Is GRE/GMAT mandatory for MS Data Science USA?

Asked by Pankaj Soni almost 2 years ago

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Neha Shah

Neha Shah

Undergrad Student at Miranda House

Well it’s kind of mandatory, yeah. You can get admission without a GRE/GMAT score for sure. But in most cases, you will need either a GRE or a GMAT. Because, until you become sure of your options you have to have a general opinion.

Besides, the reason why I’m focusing so much on its importance is because it’ll give you options. For example, there are universities in the USA and some other countries that have waived off the GRE/GMAT requirements. In those universities you can apply without a GRE or GMAT. And if your application is strong enough you can get in as well. If you want to know what are these universities, take a look -

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Purdue University
  • Steven Institute of Technology
  • California State University
  • Wichita State University
  • Boston University
  • University of North Texas

You can see that the universities that have waived off their GRE/GMAT requirements are not just any ones. So you have good universities available, but they are not too many. Of-course there are more than I just mentioned but still they are not much in number. Plus, don’t forget that you can’t just select any university. Your academic and curricular records are needed to see which schools and colleges fit your profile.

Therefore, it’s better if you have a better score than average. Because universities like UC Berkeley or LBS will not admit any average candidates. Now, having a GRE/GMAT by your side will be good because through this you can explore your options. Without it, you will only have access to a few universities. And as you know, selecting a university for masters is not a walk in the park.

In general, a GRE score of 320 and GMAT score of 700 is considered good. Now, to get into top schools and colleges, you will need a screen above this. Because the university might not ask, but other applicants will submit their top scorer. This way you will be washed out merit wise if you do not have a score. You can always check the average GRE/GMAT score for a program at the official program page.

If you want more details on the universities or application process kind of things, you can always ask me. Or else, you can just contact the experts here and have a professional opinion on your problems. You can ask about GRE/GMAT, language tests, documents like SOP, LORs and Essays and many others as well. 

Let me know if this helps and if you need any other information from my end. 

Ojas Jha

Ojas Jha

Senior Team leader-Leading Technical team

Hello! Wondering about GRE/GMAT for a top university in USA for MS in data science Here's what you need to know:

Depends on the School: The requirement for GRE/GMAT scores changes depending on the university.
Scores Can Help: These tests assess important skills for data science. Some programs really value them.
Increasing Flexibility: More schools now focus on your background, like work experience or undergrad grades, instead of just test scores.
Waivers Available: If you have strong work experience or academic records, some programs might let you skip these tests.
Check Each Program: Always look at the admission requirements of the programs you like.
Extra Effort: Submitting these scores when not required can still make your application stand out.
All set? Reach out if you need more guidance. Best wishes!


Harshpreet  Seera

Harshpreet Seera

MentR-Me Team

Understanding the admissions landscape is crucial for prospective students aiming to pursue a Master’s in Data Science in the U.S.

  • Admission requirements for a Master’s in Data Science in the U.S. depend on the individual institution.
  • Some universities have waived GRE or GMAT requirements in recent years, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Other institutions continue to require these tests as a key component of the admissions process.
  • It is crucial to visit the program's official website or contact the admissions office for the most current and specific requirements, ensuring a complete and competitive application.


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