursework and degree
  • Two or more years of professional work experience
  • Quantitative or analytical educational and/or professional experience
  • Professional certifications (CPA, CFA, PE)
  • Advanced degrees (Graduate, masters, or professional degrees)
  • Georgia Tech undergrad with a strong academic record

These criteria will be considered along with other factors (transcripts, resume, interview) when assessing a candidate for admission.

If I have already reported a valid test score to Scheller, will you use it in the admissions process?

Yes, we will review and consider any valid test scores that have been sent to Georgia Tech. If we have a valid test score on file, then you cannot be considered for the test-optional part-time Evening MBA process. 

Can you use an expired score in the evaluation of my application?

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years. If your scores have expired but you would still like to share them with the committee, you may include your unofficial results as evidence of quantitative or verbal aptitude in your request to be considered for admission without a standardized test score in the application.

Are there any implications if I don't submit a test score?

There are potential implications should you choose to apply for the Evening MBA program with no GMAT or GRE score as part of your admissions portfolio.

In the application review process, our admissions committee seeks confirmation that you can be successful in a rigorous, highly quantitative program. Often, a strong GMAT or GRE score can instill confidence in our committee when extending interview and admission invitations.

Additionally, a test score can strongly influence committee decisions on merit-based funding via fellowships and graduate assistantship awards.

Lastly, having a strong GMAT or GRE score on hand during the job recruiting process can be beneficial. Employers in some industries, particularly finance and consulting, could request scores during their screening and hiring process.

Are there any circumstances in which it might be helpful to submit a test score?

Yes, there are several reasons to submit a test score:

  1. If you had weaker performance as an undergrad, a strong test score may help demonstrate quantitative aptitude.
  2. If your career goals include consulting or finance, employers in these industries sometimes use GMAT and GRE scores as screening measures.
  3. A strong standardized test score can strengthen your qualification for fellowships and graduate assistantships.
Upon further review, I have decided to take the exam. What standardized tests does the Evening MBA program accept? Is there a test preference?

The Evening MBA program accepts the GMAT and GRE standardized tests. If you have five years of work experience, you are eligible to take the Executive Assessment

The Evening MBA program does not have a standardized exam preference. In our review process, we consider a number of factors to determine your ability to handle the academic rigors of the program, achieve success in the career development process, and contribute actively and positively to our community. Test scores are just one piece of information considered in the review process.

Applying Without a Test Score
How do I apply without a test score?

In the "MBA Supplemental" portion of the application, under the "Test Optional Section" portion, select yes. Once you do so, an essay question will populate.

Utilize this essay to highlight the evidence supporting your academic preparedness without a test score. Also include any quantitative experience in your professional and academic history that you believe has equipped you to succeed academically in the MBA program (2,000 character limit, including spaces).

Can I be considered for a fellowship without a test score?

Yes. However, preference is given to candidates who submit a test score. 

When will I hear back about my application moving forward without a test score?

If you submit your application without a test score, an admissions officer will contact you within the two weeks following the application round deadline if we require more information from you to evaluate your application.