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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not required for MBA applicants who have a degree from a U.S. college or university. The GMAT is required if you did not graduate from a U.S. college or university or if you are applying to the MPA or MSBA programs at this time. There is no minimum score required as the scores are considered along with the other application materials. Applicants may qualify for a waiver of the GMAT requirement under the conditions listed below. Applicants can initiate the GMAT waiver by contacting a graduate enrollment coordinator in Graduate Admissions or graduate advisor in the Beacom School of Business. *GMAT Online Exam will be accepted through spring 2023 applications.

Students applying to the Beacom School of Business graduate programs are eligible for a GMAT waiver if they qualify under one of the following five categories. A GMAT waiver does not ensure admission to a Beacom graduate program. Applicants can initiate the GMAT waiver by contacting an enrollment coordinator in the Graduate School or graduate advisor in the Beacom School of Business.

GMAT Waiver for Students from AACSB Accredited Institutions:

  1. Students must have graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree from an AACSB Accredited Business School within the previous 12 semesters. The 12 semester timeline is from the time of graduating with the undergraduate or graduate degree to the first semester enrolled in courses as a degree seeking graduate student at USD and includes spring, summer and fall semesters; AND
  2. Students must meet undergraduate/graduate GPA requirements.
    1. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 for undergraduate (or graduate if applicable); AND
    2. Major GPA of at least 3.25 for undergraduate students or Program of Study GPA of at least 3.25 for those holding graduate degrees. (Students must provide major courses.)

GMAT Waiver for Students who have taken the LSAT or MCAT:

  1. Students must provide an official copy of their LSAT or MCAT score; AND
    1. Students with an overall scaled LSAT score in at least the 50th percentile; OR
    2. Students with an overall MCAT score in at least the 49th percentile and a Critical Analysis and Reasoning score in at least the 37th percentile.

GMAT Waiver for Students who have taken the GRE (for MBA and MPA ONLY):

  1. Students must provide an official copy of their GRE score; AND
  2. Students who meet the following GRE score requirements.     
    1. A Verbal score in at least the 45th percentile; AND
    2. A Quantitative score in at least the 45th percentile; AND
    3. A combined score (Verbal plus Quantitative) of at least 306. (This equates to a GMAT score of approximately 530.)

GMAT Waiver for Students with STEM Degrees (for M.S. in Business Analytics ONLY):

  1. Students must have earned a STEM undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution by the time they begin the M.S. in Business Analytics program; AND
  2. Students must meet undergraduate/graduate GPA requirements.
    1. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for undergraduate (or graduate if applicable); OR
    2. Major GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or program of study GPA of at least 3.0 for those holding graduate degrees. (Students must provide major courses.)

GMAT Waiver for Students with an Earned Doctoral Degree or Pursuing a JD or MD at USD:

  1. Students with an earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution; OR
  2. Students currently admitted to the USD School of Law pursuing a JD or the USD School of Medicine pursuing an MD or MD/PhD.

GMAT Waiver for Students who have Professional Licensure/Certification

Student must be or have been certified or chartered with a professional licensure/certification, subject to program approval. Examples may include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Analytics Professional (CAP). Applicants must provide justification and proof of licensure/certification.

*All percentiles are based on the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT exams’ most recent published percentile rankings.