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GRE Scores

The Graduate School requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores from all applicants except applicants to the following programs:

  • PhD in Business Administration: Applicants may provide GMAT scores instead.
  • PhD in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Cancer Biology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Pharmacology: These programs do not require the GRE or any other graduate exam scores. Applicants may upload scores if they feel they enhance their application. 
  • MS in Global Health, MS in Population Health Sciences, and MA in Bioethics and Science Policy: Applicants may provide MCAT scores instead.
  • MA in Liberal Studies (MALS): Applicants to this liberal studies program are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA): Applicants to this program are exempt from the GRE requirement. (The MFA in Dance does not require the GRE.)

How to Submit

GRE scores: Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to The Graduate School. Use institution code 5156. You do not need a department code. If ETS requires a department code, select any one of the department codes listed on its site. Regardless of the department code entered, the scores will come to The Graduate School as long as you use institution code 5156.  Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report. You do not need to notify us about minor differences in spacing or hyphenation (such as "Juan Carlos" vs. "JuanCarlos" or "Jane Henry Doe" vs. "Jane Henry-Doe").

GMAT scores: Ask Pearson VUE to send the scores directly to The Graduate School. Use institution code Q13-LX-66.

MCAT scores: In the MCAT score section of the online application, enter the score verification code and the AAMC ID. We will use this information to verify the official scores.

Score Requirements

  • The scores must not be more than five years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2019 and January 2020, your score report must be dated August 1, 2014, or later.
  • We do not accept expired scores, personal copies of scores, or attested or notarized score reports.
  • Some departments require a GRE subject test score. To determine if your department requires a GRE subject test score, see the department listing in the Departments and Programs section of The Graduate School website.


  • Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to reach The Graduate School by the application deadline.
  • If you have taken the GRE more than once, please enter your highest score for each component. If you have not yet taken the GRE, please enter the date you are scheduled to take it.
  • We realize that the GRE scores of international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, may be affected by language and cultural differences. This is taken into consideration when applications are evaluated.

Duke does not have an absolute cut-off point for GRE scores when considering applicants, but it may be useful to review the averages and ranges for applicants admitted in recent years (see the Statistics section.)  Depending on the department, any one of the three sections of the GRE may be weighted more heavily than the others.


For GRE registration forms and more information on the test, visit the GRE Website or contact:

Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
(866) 473-4373 (USA) or (609) 771-7670 (outside the US)

Frequently asked questions about GRE scores