Penn State Removes GMAT, GRE Test Score Requirement From Online MBA Application


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Penn State has made a major change to the application process for its highly ranked online master’s degree in business administration.

Applicants are no longer required to submit their GRE or GMAT test score when applying for the Penn State Online MBA, which is run by the internationally renowned Penn State Smeal College of Business and offered online through the Penn State World Campus. To level the playing field for all prospective students, the program application will not provide applicants with the opportunity to submit optional scores.

The change takes effect immediately. The next application deadline is November 1 for enrollment in Penn State’s 2023 spring semester, which begins in January.

“After a thorough evaluation of performance data from our current students and alumni, we have strong evidence to show that a GMAT or GRE score is not a factor that predicts successful results in the Penn State Online MBA,” said Stacey Dorang Peeler, managing director of the Penn State Online MBA.

Dorang Peeler said the MBA faculty team spent a lot of time analyzing what makes students successful before seeking approval from the Penn State Graduate School to drop the requirement.

In addition to being supported by academic performance data, the program administration sought to eliminate the test score requirement to make the application process equal for all prospective students.

“We hope that eliminating testing from our app will remove barriers for those who perform poorly on standardized exams but provide value to their colleagues in other ways,” said Dorang Peeler.

Dorang Peeler said the MBA program will continue to evaluate applications based on the candidate’s academic record, work experience and suitability for the team-based program. She said the team also updated the essay questions in the application to focus on program values ​​and factors deemed important for student success.

In the 48-credit Penn State Online MBA, students can customize their degree to suit their professional needs. They’ll choose a study program from more than 25 concentrations, which include traditional business topics or tailored to other industries like healthcare, IT, engineering, and more.

Visit the Penn State World Campus website to learn more about the online MBA offered by Penn State.


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