GMAC’s Partner Sites

Creating solutions for business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate and connect with each other.

Welcome to the Graduate Management Admission Council

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a global, mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools. Founded in 1953, we are committed to creating solutions for business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate and connect with each other. In support of our vision, mission and purpose, GMAC provides world-class market intelligence, professional development opportunities, premier admissions assessments and engagement services for the graduate management education industry. GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test(GMAT) exam, used by more than 7,700 graduate programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC exam, and the Executive Assessment, specifically designed for executive programs around the world. GMAC is a global organization with offices in China, India, the UK, and the US. Learn more about GMAC

About our partner sites

Calling All Optimists

Calling All Optimists is a marketing program designed to support professionals making career advancement decisions in the world of business. Leveraging a dedicated microsite and a social media presence, Calling All Optimists offers tools, resources, and inspiration to help career seekers get informed, weigh options and explore their next career step. The program focuses on providing career exploration and planning solutions that include graduate management education information.

Calling All Optimists started as a pilot in 2017. After two years of learning and also success, it is now a full-time global program. Calling All Optimists will be partnering with, BusinessBecause, graduate business schools, and career organizations to provide continuous and relevant information to professionals worldwide. 


BusinessBecause is a trusted source of information and inspiration for business school applicants, inspiring and informing their business school decisions. Whether you’re considering an MBA, EMBA, or Business Master’s degree, on BusinessBecause candidates can keep up to date with the latest business school news—rankings, reports, and the rest; uncover the personal stories of business school students and grads; get practical resources and guidance to help your business school application, including advice on GMAT and GRE prep; compare business schools; and find out what the top business schools—and employers—are looking for. You can also check out our weekly Applicant Question feature, our monthly Applicant Bulletin, and our podcast: The Business School Question.

BusinessBecause launched in late 2009 as the first ‘niche network’ connecting business students, employers, business school applicants and business schools around the world. Our aim was to cover fascinating, people-focused stories and to provide useful information on choosing the right business school and finding interesting careers. Today, BusinessBecause is a leading online publisher dedicated to graduate management education. We have more than 50,000 registered members worldwide and a monthly audience of over 120,000. In 2018, BusinessBecause joined the Graduate Management Admission Council to form part of GMAC Connect, a suite of discovery and engagement solutions that enables business schools to reach the largest qualified, global candidate pool interested in pursuing an MBA or Business Master’s degree. 

The GMAC Connect suite of services draws on GMAC’s 65+ years of research and data to provide school professionals with targeted opportunities that are exclusively designed to connect with graduate management education talent. Learn more about GMAC Connect is the Graduate Management Admission Council’s flagship portal for prospective graduate business students to engage with business and management education resources and information. It receives more than 7 million unique visitors and 300,000 new account creations each year. 

Prospective students can search for and connect with more than 7,000 graduate business school programs through the Program Finder tool, can connect directly with graduate business and management schools by signing up for GradSelect or attending a GMAC Tour event, can register to attend recruiting and informational events posted by graduate business schools using the Events tool, and can learn about, prepare for, and register to take GMAC Assessments including the GMAT exam, the most widely used graduate business school assessment.