List of US colleges that DO NOT require GRE

Attempted GRE but failed to get a reasonably good score?
Late for your application deadline and don’t have time for GRE?
Want to do your masters but don’t want to study until you get there?
Forgot how to study for competitive exams? Well, don’t fret!

If you have a low GPA and looking to study further? Look no further, here is an article with a list of colleges/universities that accept students with a low GPA. You will also find tips to boost your academic profile.

Wiithout further ado, here is a list of colleges/universities in the US that don’t require the GRE score.



San Jose University – computer science

California State University – Channel Islands – computer science

California State University – Northbridge – computer science

Bridge Port University – computer science

Wichita State University – computer science

Boston University CIS (Master of Science in Computer Information Systems)

Norwich University CIS (Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance)

University of Cincinnati – Master of Health Informatics


Boston University MSM (Master of Science in International Marketing Management)

Norwich University MIS (Master of Science in Leadership)

Ohio MBA (NO GRE, NO GMAT required)

Norwich University MBA

Pepperdine University – MBA (GMAT is an alternative if the applicant has five years of full-time work experience and a quantitative Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree may also qualify as an alternative.)

Northeastern University – MBA (GRE not required unless applicant does not meet the 5 year professional experience requirement)

Nova Southern University – Master’s in Educational Administration & Leadership

University of Southern California – Master of Communication Management(GRE recommended, not required)


Norwich University – Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Nova Southern University – Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning


California State University – Sacramento – Civil Engineering

Norwich – Civil Engineering


Ohio University – MSN – Masters in Nursing (GRE is waived if GPA is 3.2 or +)

Ohio University – MHA – Masters in Health Administration (GRE is waived if GPA is 3.2 or +)

University of Arizona MSN – Masters in Nursing

University of Cincinnati – Master of Health Informatics

University of Cincinnati – MSN – Master in Nursing

University of Illinois at Chicago – Master of Science in Health Informatics

Norwich – Nursing

Maryville University – Nurse Practitioners Program


Carnegie Mellon University – Physics

University of New Mexico – Biomedical science


University of New England – Masters of Social Work

University of Southern California – Master of Management in Library and Information Science (If you go to the FAQ on the page mentions that it doesn’t require a GRE or GMAT)

George Washington University – Masters in Political Management (only required if undergrad GPA is less than 3.0 and you don’t want to submit professional work samples)

George Washington University – Masters in Strategic Public Relations Online (only required if undergrad GPA is less than 3.0 and you don’t want to submit professional work samples)

Norwich – Public Admin

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Taxation
(GRE not required unless applicant does not meet minimum requirements)

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Finance


University of Maryland University College

University of Dayton

Drop in a note, if you have any questions.
For professional career advice, head on to Careerealism.

Samantha Stauf, has been very kind to add on to this list, every now and then. A huge thank you to her. Here is an article written by her on Grad School, “Will Grad School REALLY help your Career?”. Give it a read! It just might help you make that next big decision of your life.

If you have a low GPA and looking to study further? Look no further, here is an article with a list of colleges/universities that accept students with a low GPA. You will also find tips to boost your academic profile.

Vineet’s Tip: It’s useful to take the GRE exam (even if it’s just for namesake), as this will help your visa application.

Good luck and Happy Studying!

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About Vineet Karkera

A mix of everything. Sugar Spice and everything nice! Na. just kidding! That's not how I was born! Neither am I powerpuffed, nor am I a girl. I am just another confused IT developer who wishes to experience all that life has to offer, but is possessed and owned by his laptop!


  1. Any idea if the subject GRE is essential for applying to major grad schools, or if the general GRE will suffice? Thanks in advance…

    • Hey Utkarsh…. I think the General GRE is accepted by most univs, very few ask for the subject. But that depends on which field your focus is on…

      ..I suggest, list out 10-12 univs in an excel sheet… about 4 dream univs of your choice… 6 moderately good univs.. and 2-3 univs that you are sure of gettin’
      Once you have this list, go through each of their websites and see which tests they prefer.. the GRE subject or GRE general.
      Then make your decision.

