In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for graduate study in Business Administration.
- A generally satisfactory undergraduate record from an accredited college or university
- A satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- A full resume or a description of significant work experience
- A satisfactory score on the TOEFL or iELTS examination for students whose native language is not English or that have not received a degree from a U.S. institution
Prospective Belk College 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 yet taken a standardized test or 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 for one of the following options:
Option A (Standard Waiver)
Candidates must possess at least 5 years of professional or military experience with increasing levels of responsibility (significant leadership experience is a plus), a cumulative undergraduate from an accredited program and, if relevant, institution*, and/or at least nine hours of earned graduate credit with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Option B (Quantitative Coursework Waiver)
Candidates must possess at least 5 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 3.0 GPA in courses in the areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, Financial Accounting, Statistics, and Calculus).
Candidates who meet the experience requirement, but do not have enough (or any) quantitative coursework to have their quantitative competencies assessed, must complete MBAMath.com or other approved online providers with scores of 80% in each required module among the 5 areas (economics, finance, accounting, statistics and spreadsheets).
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 a two part application process:
- Complete the form at belkgrad.force.com/GMATWaiver
- Once the information has been submitted, the Admissions team will review it and email the candidate with a link to provide and upload:
- Copies of all academic transcripts
- Current and complete resume or CV
- 1-2 page letter to the Graduate Program Director of the MBA program requesting the GMAT/GRE waiver and providing strong evidence to support the consideration of the waiver
- Information about their managerial/leadership positions