US Universities not requiring GRE for Graduate School Admission

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Raghuram Sukumar Universities 225 Comments

In this article, I have discuss the list of universities where GRE is not a requirement for graduate school admission.

Following the post on Average GRE Scores for Universities, I’m also collecting information about U.S. universities where GRE score is not an admission requirement.

There are many universities where students can get admission to master’s degree programs without the need for GRE scores.

However, there are still some departments within these universities that still require GRE scores, but the others don’t.

I will try to list the specific departments like computer science, electrical engineering, biotechnology, civil, mechanical, industrial engineering, and other programs together with the names of the universities where standard admission test scores are not required for graduate school application.

Universities not requiring GRE

  1. Saint Joseph University – Computer Science
  2. Loyola University – Computer Science
  3. University of Maryland – University College
  4. California State University, Fullerton
  5. California State University, Long Beach
  6. California State University, LA
  7. University of New Mexico – Master’s in Biomedical Science in Clinical Research, Landscape Architecture
  8. Grand Valley State University
  9. Santa Clara University
  10. California State University, San Marcos

GRE Scores Not Required: Computer Science

  1. East Stroudsburg University (PA)
  2. Bridge Port University (CT)
  3. University of Northern Virginia (VA)
  4. Oklahoma City University (OK)
  5. Purdue University (IN)
  6. Wichita State University (KA)
  7. Kansas State University(KA)
  8. Virginia State University(VA)
  9. New Mexico State University (MN)
  10. University of Dayton, Ohio (a few programs)

Now, here’s another list of universities where GRE test scores are not required or optional  for graduate school admission.

I will continue updating more details into the list of universities where GRE is not required for admission.

GRE Score for Visa Interview

Even though at few schools do not require GRE scores, during the student visa interview, the visa officer might still ask for your GRE scores.

Because of this, it’s strongly advisable to take GRE and TOEFL exams for good measure, especially for visa purposes.

Most of the comments that Happy Schools Blog receives is about suggested university to apply at. And I always suggest that everyone must get GRE scores of above 300 for some departments and 1,100 for those applying for engineering degrees.

 

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Comments

  1. Peter

    My GRE score is 900 & IELTS is 6. I also obtained B. Eng degree from a Nigerian University in Mechanical engineering with a CPA of 3.56 out of 5. I intend to apply for my masters degree in Mechanical engineering online/distance learning program as I’m still in active service. Pls help me to get universities in US in which I can get admission for MS in mechanical eng starting 2016

    1. Author
      Raghuram Sukumar

      For online, pick a university that’s flexible and a public university.

  2. Sunil

    Hii I’m sunil.I am pursuing my ms in Australia at present.I finished my first semester with gpa 5 on 5.I have ielts score 7.can I apply for USA from Australia itself and can I know the visa reaction percentage in Sydney.thank you.please reply asap.

  3. Ranjit G

    Hi I am Ranjit
    my GRE score is 286
    My IELTS score is 6.5
    can I get admission for ms in CS in USA for fall 2015
    if I can
    please suggest me some universities where I can get admissions
    Thanks in advance

  4. Shilpa

    Hi I’m Shilpa
    I would like to pursue MS in Biology in US
    CGPA – 7.7
    GRE – 276
    IELTS – 6.5
    2 years work experience in TCS
    Kindly suggest me universities for spring 2015

  5. monika

    Hi Sir,
    I came to US from India on h4 with my husband. I have B.Tech(76%) , MBA(IT) from ICFAI university and 5 Yrs experience in software industry.
    I do not have any GRE/GMAT score. Please suggest the best degree course for me.
    Thanks,
    Monika

  6. saikiran

    my ielts score is 6 and gre is 264 , i want to apply with only ielts score can u please suggest me list of universitie and is there any problem at the time of visa interview

  7. Shravan

    HI Sir ,

    I am B.tech Graduate In computer science.I have 5 years of work experience as a Software engineer.I presently work in Singapore.I have 56% in my B.tech.I want to go for MS in CS without GRE.Yet to attend my IELTS

    SO i choosed

    Montclair State University(NJ)

    Can you please advise and your valuable suggestions for me.

  8. Seth

    Hi, I just wanted to let everyone know that I am about to graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience masters program and I have never taken the GRE. They generally waive GRE scores for students with a strong undergraduate GPA and/or neuroscience coursework.

    1. prashu

      hi seth i want to do ms cse in same university i need a gre score or not

  9. Raj

    Sir,

    I am a Mechanical engineer (72 %), with 2.5 yrs core mechanical work experience in manufacturing industry. Now i am planning for a Mining engineering program South Dakato School of Mines & Technology. I came to know from university site that they don’t require GRE score for Graduate programs. Am i right ? (correct me, if am wrong). So is it easy to get admission?

    Looking forward to your reply.

