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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
|University||GRE Requirement||Will GRE score be considered, if submitted?||Application Deadline||Ranking Category|
|CMU||Highly Recommended||Dec 9||Ivy/Elite|
|MIT||Not Required||Dec 15||Ivy/Elite|
|Stanford||Not Required||Dec 7||Ivy/Elite|
|Harvard||Not Required||Dec 1||Ivy/Elite|
|UC Berkeley||Not Required||No||Dec 8||Ivy/Elite|
|UI Urbana-Champaign||Not Required||Yes||Dec 15||Top 10|
|Cornell||Optional||Feb 1||Top 10|
|Michigan Ann Arbor||Not Required||Yes||Jan 15||Top 15|
|Columbia||Optional||Yes||Jan 15||Top 15|
|UCLA||Not Required||Yes||Dec 15||Top 15|
|UCSD||Not Required||Yes||Dec 15||Top 20|
|UMD College Park||Not Required||Yes||Dec 17||Top 20|
|Purdue||Not Required||Dec 20||Top 20|
|Rice||Optional||Jan 1||Top 20|
|USC||Not Required||Dec 15 / Jan 15||Top 20|
|Brown||Not Required||Feb 1||Top 25|
|UNC Chapel Hill||Recommended||Dec 14 / Mar 8||Top 25|
|Minnesota||Not Required||No||Mar 1||Top 30|
|Northwestern||Not Required||Nov 30 / Dec 31 / Feb 28||Top 30|
|Ohio State||Not Required||Dec 1 / Jan 31||Top 30|
|UC Irvine||Recommended||Dec 15||Top 30|
|University of Virginia||Optional||Yes||Feb / Apr 1||Top 30|
|UC Davis||Not Required||No||Jan 5||Top 40|
|UC Santa Barbara||Not Required||Dec 15||Top 40|
|Stony Brook||Optional||Jan 15||Top 40|
|Colorado Boulder||Not Required||Dec 15||Top 40|
|Virginia Tech||Not Required||Yes||Dec 20||Top 40|
|Texas A&M||Not Required||No||Jan 15||Top 50|
|University of Arizona||Not Required||Yes||Jan 15||Top 50|
|University of Utah||Optional||Yes||Dec 15||Top 50|
|Boston Univeristy||Required||Apr 1||Top 50|
|Northeastern University||Required||Apr 15||Top 50|
|University of Florida||Required||Feb 15||Top 60|
|University of Rochester||Required||Feb 15||Top 60|
|Indiana Bloomington||Optional||Yes||Jan 1 / Feb 26||Top 60|
|Michigan State||Strongly Recommended||Dec 31||Top 60|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Optional||Jan 1||Top 60|
|UC Santa Cruz||Not Required||No||Jan 24||Top 60|
|Vanderbilt||Optional||Jan 15||Top 60|
|George Mason University||Not Required||Mar 15||Top 75|
|Oregon State University||Not Required||Yes||Dec 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
|University||GRE/GMAT Requirement||Can Student Submit GRE?GMAT Score||Application Deadline|
|Harvard||Not Required||No||Dec 1|
|Columbia||Optional||Jan 15 / Feb 15|
|Michigan Ann Arbor||Not Required||No||Feb 1|
|USC||Not Required||Dec 15 / Jan 5|
|Rochester||Optional||Jan 5 / Feb 15|
|Indiana Bloomington||Optional||Jan 1 / Feb 26|
|Minnesota||Not Required||Yes||Mar 1|
|University of Washington||Not Required||Jan 10|
|UW-Madison||Not Required||Mar 1|
|UC San Diego||Not Required if you have more than 2 years of relevant experience||May 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
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%
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.
What to do if a University is GRE Optional?
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.
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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