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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. (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

*The application fee waiver deadline has passed.

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Participating Degree Programs

Select a college below to see a list of participating programs that are waiving GRE/GMAT requirements to date. Programs may be added as details are finalized. Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.

Each program has different admission requirements and specifications regarding the standardized test waivers. For more information, email Anna.Grisham@memphis.edu.

  • Anthropology - Test score requirements will be waived through Fall 2021 applications. In lieu of test scores, the department will conduct a holistic review of other application materials.
  • Biological Sciences
  • Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI)
  • Chemistry
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Data Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • English
  • History
  • 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 (Mathematics-mbotelho@memphis.edu) or Lih-Yuan Deng (Statistics-lihdeng@memphis.edu) to learn more.
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Material Science
  • Political Science
  • Public and Nonprofit Administration
  • Psychology
    • Through June 2021, 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). 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.
  • Sociology
  • World Languages and Literatures - MA in Romance Languages with a concentration in French and Spanish

  • Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
    • They have waived the requirement for the GRE in the Ph.D musicology program. No other music 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 Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.
  • Department of Art
    • The MA in Art History will waive the GRE requirement Spring 2021 applicants.
  • Department of Communication and Film
    • Due to COVID-19, the Department of Communication and Film will waive GRE requirements for the Spring 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 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 following programs of the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research (CEPR)  will waive GRE score requirements:
    • Counseling Psychology (PhD) - GRE requirements are waived (note: applications for this program are due Dec. 5, 2020, for Fall 2021 admission)
    • Educational Psychology and Research (Masters) - GRE scores are encouraged but not required

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

  • The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is waiving GMAT/GRE requirements for all master’s and MBA programs, with the exception of the MA in Economics, for the spring 2021 admissions cycle. Doctoral programs are not waiving GRE/GMAT requirements.

    Please note that the School of Accountancy is waiving the GMAT for spring 2021 applicants for any student with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.  

  • The Herff College of Engineering will require GRE scores for all of their masters and doctoral programs, which include:
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering

  • 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 for their programs.

  • 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 concentrations:
    • Clinical Nutrition
    • Environmental Nutrition
    • Nutrition Science
    • Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences
    • Health Promotion
    • Physical Education Teacher Education

  • 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 Spring 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

  • Social Work - A writing sample will be required in place of admissions exam; You 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 student's undergraduate work that showcases their very best writing abilities.
    • The Doctoral Social Work program will still require GRE scores.