Entrance Exams and Waivers


Providence College School of Business GMAT Code


About the GMAT

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) Focus Edition is a 2-hour and 15-minute 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 Focus Edition seeks to measure three broad skill areas: quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and data insights (which embraces data insights, quantitative, and verbal reasoning). The exam gauges these skills through three discrete components, presented in the order listed here:

  1. 45-minute Quantitative Reasoning section (21 multiple-choice questions)
  2. 45-minute Verbal Reasoning section (23 multiple-choice questions)
  3. 45-minute Data Insights section (20 multiple-choice questions)

A combined Quantitative/Verbal/Data Insights score (called a Total score) and corresponding percentile rank are awarded. The GMAT is not a pass/fail test.

For students that have prepared for and studied for the current version of the GMAT, not the Focus Edition, they are encouraged to take the traditional exam and submit their scores in their application.

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Providence College School of Business GRE Code


About the GRE

The Shorter GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test is a 2-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 Shorter GRE General Test measures three skill areas: quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and analytical writing.

  1. 30-minute Analytical Writing Assessments (1 essay)
  2. 47-minute Verbal Reasoning sections (2 sections with 27 questions total)
  3. 41-minute Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections with 27 questions total)

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GMAT and GRE Waivers

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 (upload documentation in online application).
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a U.S. 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 (upload documentation in application).
  • Completion of Graduate Business Certificate Program at Providence College (must be applied within the year of completing the certificate program).

Applying for a waiver

Students who would like to request one of the GMAT/GRE waivers listed above should complete the GMAT/GRE Waiver form in the online application.

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.

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