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UC Davis MBA Programs to Accept Either GRE or GMAT Scores

(Davis, CA) — MBA hopefuls applying to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management may now choose to submit test scores from either the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). The change makes the application process accessible to candidates from a wider array of backgrounds and interests as they consider graduate education.

The School is currently accepting admissions applications for this fall to the UC Davis Working Professional MBA programs in Sacramento and San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the change takes effect immediately for prospective candidates considering applying for those programs.

The School will also accept GRE scores for applicants to its full-time MBA program starting with the entering class of 2012.

“For those considering a UC Davis MBA, there is now no need for them to take the GMAT if they have already taken the GRE,” said James Stevens, assistant dean of student affairs. “We believe that both the GRE and GMAT are effective standardized tests measuring similar skills and knowledge. Either is just one measure we consider when we evaluate a candidate’s ability to thrive academically in our MBA program.”

Each fall, the Graduate School of Management welcomes a diverse entering class of about 200 full-time and working professional MBA students at its three campuses in Davis, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

An increasing number of leading business schools have decided to accept GRE scores for their MBA programs, including Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Stanford, MIT (Sloan), Yale, NYU (Stern), Dartmouth (Tuck) and the University of Virginia (Darden).

The GMAT is the traditional assessment for candidates for graduate schools of business. It is designed to measure the verbal and quantitative skills as well as proficiency in analytical writing necessary for success in business education.

The GRE General Test measures the same skills that business schools value in prospective MBA candidates: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. It has been a standard admissions test for graduate study for those interested in the arts and sciences for nearly 60 years. Like the GMAT, it does not presume advanced knowledge in any specific content area, including business.

About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Established in 1981, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management offers an interactive and collaborative learning environment distinguished by globally visible faculty renowned for their research and teaching, innovative and entrepreneurial students, a rigorous MBA curriculum, strong connections to the business community and prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs. The UC Davis MBA program is ranked among the top 6% in the nation by U.S.News & World Report, the 16th consecutive year among the nation’s best. The Economist ranks the school’s faculty quality No. 3 in the world; and The Financial Times ranks UC Davis among the top 10% of accredited business schools worldwide. The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education recognizes the school among the best in the world for integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.

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