Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame MBA
Test Waiver FAQ

At Notre Dame, we are dedicated to increasing access to the One-Year and Two-Year MBA for those who are committed to grow the good in business and who are prepared for the academic rigor of a top MBA program.

The One-Year and Two-Year Notre Dame MBA programs are offering a GMAT/GRE test waiver for the 2022-2023 recruiting cycle. Following are some helpful FAQs for prospective students.

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Candidates may request a test waiver once they open an application. They will be asked to upload a short statement to explain the request (no more than 150 words).

Each candidate should choose whether or not they want to request a waiver of standardized test requirements based on their particular circumstances. Test scores do provide an additional data point in determining academic readiness.

We will place more weight on other factors such as undergraduate GPA and course rigor. Requesting a waiver does not hurt your chances for admission.

Your test scores will remain within your file. If your request for a test waiver is approved, your prior scores will not be included in the evaluation of your application.

If you have taken the GMAT or GRE and feel that submitting a test score will strengthen your application, we encourage you to submit it as it will be considered as part of the admissions decision.

No. We have always taken a holistic view of assessing a candidate’s ability to succeed in the program, which includes such things as resilience, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, leadership and alignment with Mendoza’s larger mission. Standardized test scores are just one factor in this assessment.

If you apply before Round 2, you will hear back from us at the time you receive an admissions decision. If you apply after Round 2, you will be notified by the admissions team. In the event your waiver is not approved in a later round, you will be notified. In that case, we may request additional information (e.g., test score, additional coursework, etc.).

Yes. However, the Meyer Fellows Program selects recipients based on a number of factors, including test scores, academic performance, prior work experience, leadership potential, letters of recommendation and each applicant’s personal statement.

Students should consider their eventual career path in making this decision, as some employers, particularly in industries like finance and consulting, may request a GMAT or GRE score as part of their screening process.

If you decide to request a test waiver for a later round or appeal the decision, it must come with evidence of a significant change in your circumstances.

No. Requesting a test waiver is an opportunity for the admissions team to assess your academic readiness for the rigor of the program.
If you are denied a test waiver, the admissions committee will ask that you submit a test score if you have not already done so.

Although this change is in effect for the 2022-2023 application cycle, we will continue to evaluate the situation to consider long-term changes to our test policies.