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GRE Scores

Official scores from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required of all MA applicants and must be no older than 5 years from the date of application. The GRE is not required for MDiv applicants unless they are applying to a concurrent degree program.  The GRE is not required for MTS applicants.

For tests taken up to July 31, 2011:  The Admissions Committee expects applicants to achieve a Verbal score of at least 550 (out of a possible 800) and an Analytical Writing score of at least 4.5 (out of a possible 6).

For tests taken on or after August 1, 2011:  The Educational Testing Service (ETS) released a revised version of the GRE on August 1, 2011.  The new GRE uses a scoring scale of 130-170 (in 1-point increments).  The Admissions Committee expects applicants to achieve a Verbal score of at least 156 on this new scale.

The Quantitative section is not insignificant, but that score is not as important as the other two. Since the Admissions Committee looks at an applicant's entire record, those with lower scores are still encouraged to apply.

We strongly recommend that applicants schedule a GRE test date early in the application process in order to ensure that the score report is available to the Admissions Committee in time for the application review date. It can take as long as one month for us to receive score reports from ETS.  Our GRE code number is 0585.

In place of the GRE, international applicants whose native language is not English must submit satisfactory scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent (such as the IELTS). The Admissions Committee expects to see a score of at least 68 for the new computer based TOEFL test. For IELTS, we expect an equivalent minimum score of at least 6.0-6.5.

Information concerning possible exemption from the GRE requirement can be found herepdf.

For more information about the GRE, or to schedule a test date, please visit