      Hope this helps.. Good Luck on your university hunt! : )

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  3. Vipin

    You are boring baldy i mean storm rider!!😀

  4. There are so many social factors that can divert a young person from studying and college success that such tests have very little indication of student quality or more precisely evaluating work ethic. . I suppose they have to have something as part of the weaning out process, however. I barely graduated with a 2.0 (with 2 extra semesters for retake courses). I completed 33 years as a high school history teacher in Miami Dade schools: low income, violent, drug invested, dysfunctional families, immigrant populations and the new teachers “smarter ” than me did not last much past the second year. I also completed two post grad degrees. Thanks visit my blog.

    • Hi Carl… I didn’t know you were a teacher until now… BA in History, MA in Religion.. very cool. : ) I have to say, a very very impressive ‘About Me’ page at your blog. : ) I wish one day I can do al least half the things you do..:P
      You are quite right.. A single test cannot judge the potential of a candidate… But I guess they need a test, to judge applicants from all over the world on the same platform. And there are loads of distractions when you’re young.
      33 years in teaching? You must be a very patient man. : )
      You’re poetry, your humourous drawings are just brilliant.
      Keep doing what you are doing, Sir.:)
      And thanks for taking the time out on my blog.
      Have a good week ahead. : )

  5. Well good luck with this! I think one might be better to just bite the bullet and take it! k.

    • haha.. I know!… but somehow this time I managed to dodge the bullet😉 : ) … I got admission in a university in Canada which didn’t rquire the GRE test. So happy! Will joining this September. So so excited!
      Thanks for taking the time and commenting.:) Appreciate it.

      • Hi Vineet – My brother is looking for universities in Canada that dont need GRE scores. Any tips? Thanks.

        • Hello there swapstar…

          Most universities in Canada say, in their admission requirement that the “GRE test is highly recommended” or “GRE is strongly recommended” etc.

          That’s only to scare you off.. Except the UBC, U of Torronto, York and a few others ( top universities ) in Canada require a GRE, but the rest accept applications without a GRE score provided you have reasonably good scores in your undergrad, and have a convincing statement of purpose.

          You might also want to tell your brother to get involved socially, a little community service if he is not already into it already. All this boosts up your profile. Community Service in Canada is given higher weigtage than marks or even GRE. : )

          Wish him the best of luck! : )
          Let me know if he requires info on anything else. I’ll try my best to help.
          I also have a list of good Canadian universities that don’t require GRE. Will share that soon. : )

          Hope this helped!


          • Ram

            I am planning to apply for MS in US or canada or Aus in Spring 2014. As you mentioned, i want to boost up my profile. However i am not exactly sure what community service to do… i get a million replies when i google NGO or community service…and this just bogs me down….. i live in chennai, i can afford to spend time on weekends to do community service…i work in an IT company as a software developer/engineer
            Please let me know any specific community service you did or any of your friends did, that they found rewarding both at a personal level and in their profile….or you can just tell me anything you know of. Any help is greatly appreciated…thanks a lot….

          • Abhinandh


            Hi Vineeth, I need the list of universities in canada that do not require GRE score for ms admission.Request you to get me the list ASAP.

  6. anu ravi

    hi, I just wrote my GRE and I got low marks. could you give me some universities in US that take moderate scores. ps: i am a GC holder if it would help😦

    • Hey Anu… this is a real tricky question. There is no straight forward anwser to that.. Each university looks at your profile i.e your work experience, community services, your SOP, your LOR, etc, even if your GRE score may not be that good, if the former is solid, then they will not hesitate to take you regardless of your gre score. I suggest go through a consultancy dealing with student studying abroad, they will definitely have a history record of students getting admission in universities in that GRE score range.

