MS in USA Without GRE Requirement for Fall 2022

Last Updated on November 22, 2021 :


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is an essential admission requirement for MS in USA and Canada. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and other reasons), several top universities are now offering MS in USA without GRE. In this post, we have aggregated the list of top universities that do not require GRE for MS for the Fall 2022 intake. Additionally, we will also discuss if you should take GRE even if the University does not require GRE and/or GRE-optional.

List of Top US Universities Offering MS without GRE Requirement for Fall 2022

MS in Computer Science without GRE

UniversityGRE RequirementWill GRE score be considered, if submitted?Application DeadlineRanking Category
CMUHighly RecommendedDec 9Ivy/Elite
MITNot RequiredDec 15Ivy/Elite
StanfordNot RequiredDec 7Ivy/Elite
HarvardNot RequiredDec 1Ivy/Elite
UC BerkeleyNot RequiredNoDec 8Ivy/Elite
UI Urbana-ChampaignNot RequiredYesDec 15Top 10
CornellOptionalFeb 1Top 10
Michigan Ann ArborNot RequiredYesJan 15Top 15
ColumbiaOptionalYesJan 15Top 15
UCLANot RequiredYesDec 15Top 15
UCSDNot RequiredYesDec 15Top 20
UMD College ParkNot RequiredYesDec 17Top 20
PurdueNot RequiredDec 20Top 20
RiceOptionalJan 1Top 20
USCNot RequiredDec 15 / Jan 15Top 20
BrownNot RequiredFeb 1Top 25
UNC Chapel HillRecommendedDec 14 / Mar 8Top 25
MinnesotaNot RequiredNoMar 1Top 30
NorthwesternNot RequiredNov 30 / Dec 31 / Feb 28Top 30
Ohio StateNot RequiredDec 1 / Jan 31Top 30
UC IrvineRecommendedDec 15Top 30
University of VirginiaOptionalYesFeb / Apr 1Top 30
UC DavisNot RequiredNoJan 5Top 40
UC Santa BarbaraNot RequiredDec 15Top 40
Stony BrookOptionalJan 15Top 40
Colorado BoulderNot RequiredDec 15Top 40
Virginia TechNot RequiredYesDec 20Top 40
Texas A&MNot RequiredNoJan 15Top 50
University of ArizonaNot RequiredYesJan 15Top 50
University of UtahOptionalYesDec 15Top 50
Boston UniveristyRequiredApr 1Top 50
Northeastern UniversityRequiredApr 15Top 50
University of FloridaRequiredFeb 15Top 60
University of RochesterRequiredFeb 15Top 60
Indiana BloomingtonOptionalYesJan 1 / Feb 26Top 60
Michigan StateStrongly RecommendedDec 31Top 60
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteOptionalJan 1Top 60
UC Santa CruzNot RequiredNoJan 24Top 60
VanderbiltOptionalJan 15Top 60
George Mason UniversityNot RequiredMar 15Top 75
Oregon State UniversityNot RequiredYesDec 15 (MS) / Rolling (MEng)Top 75

*Boston University is the only university in the above list that accepts 3-year Bachelor’s degrees for MS Computer Science.

MS in Data Science without GRE

UniversityGRE/GMAT RequirementCan Student Submit GRE?GMAT ScoreApplication Deadline
HarvardNot RequiredNoDec 1
ColumbiaOptionalJan 15 / Feb 15
NorthwesternNot RequiredYesRolling
PennsylvaniaOptionalFeb 1
Michigan Ann ArborNot RequiredNoFeb 1
USCNot RequiredDec 15 / Jan 5
RochesterOptionalJan 5 / Feb 15
DukeOptionalFeb 15
VirginiaOptionalJan 6
Indiana BloomingtonOptionalJan 1 / Feb 26
MinnesotaNot RequiredYesMar 1
University of WashingtonNot RequiredJan 10
UW-MadisonNot RequiredMar 1
UC San DiegoNot Required if you have more than 2 years of relevant experienceMay 4

List of Top Universities That Do Not Require GRE (or GMAT) for MS Business Analytics

  • MIT Sloan – GRE/GMAT Optional
  • USC Marshall – Not Required
  • Washington Foster – Optional
  • NC State – Not Required
  • Northwestern McCormick – GMAT/GRE Waiver available
  • Indiana Kelley – GMAT/GRE Waiver available
  • DePaul University – Not Required

Related Article: List of Top Universities that Do Not Require GRE for MS Biotechnology / Biomedical Sciences

Role of GRE in Evaluation for MS Admissions

Traditionally, US universities follow a holistic admission approach. Ideally, admission officers (or universities) give certain weightage to the following parameters:

  • Undergraduate GPA and Class Rank: 25 – 30%
  • GRE (or GMAT): 15%
  • SOP/Essays: 15 – 25%
  • Letter of Recommendation: 10 – 15%
  • Relevant Projects, Internships, Work Experience: 10%
  • College / Employer Brand Name: 5%
  • Extracurriculars: 5%
  • Demonstrated Interest: 5%

List of Top Universities Offering MS in USA without GRE

What will happen if a University Does Not Require GRE for MS?

Now, if a University is not asking for GRE, that will automatically put more weight on GPA (and Class Rank), SoP (Personal Statement and Essays), and the Letters of Recommendation. Factors like Demonstrate Interest and relevant work experience will also play a bigger role.

At this stage, you can’t change your GPA or influence other factors like your College Brand Name or Work Experience. However, you can certainly polish your Statement of Purpose (SoP) and influence the Letters of Recommendation. It would be only wise that you put serious effort into your essays/SoP.

Related Articles:

How to Shortlist Universities for MS in USA for Fall 2022 Intake?

How to Write an SOP for MS Applications at Ivy and Elite Universities

Key Strategies and Tips on How to Write SoP for MS

What to do if a University is GRE Optional?

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    Now, this is a tricky situation. Should you take the GRE if it’s optional?

    When a school announces that it is ‘GRE-optional, this simply means that GRE scores are not required to complete the application. But, you need to remember that most of these schools still do factor in GRE scores should you choose to include them in your Master’s application.

    After all, the graduate schools and programs use GRE to evaluate candidates for scholastic potential. Hence, if a particular school is following a test-optional policy, it’s only wise to submit the GRE scores unless you have done exceedingly well in other parameters.

    Read this Reddit thread on what to do in case of GRE being Optional.


    If you decide to take GRE and score well, there is a higher chance of getting merit scholarships as most of your competitors will decide to apply without GRE, and your high GRE score will stand out among your competition.

    However, if your GRE score is not great (or below-average for that particular school), do not submit the score for the universities that are GRE-optional. That might backfire.

    Making the University List for MS in USA without GRE for Fall 2022

    So, if you haven’t appeared for GRE or if you have average or below-average GRE scores, making the final university list will be tricky. You have to mix and match schools that do not require GRE at all (and not going to consider GRE score, if submitted) and a few GRE-optional schools. Additionally, you should also have the usual gradation – Ambitious (Dream) Schools, Reach (Target) Schools, Moderate, and Safety-Net Schools.

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    Tanmoy Ray
    I am a Career Adviser & Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage Operations at Stoodnt. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India).
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