Many advanced degree programs require submission of a GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score for admission consideration.
These standardized assessments help evaluate the qualifications of applicants for advanced study; universities use the test as a predictor of graduate-level academic performance. Scores are valid for five years.
The Professional Accounting and Project Management programs do not require a GMAT score for admission. The MBA program has a minimum GMAT score requirement. The Applied Clinical Psychology program (GRE required) and the Manufacturing Management program (GMAT or GRE required) have not set a minimum score for admission.
GMAT Waivers and Minimum Score for MBA Admission
The GMAT is required for admission to the MBA. This requirement can be waived when an applicant meets any of the following criteria:
- has completed a master's or higher degree from an accredited institution
- has at least seven years' professional, post-baccalaureate work experience
- has three to seven years' professional, post-baccalaureate work experience and an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or above
- holds an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 3.6 or higher GPA and has up to three years of professional, post-baccalaureate work experience
If you have questions about the GMAT waiver, please contact Dr. Al Warner, academic chair for the MBA.
GMAT scores must have been taken within the last five years of application to the MBA program. Applicants to Penn State Behrend's MBA average a GMAT total score of 520. If your GPA is/was 3.0 or greater (cumulative or last 60 credits) you will need a GMAT score of at least 450. This is the absolute minimum that we will accept for admission consideration.
If your GPA was less than 3.0, you can determine your GMAT minimum requirement using this formula: Take your GPA (cumulative or last 60 credits, whichever is higher) multiply it by 200, then subtract it from 1,050. The remaining number, rounded to the next highest tenth, is the minimum score needed to be considered for the MBA program. Examples:
- 1050 - (2.9 GPA x 200) = 470 minimum score
- 1050 - (2.8 GPA x 200) = 490 minimum score
- 1050 - (2.7 GPA x 200 = 510 minimum score
MBA applicants must also satisfy a writing requirement by obtaining a minimum 4.0 score on the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment.
GMAT and GRE Preparation Information Sessions
Penn State Behrend's Learning Resource Center offers no-cost GMAT/GRE preparation information sessions in the fall and spring semesters. The information sessions are open to Behrend undergraduate students and alumni as well as to anyone interested in applying to one of our graduate programs. Contact the LRC at 814-898-6140 or firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times.
Online GMAT and GRE Preparation
Numerous print resources and websites are available for GMAT and GRE preparation. Some include free, online practice exams.
Preparation websites include:
Our current students recommend Cracking the GMAT published by Princeton Review, which also provides a free GMAT demo on its website. One note of caution: Students tell us that their practice-test scores have been 30 to 80 points higher than their actual test score.
GMAT and GRE Registration
Register for your exam at the official GMAT or GRE website. Appointments are very limited; arrangements should be made four to six weeks in advance of taking the exam. Local applicants can take the GMAT exam at Pearson Professional Centers, Edgewood Plaza, 3123 West 12th Street, Suite D. The GRE is administered at the Sylvan Learning Center, 7200 Peach Street, Suite 440 in the Summit Towne Centre.
On the day of the test:
- Request your Official Score Report be sent directly to Penn State using the following code: Pennsylvania State University - Code 2660
- Print your Unofficial Score Report and upload it to your application.