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Tuck accepts either the GMAT or the GRE, including the Online/At Home versions of these exams. We do not prefer one test over the other. If you are considering which test to take, we suggest trying practice exams of each and taking whichever test you think best reflects your abilities.
GMAT/GRE test waivers may be available for eligible Round 3 (March 27, 2023) applicants in the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. See the GMAT/GRE Test Waiver Request section of the FAQs for information on eligibility, evaluation, etc.
Yes, we do!
We consider your highest total score and highest sub-scores across tests taken; however, we will not combine sub-scores from different tests resulting in a new total score. If you have taken the test(s) multiple times, please report all valid scores taken within the past five years. Even if your scores have not improved, it is helpful for the Committee to see all of your test results, which show progression and determination to strengthen your candidacy.
We require that you submit valid self-reported GMAT or GRE scores at the time of application unless granted a GMAT/GRE test waiver, so you should plan to take the test in enough time to receive a score to self-report. Applicants are not required to submit official score reports until they enroll at Tuck, unless their scores will expire prior to August 2023. If your test score(s) will expire prior to August 2023, you must release your official score report(s) to Tuck prior to submitting your application. Your official score report(s) must be released to Tuck at least 10 days before the test expiration date.
We cannot guarantee consideration of scores sent after the application deadline; however, we may be able to consider new scores if review of your application is still in progress. Please note that we cannot confirm whether we have reviewed your application after it has been submitted.
There is no minimum score required to apply or to receive admission. We admit candidates with a wide range of scores. Please see our class profile for last year's class average and range. If you feel that your GMAT or GRE score is not reflective of your academic aptitude, we encourage you to take the exam again in an effort to improve your score.
Tuck seeks applicants who are smart, curious, and engaged. Test scores are just one indicator of this criterion. Our holistic evaluation looks at many factors when determining your ability to thrive in our rigorous learning environment. We do not assign a particular weight to your test scores or any other part of the application. Different students demonstrate their ability in different ways.
We take pride in our thorough and holistic approach to reviewing candidates for admission. The GMAT/GRE is one variable in the comprehensive evaluation process. We do not prefer one test over another. You are encouraged to choose the test that best aligns with your strengths, background, and testing style.
To be eligible to submit a GMAT/GRE test waiver request, you must:
GMAT/GRE test waiver requests are for Round 3 (March 27, 2023) applicants and are due by March 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET and before submitting the application. GMAT/GRE test waiver requests will be reviewed as they are received, and you will receive a response via email in 5–7 business days from the date you submitted your request.
Some candidates may present a strong case for a GMAT/GRE test waiver based on their academic background and/or the nature of their professional work. Before submitting a GMAT/GRE test waiver request, you should honestly self-assess your strengths, background, and overall candidate profile.
GMAT/GRE test waiver requests for the Round 3 (March 27, 2023) deadline will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. When evaluating these requests, the admissions committee will consider indicators of quantitative competency, academic prowess, and professional accomplishment, including but not limited to the following:
We will use your resume, an unofficial copy of your degree-granting undergraduate transcript, and, as applicable, an unofficial copy of your degree-granting graduate transcript and/or any proof of professional certifications, designations, or non-degree coursework to evaluate your academic readiness for the rigors of the Tuck MBA. Candidates who present a strong profile across all these dimensions (including supporting materials) are more likely to be granted a GMAT/GRE test waiver. Those unable to present strongly across these dimensions are less likely to be granted a GMAT/GRE test waiver.
For the GMAT/GRE test waiver review process, a “strong” undergraduate academic record is one in which the average cumulative grade point average (GPA) exceeds the average for Tuck’s most recent matriculating class. For the Tuck MBA class entering in August 2022, the average undergraduate GPA was 3.52 (on a 4.0 scale).
While grades vary widely for graduate work, the admissions committee is looking for average cumulative graduate GPAs in a range similar to the undergraduate GPA.
The admissions committee will note the overall cumulative GPA and grades in individual courses. The committee will favor quantitatively focused disciplines and substantive coursework in quantitative or analytical areas.
For the overall Tuck MBA admissions process, professional work experience is defined as work experience gained after completing a bachelor’s or bachelor’s equivalent degree. Tuck MBAs hail from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. For the GMAT/GRE test waiver request, the admissions committee will be looking for a minimum of two years of post-graduate work experience in a role demonstrating strong quantitative, technical, or analytical competency.
You should consider the following before submitting a GMAT/GRE test waiver request:
To be considered for a GMAT/GRE test waiver for the Round 3 (March 27, 2023) deadline, you must complete this form. Please note we will ask for your resume, an unofficial copy of your degree-granting undergraduate transcript, and, as applicable, an unofficial copy of your degree-granting graduate transcript and/or any proof of professional certifications, designations, or non-degree coursework.
