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MSOL program makes GMAT, GRE entrance exams optional

The Davis College of Business will no longer require candidates for its Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program to take the GMAT or GRE entrance exams if they have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA, echoing a nationwide trend in which leadership and educational experience are seen as more reliable predictors for success.

The MSOL program has grown since it began in 2013 as students who did not major in business as undergraduates have seen the value of obtaining master’s-level qualification from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited business school. The test-optional move is part of a trend by many top business programs across the country.

“Over time, we determined that the overall success of our MSOL graduates was tied less to their GMAT and GRE scores and more to their work experience or undergraduate GPAs, so the senior faculty decided to no longer require a graduate admission exam for high-achieving candidates,” said DCOB Dean Dr. Don Capener. “Application review now focuses on past educational successes and progressive leadership within their professional career.”

The Organizational Leadership program offers a hybrid delivery that combines in-class and online components, ideal for working professionals in a number of different industries. The MSOL program is particularly attractive for those who work or desire to manage teams or lead people.

Much like JU’s MBA programs, multiple scholarships are also available. However, to qualify for these scholarships, the GMAT and/or GRE is required. This AACSB-accredited degree program begins classes every 8 weeks, with the next term beginning Aug. 25.

For more information about the MSOL admission requirements or tuition fees, or questions regarding any graduate business programs, contact AnnaMaria Murphy at amurphy8@ju.edu, call (904) 256-7426 or visit www.ju.edu/DCOB/Masters.