  10. kumar

    IELTS 6
    BTECH 61.8
    GRE 276
    FALL 2013
    1.north western polytechnic univ
    2.california state univ fullerton(gre not req)
    3.south dakota state univ(gre not req)
    4.oklahama city univ
    EVALUATE MY PROFILE and chances of admit for south dakota and csu fullerton for MS computer science

  11. nikhat

    hi HSB,
    i have btech 69% and ielts score-7….and i want to apply for fall 2013…as time is less i cannot prepare for gre….so i have searched few universities which donot require gre..here is the list
    Loyola University
    WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
    western illinious university
    northeastern illinious university

    can you plz help me which is the good university in this ?
    and can yhere be a problem if i get i 20 from these universities for visa interview?
    plz u suggest some good universities…as time is really very less and i need to apply………

    1. HSB Counselor

      Hi Nikhat, As you have checked for the admission requirements at the Universities mentioned and have found GRE scores are not required you can expect admission without submission of the same. Visa will not be a problem as the University/department does not ask for GRE scores. Kindly mention which specific programme you seek admission in. For University suggestions, share profile details in the forums section.
      All the best!

      1. nikhat

        i am applying for ms in cs….plz let me know which is the good university in below comment…..and are these universities good enough for getting visa in inverview……

        1. HSB Counselor

          Hi Nikhat, Visa is never a problem as far as you are convinced with the University choice you have made and can convince the visa officer with the same idea. Western Illinois, Northern Illinois and Wichita State University are all public Universities and thus visa should not be an issue with them.
          Just be sure about the choice you have made.
          Also try to include Universities from some other States too. As of now, I see you have chosen most of the Universities from Illinois.
          All the best!

  12. VCK

    Hello everyone,
    I want to seek admissions for M.S or MBA programs in US university.I completed my Bachelors degree from India,with score of 59%. I’m under dependent visa, want too know will i get admissions for MS without GRE score & my Low percentage. If than please let me which are the colleges & courses availed for my criteria

    1. HSB Counselor

      Admissions are possible without GRE/GMAT score. But considering your undergraduate scores, my advice would be to take up these tests for better admission prospects.
      You can check the admission requirements at the Universities mentioned in the post above to see if your qualify for admissions.
      A GRE score will help you a lot in admissions. Don’t hesitate to take up this test.
      All the best!

  13. Manish Bhatia

    Hello,
    I am from India and my qualification are:
    1. Xth 45% (High School)
    2. XIIth 59% (Intermediate)
    3. B.com 48% (Graduation)
    4. MBA Major Marketing 62% (Post Graduation)
    i.e. B.com + MBA (3+2 years of study)
    5. Experience: 1.5 years

    Now i am preparing for the TOEFL only to get admission in Master’s Program in USA/Australia/New Zealand.

    1. Am i eligible for the scholarship with these academic background?
    2. Is it possible to get admission in your university with these marks?
    3. Is it possible to get admission on the basis of TOEFL only? or i
    should give Gre/Gmat also?
    4. If required than what would be the minimum GRE score needed?
    5. What would be the minimum TOEFL Score required to get admission in State or Public University?
    6. Last Date to apply for the admission?
    7. What would be the per year fees for Master’s Students?
    8. Please suggest me some State Universities which accept low GPA?
    9. I have already done MBA (Master of Business Administration), on the basis of my MBA can i apply for Master’s again or i should apply on the basis of my Bachelor Degree (B.Com) only?

    Note: According to my marks, am i eligible to apply for the Master’s Program?

    Reply as soon as possible.

    Thanks & Regards
    Manish Bhatia
    India

    1. HSB Counselor

      Hi Manish,
      Admissions are certainly possible. For answers to your queries pertaining to admission requirements, kindly post the post the query in the forums section under appropriate thread.
      We would be happy to take up your queries!

  14. Manish Bhatia

    Hello,
    I am from India and my qualification are:
    1. Xth 45% (High School)
    2. XIIth 59% (Intermediate)
    3. B.com 48% (Graduation)
    4. MBA Major Marketing 62% (Post Graduation)
    i.e. B.com + MBA (3+2 years of study)
    5. Experience: 1.5 years

    Now i am preparing for the TOEFL only to get admission in Master’s Program.

    1. Am i eligible for the scholarship with these academic background?
    2. Is it possible to get admission in your university with these marks?
    3. Is it possible to get admission on the basis of TOEFL only? or i
    should give Gre/Gmat also?
    4. If required than what would be the minimum GRE score needed?
    5. What would be the minimum TOEFL Score required to get admission in
    your University?
    6. Last Date to apply for the admission?
    7. What would be the per year fees for Master’s Students?
    8. Are you a Public University or a Private University?
    9. I have already done MBA (Master of Business Administration), on the basis of my MBA can i apply for Master’s again or i should apply on the basis of my Bachelor Degree (B.Com) only?

    Note: According to my marks, am i eligible to apply for the Master’s Program?

    Reply as soon as possible.

    Thanks & Regards
    Manish Bhatia
    India

  15. nasrin

    hi sir,
    I have B.S DEGREE in industrial engineering and I want to continue my education in the USA in master degree, my GPA:15.56/ 20. Which university offer master of industrial engineering without GRE?

