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Earn an MBA in London without the GRE or GMAT

If you are applying to an MBA program years after completing your undergraduate degree, the thought of taking an entrance exam can be understandably overwhelming. Even if you have a history of acing tests, the process of taking the GRE or GMAT for admission to an MBA program can be expensive, stressful and time consuming.

Luckily, not every MBA program requires the GRE or GMAT for admission. If you feel confident in your application, there may be no need to spend time and energy preparing for an examination. Rather, you can put that time towards advancing your career.

Several of our London business schools do not require a GRE or GMAT score for admission. These programs include:

Ashridge Business School (which in 2015 merged with Hult International Business School)

When applying for the Executive MBA program at Ashridge, students can choose to either take the GMAT or a Hult Business Assessment Test. While this doesn’t completely avoid test taking, it only requires knowledge in one area—business—which you likely already have experience in. By opting to take the Business Assessment Test, you can still save money and time studying subjects that won’t be relevant in your professional life.

In addition to the admissions test, Ashridge requires applicants to have three or more years of related experience, a current resumé, a personal essay of 400 to 500 words, two letters of recommendation and transcripts from all universities attended. The school also prefers applicants who can demonstrate their global mindset, perhaps by speaking more than one language or having lived/worked in more than country.

Henley Business School at the University of Reading

At the Henley Business School, the GRE or GMAT may or may not be required for the Full-Time MBA Program. For both the Executive MBA and Flexible Executive MBA, test scores are not listed as a requirement.

Requirements for the Full-Time MBA Program include:

  • Three years of professional work experience with demonstrated career advancement
  • Undergraduate honors degree
  • Evidence of English language proficiency

Requirements for the Executive MBA Program include:

  • Five years of management experience
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Ability to gain access to company data for certain assignments

Requirements for the Flexible Executive MBA Program are the same as above.

Imperial College Business School at Imperial College London

The Weekend MBA, Global Online MBA and Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School do not require GMAT or GRE scores to apply.

To apply for the Executive MBA program, students must have 10 years’ postgraduate work experience, at least half of which should be management experience. Students must also have English proficiency and at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree or international equivalent. International students may have additional requirements.

For the weekend MBA, students are required to have at least three years of relevant postgraduate work experience, a bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution or professional equivalent and English proficiency.

The Global Online MBA requires students to have at minimum five years of relevant professional experience, English proficiency and at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree or international equivalent.

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford

The Executive MBA program at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School does not require GMAT scores for applicants with more than 10 years of management experience.

In addition to more than 10 years’ professional experience, applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a reputable university or professional equivalent, university transcripts and evidence of language proficiency. The application will also require two professional or academic references and three personal essays based on topics provided in the admissions form.


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

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Alanna Shaffer

Staff Writer, covering MetroMBA's news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.

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