GMAT/GRE Waiver for the Belk College MBA

The Belk College of Business may consider waiving the GMAT/GRE for prospective MBA students who meet certain requirements. In evaluating the waiver decision, many factors are considered including prior academic coursework and grades (specifically quantitative coursework), the rigor of the academic institution(s), current job responsibilities, and professional certifications. Please note that no GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic and an approved GMAT/GRE Waiver application does not guarantee later acceptance into the program.

Requirements for the GMAT/GRE Waiver

The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for outstanding applicants meeting the following criteria:

  • 5 years of management experience that includes significant budgetary and leadership responsibility and a 3.0 (or better) undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) from an accredited institution*
    Please note that if you hold J.D., M.D., or Ph.D. degrees with a 3.0 (or better) GPA from an accredited institution*, your GMAT/GRE will be automatically 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.

  • The GMAT/GRE waiver is only available to applicants who have not yet taken a standardized test or who have not had their test scores reported to UNC Charlotte. 

Applying for a GMAT/GRE Waiver

To apply for the GMAT/GRE waiver, candidates will need to complete a two part application submission process:

  1. Complete the following form:
  2. Once you have submitted the information, our team will review it and email you with a link to upload the following items: copies of all academic transcripts, a current and complete resume or CV, a 1-2 page letter to the Director of the MBA program requesting the GMAT/GRE waiver and providing strong evidence to support the consideration of the waiver.  We will also ask you to provide information about your managerial/leadership positions.

The GMAT/GRE waiver is not guaranteed for any applicant. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Candidates ma ybe asked to participate in an interview to discuss their reasons for the waiver and their goals for their program of study.  If candidates are unable to secure the waiver, they will be required to submit a GMAT/GRE test score in their MBA application package.