Average GRE Scores for PhD in 28 Fields

By Raghuram Sukumar GRE 4 Comments Edit

Here is a list of Average GRE Scores for PhD for 28 PhD programs.

Note: International students select schools for PhD in the way way as selecting for Masters Degree. That’s a huge mistake.

Following table would really help and provide an overview about GRE Scores required for admission to PhD programs for 28 different degrees including Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology.

Average GRE Scores for PhD Admission

Mean GRE scores for Doctoral programs is average of all the schools that accept GRE scores for admission. Department will have different requirements for GRE Exam and scores. Make sure you check that out.

average gre scores for phd

Source of the data is ETS Powerprep 2002.  This Average GRE Scores for PhD Programs is few years old, but this gives an idea about the range of GRE Scores accepted for PhD admission in different fields.

 Is it possible to get PhD admission without GRE Scores?

I’m afraid not. When it comes to PhD, you are talking about quality over mere degree and its value.  For PhD admission, GRE Scores is one of the major factor that is considered for admission, along with your research interests.

These days, schools even admit PhD students without Financial Aid. Professors are looking to evaluate the students for a semester or two  before awarding financial aid.

Watch this video PhD in USA for Indian Students with Gangadharan Esakki (PhD Student). He was not awarded Financial Aid with admission. He had to work 3 jobs to pay for this tuition and living expenses.

If you are planning for PhD, GRE scores still matters and your previous research experience.


  1. Bakytzhan

    Which one is more important for them: GRE general or GRE subject?

  2. Ribu

    Just as Gangadharan Esakki got an acceptance for PhD without financial aid, I am also sailing in the same boat. The university says that after I get enrolled as a PhD candidate, I cannot apply for any loans or scholarships to fund my PhD studies and I will have to self-fund it for 4 yrs. ($60,000/annum multiplied by four)
    I am ready to work in order to pay my expenses, but aren’t there restrictions on F-1 status, specially PhD which actually takes up almost all of your day!!

  3. Atiqul Islam

    Hi, Can i have the New Revised Average GRE score for PhD in Economics please?

  4. Srini

    Hi, Can we have the New Revised GRE scores for Ph D please ?

    Not only traditional core concentrations, can i get the Phd Gre Avg scores in MIS ..

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