GRE Requirement Suspended for Most Graduate Center Programs

For the first time, all of The Graduate Center’s master’s programs and most of its doctoral programs are suspending their GRE requirements for fall and spring admission. The decision stems from the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on GRE testing. 

The GRE will not be required for fall 2021 or spring 2021 admission to The Graduate Center’s 16 master’s programs. Of 31 doctoral programs, seven will maintain their GRE requirements. They are:

  • Audiology
  • Biochemistry (optional)
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Mathematics (General GRE remains required; however, the Subject Test requirement is suspended)
  • Physics (optional)

“The Graduate Center is very sensitive to the stress that students are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Director of Admissions Les Gribben. “We seek students of all backgrounds who will benefit from of our rich academic offerings, and we are committed to supporting students as they follow their graduate school ambitions and navigate the admissions process.”

In lieu of GRE scores, admissions committees may request additional writing samples or interviews as an alternative means of evaluating applicants’ qualifications. The Office of Admissions notes that, “If you have already taken the exam, please upload your scores as usual as it will help the committee review your application.”

TOEFL and IELTS requirements remain in place for students with undergraduate degrees from foreign countries in which English is not the primary language. 

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, ETS, the organization that administers the GRE and the TOEFL, closed its testing centers. ETS now offers online versions of both tests that can be taken at home.   

Applicants should review The Graduate Center’s deadline and requirements chart for a complete list of program requirements, and they are invited to contact the Office of Admissions at with any questions about testing, admissions, or graduate school options. 

Submitted on: JUL 9, 2020

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