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Toronto MBAs That Don’t Require The GMAT/GRE

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Current resume, two or more references, personal essays … these are just a few of the pieces that will be required of students applying for an MBA program. But perhaps the most stressful part of applying to an MBA program comes in the form of that GMAT/GRE—the daunting graduate admissions test which can take more than three months of continued preparation for a good score.

MBA applicants are often also working professionals with careers and families in addition to their business studies. For such students, finding time to prepare for and take the GMAT/GRE can be an immense hurdle to their continued education.

Thankfully, some MBA programs do not require all applicants to submit the GRE’s, or provide possible exemptions for some programs. Below are MBA programs in Toronto which do not require GMAT/GRE for admission:

Ivey Business School – Western University Canada

The GMAT/GRE may not be required for students applying to the Accelerated MBA Program after graduating from the Ivey HBA. Students with a 78 percent-plus average over HBA1 and HBA 2 combined are not required to submit GMAT scores to be considered for admission. Exemptions are also granted for Ivey’s Executive MBA program after taking prior academic work and professional experience into consideration.

Additional requirements for admission for both programs include a current resume with professional experience and references (students applying for the Accelerated MBA must include at least one reference from an HBA professor).

Wilfrid Laurier University – Toronto Campus

The part-time Alternate Weekend MBA at Laurier’s downton Toronto campus requires students to display strong quantitative skills, but does not necessarily require require students to complete the GMAT/GRE to be considered for admission. The GMAT is required, however, for students who earned their undergraduate degree outside of Canada.

Additional admission requirements for the Alternate Weekend MBA at Laurier include a four-year undergraduate degree, three professional references, proof of English proficiency and at least two years full-time professional experience.

Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto

The Rotman School of Management requires a GMAT/GRE score from most applicants to their part and full-time MBA, but will waive the requirement for any student who has already passed the CFA III examination. Candidates for the Executive MBA program at Rotman may be able to take the Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT) in place of the GMAT if they possess a four-year undergraduate degree.

Additional requirements for the MBA program at Rotman include an undergraduate degree, professional work experience, references, two written essays and invitation-only interviews.

Schulich School of Business – York University

The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program may permit exemptions from the GMAT/GRE for applicants who already satisfy the program’s academic requirements. After a student applies, they will be advised as to the additional steps necessary for admission, and this may or may not include GMAT scores.

Additional requirements for the Executive MBA program include transcripts from any post-secondary institutions, resume, essay questions, two letters of reference, letter of intent and Company Letter of Support.


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

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Alanna Shaffer

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