In the past, many students who were applying to master of business administration (MBA) degree programs had to take the Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, in order to be accepted.A majority of top business schools in the United States now allow applicants to submit GRE scores as an alternative to the GMAT, a survey found.

A majority of the schools have accepted the GRE, which traditionally has been used only for admission to non-MBA graduate programs.

The motivation behind business schools accepting the GRE, generally, is to broaden the playing field of who’s applying to programs.

it’s a common pattern for students who don’t consider business school during their undergraduate years to end up there a few years later. For someone who is thinking of pursuing a master’s degree but who isn’t sure about his or her particular course of study, the GRE now is a more flexible option.

Everyone who applies to UF’s traditional full-time MBA program still must submit a GMAT score.

Applicants to the part-time working professional MBA program could submit a GRE score instead of a GMAT score only if they have completed a medical doctor degree, a doctor of pharmacy degree, a doctorate degree or a master’s degree for which the applicant took the GRE in the last five years. This option has been in effect for the last two admission cycles.

A recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep, which has been tracking the pattern starting from 2009, found that this has been changed. This year, 52% of top business schools say they accept GRE scores instead of GMAT results, according to a press release. About 34% of these institutions said they believe other schools will most likely begin to accept GRE scores by the 2012-2013 academic year.

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