  16. Andrea

    I am interested in pursuing graduate studies in the USA. My GPA score is 3.89
    Which univeristies in teh States offer Legal Psychology and Clinical Psychology Combined at the PhD level?
    Which of these univeriaties do not require GRE or TOFEL?

  17. Mohanakrishnan

    HI sir, i have completed B.E(E.C.E) with 76%. planning to take gre and toefl in march. I have two projects and two internships. Can i get ms in embedded systems in us?

  18. Weng

    I graduated in 2004. Got my BE(hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from UK with second class second division. No GPA score provided. Worked and lived in Malaysia past 7 years. Recently migrated to US, work as manufacturing engineer and would like to further my study for MS in Industrial Engineering online. Any university provides this without TOEFL and GRE score?

  19. vamshi

    sir,i want to do my under graduatation, MBBS in usa. for get the addmistion in medical college of usa the GRE/ TOFEL exam is required or not. plzz give the reply if you……….

    1. Abhinav Mahajan

      Vamshi, It is not possible to join MBBS in usa for indian students, because we dont have sufficient education at post secondary level and they do have pre medicine course before entry to MBBS, USA & Canada does not give direct entrance to MBBS as they requires one to complete pre medicine credits and then enter into the MBBS.
      So I advise you to look into the universities which are having this courses and see the eligibility criteria, because for pre medical also they have some restrictions for international students.
      Check with the MGH Institute of Health Sciences, Boston if they accept you.
      I have my cousin brother who has just finished his final year MBBS from New Jersey,USA.

  20. vamshi

    sir,i want to do my under graduate means MBBS (medicine) in usa for get the addmistion in medical college of us the GRE/ TOFEL exam is required or not plzz give the reply if you……….

  21. hank

    It sounds like someone looking to get married and pleading :'”accept me for who I am and not what you want me to be”……

  22. endu

    I have permanent immigration visa, just completed my M.Tech in Computer Science, planning to do Phd. in US. Can i get admission without GRE

    1. vinnu

      hi endu ,
      can u giv me some suggessions that how 2 get admission in any US universities to study masters. Right now i’m studying B.tech final year i’v 65%.
      Actually mine is a poor family , my father is a farmer so please help me out please….
      Tell me everything about what to do & how to get an admission in a university of US …
      i have no body to help me out from dis situation ….

      I HOPE U’L HELP ME………

  23. Madhu sudan Bhattarai

    I have done my masters Degree in environmental science with distinction and I haven’t done GRE yet so I just need help for PHD without GRE in my field.I am From USA

  24. Mohammed

    Please i am looking to have admission in PhD in design or art history
    i dont have GRE i need your help

  25. kingsley

    Pls is there any institution in Atlanta, GA that doesn’t require GRE score for masters program in computer science?

    I’ll appreciate it a lot if you get back to me on this. Thanks

  26. FFF

    Hi
    I have bachelor in pharmacy I need conditional a admission from any university in USA in order to get English score when I come to USA my GPA is 4.32 out of 5

  27. Prasanth TM

    I have got a score of 283 in GRE and 84 in TOFEL . . Have a gpa of 7.1/10 . I’m planning to apply for Management Information System . So can you suggest me with few universities that do not require GRE score .

    1. Siva

      Prasanth, If you planning to apply for Fall, you are too late. You have a good academics, you GRE might be issue. You may wish to retake it. I can help you with admission process for IIT C.

  28. IDAYAT OLAYINKA

    I GRADUATED FROM THE DEPPARTMENT OF ENGLISH UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN,IBADAN OYO STATE, NIGERIA IN 2010 AND COMPLETED MY NATIONALYOUTH SERVICE CORPS(NYSC)FEBRUARY 2012. WITHOUT WSTING MUCH OF TIME, I WANT A UNIVERSITY IN UK THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE OR MANDATE TOEFL,GRE.SAT AND IETLS FOR MY MASTER PROGRAME IN FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT OR ANY RELATED COURSE FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 ADMISSION.

    THANKS.

    1. Reuben

      UK schools usually do not require these tests for admission purpose

  29. Popoola Moshood

    I am a Nigerian,i am seeking admission into either canadian or USA university that will not require international exams,I have MSc. In Animal Science and i want to study genetics,biotechnology or any life sciences course for my PhD,please in need the admission urgently in 2012. Thank you for your consideration

  30. Selamawit Mulugeta

    I have a CGPA of 2.99 in Marketing from Addis Ababa university in Ethiopia. And i really want to continue for my masters degree in this field so please i am really desperate to find Universities in the US that ask no results for TOFEL, GMAT, IELTS or any English proficiency test. So please… please if there are any universities available i will kindly ask you to inform me by my e-mail address.

    1. Ayub Y

      hey selam, how you doin? i can say you have at least an average CGPA, you can get numerous amount of universities in the US that can accept you without those assessements, but i would strongly suggest you to take those assessments so that you will convince the VO good enough on interview that you are a credible student!!

  31. Celestina A. Ojegba

    I need the list of universities that do not require gmat, gre nor toefl in USA, Canada, Sweden, Australia for Msc (Finance, Actural Science or Mathematics). Pls help if you can.

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