Hello readers, we meet again!!

In my last article, I discussed a bit  about how the universities in USA actually sees GRE as their homing-beacon regarding recruitment or admission of a student. I have also discussed the universities by segments of scores of GRE and also shed a comparison. Today my article will not only discuss about institutions which considers GRE not so much as a mandatory requirement but also a little bit of subjective segmentation of GRE. So, hang on tight for a bumpy ride.

Universities in USA that don’t consider GRE as a mandatory requirement

Let us see the list bellow:

  • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
  • Western Governors University
  • Purdue University Global
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Walden University
  • Colorado Technical University
  • Northcentral University
  • Liberty University
  • University of Southern California
  • Simmons College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • University of Scranton
  • Benedictine University
  • American University
  • NYU School of Social Work
  • Boston University
  • Antioch University
  • Utica College
  • Ashford University

The above universities are the ones in USA which does not deem it mandatory to present a higher score in GRE. However, they still require GRE in many cases as well as other information. Let us witness another list below:

  • Masters in Healthcare Administration – SNHU
  • Teaching Degrees – Western Governors University
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) – Purdue University Global
  • Masters of Human Resource Management – Ashford University
  • MS In Education – Walden
  • Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Capella University
  • Executive MBA – Loyola University
  • Masters of Cybersecurity – Roger Williams University
  • Master of Science in Social Work (MSW) – Capella University
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Masters of Public Health (MPH) – California Baptist
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Capella University
  • Masters of Public Administration (MPA) – Seton Hall
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Simmons College
  • Online Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) – Colorado Technical University
  • Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) – Capella University
  • Online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) – Walden University
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology – Capella University
  • PsyD Clinical Psychology – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Systems– Nova Southeastern University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Leadership– North-central University
  • Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) – Capella University

These are the specific subjects of some specific universities which seldom requires a GRE. Therefore, if someone requires to get into these universities, they may not require a higher mark in GRE. However, we must remember that not matter how less significant GRE score may be fore some institute and some specific subjects as well as some specific degrees, having a higher score in GRE will always add extra points on any candidate’s profile.

There are several reasons that may waive the GRE requirements for some universities such as:

  • Minimum GRE requirement of some universities may be enough to waive GRE from the admission requirement.
  • Some program specific requirements  may waive GRE from the admission policy.
  • In many cases, GMAT may be more important than that of GRE, which may waive GRE altogether.
  • In many cases, professional experiences can waive GRE.
  • In many cases, when  some candidate has a first degree from a US university, and then pursues a second degree, then for the second degree, no GRE may be required.

In many cases, for degrees like MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) or Executive MBA, GRE is not mandatory.

Subjective Segmentation:

Many have asked me over the years that which score is a good score  for GRE. For those all, who are still confused about it, I would like to make them notice the following table:

GRE score range
1. 165-170 Excellent
2. 155-164 Very good
3. 150-154 Good
4. 140-149 Needs improvement
5. 130-139 Poor

However, that is not the universal rating criteria for all. It varies from place to place.

“GRE is not the only evaluating criteria”

There are universities live the Ivy Leagues as well as top ranked ones to whom the score of GRE is not the only criteria to judge a candidate and his/her merits. For instances, when I applied at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), there was a line written in their instruction page which was something like this, “if you are looking for some institution which judge the candidate’s suitability only by their score in GRE, then this is not the place for you.” Just like that, universities like the Stanford or Berkeley or MIT – they evaluate their application on the basis of the entire student-profile. One of the many reasons behind it may be the sheer level of potential applicants and the hard-core competition in the candidate pool.

However, we must remember one thing, even though they all claim that they don’t give much emphasis on GRE scores, every applicants who are admitted there, has a score of 325+ or even 335+ in many cases. Therefore, if someone wants to get admitted in any university like this, he must remember that a good GRE score will take him to places.

That’s it for today. In my next article, I am going to discuss about the evaluation criteria of Universities  which are  not in the USA. Till then, happy reading.