The SMU Cox School of Business, which was among the first business schools in the US has decided to extend its test-optional policy for the GMAT/GRE due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is continuing the process of streamlining the application process for all of its graduate programs till August 2021.
According to Matthew B. Myers, the Dean of the Cox School of Business and Tolleson Chair in Business Leadership, the goal of these policies is to give enough flexibility to the applicants to the graduate school in the face of the closure of test centres due to the pandemic. Myers also highlighted that it is the right thing to do in this situation as he commented, “The last few months have been among the most challenging our students and prospective students have ever faced. Our goal is to give our graduate school applicants as much flexibility as possible in the face of test center closures. Streamlining the experience during this time period makes sense, and it’s the right thing to do.”
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The Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education, Shane Goodwin stated, “The decision to continue our GMAT/GRE test-optional policy through August 2021 allows the Cox School to eliminate barriers to help alleviate anxiety and provide flexibility for those individuals applying to Cox.” He further explained that their admission team, which spends a significant amount of time evaluating the skills of the prospective students such as their leadership abilities, emotional intelligence, critical thinking abilities etc. through interviews, have found that the assessment of the different skills of the candidate, including their technical, interpersonal and meta-skills, is more useful in predicting their success than test scores.
As part of the policies to streamline the application process, the school has extended test waivers to not only GMAT or GRE, but also for the language proficiency exams such as the TOEFL as well as the Executive Assessment option which was an important part of the application process for Professional MBA and Online MBA applicants. As a result, students applying for any graduate program at the SMU Cox School of Business for Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 session will have the choice of deciding whether they want to submit the score of GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment/TOEFL/IELTS score as part of their application. Also, the application fees for all graduate programs for the above terms shall continue to be waived by the School.
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