When evaluating GMAT/GRE test waiver requests, the admissions committee will consider indicators of quantitative competency, academic prowess, and professional accomplishment, including but not limited to the following:
You must provide adequate documentation of evidence for the above criteria. Documentation may include resume, unofficial copies of degree-granting undergraduate and graduate transcripts, professional certifications, designations, and/or non-degree coursework. Candidates who present a strong profile across all these dimensions (including supporting materials) are more likely to be granted a GMAT/GRE test waiver. Those unable to present strongly across these dimensions are less likely to be granted a GMAT/GRE test waiver.
To be considered for a GMAT/GRE test waiver for the Round 3 (March 27, 2023) deadline, you must submit the GMAT/GRE test waiver request by March 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET and before submitting the application.
You will receive a response via email in 5–7 business days from the date you submitted the GMAT/GRE test waiver request.
If you’ve been approved for a GMAT/GRE test waiver, the admissions committee will not consider test scores previously shared with Tuck in the review of your application.
GMAT/GRE test waivers are valid for the Round 3 (March 27, 2023) deadline in the 2022–2023 admissions cycle.
The GMAT/GRE test waiver request process is focused on whether the admissions committee will require a GMAT/GRE score with a candidate’s application materials to assess their academic readiness for the rigors of the Tuck MBA. We take pride in our thorough and holistic approach to reviewing candidates for admission. The GMAT/GRE is one variable in a thorough evaluation process. A GMAT/GRE test waiver request response is not an assessment of your admissibility to Tuck. It simply means it’s in your best interest to submit a GMAT/GRE score to strengthen your overall candidate profile.
GMAT/GRE test waiver requests for the Round 3 (March 27, 2023) deadline should be submitted by March 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET before submitting your application. Once you’ve submitted your application, you cannot request a GMAT/GRE test waiver.
No. The admissions committee will consider only one application per candidate per year.
If you don’t meet the majority of the GMAT/GRE test waiver criteria, it may be in your best interest to submit a GMAT/GRE test to demonstrate your academic readiness for the rigors of the Tuck MBA. Candidates who present a strong profile across all the criteria (including supporting materials) are more likely to be granted a GMAT/GRE test waiver. Those unable to present strongly across the criteria are less likely to be granted a GMAT/GRE test waiver. While there is no minimum GMAT/GRE test score requirement, applicants should use the average GMAT/GRE scores in the class profile as a benchmark. Candidates with strong GMAT/GRE scores (at or above our class average) are encouraged to report/share those scores.
To be eligible for the GMAT/GRE test waiver, a non-native English speaker must qualify for an English Language Proficiency test waiver. You qualify for an English Language Proficiency test waiver if you have recently lived for at least three years in an English-speaking country or if you received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where instruction is in English.
The current GMAT/GRE test waiver request is applicable for the Round 3 (March 27, 2023) deadline in the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. Planning for the next application cycle is underway. The application for 2023–2024, Class of 2026, and any associated policy changes will be launched in summer 2023.
No. Tuck seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds, including those who do not have traditional business experience. While not required, if you do not have previous exposure to quantitative concepts in your educational or employment background, you may find it helpful to take classes in the following areas to help prepare for the rigors of Tuck's curriculum: microeconomics, financial accounting, statistics, finance, and Excel.
You will be required to scan and upload a copy of the academic transcript(s) issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate (bachelor’s or first) degree; any advanced/graduate degrees; and any transfer institutions. If your transcript(s) are not in English, upload both the original transcript and a certified translation.
It is not necessary to provide transcripts for postgraduate non-degree courses or from study abroad institutions if your study abroad course(s) are listed on your undergraduate or graduate school transcripts. However, you will be asked to provide details (institution, term/year, course title, and grade) for any postgraduate non-degree courses in the application.
We are well versed in the different academic paths our candidates take and are able to assess that you have challenged yourself and performed well relative to expectations in your academic environment. We therefore will not convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale, nor should you. Please report your GPA using the scale employed by the degree granting institution.
If you do not have previous exposure to quantitative concepts, you may find the following classes helpful in preparing for the rigors of Tuck's curriculum: microeconomics, financial accounting, statistics, finance, and Excel.
You must submit two Letters of Reference (LORs) unless you are a reapplicant who applied during the most recent admissions cycle. Reapplicants who applied during the most recent admissions cycle need to submit only one new LOR from a reference who did not write to Tuck on your behalf last year. We discourage you from submitting additional letters as they are not likely to enhance our evaluation of your candidacy.
