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 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 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!