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GRE Answer Sheet

One of the most common questions we receive through email and at grad fairs is:

Do I need to submit GRE scores as part of my application?

Once again, I have both short and long answers.

The short answer is yes. All of our programs require standardized test scores and the GRE is the most universally accepted.

The long answer is still yes, with a few qualifiers and one very specific exception.

Several (but not all) of our degree programs will accept other standardized test scores in lieu of the GRE.  For example, our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program will accept either GRE or GMAT test scores.  Our Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) through the Department of International Health will accept either GRE or MCAT scores. But, our master’s degrees through Health, Behavior and Society will only accept the GRE.

It’s very important to know the requirements for your specific program of interest.

How do you find this information? Our application requirements chart is your friend!

And what is that one very specific exception I mentioned?

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) program – and only our Master of Public Health program – will review applications without standardized test scores for those applicants with a graduate degree beyond the baccalaureate.

It’s important to note, though, that these applicants put themselves at a significant disadvantage if their admission materials don’t clearly demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills. This is particularly true for applicants with medical degrees earned outside of the U.S. Additionally, applicants who request to have their materials reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

Do you have more questions about standardized test scores?  Check out our FAQ, email us at or wait for upcoming blog posts!

In our first post, we mentioned opening the doors to our virtual office. 

Shenay opens the suite doors for visitors.

We’re holding the door, come on in!

Most of the questions we get this time of year have to do with the admissions process.

How do I apply?

Can I send my transcript before I submit my application?

Who reviews application materials and what are they looking for?

In the next few posts, we’ll outline the application process and what happens to your materials once they leave your hands and arrive in ours.

Getting Started

Applications to the Bloomberg School are submitted online through a service called ApplyYourself (AY).  To start an application, create an AY account and receive your password and pin. Once in the application, complete the form by providing your contact information, academic history, program you’re applying to, employment history, etc.  Supporting materials such as your personal statement and resume may be uploaded to the application. Recommendation providers may also be entered and given the opportunity to provide a secure recommendation online.

You have the ability to save your work, logout and come back later. You may complete the application in a day, over several days or even several months. Just be sure to submit your application before the deadline of your program!

While you work on composing the perfect application, you should also order supporting materials (i.e. transcripts and test scores) and have them officially sent to Admissions Services. Application requirements can vary, so read our instructions carefully.

Applicants with international academic records should be aware of our credentials evaluation requirement and begin that process well in advance of their application deadline.

Supporting materials are also due before the application deadline. If your documents arrive before you formally submit your application, we’ll date stamp and keep them in a holding file for up to two years. The important thing is to submit your application and supporting materials before the deadline. They may arrive in any order.

Don’t risk missing your deadline! Send those materials early!

Next post: What happens when I click submit?