GRE for MBA: More students are taking the GRE route to business schools
Updated on Jan 15, 2016 - 2:18 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das

- While GMAT is still touted as one of the most popular management admissions test, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is steadily making a place for itself in the business school admissions scene. According to the Educational Testing Service- the conducting body of GRE, as of the testing year ending June 30, 2015, the number of GRE takers aiming for business studies grew by more than 9% over the previous testing year, and almost doubled since the testing year ending June 30, 2012.  “The GRE revised General Test is the only admissions test that is accepted by graduate and business school programs worldwide, giving test takers more opportunities for success,” says Dawn Piacentino, director of communication and services for the GRE Program at ETS.

Are more business schools accepting GRE?

For a fact, GMAT has traditionally had a strong foothold in the MBA admissions process. In the testing year 2015, a total of 247,432 GMAT exams were taken by business school aspirants around the world of which over 600,000 score reports were sent to management programmes. However, current numbers are proof that MBA programmes are not restricting themselves to GMAT. In its 2015 survey, Kaplan Test Prep found that 90% of the 222 business schools on their survey across USA and Great Britain allowed aspirants to submit scores of GRE for MBA in place of GMAT, which is a huge jump given that only 24% of the business schools had accepted GRE until 2009. Further, compared to 2014, 42% of admissions officers in 2015 reported an increase in the number of applicants submitting scores of GRE for MBA.

One of the major factors for the emergence of GRE is that scores of GRE for MBA attract a more diverse pool of students to the management classes. That is because GRE test takers are more likely to be from non-management backgrounds like Science and Mathematics which has, in fact, been a high talking point for business schools in the last couple of years. As reflected in their class profiles, top ranked business schools like Harvard and Stanford University are increasingly admitting students with non- management background. For example, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has admitted 39% STEM students to its class of 2015 while almost 36% of the MBA class for 2017 in Harvard University is from STEM fields. As David Payne, Vice President and COO of Global Education at Educational Testing Service, puts it in a statement: “The trend in business fields makes a lot of sense. The GRE revised General Test is a great option for applying to MBA and specialized master’s programs.”


Why GRE for Business schools?

One of the plus points of taking GRE is that it offers the student with a wider scope in terms of programmes. This is, especially, applicable to students from non – management backgrounds who are still on the fence regarding their choice of study. While you can submit score of GRE for MBA in traditional branches, it is definitely the best choice for STEM students who want to go for tailor-made management courses like Masters in Engineering Management (MEM) where GRE is not just accepted but also preferred. Commonly known as the Engineer’s MBA, MEM is a specialised management programme which includes the application of engineering principles and techniques. Offered by the likes of MIT and Cornell University, Engineering management programmes, though accept GMAT, show more preference for score of GRE for MBA in engineering management.

Below are the average GRE scores accepted in the top universities offering Engineering Management


Test accepted




GRE -Verbal 153; Quants155

Cornell University



Stanford University



Duke University


Verbal 153-159

Quantitative 160-167

Analytical Writing 3.5-4.0

Northwestern University


Verbal: 160

Quantitative: 160

Writing: 5.0

University of Southern California




analytical writing-4.0

Another important factor which makes it easier for business school aspirants to opt for GRE is that fact that the GRE is section adaptive and lets students to skip questions. This allows test takers to adapt to different target and time management strategies that many students find useful. “Students can skip questions and change answers on a GRE test, which data show helps lead to better scores. Plus, if test takers decide to take the test again, they can send only their best set of scores,” notes Mr. Payne.

Below are the scores of GRE for business schools:




Harvard Business School



University of Pennsylvania: Wharton



Stanford Graduate School of Business






Columbia Business School



Iese Business School



MIT: Sloan



University of Chicago: Booth



University of California at Berkeley: Haas



Click here for the full list of cut off scores of GRE for business schools across the world.


Beyond business schools:

It is not just in management programmes that the number of GRE test takers has increased. While many business schools are accepting GRE for MBA programmes, GRE has also witnessed an increase among test takers across all fields baring Humanities. In the testing year ending June 2015, the total number of Global GRE test takers rose to 544,808 from 542,468- an increase of just over 2000 candidates.

When it came to Indian aspirants though, GRE for MBA programmes as well as others has made quite a positive jump with over 10,000 more students appearing for the test in 2014-15 from the previous year. A major factor here is the overall increase in students flying to pursue their education abroad, especially in the USA. “As higher education mobility patterns evolve we are seeing astounding growth from almost all regions of the world,” says Mr. Payne.


GRE test takers across streams:













Business & Finance



Arts and Humanities



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hi I always want to crack GRE is that possible

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.

