Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame MBA
Test Waiver FAQ

Many of our candidates have shared stories about the challenges brought on by the global pandemic as they apply to graduate school. Access to testing centers or inadequate online testing availability has complicated the application process.

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 2020-2021 recruiting cycle in response to the hardships caused by the pandemic. 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). Those who have already submitted an application should email us with a request and provide a statement that will be added to their application.

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.

If you have had difficulty scheduling a test, you should consider requesting a waiver as part of your application. We will place more weight on your other qualifications. 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 through the round deadlines, you will only be notified if your test waiver has not been approved and you need to provide further evidence of academic readiness by way of a test score.

Yes. Merit-based fellowships such as the Meyer Fellows Program selects recipients based on a number of factors, including academic performance, prior work experience, leadership potential, letters of recommendation and each applicant’s personal statement. If submitted, GMAT and GRE scores also will be considered.

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 committee to assess the challenges you face through this unique circumstance in our global history. 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.

The test waiver is in effect for the 2020-2021 MBA admissions cycle and starts classes in 2021.

Although this change is only in effect for the 2020-2021 application cycle, we will continue to evaluate the situation to consider long-term changes to our test policies.

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