Top Business Schools in Europe without GMAT

Hi everybody. I'm italian, I'm 24 (took 2 gap years after high school) and I graduated last July from a non target university with honours in my country (Bachelor in Business Economics).
I'm now taking a gap year and I just accepted a job offer from Unicredit bank where I will start working on February 18th.
My goal is to enrol in a MSc (probably Management) next September, but I only have the IELTS test (no GMAT).
Then, I'd like to work in consulting, ideally in the US (my gf is american).
I'm considering applying for Warwick, Copenaghen, Manchester and UCD Smurfit (Dublin).
Which one of these business schools has the best reputation in the consulting field and is well known in Europe as well as in the US? Are there any other excellent universities where I could be accepted without GMAT?

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Jan 24, 2019

Hi! I can't help you rank these schools in terms of brand awareness in the US, but you should definitely add other schools on your list. Imperial would be a top school to include for example.
Among your list, I would personally argue in favour of Copenhagen and UCD because of the CEMS, especially as Cornell has recently joined the network. If you can do the CEMS and secure your exchange spot at Cornell, that'd be the perfect entry for you in the US imo. But it's going to be a very competitive exchange spot.

Or you can try to take the GMAT. You still have time before the last rounds to do that.
Btw, does Bocconi require the GMAT for students holding an Italian Bachelor?

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Jan 25, 2019

Oh i didn't know about Cornell, that's an interesting idea!
Copenaghen is very good but it's a 2 years master and I am already 24 (almost 25) so I have to take it into account.
The same is for Bocconi but compared to Rotterdam or LSE, it doesn't only require the GMAT, in fact I could take the Bocconi test in March.
I could try, but I'd like to take a one year master programme because of my age.

Alessandro

Jan 24, 2019

If you're really leaning towards a 1y degree, then the CEMS at UCD or MiM at great UK schools (which will require the GMAT) seem to be the most appropriate choices to me. But the combination of 1y - No GMAT - Well-known school is a criteria that will drastically lower the number of possibilities you have. Overall, if you aim at going to the US through an European school, the brand awareness of these schools there should be among the top factors to consider. And it's certainly worth it to study two more years in case you can't get into a 1y program that's recognised there.

And why not checking programs in the US btw? Even though Americans don't value mims as we do, this can still help you open doors there. With a GMAT you could consider the Duke programs for instance.

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Jan 25, 2019
Alessandro__21:

Oh i didn't know about Cornell, that's an interesting idea!
Copenaghen is very good but it's a 2 years master and I am already 24 (almost 25) so I have to take it into account.
The same is for Bocconi but compared to Rotterdam or LSE, it doesn't only require the GMAT, in fact I could take the Bocconi test in March.
I could try, but I'd like to take a one year master programme because of my age.

It s extremely difficult to get into IM in Bocconi without the GMAT.. Their test is cash cow to fill up minor courses such as marketing/ management(ita) etc
However management (not international, the normal one in eng) and AFC(eng) > wbs imho (especially considering ur nationality)

Jan 25, 2019
Alessandro__21:

Hi everybody. I'm italian, I'm 24 (took 2 gap years after high school) and I graduated last July from a non target university with honours in my country (Bachelor in Business Economics).
I'm now taking a gap year and I just accepted a job offer from Unicredit bank where I will start working on February 18th.
My goal is to enrol in a MSc (probably Management) next September, but I only have the IELTS test (no GMAT).
Then, I'd like to work in consulting, ideally in the US (my gf is american).
I'm considering applying for Warwick, Copenaghen, Manchester and UCD Smurfit (Dublin).
Which one of these business schools has the best reputation in the consulting field and is well known in Europe as well as in the US? Are there any other excellent universities where I could be accepted without GMAT?

Ciao Alessandro! It depends a lot on your GPA/Work experience. Can you pls give us a bit more details (school, average weighted etc.)? Btw bear in mind that the best schools all require gmat (If I were you, I d take it)
(And the universities you listed are not excellent.. warwick and copenhagen are prolly the best in the list, but cbs hasn't a strong reputation in LDN, imagine in the us).
Warwick is a target uni for Bsc not for their msc (except the economics one), consider that LBS/LSE/Imperial/oxbridge and maybe cass (just for the location) are better.

