Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most coveted programs among graduate students across the globe. Getting accepted into an mba program offered by the top universities in the US and in other countries requires students to submit some preliminary material that helps graduate schools shortlist candidates for the program. One of the crucial factors while submitting an application for admission is the performance of candidates in standardized tests such as GRE or GMAT.
While GMAT is more commonly known for MBA admissions, many graduate faculties have started accepting GRE . The number of business schools accepting GRE scores has been on a consistent rise. More than 90% of the business schools in the USA accept GRE scores. Some of the top business schools in the world such as Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, and Wharton School (Upenn) accept GRE scores from students across the globe. More than a 1000 business schools across the world accept GRE scores from prospective candidates.
Is GMAT better than the GRE?
A lot of debate has been done on whether GMAT is better than the GRE when it comes to MBA admissions, and while many may believe that GMAT is indeed better, all business schools refrain from commenting on whether or not they prefer GMAT scores over GRE.
However, GRE is a common entry-exam for various graduate programs, and GMAT is only accepted for Business & Management related programs. Hence, when an applicant submits their GMAT score, the prospective graduate school knows that the candidate is sure about pursuing an MBA, whereas, GRE scores may lead the faculty to believe that the candidate is uncertain about the program they want to enroll in.
What are Some top Business Schools Accepting GRE?
Although the number of candidates submitting GMAT scores for MBA admissions is much higher than the candidates submitting GRE, some of the world’s biggest MBA schools accept the GRE.
Some popular business schools accepting the GRE scores along with their 2021 class profile (students enrolled in 2019) are mentioned below:
|University||Percentage of Students Submitting GRE Scores||Quantitative Reasoning||Verbal Reasoning|
|Harvard Business School||20%||145-170
|Stanford Graduate School of Business||NA||149-170
|Yale School of Management||26%||159-168
|Tuck School of Business||21%||154-170
|Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania||NA||Avg. 162||Avg. 162|
|Booth School of Business||13%||Avg. 164.1||Avg. 163.3|
From the information tabulated above, one can tell that GMAT is the preferred entrance examination for students. However, even the top business schools like HBS (Harvard Business School) deny preferring GMAT over the GRE when it comes to admissions.
Australian Universities Accepting GRE for MBA
Given below is a list of Australian Institutes accepting GRE scores for MBA
- AGSM @ UNSW Business School
- Deakin University
- Murdoch University
- University of Sydney
- S P Jain School of Global Management
Canadian Universities Accepting GRE for MBA
Around 30 universities and graduate faculties accept GRE scores for MBA admissions in Canada. Some of the prominent names are mentioned below.
- University of Toronto
- York University
- University of Alberta
- University of British Columbia
- University of Calgary
- Concordia University
- Lakehead University
Universities in the UK Accepting GRE for MBA
According to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which is the organizing body of GRE, a total of 14 business faculties and universities in the UK accept GRE scores for MBA admissions. A few of these are mentioned below.
- Hult International Business School London
- London Business School
- Oxford University
- University of Cambridge
- University of Manchester
- Leeds University
- University of Reading
- University of Warwick
German Universities Accepting the GRE for MBA
A total of 15 higher education institutes in Germany accept the GRE for graduate business admissions. Some popular faculties are mentioned below.
- Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
- Mannheim Business School
- Munich Business School
- Troy University Heidelberg
- European Business School of Germany
- Hochschule Pforzheim
- GISMA Business School
In the US alone, a total of 951 universities and business schools accept the GRE. With all the statistical data in hand, one could conclude that GRE scores may not be as widely popular as GMAT scores for admission to management and business programs, however, they are just as good.
Conclusively, scores of the GRE are just one of the many deciding factors that graduate schools consider while shortlisting applicants for admission. An excellent GRE score alone does not guarantee candidates admission to their desired program. Just as a below average GRE score does not necessarily mean rejection of the candidate. Standardized test scores such as GMAT or GRE help graduate schools make admission decisions as they provide an additional insight of the candidates’ complete profile. Factors such as work experience, previous academic performance, Statement of Purpose(SOP) and Letters of Recommendation (LOR) are equally as important.