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Acceptance of gre scores for admission into mba programs is growing fast

Sun, 09 Mar, 2014
In nearly two months, 100 additional business schools have joined the more than 500 already accepting the GRE® General Test for MBA admissions. This latest surge brings the total to more than 600 business schools worldwide using GRE scores for their MBA programs and underscores a growing trend in business school admissions.

“The word is out that accepting the GRE General Test opens the door to a larger pool of diverse and highly qualified candidates with the skills to succeed in business,” said David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS’s Higher Education Division. “MBA programs around the world are looking for ways to attract more candidates while maintaining a level of excellence, and they are coming to the GRE Program to do so.”

Recent MBA programs added to the list include Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado – Boulder. With these additions, the GRE General Test is now accepted by more than 60 of the U.S. News & World Report top 100 U.S. programs. International additions include European School of Management & Technology (Germany), University of Manitoba (Canada), Kadir Has University (Turkey) and Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

“We believe using GRE scores allows us to tap into a market of students who already plan to take the GRE and may see the GMAT as a hindrance four or five years after graduation from college,” says Christine E. Sneva, Acting Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

An increasing number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are accepting GRE General Test scores for MBA admissions, giving GRE test takers more options. Of the HBCUs with graduate business programs about one-third now accept GRE scores for admission. Similarly, nearly two-thirds of HSIs with graduate business programs are also accepting GRE scores for admission. Candidates who take the GRE General Test are culturally, ethnically and geographically diverse, making acceptance of GRE scores an ideal way to attract students to all graduate-level programs.

The rapidly growing number of business schools worldwide accepting GRE scores comes at a time of increasing excitement for the introduction of the GRE® revised General Test. Launching August 2011, the GRE revised General Test represents the largest change to the test in the program’s 60-year history and offers many benefits to test takers and institutions. A friendlier test-taking experience, new questions that emphasize real-world scenarios and new test design features are just some of the changes being made. For schools, the GRE revised General Test is designed to provide an even better measure of the skills needed for success in today’s demanding graduate-level programs.

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