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Jan 25, 2019

Warwick MSc still places quite well depending on previous work experience. For people that have been applying to IB/S&T/ER previously should have no problem getting in. I know someone that had 4 BB offers for SA ER and he was able to negotiate FT for some of these firms.
However it is true that the massive number of asian students that Warwick takes to make them pay hefty fees have problems recruiting but usually due to lack of EU experience as the office culture is completely different.

Jan 25, 2019
Pan European Monkey:

Warwick MSc still places quite well depending on previous work experience. For people that have been applying to IB/S&T/ER previously should have no problem getting in. I know someone that had 4 BB offers for SA ER and he was able to negotiate FT for some of these firms.
However it is true that the massive number of asian students that Warwick takes to make them pay hefty fees have problems recruiting but usually due to lack of EU experience as the office culture is completely different.

I am not stating that the programme is absolute trash. I ve just asserted that it is a tier 3 programme, with a not so good placement and a 35k tuition fee (and a tremendous location, a little bubble near Coventry).

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Jan 25, 2019

oh yeah, just providing some lights on how candidates within the program do not have similar opportunities. For EU students I'd say its a strong semi, for asians a non target.

Also they give many bursaries for EU students.

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Jan 25, 2019

I would do a master in business with consulting or a master in management.
Do you think that Warwick is well known in Europe as well?

Alessandro

Jan 25, 2019

Ciao Merlo! I graduated in Perugia, GPA 27/30 with a final score of 110/110 cum laude.
I had a couple of non relevant internships in the past and I'm going to start an entry level position at Unicredit working at the cash register and do a bit of financial consulting as well.
I know that those unis are not the best, but they are the top ones considering my situation.

Alessandro

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Jan 25, 2019
Alessandro__21:

Ciao Merlo! I graduated in Perugia, GPA 27/30 with a final score of 110/110 cum laude.
I had a couple of non relevant internships in the past and I'm going to start an entry level position at Unicredit working at the cash register and do a bit of financial consulting as well.
I know that those unis are not the best, but they are the top ones considering my situation.

Your GPA is quite average for an Italian candidate... I d take the gmat honestly
All the italia guys I have met that went to WBS had a gpa > 28.5 (no gmat)
I believe that, if you score 660+ On the gmat, you could improve ur chances

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Jan 25, 2019

Don't worry, I appreciate the honesty.
I'll try to do the GMAT.
Thanks for the support!

Alessandro

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Jan 25, 2019
Alessandro__21:

Don't worry, I appreciate the honesty.
I'll try to do the GMAT.
Thanks for the support!

No problem dude. It s just to be realistic. Feel free to pm me if you have more questions, good luck with the application process!!

Jan 25, 2019

Talking about options apart from the US, which is the best choice to work in management consulting in Europe?

Alessandro

Jan 25, 2019
Alessandro__21:

Talking about options apart from the US, which is the best choice to work in management consulting in Europe?

Of the list you mentioned? it mainly depends on where you d like to work

Jan 25, 2019

Yes that list.
i'm afraid i won't achieve the GMAT score required, but of course I will try hard to get it.
I mean I don't need to go to the US right after my graduation, that is the final destination.
Moreover, I don't have to work only with MBB, there are other good management firms where I can start my career.
I saw many people's LinkedIn profiles where they started working in consulting and only after some years they joined MBB.
Regarding the European country where I'd like to work, I don't really have a preference.
I just don't want to be limited to work in only one place.

Alessandro

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Feb 27, 2019

Well, there are a number of schools which do not need the GMAT score for admissions. Some of the best B-schools in Europe that don't require a GMAT score are:

  • IE Business School, Spain
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland
  • Warwick Business School, UK

Though be aware that a lot of top ranked schools have the GMAT as obligatory, so you may have to trade off a bit on the rankings, if you are bent on not giving the GMAT.

It would be advisable to give your GMAT though. Since you're planning to apply next year in September, you still have plenty of time to prepare and give your GMAT exam. It will definitely open up more school options for you.

Also, keep in mind that your gap years are bound to raise questions. Be prepared with a strong alibi for them. If you have been learning a new skill, traveling, or doing an extracurricular activity during the gap years, they can be used to add value to your profile.