MBA without GMAT in Australia
Updated on Jan 19, 2016 - 12:42 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das

MBA without GMAT in Australia
- Giving tough competition to international education centres like US and UK, Australia is steadily making its name among the foreign student’s community, thanks to its quality education and student friendly classrooms. However, one factor where it has not only proved its mettle but is also growing in leaps and bounds is its business schools. Australian business schools enjoy some of the top positions in the world business school rankings. The credit, of course, goes to the practical approach that Australian business schools apply while training its management students. Unlike many universities across the globe which rely heavily on the theoretical and academic aspects of management, business schools in Australia focus strongly on training students to be future managers.  This is also one of the major reasons why business schools in Australia give more weightage to work experience of an MBA aspirant than to standardized score like GMAT. Hence, GMAT is not a mandatory element for Australian business schools, and students can easily opt for an MBA without GMAT in Australia.

Work Experience for MBA in Australia - why is it important?

One of the reasons why work experience is so vital in the application process of MBA programmes in Australia and most of the business schools offer an MBA without GMAT in Australia is because Australian business schools consider the prior knowledge of the student in a professional setup to be outmost important in his/her management training.As Mr. Jatin Bhandari, CEO and Co-founder of PythaGurus, puts it, “Without work experience, they will have an artificial understanding of an MBA program and will feel that it will give them some sort of managerial perspective and they will get to work at a higher salary.”

Also, the curricula  of the MBA programmes in Australia is prepared in a way that it only helps the management student to take a step forward in this organizational hierarchy rather than just be introduced to it and hence, a student can apply for an MBA without GMAT in Australia.

“Although not mandatory, we do consider the work experience of a candidate. I believe having prior work experience already initiates a student with the work environment. What we do is to teach the student how to navigate his way through the organization and devise strategies for optimum utilization of resources,” says John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University.

What is the average work experience for MBA in Australia?

For starters, it is important to know that it is possible for students to pursue MBA without GMAT in Australia. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the business schools do not consider the academic background or GMAT score of the aspirant. However, the GMAT score alone does not determine the admission of a candidate. While most Australian business schools might accept GMAT score, they do not necessarily demand for it. Compared to business schools across the globe, the GMAT cut off for Australian business schools is much lower. While the average GMAT score demanded by business schools in USA is above 700, that in Australia is around 550-650. This is so because business schools in Australia give more credence to students who have already worked in a professional environment and hence, are considered to be eligible for an MBA without GMAT in Australia. Further, many business schools in the country also demand that the MBA aspirant should also have managerial experience of at least 1 to 2 years. Managerial experience includes holding a position at the managerial level.

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The table below shows the list of the top business schools in Australia along with the work experience required by the business schools.


Work experience (minimum)

University of Melbourne-

Melbourne Business School

2 years

University of New South Wales- AGSM MBA

2 years

Australian National University-

College of Business and Economics


La Trobe Business School

3 years (managerial Exp)

Monash Business School

3 years (including 1 year managerial exp)

UQ Business School

4 years ( including 2 years managerial exp)

Sydney Business School

3 years (both work and managerial exp)

Macquarie University-

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

2 years

Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT


University of Western Australia

UWA Business School

3 years

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