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Graduate Record Exam (GRE)


Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required* as part of the application to the Graduate School. Some departments also require, or strongly recommend, a GRE Subject Test of the GRE score. Please contact your program of interest to confirm.

  • You may self-report your GRE scores on your application. If you are admitted, official scores must be submitted before registration. Scores must be within the past 5 years to be valid.
  • The Vanderbilt Institution Code is 1871. A department code is not necessary.
  • Visit for information concerning the GRE and how to send your scores to Vanderbilt.
  • Each program sets its own test score requirements. Inquiries about test score requirements should be directed to your program of interest.


*GRE scores are NOT REQUIRED for applications to the following programs:

  • Anthropology
  • Astrophysics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • MS in Biomedical Sciences Program
  • Cancer Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing (MFA)
  • Data Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Hearing and Speech Sciences
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (IGP)
  • Interdisciplinary Materials Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Master of Liberal Arts and Science Program (MLAS)
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS)
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Political Science 
  • Quantitative and Chemical Biology (QCB) 
  • Religion


List of GRE-exempt programs updated 9/6/22.