GMAT Scores For Top B-schools

GMAT Scores For Top B-schools

The first thing a student looks at while applying to their target B-schools is the average GMAT score of those studying in that school. Most leading business schools provide a range of the GMAT scores of their students as well. If you already have a good GMAT score, you would be looking for universities that accept applications with similar GMAT scores, or if you are starting to plan for an MBA, you might be looking for a target GMAT score to get into your dream B-School.

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GMAT Score Range

The GMAT ranges from 200 to 800. Many b-schools don’t generally set a minimum GMAT score requirement. In reality, admission decisions are made holistically, and scores above 700 are usually highly valued among most schools worldwide. A score above 600 can still be advantageous as it is considered a good score by many MBA and business master’s programs. However, even the most competitive schools still accept applicants with scores in the 500s every year. 

Admissions teams evaluate applicants based on their overall application strength, considering their work experience, educational background, and GPAs. As a result, top business schools worldwide receive numerous applications with diverse GMAT scores each year.

What Determines Application Strength 

The MBA admissions is a holistic process. The admissions committees of all the top universities consider multiple factors, one of which is a good GMAT score. However, there are always students with a much stronger profile but average GMAT scores who get into top MBA programs yearly. These candidates usually have the following:

  1. Expertise in a topic that could be exciting to their peers.
  2. Previous career success that suggests the potential for further success later on.
  3. A personal story that shows they’ve overcome challenges.

If your application lacks either of these, you should focus on maximizing your GMAT score to stand out in your application process.

Target GMAT Score for top b-schools

FT Ranking B-School Range of Scores Average GMAT Score
1 Columbia Business School 540-780 729
2 INSEAD 708
3 Iese Business School 580-750 670
4 Harvard Business School 590-790 730
4 Stanford Business School 610-790 738
6 SDA Bocconi School of Management 650-750 665
7 University of California at Berkeley: Haas 700 – 760 729
8 Cornell University: Johnson 650 – 750 710
9 Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management 630 – 780 727
10 Yale School of Management 690-760 725
11 Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business 680 – 760 718
11 MIT: Sloan


690-760 730
11 University of Chicago: Booth  600-780 729
14 UCLA Anderson School of Management


660 – 760 711
15 Dartmouth College: Tuck


610-790 726
16 London Business School


590-790 708


Correlation Between Score and FT Ranking of Institute

From the table below, it is evident that top B-schools consider a lot more than a good GMAT score to admit students to their MBA programs, as there is no clear correlation between the GMAT score and the institute ranking. However, it is also seen that most good B-schools have 

an average GMAT score of more than 700. Hence, even if you don’t have an exceptional profile, a 720+ score can help your application stand out considerably.

GMAT Score Vs FT Rankings
GMAT Score Vs FT Ranking

It is possible that candidates who have GMAT scores significantly lower than the average class score may excel in other aspects of their application. However, as an applicant to a business school, achieving a high GMAT score is always favourable because it will add strength to your application.

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