GRE Scores

The GRE is now optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle only.

In light of testing center disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MEM Program has waived the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score requirement for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants may still submit GRE scores if they feel the scores enhance their application, and we will accept results from ETS' GRE at home. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.

Applicants may provide official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) results.

  • Your scores must not be more than five years old, and an official copy must be sent to our office directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • Use the institution code 5156, with department code 5199 for "any department not listed".  If you have chosen a different department code, your scores should still be available within the database of scores at Duke. You should not need to resend your scores.
  • Personal copies are not acceptable, nor are "attested" or notarized copies.
  • ETS can take several weeks to send electronic scores to schools, so you should plan to take the test or order prior scores at least one month prior to the deadline you seek. You must send official score reports to Duke, and scores must arrive prior to the deadline.
  • We do not require a minimum score.
  • For further information on the GRE, please visit the GRE website at

Name Discrepancies

We receive GRE scores electronically from the Educational Testing Service. Because we match scores by an applicant's name, it is important your name on the application and your name on your test scores be the same. If it is not, you must contact us.


Dual degree candidates

Generally, the MEM Program requires the GRE for all applicants. An exception is made for dual degree candidates in programs at Duke University. Please contact us for more information.