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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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GMAT Waiver

GMAT Score Reports*: MBA applicants are required to take the GMAT exam. The Providence College MBA Program will waive the GMAT 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 waivers listed above should submit a GMAT Waiver Request form to

NOTE: Applicants looking for a GMAT 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 scores are released to the MBA program, within five years of taking the exam. The PC MBA code is 3406. The MBA program has no minimum GMAT score, however, we do review the overall score, as well as the sub-scores. The average GMAT score can be viewed on the class profile under Admissions. If an applicant takes the GMAT more than once, we will consider all scores submitted. An MBA applicant may request that an exception be made to substitute the GRE exam by submitting a GRE Substitution Request Form. These exceptions are made generally for students who have taken the GRE more than three years, but up to five years prior to the date of submitting an MBA application.