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GRE Scores

In light of testing center disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, most programs have waived the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score requirement for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants to GRE optional programs may still submit GRE scores if they feel the scores enhance their application. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.

For a complete list of all programs and their GRE requirement status, please click here.

For easy reference, the programs listed below continue to require the GRE:

GRE required:

  • Analytical Political Economy (AM)
  • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
  • Computer Science (Ph.D.)
  • Computer Science (MS)
  • Critical Asian Humanities (AM)
  • East Asian Studies (AM)
  • Economics (Ph.D.)
  • Economics (AM)
  • Economics and Computation (MS)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Political Science (Ph.D.)
  • Political Sciences (AM)
  • Sociology (Ph.D.)
  • Statistical Science (Ph.D.)
  • Statistical Science (MS)

All programs not listed above are GRE optional.

Alternate tests available:

  • Bioethics & Science Policy (MA): Applicants may provide MCAT scores instead. (Optional for 2020-2021)
  • Bioethics & Science Policy (JD/MA): Applicants may provide LSAT scores instead. (Optional for 2020-2021)
  • Business Administration (Ph.D.): Applicants may provide GMAT scores instead.
  • Global Health (MS): Applicants may provide MCAT scores instead. (Optional for 2020-2021)
  • Population Health Sciences (Ph.D./MS): Applicants may provide MCAT scores instead. (Optional for 2020-2021)

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 at grad-admissions@duke.edu 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 section of the Additional Academic Information page 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 2020 and January 2021, your score report must be dated August 1, 2015, 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.

Notes

  • Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to reach The Graduate School by the application deadline. It will take 2-3 business days for your test scores to link to your application after submission.
  • 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
USA
(866) 473-4373 (USA) or (609) 771-7670 (outside the US)

Frequently asked questions about GRE scores