In the past, most prestigious Executive MBA programs required applicants to demonstrate quantitative aptitude by submitting a GMAT or GRE score. More recently, EMBA programs have begun accepting the Executive Assessment (which is shorter than the GMAT but IMHO just as challenging). A subset of high-caliber Executive MBA programs either do not require a standardized test score (like the GMAT, GRE, or EA) or are willing to offer waivers to applicants who can demonstrate quantitative aptitude through their academic or work experience. We’ve put together a non-exhaustive list of what we consider top EMBA programs that either don’t require a standardized test or offer waivers. Hopefully this article is helpful. You may also be interested in Aringo’s list of part-time and EMBA programs that don’t require a standardized test.


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Business SchoolProgramProgram BeginsStandardized TestAccepts Executive Assessment?
GRE?
GMAT?
Test Waiver?
MIT Sloan School of ManagementMIT Sloan Fellows

Cambridge, MA
JuneThe MIT Sloan Fellows program REQUIRES a standardized test score.EA = Yes

GRE = Yes

GMAT = Yes
You may request a waiver if you have taken a minimum of three (3) university-level quantitative courses in microeconomics, accounting, finance, or advanced math such as calculus, statistics, etc. and received a grade “B” or better.
MIT Sloan School of ManagementExecutive MBA

Cambridge, MA
SeptemberThe MIT EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Columbia Business SchoolExecutive MBA

New York, NY
May & AugustThe Columbia EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score.EA = Yes

GRE = Yes

GMAT = Yes
No test waiver is possible but applicants can take the Executive Assessment or GRE instead of the GMAT
Cornell Johnson College of BusinessExecutive MBA Americas

Ithaca, NY
JulyThe Cornell Johnson EMBA Americas program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Cornell Johnson College of BusinessExecutive MBA Metro NY

NYC
JulyThe Cornell Johnson EMBA Metro NY program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Cornell Johnson College of BusinessExecutive MBA & MS in Healthcare Leadership

NYC
AugustThe Cornell Johnson Executive MBA & MS in Healthcare Leadership program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
NYU Stern School of BusinessExecutive MBA NYC

NYC
August & JanuaryThe NYU Stern Executive MBA NYC program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
NYU Stern School of BusinessExecutive MBA Washington D.C.


Washington D.C.
AugustThe NYU Stern Executive MBA Washington D.C. program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
NYU Stern School of Business & LSE & HEC ParisTRIUM Executive MBA

Worldwide
SeptemberThe MIT EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Boston University Questrom School of BusinessExecutive MBA

Boston
JanuaryThe Boston University Questrom EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Chicago BoothExecutive MBA

Chicago
JuneThe Chicago Booth EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score.EA = Yes

GRE = Yes

GMAT = Yes
Applicants with strong quantitative skills may be granted a waiver. Evidence includes: university-level coursework in quantitative subjects (examples include statistics, economics, financial accounting, and engineering), certifications like the CFA etc., or work experience.
Loyola University Quinlan School of BusinessExecutive MBA

Chicago
AugustThe Loyola University Quinlan EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Kellogg EMBAExecutive MBA

Evanston, IL
September & JanuaryThe Kellogg EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Kellogg EMBAExecutive MBA

Miami
September & JanuaryThe Kellogg EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Loyola Marymount UniversityExecutive MBA

Los Angeles
AugustThe Loyola Marymount EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score but offers WAIVERS.EA = No

GRE = No

GMAT = Yes
Waiver granted to candidates who can show work or academic experience in areas of quantitative and analytical reasoning. Candidates will be advised after the initial interview and application screening if the GMAT is required.
UCLA Anderson School of ManagementExecutive MBA

Los Angeles
SeptemberUCLA Anderson EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score but offers WAIVERS.EA = Yes

GRE = Yes

GMAT = Yes
Candidates with an advanced degree in a quantitative area and/or extensive experience in a quantitative field, may request a test waiver.
USC Marshall School of BusinessExecutive MBA

Los Angeles / San Diego
AugustThe MIT EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
Chicago BoothExecutive MBA

London
JuneThe Chicago Booth EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score but offers WAIVERS.EA = Yes

GRE = Yes

GMAT = Yes
Applicants with "strong quantitative skills" may be granted a waiver. i.e., statistics, economics, financial accounting, engineering coursework or certifications like the CFA etc. or quantitative work experience.
Imperial College Business SchoolExecutive MBA

London
FebruaryThe Imperial EMBA program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
University of Oxford Saïd Business SchoolExecutive MBA

Oxford, UK
January & SeptemberThe Oxford Said EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score but offers WAIVERS.EA = No

GRE = No

GMAT = Yes
Waiver available for candidates with 10 or more years of management experience. Candidates may be exempt from the GMAT at the discretion of our Admissions Committee
INSEADGlobal Executive MBA Europe (GEMBA)

Foutainbleau, France
NovemberThe INSEAD EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score.EA = No

GRE = No

GMAT = Yes

INSEAD Admissions Test = Yes
The INSEAD Admissions Test can be taken instead of the GMAT
Chicago BoothExecutive MBA

Hong Kong
JuneThe Chicago Booth EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score but offers WAIVERS.EA = Yes

GRE = Yes

GMAT = Yes
Applicants with "strong quantitative skills" may be granted a waiver. i.e., statistics, economics, financial accounting, engineering coursework or certifications like the CFA etc. or quantitative work experience.
USC Marshall School of BusinessGlobal Executive MBA

Shanghai
MayThe USC Marshall Global EMBA Shanghai program DOESN'T REQUIRE a standardized test score.N/AN/A
INSEAD & Tsinghua UniversityTsinghua-INSEAD EMBA (TIEMBA)

Beijing
JuneThe TIEMBA Tsinghua INSEAD EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score.EA = No

GRE = No

GMAT = Yes

TIEMBA-INSEAD Admissions Test = Yes
No waiver. The TIEMBA INSEAD Entrance Exam can be taken instead of the GMAT.
INSEADGlobal Executive MBA Asia (GEMBA)

Singapore
AugustThe GEMBA INSEAD Global EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score.EA = No

GRE = No

GMAT = Yes

INSEAD Admissions Test = Yes
The INSEAD Admissions Test can be taken instead of the GMAT.
INSEADGlobal Executive MBA Middle East (GEMBA)

Abu Dhabi
OctoberThe GEMBA INSEAD Global EMBA program REQUIRES a standardized test score.EA = No

GRE = No

GMAT = Yes

INSEAD Admissions Test = Yes
The INSEAD Admissions Test can be taken instead of the GMAT.