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Get an MBA in Seattle without the GRE and GMAT

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If you’ve been out of school for a while, there’s no doubt that applying for an MBA program can be a daunting prospect. Not only do you have to write essays, go through interviews, and fill out a detailed application, for many programs you have to take the GRE or GMAT.

Taking a standardized test can seem nightmarishly difficult if you haven’t taken a test in over ten years. That’s why it is so convenient to attend an MBA program that doesn’t require the GRE or GMAT. It saves you time, money, and stress.

Thankfully, each of our Seattle schools offers an MBA program that lets you skip the GRE and GMAT. To make sure you’ve got the inside scoop, we’ve outlined each program below.

Seattle MBA Programs without GRE and GMAT Requirements

Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics

If you want to get your MBA at Albers Schools without the GRE or GMAT, then apply to their Leadership Executive MBA program. It’s a compressed schedule that allows students to graduate in just 20 months or six academic quarters. The program was designed for mid- to senior-level professionals and focuses on executive leadership, core business expertise, and social responsibility.

The Leadership Executive MBA (LEMBA) program will help you develop insights and skills in three particular areas:

  • Leadership: The program will provide you with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader.
  • Business Skills: All LEMBA students will develop advanced and in-depth business skills and best practices along with acquiring the principles and tools to be an effective leader.
  • Application: The final piece of the LEMBA program teaches students to apply their business skills through the lens of leadership with a capstone project.

No GMAT is required for application, and no requirements need to be met to waive it.

Getting into the Leadership Executive MBA, applicants must:

  • Complete the Application for Graduate Admission, which includes a $55 non-refundable fee.
  • Provide official transcripts from your or degree certificate from your four-year baccalaureate degree.
  • Submit a current work resume reflecting, at least, seven years of professional work experience.
  • Provide two recommendation letters from supervisors.
  • Write a two- to four-page, double-spaced essay that outlines your statement of intent/interest in the Leadership Executive MBA program at the Albers School.
  • Complete a group interview with the program admissions committee.

University of Washington’s Foster School of Business

MBA applicants to the Foster School can avoid taking the GRE and GMAT by applying to the Executive or Global Executive MBA programs. Both programs allow students to waive the exams as long as they have earned an accredited undergraduate degree or meet specific requirements.

The Foster Executive MBA is a 21-month program for mid- to senior managers and entrepreneurs. Students can attend either weekly or monthly classes with a schedule that makes sense for them. Executive MBAs typically have more than ten years of work experience including prior management/leadership responsibility. No GMAT is required for application, and no requirements need to be met to waive it.

To get into the Foster Executive MBA program, applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of seven years of professional work experience.
  • Complete an Online Application Profile.
  • Provide an unofficial copy of your earned degree transcripts.
  • Write a two- to four-page personal statement addressing five questions outlined on the website.
  • Submit an up-to-date resume or vita.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation using the Foster School’s online forms.
  • Obtain a letter of endorsement from their employing organization.

Foster’s Global Executive MBA program is an accelerated program that only takes 12 months to complete. It’s a one-year MBA designed for individuals who have strong international experience. The program is full-time, and the curriculum is designed to not only provide the frameworks necessary to compete in a complex global environment, but also to explore critical issues that leaders face on a regular basis.

To avoid the GMAT and GRE for the Global Executive MBA, you’ll need to be nominated and sponsored by an organization. Self-sponsored applicants must take the GRE or GMAT.

To get into the Foster Global Executive MBA program, applicants must:

  • Provide proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Complete an Online Application Profile.
  • Provide an official copy of your earned degree transcripts.
  • Submit a Financial Ability Form with supporting official documentation showing adequate financial resources.
  • Self-sponsored applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a current or previous supervisor
  • Obtain a letter of support from their employing organization.
  • Provide Measles Immunity Verification

Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business, Government and Economics

Applicants to SPU’s Part-Time MBA program may waive their GMAT or GRE depending on their GPA or work experience. The Part-Time MBA program is made for working professionals who require a flexible schedule. Students with an undergraduate degree in business may waive up to 27 credits of the 72 credits required to graduate.

To avoid the GMAT and GRE at SPU, you’ll need to satisfy the necessary requirements:

  • A GPA above 3.7
  • A GPA above 3.25 and five years of professional work experience (three years managerial experience)
  • A GPA of 3.0 and ten years of professional work experience.

To get into SPU’s Part-Time MBA program, applicants must:

  • Complete an Online Application, which includes a $50 processing fee.
  • Submit a current resume with at least one full year of work experience.
  • Provide official transcripts from your undergraduate institution.
  • Obtain two professional letters of recommendation.
  • Write a personal statement, between three to four pages in length, which responds to the essay questions listed online.

For more information on the GMAT and GRE in Seattle and other Metros see MetroMBA’s No GMAT and GRE Guide and Seattle MBA Programs that Don’t Require the GMAT or GRE.

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Kelly Vo    

Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.

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