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Nationwide survey cites Ancell School’s balanced criteria for M.B.A. acceptance: WCSU M.B.A. program honored for excellence and admissions policy

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Master of Business Administration program has received recognition in a recent survey citing M.B.A. programs across the nation that offer academic excellence and flexible admissions policies providing a balanced and holistic profile to predict student success.

The 2019-20 academic year survey by, an online service evaluating accredited M.B.A. programs nationwide, selected the Ancell School of Business at WCSU as one of two institutions in Connecticut and 82 in the United States that qualified for its designation among “Top Picks for the Best Business Schools in America with Reasonable GMAT Waiver Policies.” An objective of the service is to highlight alternative paths to M.B.A. program admission for prospective degree candidates who have not taken the Graduate Management Admission Test or who seek to confirm that undergraduate GPA performance, graduate studies and professional experience carry weight along with standardized test scores in acceptance decisions.

“We went looking at every accredited M.B.A. program in America to identify the very best options that consider more than just test scores in their admissions processes,” the survey summary noted. “When we came to the Ancell School of Business at WCSU, we knew we had a winner. With a very reasonable GMAT waiver policy and an M.B.A. program that is uncompromising about providing an exceptional student experience, Western easily earns its place on our list.

“These schools have figured out what a lot of students already know: A single one-time test score doesn’t really sum up your potential as either a student or business person,” the report said. “Diversity is a watchword in modern academia, and diversity requires looking at individuals and their experiences holistically.”

The Ancell School requirements for M.B.A. program admission, available at on the WCSU website, noted that undergraduate GPA and academic achievements, GMAT or General Record Examination test scores, work experience and recommendations from employers, teachers and other references are all important factors in the acceptance decision. A comprehensive overview of the M.B.A. program curriculum, mission, learning goals and admission requirements may be accessed online at

The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have earned a graduate degree at the master’s level or higher or who have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher for undergraduate course work. Applicants also may receive a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have significant professional business and management experience or a recognized professional certification. Applicants who have previously taken two required M.B.A. courses in one semester as non-matriculated students at WCSU and achieved an average GPA of 3.67 or higher for these courses also may seek a GMAT/GRE waiver.

For applicants who do not seek a GMAT waiver, their GPA performance during undergraduate studies may compensate in part for a relatively low GMAT score in meeting admissions requirements. “There is no minimum GPA or minimum GMAT score requirement,” the FAQs page for the M.B.A. program at WCSU explained. “We construct an admissions score by combining your total GMAT score and your total undergraduate GPA based on all courses at all schools you attended.”

The survey description of the WCSU M.B.A. program emphasized its academic excellence, demonstrated in the accreditation of the Ancell School of Business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The survey profile of the WCSU program also underscored its affordability and its provisions for evening classes and online instruction that accommodate the needs of both full-time students and working professionals.

“A WCSU M.B.A. means a flexible, personalized learning experience delivered by excellent full-time faculty in small, collegial classes that will maximize your face time and offer you no shortage of opportunities to collaborate and build team skills that will serve you well your entire career,” the survey profile observed.

“Networking and career events go even further in that direction, and exciting educational speaker events give you an on-the-ground perspective of current issues and techniques that are in high demand in the real world,” the profile said. “That kind of experience and education has led previous graduates to senior positions at companies such as GE, GM, IBM, Honeywell, Pepsi and other heavyweights of modern industry.”

For more information about the M.B.A. program at WCSU, contact M.B.A. Coordinator Dr. Yaseen Hayajneh at or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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