      Also, since you have the advantage of a green card, I suggest instead of looking for moderate universities in the US, look for good universities in Canada which don’t require GRE, or even NewZealand, UK n stuff. Once you finish your course after 1 or 2 years, you have the advantage of applying for work in the US. I’m sure it’ll work out for you.:)
      I think, your Green card is definitely an advantage for your Visa, and also getting a job in the US but not for gaining admsission in a univ.
      Anyways, good luck..:) And I hope this helped.:)

      All the best.

  7. Namaste Vineet,
    Yes, but why are studies only focused in these few areas?

    Nice article, though. What can you tell me about anthropological graduate schools and “no GREs”?!

  8. Ayub Y

    Hey storm,,i have a CGPA of 3.33 major in Information Systems Engineering, currently I’m looking for admissions in Canadian Universities with related fields of study; i didn’t take the GRE but still to take TOEFL exam i was wondering if you give me some clarifications on universities found in Canada that don’t require GRE as entry requirement, and list of universities that can accept me as per my profile. Thanks, i’ll be looking for your replay!!!

    • Hey Ayub.. most universities in Canada do not require GRE.. except for the top 3-4 universities like University of Toronto, UBC, McGill ‘n all… but the others simply mention ‘GRE is strongly recommended’. I suggest make a list of universities that say GRE is strongly recommended and those that dont mention GRE at all, then rank them ….. and then apply.. on the top of my head…for Computer Science and Information Technology the following dont require GRE although they may not mention it on their website… Dalhousie University, Acadia University, University of Saskatchwan, McMaster University, Memorial University, University of Regina, University of Geulph… if you could tell me what exact course you are looking at.. I could help you boil down to a better list. Hope this helped. Cheers, Vineet

  9. Jayhoon Jahish

    Hi, which university in US dose not require GER test for master of Urban and Regional Planning.
    Best regards

  10. rajesh

    Hi Vineet
    Question. My bro in law is in India and he has 16 years of education (but not continuous) 10+2+ 5years gap+3 years BCOM +5 years gap+2 Year MBA. Question is is he eligible for MS in US? secondly does he have to have any IT background to do MS

  11. sushant mishra

    IS their university which do not require GRE score for masters in MECHANICAL

    • Hi Sushant, I couldn’t find any masters program in mechanical so far, that doesn’t require GRE. But I did find a Civil Engineering program. Not sure if that would interest you. Cheers! And sorry about the late reply.

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  13. Aadi

    Dear Vinit,

    I am master student at Germany, Doing masters in Electronics engg. and done bachelors in India (4/4 GPA), I want to pursue my another masters in CS/IT in Canada or US. As my bachelors is not in CS/IT, do you think it will be big problem for me to get admit? I can get two strong recommendations. Also, publishing research paper soon. Two years of technical experience (non-IT). And few NGO certificates. Please suggest me what should i do? thank you,

    • You absolutely can.

      Few universities in the US and Canada offer a separate stream of Masters for students without a CS background.
      Let me know if you have any more questions. Sorry for the delay in responding to your query.

      Good Luck.

  14. charu sharma

    Hi Vineet,

    My name is Charu. I have done engineering in computer science and also have two years of work experience in an IT firm. I am planning to go for masters from some foreign university as soon as possible. Is it possible to get a good unversity without giving gre but just ielts?

    I would look forward to your reply.


    • Hi Charu,

      If your priority is just to study abroad, then your best bet would be to apply to universities in the following countries –
      UK, Canada, Germany

      Let me know if you have more questions.


  15. Sri harsha

    My gre score is 291 ( v-136, q-155) awa-3.0. Have a cgpa of 8.2 in my IT), presently working with a MNC. I am also an active member of a NGO. I want to apply for few universities in US as well as Few universities in Canada for MS in Cs. Please suggest me some good universities in US as well as in Canada.

    Is Msc in CS a good program in Canada?? How are the opportunities for CS people in Canada??


  16. venkatesh

    My name is venkatesh . I have done engineering in computer science( 2010-2014). I am planning to go for masters from some usa university as soon as possible. Is it possible to get a good unversity without giving gre but toefl score 75?