Please check the link below which has the much needed information about the exam, pattern and syllabus. Hope it helps. Good luck!


I am a student of galgotias university and my gre score is 310 and having 8+ cgpa in mechanical engineering. I done two intenships one from DRDO and other one from Indian railway. Also i had done two research paper. What are my chances of getting technical university of Munich or Berlin.?

dheeraj reddy 14th Feb, 2020

Hi sajal

As far as CGPA is considered, you meet the minimum requirement stated by both the TUs. Also as you know, for selection, your overall profiles matters. I see you have mentioned 2 research papers. They would add a great value to your application if they are relevant to the Masters you are applying.

GRE is not mandatory for TU Berlin and most of the programs in TUM too.

You would need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 88 for clearing language requirements.

You would need German language proficiency of atleast C1 level ( only if you are applying for a course with German taught modules). Also even for english taught programs, having a basic German proficiency of A2 level would greatly help in your application.

For TUM, they might conduct a further aptitude assessment depending on the strength of your application.

Your internships would add value only if they are relevant to your field of study (the Masters you are applying).

Apart from the above mentioned, Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) / Letter of Motivation and Letters of Recommendation would also have a key impact on your application. Make sure you describe well how your past experiences ( internships, research exp, any work exp) and the masters program you are going to undertake would help in your future goals.

I hope I was helpful to you. Remember again , your overall profile matters. Don't be discouraged if you fall short in any one of the aspects.

With research papers, internships, you are already ahead of several applicants. You have a good chance for any Masters degree relevant to Mechanical Engineering. Goodluck!


Sir, I would like to do my masters in biotechnology for that what type of GRE test should I apply I mean like GRE general test or GRE subject test (biology)

Swatika Sharma 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Greeshma,

As you didn't mention anything so I'm expecting you to be an undergraduate or you are pursuing it. First of all, I recommend you choose what you want to accomplish in future: Do you want to do your postgraduate, Abroad or in India itself?

GRE (Graduation Record Examination) is a universally comprehended exam which is supervised by ETS ( Education Testing Services). GRE examination is taken by future aspirants for postgraduate programs in foreign universities and its score are approved in over 160 countries colleges and universities across the world. GRE exam is conducted in two types such as- GRE general test and GRE subject test.

GRE general test is the primary requirements for most of the postgraduate programs in Abroad or in India which consists of verbal perception, analytical writing and quantitative reasoning while GRE subject test is specifically for subjects which you are looking for like biology.

In India, there are very few technical colleges which are accepting GRE scores but for not the same course you are opting for, while there are so many colleges or universities in Abroad which approved or accepted GRE scores.

In my opinion, the GRE general test should be given for admission in Postgraduate programs.  Along with the GRE general test, it's best for you to give the subject test (in biology ) which give extra weightage to your academic record either it's your choice.

Hope its help!!


Graduation in dental surgery(5yr)+3 yr work ex. Masters in hopsital admin(2 yr) + 3 yr of work ex. Wish to pursue PhD in health allied course in USA. Am i eligible to apply also how much GRE score would be required to apply for a good university?

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you are definitely eligible to pursue PhD from USA.

Kindly look up for edibility criteria for the colleges where you wish to apply. Some colleges do not require GRE scores for admissions in PhD. The criteria differs in each college.

However, you may have to appear for TOEFL/IELTS. Usually scores between 98-120 is accepted in most of the colleges.

Good Luck!


What is GRE? What is its use? What is its qualifications?

Kanupriya Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

GRE is also called Graduate Record Examination and it tests your verbal reasoning skills, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is a 3 hour and 45 minutes test and it is mandatory if you are applying for a Masters or Doctorate in the US. It is computer-based. You also have the option of taking it multiple times and there is a limit of taking it the maximum five times in a year. You can attempt it only once in 21 days. These scores are valid for 5 years. For the verbal and quantitative section, GRE score falls around 150 to 152. If you get 165 you are have secured close to 95%. In the section of analytical writing, an average score would be 3.5, 6 being the highest.

The paper is as follows:

You will have to write two essays for the analytical writing section within the time limit of 30 minutes where you will have to analyse one argument and one issue.

You will face 20 questions in verbal and quantitative learning each.

There is an unsecured section at the end of the exam which is a dummy and does not carry marks but is to be filled so that the conducting body can get information about the candidate.

Countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and UK accept GRE scores. Other than determining your eligibility, GRE seems to enhance a candidates profile. Taking subject tests in GRE seems to be an additional advantage for specific courses abroad.

Hope this helps. All the best!

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