Request Letters of Reference (LORs) from people who can demonstrate that you are smart, accomplished, aware, and encouraging. If possible, your current direct supervisor should write one of your LORs. You will be asked to provide a brief explanation in the Other Employment Information section of your application if you cannot provide an LOR from a direct supervisor. LORs from professors who did not supervise professional work, friends, family members, or coaches do not enhance your candidacy.
Your reference must be the sole author of your LOR. Drafting, writing, translating, or submitting your own LOR, even if asked to do so by your reference, violates Tuck’s admissions policies and Academic Honor Principle. You are responsible for informing your references of this policy.
References who cannot write in English should write in their native language and have the LOR translated by an outside translation service. Do not translate the LOR into English for your reference.
You are responsible for notifying your references of your application deadline and ensuring your LORs are submitted on time. We review your application only if all required LORs are received by your application deadline. Otherwise, we will move your application to the next admission round. If your application is not complete by the final deadline it will be evaluated as is. If you would like to make changes to your list of references, please contact us.
No. The first year core curriculum is the foundation of learning in the Tuck MBA program, upon which the entire academic experience is built. Additionally, the deep relationships our students develop with classmates, faculty, and staff is an essential part of Tuck’s personal, connected and transformative MBA experience.
Yes, we will give equal consideration for admission to applicants with three-year bachelor’s degrees.
While we do not require that candidates hold a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for admission, we do give very, very strong preference to applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and an offer of admission to an applicant without a bachelor’s degree will be extraordinarily rare. However, a lack of a bachelor’s degree is not automatically disqualifying for candidates who can otherwise demonstrate unusual and extraordinary proficiency across our four admissions criteria.
We do not typically admit applicants who have already earned an MBA. If you hold a similar graduate degree that is not an MBA, include in your response to essay 1 the reasons why you need an MBA in addition to your prior degree. We consider the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from Indian universities to be the equivalent of an MBA and typically do not admit applicants who have already earned this degree.
Our admission review process is age blind, so your age will not impact your application in any way.
No. The admissions committee will consider only one application per candidate per year.
Typically, Tuck does not offer admission to applicants who do not have full-time work experience prior to starting the program. On average, Tuck students have five years of full-time work experience before enrolling at Tuck, and most students have at least two. Given the broad range of experience in each class, it is the quality, not the quantity, of an applicant's experience that is relevant in the evaluation process.
Tuck offers several joint- and dual-degree programs. You must apply separately to each school. We will assist admitted students with planning specific curricular details. See our overview of Joint and Dual Degrees for additional information.
Apply as early as you are ready. The admissions committee will admit as many well-qualified applicants as possible in early rounds. However, it is important not to rush your application. We encourage you to take the time necessary to submit a thoughtful, well-prepared application. Regardless of the round in which your application has been submitted, the admissions committee will give full and fair consideration to your candidacy. We recommend submitting your completed application a day or two prior to the published deadline, which may help to alleviate the anxiety that may accompany last-minute submissions.
No. We are not able to assess qualifications until we know more about you through the application process.
No. Students may begin the Tuck MBA program only in the summer term. Tuck offers only a full-time, two-year program.
Yes. The application fee is automatically waived for first-generation college graduates, Tuck Business Bridge graduates, active members of the U.S. military, and U.S. military veterans. The application fee is waived upon request for:
To request an application fee waiver, please fill out this form. Note: you must have an open application to access the form and we will not guarantee processing of requests made within 2 business days of an application deadline.
Regardless of when you submit your application, all decisions for the round in which you applied will be released on the same day. They are not released on a rolling basis. Once the submission deadline has passed and application reading has begun, we cannot update you on the status of your application or where it is in the process.
No, all decisions for the round in which you applied will be released on the same day.
No, once an application has been submitted, we cannot provide updates as to where it is in the review process or provide an early decision. However, you can access your Status Page to monitor receipt of your LORs and if you do not hear from us regarding missing or late materials you can assume your application is complete.
We ask that you submit significant updates for your candidacy by accessing your Status Page and navigating to the Applicant Update Form. Here you will be able to submit any new information and/or materials, such as an updated resume, job updates, MBA Math Transcript, updated transcripts, new certifications, and/or new test scores. Your updates are automatically added to your application. Note that we cannot guarantee that we will review information sent to the admissions office after your application has been submitted.
We grant a limited number of one-year deferrals on a case-by-case basis for exceptional, unforeseen circumstances. To be considered for a deferral, you must submit a written request. If granted, an additional non-refundable deposit is required.
The size of our waitlist varies from year to year. In recent years, we have extended waitlist offers to more than 100 candidates. This size fluctuates as candidates are admitted from the waitlist, update us about their plans for the upcoming year, or decide to remove themselves from consideration.
