Last Updated: March 20, 2021
Programs with No GRE Requirement
The Graduate Record Examination is conducted to assess the candidate’s skill in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing which are the three sections in the General Test. This exam has become widely accepted in over 160 countries with even business schools and law schools considering the GRE score report.
At the same time, there are colleges and universities that do not list GRE in their requirements list and enlist TOEFL or IELTS as part of their requirements. There are also colleges that offer an option between the three and let the student choose according to the skill they want to present. Some colleges also consider only the GPA and the application form and let other examinations like GRE be the extra credit that students can choose to submit along with their application or not.
Why Universities Require GRE?
The GRE exam is conducted for students who have completed their undergraduate courses and want to further continue their education. This brings students from different disciplines of education into their field of choice which could either be a continuation of their undergraduate course or an entirely different discipline altogether. In this scenario, colleges demand that students attempt standardized tests to even the ground between all applicants.
In this way, colleges and universities will be able to use the standardized test as a marker more than the GPA to assess the abilities of the student on equal parameters with other applicants. While considering International students, colleges may also have a hard time deciphering the different grading systems they have had. Standardized tests offer a solution to this dilemma as well. Students also choose to take such tests to even out their GPA if they have scored a below-average grade.
Applying Without the GRE Score Report
International applicants often consider not taking the GRE General Test while applying to colleges due to various reasons. The reasons include the cost for the test which is at least $205 depending on the country they are applying from. The other factors include the necessity of students to clear either the TOEFL or IELTS exam for their visa clearance.
Students are also given the option of giving either GRE or GMAT according to the college and course they are applying to. All of these factors along with the availability of colleges that do not require GRE lets students choose which exam they have to focus on for their better future.
List of Universities/programs not requiring GRE
These are some of the Universities which do not require GRE for admission even for international students.
|MIT||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Washington State University||Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Drexel University||MS in Data Science|
MS in Information Systems
MS in Software Engineering
|Boston University||MS in Advertising|
|Purdue University||MS in Computer Science|
|Johns Hopkins University||MS in Computer Science|
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
|Clarkson University||MS in Engineering and Management Systems|
|University of Dayton||Engineering|
|Stevens Institute of Technology||Engineering|
|George Mason University||MS in Applied Information Technology|
MS in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
MS in Computer Forensics
|University of Washington||MS in Civil Engineering|
|University of Maryland||Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering|
|Iowa State University||ME in Chemical and Biological Engineering|
ME in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
ME in Systems Engineering
|University of Minnesota||MS in Civil Engineering|
|Brown University||Biomedical Engineering|
|South Dakota State University||MS in Mechanical Engineering|
MS in Computer Science
|North Carolina State University||Landscape Architecture|
|Tufts University||Engineering Management|
|Brandeis University||MA/ MS in Computer Science|
|Portland State University||Mechanical and Materials Engineering|
|New Mexico State University||Economics, Applied Statistics, and International Business|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County||MS in Geographic Information Systems|
|University of Arizona||Economic Geology|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Industrial and Management Systems Engineering|
|University of Pittsburgh||Material Science and Engineering|
|University of Michigan||InterPro-Integrated Microsystems|
|American University||MS in International Relations and Business|
|Florida International University||MS in Criminal Justice|
Fields that do not Require GRE Generally
While most Engineering and Business programs require GRE, there are some disciplines that generally do not require GRE for their application process. These programs include-
- Public Administration
- Public Health
- Interior Design
- Fine Arts
- Executive Programs- They waive off GRE for more work experience
- Online Programs
Most online courses offered by universities do not require GRE or GMAT but will require a certain GPA. There are offline courses that waive their GRE requirement if their GPA requirement has been met.
GRE Waived during 2020-2021 Academic Year
Most universities in the U.S. have waived off their GRE requirements after the pandemic canceled a few many exams and did not let students leave the confines of their homes to take the few tests that were conducted. It also became evident that most students did not have the necessary requirements ready to take the GRE test at home.
Keeping GRE as a requirement then seemed to make the test an unfair advantage to the privileged while other students wouldn’t even stand a chance despite being skilled enough. Colleges then decided to waive off their GRE requirements for the academic year of 2020-2021. But this is not the case of all the universities in the U.S.
The following universities still require a GRE score report for students to get admission in the courses that previously required GRE.
- University of Maryland- College Park
- North Carolina State University
- University of California Irvine
- Rutgers University
- Iowa State University
- The University of Texas at Dallas
- University of South Florida
- University at Buffalo
Taking GRE when it is an Optional Requirement
There are colleges that do not explicitly state whether the GRE exam is a necessary requirement or if it has been waived off for other tests. These colleges often state GRE to be optional and leave it to the students to decide whether they should take the test or not.
In this case, the best course of action is to attempt the test and provide the score report. But if the student has other exams to attend like the TOEFL or IELTS for visa procedures, the student can focus on the rest of the application rather than dividing their energy by preparing for all the competitive exams at once.
It should be understood that having a strong application along with the required GPA can provide the candidate with admission even if they do not attempt the exam. At the same time, being unable to score their best in the standardized tests and sending a bad score report can diminish their chances of getting admission. In short, candidates must play to their strengths and attempt only the exams they are confident they can clear with high scores and leave out the rest.