    I would look forward to your reply.

    • Hi Venkatesh,

      As I mentioned before, to go to US even if you gain admission to a university without writing GRE, you might still require it for some Visa formalities. Thus, it is highly recommended. Although this might not be true in some cases, as it varies from case to case.
      What are the universities you have in mind when you say good universities? Your best bet would be to go to the universities that you have in mind, and check the computer science department website for their minimum requirement. If you satisfy the requirement, I highly recommend you apply. Also, feel free to contact the department with your questions. They will be more than happy to guide. Let me know if you have any other questions, will try and answer to the best of my abilities.

      Good luck.
      Cheers, Vineet

  17. Ranjit

    My GRE score is 286
    my IELTS score is 6.5
    Can I get admission in Wichita state university for ms in cs ??

    • Hi Ranjit. It varies from case to case. If you satisfy the minimum requirements of the Department/University as stated on their website. Then I strongly suggest that you apply. Universities / Colleges take work experience, volunteer sxperience, extra curricular activities etc into account when making a decision. I suggest to look for alumini or currents students in that university and try and get in touch with them. I am sure they will be of help. All the best. : )
      – Vineet

  18. Samantha Stauf

    Hi Vineet. This is a great list of programs. I noticed that you were missing a few programs and universities that don’t require that the person take the GRE from the list. Thought you might be interested in adding them. Would you like me to send them for you to look over? Let me know and I would be happy to send them your way.


  19. SAM

    i would love to study oil and gas related course in a grad school and would like to have information on schools that offer such courses but do not require GRE

    • Hi Sam,

      Since you didn’t specify which country you were looking at, I am assuming you are willing to travel. If yes, then Canada has plenty of universities that accept students without a GRE score. For one, Memorial University of Newfoundland, has a well recognized graduate program in Oil and Gas. You might want to give it a look. Here is the link – . I am sure there are plenty more. I shall keep you posted when I do find something in US and other countries.

      Cheers and Good Luck,

  20. SAM

    Thanks Vinnet, I would like to study in the United States, i would appreciate any info on U.S Schools only. My first Degree background is Applied Geology. Thanks once again.

  21. Neenu

    I am pursuing M.Sc in space science &technology..We are about to complete our course.Iwould like to join phd astrophysics outside india, where do not require gre scores or other english tests as we’ve no enough time to clear those.would u pls guide to follow the institutions offering phd in astrophysics

  22. Hima Bindu

    Hello Storm,

    This is Hima Bindu, resident of India. I wish to pursue “Masters in Film direction” abroad. I am planning to take IELTS in two months. I have a 3 year bachelor’s degree in computer sciences. I have 9 months of experience in Deloitte as systems engineer. I want a list of universities which don’t consider GRE for admission OR the universities which offer admission based on IELTS itself.
    Any sort of help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.:)

  23. is my profile
    -University topper 2nd in PTU in Automation and Robotics ( GPA 3.25/4.00
    -Got two international certifications from KUKA robotics in basic and advance level
    -Got further certifications from online classes from John Hopkins University from Coursera
    -PLC and embedded training
    -Major Project: Autonomous Robotics arm
    -Regional Judge for an international robotics competition

    Recently i have taken GRE exam got a raw score of 289(V:140,Q:149). and still have to take TOEFL .
    I need suggestion for performing good in TOEFL
    should i take my GRE again
    please suggest some decent universities precisely for robotics (if u can figure out some or just electrical or ,mech programs) even with this much ,meager score?

  24. satinderpal singh

    Hi Techie.. need your help to sort out some universities for automotive electronics engineering.
    I am working in Fiat India (4 years senior validation engineer )but don’t see much as far as R&D is concerned so want to make a move but i am short of time to prepare for gre.
    below is my profile: 68% from ptu
    12th 63%
    10th 70%
    4yrs exp. in automotive electronics validation.
    ielts L8.5 R 7W6 S6 O 7

    my plan is to fly by feb 2017

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