At Rice Business, we value your experience as much as your potential. We seek ambitious leaders who can bring diversity of experience and perspective to our online MBA program.

Some of our applicants come with real-world skills and wisdom they can leverage in classroom discussions and coursework. That’s why we offer a GMAT/GRE waiver for qualified applicants who can demonstrate a high level of quantitative and analytical knowledge.

Who Qualifies for the GMAT/GRE Waiver?

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 test waiver process from the Rice Business admissions team.

To be considered for a GMAT or GRE waiver, you must have

• seven or more years of full-time work experience, or
• a graduate degree in a quantitative field, or
• a terminal degree (e.g., M.D., J.D., Ph.D.), or
• a quantitatively oriented professional certification, or
• other standardized test scores demonstrating comparable quantitative ability.

If you feel your work history or previous coursework is not a good indicator of your readiness for MBA@Rice, you should consider taking the GMAT, GRE or even the Executive Assessment.


Military training develops many of the skills needed to be a successful professional or entrepreneur, including comfort with autonomy and uncertainty, self-efficiency, ambition, a desire for achievement and effective decision-making.

You may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver if you have seven or more years of experience in the military.

How to Apply for the GMAT/GRE Waiver

To find out if you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver, contact your admissions counselor. Then, take some time to learn how to navigate the test waiver process as part of your application. Once you have confirmed your potential eligibility, follow the steps below:


Begin your MBA@Rice application by confirming your email and creating a password.


Download this MBA@Rice GMAT/GRE waiver application form as a PDF (288 KB). If you do not see an option to download the form, save the form to your computer as a PDF file by selecting “Save Page As” or “Print as PDF,” depending on your browser.


Fill out all fields, making sure to call attention to quantitative skills and experience you have gained through work and education.


Upload your resume and supporting documents to the application. Note: Applicants who have a 3.0 GPA or below must also attach all undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted) in order to be considered for waiver eligibility.


Submit your waiver by email as a completed PDF attachment to Application Processing Services.

GMAT/GRE waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your waiver should be processed before finalizing your application so that you can submit your materials without GMAT or GRE scores.

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