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COVID-19 Response: Limited-Time Offers

The UofM Graduate School is committed to assisting you in your academic pursuits and offering temporary allowances to further your education in response to COVID-19. Applying to graduate school is an important decision, especially during these challenging times, and our faculty and staff at the Graduate School are here to help you every step of the way. Take advantage of these limited-time opportunities and apply to the UofM Graduate School today.

1We are waiving standardized test requirements (GRE/GMAT) for many of our graduate programs for Summer/Fall 2021. (See the list of participating programs below.)


2We are accepting Duolingo, a fully-online English proficiency test, as an alternative to the currently accepted TOEFL/IELTS/PTE.
*Applies to international applicants

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Standardized Test Waiver Information

Select a college below to see a comprehensive list of their departments/programs and whether or not they are offering GRE/GMAT waivers for Summer/Fall 2021. Note, each program has different admission requirements and specifications regarding the standardized test waivers. Program requirements are subject to change. Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information. For more information, email Anna.Grisham@memphis.edu .

  • Anthropology - Test score requirements will be waived for Summer and Fall 2021 applications. In lieu of test scores, the department will conduct a holistic review of other application materials.
  • Biological Sciences - The department of Biological Sciences will permanently waive the GRE requirement for admission into its graduate programs.
  • Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) - CERI is waiving the GRE as a requirement for Summer and Fall 2021 admission.
  • Chemistry - The Chemistry Department will waive the GRE for all students applying for Fall 2021.
  • City and Regional Planning - The Department of City and Regional Planning is waiving the GRE requirement for all Summer and Fall 2021 applicants.
  • Computer Science - Computer Science will NOT be waiving any of the graduate application requirements for Fall 2021, but the requirements ARE waived for Spring 2022.
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice - Applicants for both the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters will have the GRE requirement waived due to COVID-19 concerns. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is currently assessing the future of the GRE requirement departmentally.
  • Data Science - Due to COVID-19, the Department of Data Science will waive GRE requirements for the Summer and Fall 2021 admission cycles. 
  • Earth Sciences - Earth Sciences will be waiving the GRE requirement for Summer and Fall 2021 admission cycles.  
  • English - Department of English has permanently waived GRE requirements. This includes the Creative Writing program.  
  • History - Department of History has permanently waived GRE requirements.
  • Mathematical Sciences - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Mathematical Sciences may be able to waive some documentation normally required to complete a graduate application. Prospective students should contact Fernanda Botelho mbotelho@memphis.edu (Mathematics) or Lih-Yuan Deng lihdeng@memphis.edu (Statistics) with information on their specific situation. 
  • Philosophy - The Department of Philosophy has eliminated the GRE as a required test for admission to the MA and PhD programs. 
  • Physics and Material Science - The Department of Physics will waive GRE requirements for applicants applying for Summer and Fall 2021 semesters.
  • Political Science - Political Science will temporarily waive the standardized test requirement (formerly GRE or LSAT) for their MA program for Fall 2021 applicants.
  • Public and Nonprofit Administration - Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration is waiving the GRE permanently for all future admission cycles and is placing a high emphasis on the applicant’s personal statement. However, the GRE may be submitted if the applicant opts to add it as a supplemental document for consideration.
  • Psychology - GRE scores will not be required for applicants to any of the five psychology graduate programs (Ph.D. Clinical, Experimental, or School; Master in General Psychology; Master of Arts/Educational Specialist School Psychology) for summer or fall 2021 semesters. Students who have taken the GRE Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic tests may submit their scores if they wish. The Psychology Department will revisit this issue again August 2021.
  • Social Work - The School of Social Work usually requires the GRE or the Praxis Core Writing test in Master of Social Work admissions. Currently they are waiving these scores, but they are requiring a writing sample in lieu of either of these tests. Applicants may submit a writing sample in the 'applicant uploaded documents' section in the application. Preferably, this would be a research paper or something similar from the applicant’s undergraduate work that showcases his/her best writing abilities.
    • The Doctoral Social Work program will still require GRE scores.
  • Sociology - The Department of Sociology will waive test score requirements for MA applicants for the Fall 2021 admission cycle.
  • World Languages and Literatures - The Department of World Languages and Literatures does not require GRE scores for their MA in Romance languages with a concentration in French and Spanish degree.

