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GMAT/GRE and Waiver


The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a 3½-hour standardized exam designed to predict how test takers will perform academically in MBA (Masters in Business Administration) programs. GMAT scores are used by graduate business schools to make admission decisions.

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The GMAT seeks to measure four broad skill areas: analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and integrated reasoning (which embraces analytical, quantitative, and verbal reasoning). The exam gauges these skills through four discrete components, presented in the order listed here:

  1. a 30-minute Analytical Writing Assessment (one writing task)
  2. a 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section (12 multiple-choice questions, most of which are multi-part)
  3. a 62-minute Quantitative section (37 multiple-choice questions)
  4. a 65-minute Verbal section (41 multiple-choice questions)

For each of the four exam sections, a separate scaled score and percentile rank are awarded. A combined Quantitative/Verbal score (called a Total score) and corresponding percentile rank are also awarded. The GMAT is not a pass/fail test.

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Send GMAT scores to Providence College School of Business school code 3406. 

The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a 3 3/4-hour standardized exam for students who are looking to pursue a master’s degree, MBA degree or specialized master’s in business. Like the GMAT, GRE scores are utilized by graduate programs for admission decisions.

The GRE measures three skill areas: quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and analytical writing.

  1. two 30-minute Analytical Writing Assessments
  2. two 30-minute Verbal Reasoning Assessments
  3. two 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning Assessments

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Send GRE scores to Providence College School of Business school code 0567.


GMAT and GRE Waivers

GMAT or GRE Score Reports*: MBA applicants are required to take the GMAT or the GRE exam. The Providence College MBA Program will waive the GMAT or GRE requirement for admission consideration if the applicant proves to the satisfaction of the MBA Program, at least one of the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree in a business major, from a business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.50.
  • An earned terminal graduate degree (PhD, MD, JD, etc.) from an accredited institution.
  • United States business licensure, e.g. CPA or CFA.
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, in any major, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and a minimum of five years of post-baccalaureate professional managerial work experience, including supervisory roles, with increased responsibility over that time period.
  • Completion of five semesters of full-time coursework (minimum of 75 credits) taken at Providence College in a business major (accountancy, finance, management, and marketing) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  • Is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
  • Completion of the Business Analytics or Change Leadership Management Graduate Certificate Program at Providence College (must be applied within the year of completing the certificate program).

*Students who would like to request one of the GMAT/GRE waivers listed above should submit a GMAT/GRE Waiver Request form to mba@providence.edu.

NOTE: Applicants looking for a GMAT/GRE Waiver should refrain from sending scores to the MBA Program Office. Any score received is automatically considered as part of student’s application. If a waiver is not accepted, the applicant must then see that scores are sent to Providence College. MBA applicants are responsible for ensuring that GMAT or GRE scores are released to the MBA program, within five years of taking the exam. The PC MBA code for GMAT is 3406. The PC MBA code for the GRE is 0567. The MBA program has no minimum GMAT or GRE score, however, we do review the overall score, as well as the sub-scores. The average GMAT or GRE score can be viewed on the class profile under Admissions. If an applicant takes the GMAT or GRE more than once, we will consider all scores submitted.