Prospective Professional MBA students who meet certain requirements may request a GMAT/GRE waiver. When evaluating waiver requests, the MBA Admissions Committee considers factors such as:
- Prior academic coursework and grades (specifically in quantitative coursework)
- Professional or military experience that demonstrates applied quantitative and analytical skills
- Professional certifications with a quantitative focus such as PE, CPA, CFA, FINRA, Six Sigma, etc.
Please note that no GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic, and an approved waiver application does not guarantee later acceptance into the program.
An unapproved waiver application does not mean that a candidate will be denied admission to the program. It means that the MBA Admissions Committee is requiring the GMAT/GRE as additional information needed to evaluate an applicant's academic readiness and quantitative competencies.
The GMAT/GRE waiver is only available to candidates who have not had their test scores reported to UNC Charlotte.
To be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver, candidates must fully satisfy the requirements of one of the following options:
Option A (Standard Waiver)
Candidates must possess at least 3 years of professional or military experience with increasing levels of responsibility (significant leadership experience is a plus), a cumulative undergraduate or graduate (must have at least 9 hours of earned graduate credit) GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited program and, if relevant, institution*.
Option B (Quantitative Coursework Waiver)
Candidates must possess at least 3 years of professional or military experience with increasing levels of responsibility (significant leadership experience is a plus), and be able to demonstrate preparedness in quantitatively-oriented coursework (must have at least a 3.25 GPA in five of the following six courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, Financial Accounting, Statistics and Calculus).
Option C (Exemplary Professional or Military Experience Waiver)
Candidates must possess at least 10 years of professional or military experience with increasing levels of responsibility. The candidate’s experience should demonstrate leadership, problem solving ability and analytical thinking.
Option D (Doctoral Degree Waiver)
Candidates who possess a doctoral degree (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., etc.) with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from an accredited institution*, will automatically have their GMAT/GRE requirement waived.
* AACSB accreditation for business programs; LCME or COCA for medical programs; ABA for law programs; ABET for engineering, computer science and information systems programs; others on a case-by-case basis.
Applying for a GMAT/GRE Waiver
To apply for the GMAT/GRE waiver, candidates will need to complete the GMAT/GRE Waiver form.
A comprehensive resume and unofficial copies of transcript(s) are required for GMAT/GRE waiver consideration.
Please use the same email address for this waiver that you use for your graduate application to make sure your waiver is properly applied, if approved.
*Candidates who earned their degree from a foreign institution may be asked to obtain a credential evaluation from a NACES provider to verify they meet the GPA requirement.