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NYU Stern School of Business No Longer Requires GMAT or GRE for Executive MBA Program

New York University Stern School of Business will no longer require Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores from candidates applying to its Executive MBA program, effective immediately. Applicants will still have the option to submit either GMAT or GRE scores with their application, but it will not be a requirement.

The NYU Stern Executive MBA program provides a world-class MBA to a carefully selected, intimate class of no more than 60 highly experienced professionals each term. The average age of the enrolling classes is 38, with an average of 14 years of work experience, a more senior cohort than other peer EMBA and part-time MBA programs. Additionally, 40 percent of the typical enrolling class has already earned an advanced degree. By removing the standardized test requirement, Stern is making it easier for experienced managers and executives to consider its Executive MBA program. The program’s academic rigor, course requirements and schedule remain unchanged.

“We are making this move after careful consideration and long-term evaluation,” said Isser Gallogly, assistant dean of MBA Admissions. “We have had a long-standing GMAT/GRE waiver policy, offering waivers to applicants who request them, based on extensive prior academic or professional quantitative work. This is a natural next step for us.”

While the GMAT and GRE are valid predictors of academic performance, they are not the only predictors. NYU Stern Executive MBA Admissions undertakes a highly personalized, holistic review of each applicant and requires an applicant interview. Admissions evaluates an applicant’s quality and depth of work experience, leadership skills and record of professional development, in addition to performance in undergraduate and graduate programs, to ensure each individual will make a significant contribution in the classroom and within study groups. Moreover, internal studies showed that among enrolled Stern EMBA students, non-test takers slightly outperformed test takers in academic performance and pre-program quantitative proficiency exams.

“For the senior-level applicant who is considering our program, a standardized test can present an unnecessary barrier to applying,” added Gallogly. “We expect their record of outstanding professional accomplishment to outweigh the need for a GMAT.”

By making this move, NYU Stern will join a trend among top Executive MBA programs, including Kellogg (Northwestern), Booth (University of Chicago) and Marshall (University of Southern California), all of which do not require the GMAT or GRE.

Visit NYU Stern’s Executive MBA Program website for more information.

New York University Stern School of Business, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of the nation’s premier management education schools and research centers. NYU Stern offers a broad portfolio of academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, all of them informed and enriched by the dynamism, energy and deep resources of the world’s business capital.