Top Universities in USA Without GRE in 2024

Top Universities in USA Without GRE in 2024

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 16:55 IST

International students aiming to study in the USA for a Master's-level course have to either submit GMAT or GRE exam scores. However, there are some US universities which do not require GRE scores. A lot of US universities without GRE, offer applicants admission. Around 60% of the US universities have waived off the GRE as an integral admission requirement for applicants since the year 2022. The students who have appeared for the GRE exam are still free to submit their scores. Please note, that these universities are not test-optional for GRE exam score acceptance. 

top universities in us without gre

GRE or Graduate Record Examinations is a standardized test required for getting into many graduate schools in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. GRE scores are accepted by thousands of graduate schools worldwide for admission to MS courses. However, there are a lot of students who still don't want to take the GRE exam. You can also read about the top universities globally that don’t require a GRE.

Apart from MS courses, universities also give admission to students to pursue PhD courses without GRE. Few universities give admission to students to pursue some particular courses without GRE scores, however, they ask for GRE scores for some other courses that they offer. There is a myth that only low-ranked universities offer MS courses without GRE scores. One of the best universities MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers its popular Electrical Engineering and Computer Science courses without GRE scores.

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GRE Waived Off Universities in the USA

The following US universities waive off GRE scores from international students for their upcoming Fall intakes:

Studying in the USA Without a GRE

Check out the video below for a detailed analysis of master's in the USA without GRE scores:

List of US Universities that have Waived Off the GRE

Apart from the above-mentioned, there are more universities that offer admission to MS courses without GRE scores.

US Universities that have Waived Off GRE

California State University, Sacramento

Rivier University

University of Florida for Arts Education

University of Idaho

Wichita State University

Monmouth University (NJ)

University of Northern Virginia, Manassas

Farleigh Dickinson University (NJ)

Rowan University (NJ)

West Texas A&M University

Virginia State University

Villanova University

Montclair State University (NJ)

Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana

The Richard Stockton College of NJ



GRE scores are optional for getting admission to MS courses offered by some universities. If you are planning to get into an MS course without a GRE, then you have to take into consideration other important factors that make your profile strong. You need to have a strong profile if you want to get into an MS course without GRE scores. Also, in various cases, having GRE scores specifically good GRE scores can help you get into a good university. Apart from this, with good GRE scores, you can also have the chance of getting GRE scholarships as well.

Universities Waiving Off GRE for Fall 2023 Intake FAQs

Q. Are there any universities waiving GRE for Fall 2023 Data Science course?

A. There are many universities waiving GRE for Fall 2023 Data Science course. Some of these include Texas A&M University, Indian University, Bloomington, etc. Keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic, many universities decided to waive GRE and GMAT requirements. Instead, these universities are considering other aspects of the application; such as LOR, SOPs, etc. However, it is suggested that the students take GRE/GMAT tests even if the universities have waived them off for certain courses. Having a strong GRE score will definitely give a boost to your profile and will help you gain an advantage over other applicants who are not providing their GRE score. This will automatically reduce competition.

Q. What documents are required for admission in the case of a GRE waiver?

A. If you are applying to a university where the GRE score has been waived off, you are expected to provide other application documents that include your academic transcripts, degree certificates, resume, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, admission essays, English language test scores, etc. In such a scenario, it is expected that you will face stiff competition because one of the components of your application is being waived off. You cannot change your academic background in a short span of time; however, scoring well on the GRE is something that can be done with meticulous preparation. Hence, it is advised that students appear for GRE in order to improve their chances of selection.

Q. Can we do MS abroad without GRE?

A. You can pursue your MS even without the GRE score. In the wake of COVID-19, many universities in the US decided to waive the GRE requirement. Even some of the top-ranked universities, such as MIT, decided to waive off GRE. Students can pursue MS in Computer Science, MS in Data Science, MS in Power Engineering, etc. from universities in the US. Some other Universities include the University of Pittsburgh, Oklahoma University, California State University, Florida International University, Missouri Western State University, Oklahoma University, etc.

Q. Can I justify a GRE waiver?

A. If a University has waived off the GRE requirement or if it has kept it as an option, you can justify it by providing strong and well-written documents that include a CV, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, admission essays, etc. Your admission documents must be able to highlight the skills that are tested on the GRE. However, it is recommended that you appear for the GRE exam in order to improve your profile. Scoring well on the GRE exam is something that is in your control. You cannot change your academic background and it takes time to complete certification and skill development courses. Hence, the easiest option for you to beat the completion is to score on the GRE.

Q. Is it true that only the low-ranked universities waive off GRE?

A. This is absolutely not true. Even the top-ranking Universities such as MIT, California State University Long Beach, the University of Texas at Austin, etc. have waived off the GRE requirement. Moreover, the entry standards for the universities have not been reduced despite a GRE waiver. Other admission documents such as academic transcripts, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, interview, etc. are being used by the universities to shortlist the candidates. In fact, the removal of the GRE has increased the competition as those with average academic backgrounds could have improved their profile if the GRE requirement was in place.

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Rajeev Nair

2 years ago

Is MPS degree not considered equivalent to MS degree from a certificate recognition point of view ?

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