GMAT/GRE waivers

The GMAT/GRE requirement for admission to the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium applies to all applicants; however, we consider waivers for this requirement. Please review all the following information before submitting an application for a waiver.

We highly recommend waiting to submit an application to the MBA program until after we respond with a decision as the application fee is not refundable.

What we consider for waiving the GMAT/GRE
How to apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver


What we consider for waiving the GMAT/GRE

We consider waiving the GMAT/GRE in four different categories. Waiver decisions are based on the details outlined in each category below.

  • Graduate/Advanced Degree
    • An advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (based on U.S. grading standards) or higher.
    • Successful completion of coursework at any level that demonstrates quantitative ability, including but not limited to courses such as statistics, accounting, finance, algebra, or calculus.
  • AACSB-accredited business degree with 5+ years of professional work experience
    • A business degree from an AACSB accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (based on U.S. grading standards) or higher.
    • At least five years of professional work experience with progression to a role that includes organizational leadership, staff supervision, strategic decision making, and/or financial oversight.
  • 10+ years of professional work experience
    • At least 10 years of work experience with progression to a role that includes organizational leadership, staff supervision, strategic decision making, and/or financial oversight.
    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (based on U.S. grading standards)  or higher; successful completion of coursework that demonstrates quantitative ability, including but not limited to courses such as statistics, accounting, finance, algebra, or calculus.
  • Professional Certification
    • An approved professional certification from the list below.
      • CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst
      • CFP, Certified Financial Planner
      • CIA, Certified Internal Auditor
      • CPSM, Certified Professional in Supply Management
      • CLU, Chartered Life Underwriter
      • CMA, Certified Management Accountant
      • CPA, Certified Public Accountant
      • CPCU, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
      • CPIM, Certified in Production and Inventory Management
      • CQA, Certified Quality Auditor
      • CSCP, Certified Supply Chain Professional
      • CPM, Certified Purchasing Manager
      • CIRM, Certified in Resource Management
      • Financial Licensures Series 7 and 24, and either 63 or 66
      • Member, Society of Actuaries
      • PE, Professional Engineer (test certification only)
      • PgMP, Program Management Professional
      • PMP, Project Management Professional
      • QPA, Qualified Pension Administrator
      • Six Sigma Black Belt
    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (based on U.S. grading standards) or higher.

How to apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver

If you believe you may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver after reviewing the information about, you may apply for the waiver with the form linked below. Be sure to have your resume and unofficial transcripts ready before starting this form as you will need those in order to submit the request.

Note: Requesting a waiver or meeting the minimum standard does not guarantee that a waiver will be granted. If a waiver is granted, admission to the program is not guaranteed and official documents need to be verified to confirm the waiver. Our goal is to review requests within 10 business days, but it may take longer. We will respond by email with the result as soon as possible.

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