Full-Time MBA Standardized Test Waiver Request
for 2021-2022 Application Cycle

In response to hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Ross is offering candidates of the Full-Time MBA 2021-2022 application cycle the ability to request a waiver for standardized test requirements. We recognize that there are many ways in which the pandemic may impact an applicant's ability to successfully complete these requirements. It's important to consider whether requesting a waiver is right for you, so please read all provided information before submitting a request.

Waiver Request Process

If you are interested in submitting a waiver request,
we recommend that you: 

Consider your position

If your ability to successfully complete standardized test requirements has been impacted directly or indirectly by the pandemic, applying for a waiver might be appropriate.

Read all details

Carefully review the standardized test waiver options and review these frequently asked questions

Get in touch

If you have any remaining questions about the waiver process, please email rossadmissions@umich.edu

Submit your waiver request in time

Requests should be submitted ahead of our regular round submission deadlines.

  Deadline Notification by
Round 1 Waiver Requests August 23 September 10
Round 2 Waiver Requests November 29 December 17
Round 3 Waiver Requests March 14 March 25

Standardized Test Waiver Options

You may request a waiver for either the academic proficiency standardized test (GMAT, GRE), or English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE), or both.

Academic Proficiency Test - GMAT, GRE

The GMAT and GRE standardized tests are used as one of multiple factors to determine your readiness for the academic rigor of our program. If you would like to apply for a test waiver, we will look closely at your academic and professional accomplishments, including but not limited to: 

  • Strong undergraduate or graduate record, especially in analytical or quantitative courses
  • Master's degree in an analytical or quantitative discipline
  • CPA, CFA, or international equivalent
  • At least five years of progressive post-undergraduate, full-time work experience in an analytical or quantitative field
  • Strong performance on an expired GMAT or GRE
  • Strong performance on the Executive Assessment

Candidates demonstrating multiple academic and/or professional accomplishments as listed above are more likely to be granted a waiver. Please note that we accept the MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, and DAT as standardized tests for the application, and a waiver request is not required to submit one of those scores. Students who are currently enrolled at U-M Medical, Law, Pharmacy, and Dental do not need to submit a test score.


English Language Proficiency Test - TOEFL, IELTS, PTE

The TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE are used in conjunction with the other components of your application to determine English communication skills. If you would like to be considered for a waiver, we will look for evidence of immersive academic and/or professional work where English was the primary language, including but not limited to:

  • Graduate transcripts from a school where English was the primary language of instruction
  • Proof of working in a job where English was the primary language of communication for at least one year within the past three years
  • Strong performance on an expired TOEFL/PTE/IELTS test

Candidates demonstrating multiple academic and/or professional accomplishments listed as examples are more likely to be granted a waiver. If you have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English, you are exempt from the English proficiency requirement and do not need to apply for a waiver.