Introduction –  

Business schools and top MBA programs are still providing GMAT exemptions to MBA applicants to their programs for the 2023 intake because of the ongoing global COVID-19 epidemic. Numerous prestigious business schools and MBA programs offered GMAT and GRE waivers for the 2021–2022 admissions cycle, including MIT Sloan, MIT Sloan Fellows, Cornell Johnson, Cornell Tech, NYU Stern, Virginia Darden, Michigan Ross, Indiana Kelley, Texas McCombs, UNC Kenan Flagler, CMU Tepper, Washington Foster, and many more top MBA programs. Numerous MBA applicants took advantage of this uncommon chance and were accepted without a GMAT score into prestigious MBA schools.

List of B-schools – 

This is the list of schools that are offering GMAT waivers for the 2022-2023 admission cycle (September 2023 start date):

Business School
Condition for GMAT/GRE waiver
MIT Sloan
MIT Sloan is allowing candidates for the 2022-23 admission cycle to submit a request for a test waiver, should their current situation prevent them from safely being able to access an exam. No test will be required if the waiver is approved and the candidate is admitted. To request a test waiver, please start your application and navigate to the Test Scores section and fill out the test waiver request form; once submitted, you will receive a response as soon as possible.
Cornell University: Johnson
Cornell Johnson is offering candidates of the Full-Time MBA 2022-2023 application cycle the ability to request a GMAT/GRE test waiver, without negative bias, through the online application. Candidates should indicate their request and be prepared to submit a short statement about “why you will flourish in our rigorous academic environment?”(100 words). The admissions committee will connect with you via email to indicate if a test waiver has been approved. If your test waiver is not approved, your application will remain incomplete until a test score is submitted. 
University of Virginia: Darden
Waiver applications should be submitted prior to submitting the overall degree application. Candidates who plan to submit a waiver application should do so 3-4 weeks prior to their target degree application deadline. They will receive a decision from the test waiver application within an average of 10-14 business days. Waiver applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and the Admissions Committee will consider a number of factors when evaluating these applications.
Carnegie Mellon: Tepper
Tepper will grant waivers on a case-by-case basis. Waivers will be evaluated based on mathematical preparedness demonstrated through advanced quantitative classes in undergraduate or graduate work. Regardless of prior coursework, candidates admitted without a standardized test will be required to successfully complete the Tepper School “Calculus Fundamentals”  course to complete their admission to the program.
University of Michigan: Ross
Candidates will have to submit an essay that supports their case and alternative evidence of readiness. Ross will look closely at the academic and professional accomplishments, including but not limited to: 
– Master’s degree in an analytical or quantitative discipline
– CPA, CFA, or international equivalent
– Undergraduate or graduate record, especially in analytical or quantitative courses
– Post-undergraduate, full-time work experience in an analytical or quantitative function
– Performance on an expired GMAT or GRE
– Performance on the Executive Assessment
University of North Carolina: Kenan Flagler
Kenan Flagler uses the following criteria to waive off GMAT/GRE score –
– Applicants who graduated with a 3.2 GPA or above and coursework in STEM, business, economics or analytical fields from a U.S. institution
– Earned an advanced or terminal degree in JD, MD or a Ph.D. or MS degree within a STEM, business or economics academic field5+ years of professional experience in a quantitative or analytical field
– Hold a CFA or U.S. CPA professional certificate
– Strong test results from the Executive Assessment, LSAT, PCAT or MCAT
University of Texas at Austin : McCombs 
McCombs will waive the GMAT, GRE or EA score if:
An expired (taken 5+ years ago) GMAT, GRE, or EA score is submitted or
Merit Based test waiver – To be considered for a test waiver, an applicant must have A minimum of three years of substantive and progressing post undergraduate work experience, preferably of an analytical or quantitative nature.
AND at least one of the following: 
– Completion of an undergraduate degree, with a strong academic record, preferably with analytical or quantitative courses.
– Completion of a graduate degree, with a strong academic record, preferably in an analytical or quantitative discipline. 

Points to note – 

  • To create the strongest application, be honest about your advantages and weaknesses. Think about how a test result could complement your academic achievements.
  • Particularly in the financial and consulting industries, some companies use (or demand) test scores during initial screenings.
  • Being granted a GMAT/GRE waiver does not ensure acceptance into the program, and for certain candidates, official offers of admission can be contingent on passing Business Foundations before the program begins.