The number of applicants admitted from the waitlist varies from year to year and depends on the applicant pool, enrollment from previous rounds, and the quality of applications from later rounds. Our waitlist offer means that we consider you a candidate for admission to Tuck in an upcoming round.
The admissions committee will re-review your candidacy in each subsequent application round, at the end of which you may be offered admission, your waitlist status may be extended, or you may be released and encouraged to reapply next year. Offers of admission to waitlisted candidates may also be extended on a rolling basis, and as late as August.
We provide feedback to all candidates who accept our waitlist offer. We will reach out to you with suggestions on how to strengthen your candidacy or ask you to provide additional information if we had any unanswered questions while reading your application. Following our suggestions will not guarantee admission, but it may strengthen your candidacy in a competitive pool.
Yes! In your decision letter you will receive detailed instructions on how to accept your waitlist offer. You will need to follow those instructions to secure your spot on the waitlist. If your waitlist status is extended in a subsequent round, you will need to re-affirm that you wish to remain on the waitlist. All forms must be submitted by the date communicated to you in the waitlist offer letter.
We provide feedback to all candidates who accept our waitlist offer. We will reach out to you with suggestions on how to strengthen your candidacy or ask you to provide additional information if we had any unanswered questions while reading your application. While no other formal communication is planned, we will continue to review your candidacy in each subsequent round. We welcome hearing from you if and when you have updates to your candidacy.
We may extend committee-initiated interview invitations to individual candidates, asking them to interview or re-interview. Invitations to interview will be extended on a case-by-case basis. Candidates may not self-initiate an additional interview.
Our financial aid colleagues will work individually with all candidates who are admitted from the waitlist. There is no required action to take before then. If you have additional questions, please email the Financial Aid team.
Tuck does not rank candidates on the waitlist. We will review your application in each subsequent round relative to the larger applicant pool.
Unless otherwise specified, all international Tuck students will be sponsored for F-1 student visas. Some students may be sponsored for J-1 student visas, such as students who will be sponsored by their employer. Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) is the definitive resource for everything international applicants need to know regarding preparing for study at Tuck. The office provides support services to guide admitted students through the visa process as well as up to date information regarding important immigration news and White House Executive Orders.
We at Tuck affirm both our unwavering support of our international students and our commitment to global engagement. Over 40% of Tuck students are international students, and their diversity of experiences, ideas, and dreams enrich learning and the lives of their classmates in countless ways.
Tuck remains committed to maintaining a talented, diverse, and globally-engaged student body no matter the current policies on immigration. We will stay up to date on developments that could impact our international applicants and the broader Tuck community. More information is available through Dartmouth's Office of Visa and Immigration Services.
You qualify for a waiver if you have recently lived for at least three years in an English-speaking country or if you received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where instruction is in English. You do not need to seek our approval or submit documentation to prove eligibility for this waiver. You should indicate eligibility with the check box in the education section of your application. For more information, please see our overview of application materials.
International applicants may apply in any round. U.S. visa eligibility forms will be made available to all accepted international students after they have paid the enrollment deposit. Verification of financial support is required for all enrolling international students. The Dartmouth Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) will assist enrolling students with the U.S. visa process.
All Round 1 applicants who submit their complete application, including test scores and Letters of Reference, by September 1, 2022 (or October 1, 2022, if applying to Tuck through the Consortium), and all Round 2/Round 2 Consortium applicants who submit their complete application by December 1, 2022, will be guaranteed an interview.
For applicants who are not able to apply by the early deadlines, interviews are offered by invitation only. We will review your application and invite you to interview if we believe it will help us learn more about how you demonstrate our admissions criteria.
We release invitations to interview on a rolling basis. While we aim to send most invitations early in the application cycle, it is possible to receive an invitation to interview in the days prior to the decision notification date. The timing of your interview invitation does not reflect the committee’s level of interest in your application.
We will send you a link to the interview schedule. You will choose a day and time that works with your availability. All interviews will be conducted virtually.
Yes, by accessing your Status Page and navigating to the Applicant Update Form. Here you will be able to submit an updated resume. Your new resume will automatically be added to your application.
Most interviews are conducted by a select group of trained second-year students, Tuck Admissions Associates (TAAs), and occasionally by members of the admissions committee. We'll provide you with your interview details, including virtual platform information and the name and email address of your interviewer, via email 2 hours prior to your interview time.
Your interview will be a blind interview, meaning your interviewer will not have access to your application. The only document your interviewer will see is your resume.
A typical interview lasts between 30–45 minutes.
We suggest candidates wear business-appropriate attire for interviews.
If you submit your complete application by one of the guaranteed interview dates, even if you interviewed previously, you would qualify for a guaranteed interview. If you submit your application after the guaranteed interview dates, you may be invited to interview, or we may refer to your previous interview.
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