  • The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is waiving GMAT/GRE requirements for the following master’s and MBA programs for summer and fall 2021 admissions.
    • Online MBA
    • Professional MBA
    • MS in Accounting
    • MSIS
    • MHA/MBA
    • JD/MBA
    • PharmD/MBA
  • The following programs REQUIRE an entrance exam:
    • MA in Economics
    • MSBA in Finance
  • Doctoral programs are not waiving GRE/GMAT requirements. 

  • Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    • They have waived the requirement for the GRE in the Ph.D. musicology program. None of their other programs require the GRE.
  • Department of Architecture
    • The Department of Architecture is waiving the GRE requirement for Master of Architecture applicants applying for acceptance in Fall 2021.
  • Department of Art
    • The MA in Art History will waive the GRE requirement summer and fall 2021 applicants. 
  • Department of Communication and Film
    • Due to COVID-19, the Department of Communication and Film will waive GRE requirements for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. 
  • Department of Journalism & Strategic Media
    • The Department of Journalism and Strategic Media will waive GRE requirements for all future admission cycles.

  • The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will still require GRE scores for summer and fall 2021 admissions.

  • The following Masters of Science (MS) programs offered by the College of Education’s Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department will waive GRE scores until further notice:
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Early Childhood
    • Elementary Education
    • Instruction and Curriculum
    • Instructional Design & Technology
    • Literacy Education
    • Secondary Program
    • Special Education
  • The Doctoral (EdD) Programs offered College of Education’s Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department will waive GRE scores until further notice:
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Instruction and Curriculum
    • Literacy Education
    • Special Education 
      • The Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) Doctoral (EdD) program will require GRE scores for admission. 
  • The Leadership Department (which includes EdD Higher & Adult Education, EdD Leadership & Policy Studies and MS Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) has decided to waive the GRE permanently.
  • The Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) Programs do not require the GRE for admission.
  • The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research (CEPR) is comprised of the following programs:
    • Counseling (Masters and PhD)
    • Counseling Psychology (PhD)
    • Educational Psychology and Research (Masters and PhD)
      • The Counseling program will not waive GRE scores for either their Masters or PhD programs. The Educational Psychology and Research Masters program encourages GRE scores, but they are not required. The Educational Psychology and Research PhD program requires GRE scores for admission. Counseling Psychology has decided to waive the GRE requirements for their doctoral program (note, the Fall 2021 application deadline for this program was December 5, 2020).

  • Update: For MS applicants not seeking a graduate assistantship, The Herff College will waive the GRE requirements for Fall 2021 applicants to the following programs:
    • MS Civil Engineering
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • MS Engineering Management
    • MS Engineering Technology
    • MS Mechanical Engineering
    • Students may apply to the Masters in Biomedical Engineering without GRE scores. Admissions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
    • Applicants to the PhD program and all other MS applicants must provide GRE scores.

  • All master's programs in the College of Health Sciences will temporarily waive the requirement for submission of a GRE score for admission to their respective programs. Included in this waiver will be the following Nutrition concentrations: Clinical Nutrition; Environmental Nutrition; Nutrition Science. Also included in this waiver will be the following Health Studies concentrations: Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences; Health Promotion; Physical Education Teacher Education.

  • The Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management does not require a GRE for their graduate programs. They consider the holistic application of the student including GPA, references, resume/experience, and a statement of interest. They do review GRE scores if a student has them, but they do not require the students to have taken the GRE to be accepted in their programs.

  • Nursing does not require GRE scores for their programs. They only have a GRE requirement for the Nursing Ph.D. program if GPA scores are not available. These situations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • The law school is still requiring the LSAT.

  • The College of Professional & Liberal Studies does not require GRE scores.

  • We are pleased to confirm that all the graduate programs in the School of Public Health will extend their waiver of the GRE requirement for applicants applying for the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters.

  • The graduate programs include:
    • Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
    • Master of Science in Biostatistics (MS Biostatistics)
    • PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • (Note that the PhD in Health Systems and Policy is not accepting applications.)