No GMAT Required — Online MBA Programs

When you enroll in an online Master of Business Administration program, you know it is going to take time, money and discipline to achieve your goal. And as you chart the path to earning an MBA, admission is, of course, the first step in your journey.

Is the GMAT Mandatory?

The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is mandatory for admission to most business school programs. The four-part test includes an analytical writing assessment as well as sections that measure integrated reading, quantitative and verbal capabilities.

“The GMAT exam measures higher-order reasoning skills,” according to, the official website of the GMAT. “You’ll need basic English-language and math skills. However, the test measures your ability to reason with these skills. All sections of the test involve reasoning. Higher-order reasoning skills involve complex judgments and include critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving.”

Prospective MBAs may have some concerns about taking the GMAT, which lasts 3.5 hours and costs $250. Test anxiety, fear of failure and limited budgets can all determine if a student will actually enroll in an MBA program.

At Fitchburg State, there is no GMAT requirement for admission to the online MBA program. So that’s one less hurdle to overcome in pursuit of your degree.

Fitchburg State University Admissions Requirements

To break down barriers to your MBA, Fitchburg State has very reasonable admissions requirements:

  • Prospective students must complete a graduate school application and pay a $50 application fee.
  • Online MBA applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with official transcripts.
  • Students who have completed graduate-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution must also provide official transcripts.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 is preferred. Those with less than a 2.8 GPA may also be considered for admission based on their professional work experience and a letter of recommendation.
  • A professional resume is mandatory.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for natives of non-English speaking countries.

Online MBA Programs at Fitchburg State

Fitchburg State University offers 100 percent online MBA programs in three concentrations: Management, Accounting and Human Resources Management. Each program is 30 credit hours, and tuition is the same for all three.

The online MBA with a concentration in management offers coursework in marketing, corporate finance, management information systems, and organizational behavior and management. Strategic management, accounting and human resources management classes are also included in this degree program.

With an online MBA in accounting, you will be heavily immersed in all things numerical. Expect to take required classes in areas such as corporate finance, advanced financial accounting issues, accounting theory, and accounting and auditing research. The degree also offers coursework in marketing, management information systems and management decision-making.

The online MBA in human resources management explores areas such as recruitment, compensation, and training and development, as well as labor law and discipline. The degree program also includes classes in the same core areas as the management and accounting MBAs.

It takes about 12 months to earn an online MBA at Fitchburg State, and multiple start dates allow you to enroll at any time. And because it’s all online, you can complete your studies anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. It doesn’t matter when you start your online MBA — as long as you get to the finish line.

Learn more about Fitchburg State University’s online MBA programs.


GMAT: The Official Website of the GMAT Exam

Graduate Management Admission Council: Corporate Recruiters Survey

GMAT: About the GMAT Exam

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