Does the GMAT Matter for Executive MBA Students? Some Empirical Evidence

Gropper, Daniel M.
June 2007
Academy of Management Learning & Education;Jun2007, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p206
Academic Journal
I examine the relation of several factors, including the GMAT score, undergraduate background, and work experience to academic success in an executive MBA program. The GMAT score was found to have a weak, if any, relation to overall academic success for executive MBA students, although it was positively and significantly related to performance in a smaller set of first-year classes. I found work experience, particularly career advancement, to be significantly and positively related to overall program performance. The results also show some significant grade differences by gender, indicating that women performed as well or better than men with similar credentials.


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