Standardized Test Policy

At Rice Business, we value your experience as much as your potential. We seek students who combine strong academic aptitude, quantitative analytical abilities, management potential, and perspective to our online MBA program.

Some of our applicants come with experiences they can leverage in classroom discussions and coursework. That’s why we no longer require the GMAT/GRE for qualified applicants who can demonstrate a high level of quantitative and analytical knowledge. Note that the absence of a standardized test requirement or the receipt of a test waiver does not guarantee admission.

Which applicants can apply without a GMAT/GRE score?

We go beyond test scores to identify which applicants are Rice-ready—looking at previous coursework and grades, professional development and certifications, and past and present job experience. Read more about how to navigate the standardized test policy from the Rice Business admissions team.

Students who meet the following qualifications are not required to submit a GMAT/GRE score:

• Five or more years of full-time work experience (including Military / Veteran experience) AND a 3.0+ undergraduate GPA
• Have a terminal degree (e.g. M.D., J.D., Ph.D.) or a graduate degree in a quantitative field
• A quantitatively- oriented professional certification (CPA, etc.)
• Have taken/will take the Executive Assessment exam

Waivers are still available on a case-by-case basis for students who do not meet the qualifications above, however a waiver application is required. Please contact your admissions counselor for more information.

If you feel your work history or previous coursework is not a good indicator of your readiness for MBA@Rice, we highly encourage you to take the GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment.

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