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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 Spring 2022. (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 Spring 2022. 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 Spring 2022 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 will permanently waive the GRE requirement for admission into its graduate programs.
  • Chemistry - The Chemistry Department will waive the GRE for all students applying for Spring 2022.
  • City and Regional Planning - The Department of City and Regional Planning is waiving the GRE requirement for all Spring 2022 applicants.
  • Computer Science - GRE scores are optional for Spring 2022.
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice - Applicants for the Spring 2022 semester 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 - The Department of Data Science will waive GRE requirements for the Spring 2022 admission cycle. 
  • Earth Sciences - Earth Sciences will be waiving the GRE requirement for the Spring 2022 admission cycle.  
  • 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 the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Political Science - Political Science will temporarily waive the standardized test requirement (formerly GRE or LSAT) for their MA program for Spring 2022 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).
  • Social Work - The School of Social Work usually requires the GRE or the Praxis Core Writing test in Master of Social Work admissions. They are waiving these scores for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, 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. 
    • GRE scores will be required for Summer 2022 and all future semesters.
    • 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 Spring 2022 admission cycle.
  • SUAPP: Urban Affairs PhD Program  - The Urban Affairs PhD program will waive the GRE requirement for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 applicants. However, these scores may be submitted to support the application.
  • 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 following business programs will accept applicants who qualify for Spring 2022 who meet one of five criteria, which can be found here. If you have questions about whether you qualify, please contact the program coordinator.
    • Online MBA
    • Professional MBA
    • MS in Information Systems (MSIS)
  • The following programs will require GMAT/GRE scores for Spring 2022 admissions.
    • MS in Accounting
    • MA in Economics
    • MSBA in Finance
    • All Doctoral programs

  • 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 Spring 2022.
  • Department of Art
    • GRE will be required for all future applicants for the MA in Art History.
  • Department of Communication and Film
    • The Department of Communication and Film will permanently waive GRE requirements.
  • 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 require GRE scores for Spring 2022 admission.

  • 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) masters and doctoral programs 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)
      • All masters and doctoral programs in the CEPR Department require the GRE except for the MS in EDPR program which is continuing to waive their GRE requirement for Spring 2022.

  • For MS applicants not seeking a graduate assistantship, the Herff College will waive the GRE requirements for Spring 2022 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.

  • The College of Health Sciences will waive the GRE requirement (it is optional) for admission to their respective graduate programs except for the Clinical Nutrition concentration. 
  • The following Nutrition concentrations will waive the GRE requirement: 
    • Environmental Nutrition
    • Nutrition Science
  • The following Health Studies concentrations will waive the GRE requirement: 
    • Exercise Nutrition
    •  Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences
    • Health Promotion
    • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • The following Applied Physiology & Neuromechanics Ph.D. concentrations will waive the GRE requirement:
    • Applied Physiology & Nutrition
    • Applied Biomechanics

  • 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 Spring 2022 semester.

  • 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.)