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Top Business Schools accepting GRE scores

Top Bschools accepting GRE scoresThe GMAT score has been widely used for the MBA application process. However, as we see many more top colleges accepting the GRE score, there has been a steady increase in the number of applicants submitting the GRE score in place of the GMAT.

GRE score was previously used for the MS programs; however with business schools accepting it, MS aspirants who appear for the GRE can keep their options open. This also works in favour of the business schools as they’re able to diversify their applicant pool with more candidates applying from varied streams unlike before. The GRE scores too, like the GMAT, are valid for a period of five years.

The option also bodes well for some non-engineering applicants who think GRE syllabus is easier than GMAT.

Here are some links for you to explore: GRE introduction, GRE preparation, best GRE books.

The list of schools accepting the GRE score is a long one, especially in countries like USA that have a very large number of schools in the list. If you are planning to apply to masters (MS) or doctoral (PhD) programs, download this pdf to get the full list of programs along with the code number of the program (link).

We’ve created a list of the top business schools in USA, India, Canada and other countries in the world that accept the GRE scores.

Top Business Schools in the world accepting GRE scores


MBA program in USA accepting GRE scores

  1. Harvard Business School
  2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  3. Wharton School
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan
  5. Columbia Business School
  6. Cornell University – Johnson
  7. Northwestern University – Kellogg
  8. New York University – Stern
  9. University of Chicago – Booth
  10. University of California Berkeley – Haas
  11. Dartmouth College – Tuck
  12. Duke University – Fuqua
  13. Yale School of Management
  14. University of Michigan Ann Arbor – Ross
  15. Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper
  16. University of Virginia – Darden
  17. Georgetown University – McDonough
  18. Emory University – Goizueta
  19. University of Texas Austin – McCombs
  20. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – Kenan Flagler
  21. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  22. Georgia Institute of Technology
  23. Vanderbilt University – Owen
  24. Washington University in St. Louis – Olin
  25. Michigan – Ross


MBA programs in Canada that accept GRE scores

  1. University of Western Ontario – Ivey
  2. HEC Montreal
  3. University of British Columbia – Sauder
  4. York University – Schulich
  5. University of Toronto: Rotman
  6. University of Calgary
  7. McGill University


MBA programs in Pakistan accepting GRE scores

  1. Karachi School for Business & Leadership
  2. Lahore University of Management Science
  3. National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences


MBA programs in UK that accept GRE scores

  1. London Business School
  2. University of Cambridge – Judge
  3. Oxford University – Said
  4. University of Manchester
  5. Cranfield University
  6. University of Warwick
  7. Leeds University
  8. Lancaster University Management School


MBA programs in India accepting GRE scores

  1. Indian School of Business (ISB)
  2. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (EPGP)
  3. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (EPGP)
  4. BITS School of Management

Interestingly, several leading business schools in India offering one year MBA for executives do not accept GRE scores yet. This includes IIM Calcutta (PGPex), IIM Indore (EPGP), IIM Lucknow (IPMX), XLRI PGDM (General Management) / GMP, Great Lakes and several others.

MBA programs in Hong Kong

  1. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  3. University of Hong Kong


MBA programs in China accepting GRE scores

  1. China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  2. Fudan University International MBA
  3. Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen)
  4. Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  5. Peking University Beijing International MBA (BIMBA)


MBA programs in France

  1. HEC Paris


MBA programs in Singapore:

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  2. Nanyang Technological University


MBA programs in Switzerland

  1. IMD
  2. University of St. Gallen


MBA programs in Spain

  1. IESE Business School
  2. Instituto de Empresa (IE)
  3. ESADE


Other top MBA programs in the world that accept GRE scores

Country Business School
Ireland University College Dublin – Smurfit
Netherlands Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Business

The ETS website has the complete list of MBA programs in the world accepting the GRE score.

A word of caution: The ETS page doesn’t have all the names listed, but the pdf file does.

Use that pdf as the most recent and credible reference, since the names we’ve included are only representative. The school you are aiming for might get added to the ETS list when you are ready to apply.

According to a survey done by Kaplan Test prep in 2016 at 224 US business schools, it was found that 92 percent of them accept the GRE score as against its 2009 survey during which only 24 percent of schools were accepting the GRE scores.

It is obvious that there has been a changing trend with a lot more candidates opting to submit their GRE scores for MBA admissions. Admissions officers from the top MBA programs have also stated that they do not have preference for any particular score over the other. So, you can choose between the two tests depending upon the score that works best for you.

Business schools usually report their average GMAT scores, however a lot of b-schools may not disclose their average GRE scores. So, how do you know if your GRE score is right for a particular b-school?

The ETS website has made provision for a conversion tool in which you can enter your GRE score and get an idea of what the corresponding predicted GMAT score would be.

Finally, whether you submit the GMAT or the GRE score, remember that your MBA application will be evaluated on many other parameters and not just based on these scores. So, work hard and come up with not just a good GRE or GMAT score but also focus on building a great application!

Read this related post:
Average GRE scores for the top MBA programs in the world
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After working for over a decade in technical and managerial roles in the corporate world, Swati now works as a freelancer and writes on a variety of topics including education, career guidance and self-improvement.

11 thoughts on “Top Business Schools accepting GRE scores”

  1. This article is very informative. Thanks! Would you have any analysis/information around equivalent GRE scores for GMAT scores? Say, what would be considered an equivalent GRE for a 740 GMAT? Any insights would be much appreciated 🙂

  2. I want to pursue MBA from a good foreign university. I am now in final year of my engineering gradation so obviously with no work ex. I am planning to give GRE in January 2018. Will I be able to make it to any good B school wothout work ex. ?

    • No Arun, you need to have atleast 4-5 years of work exp.But 5 years is very good. See avg class profile for your target schools always in their sites.

  3. Sir,
    I have given my Bcom(Hons.) 1st year exam and i want to know that what should i do now becoz it’s my free time. I got 2months holidays and I m interested in GRE exam and I want to take coaching regarding this please help me out..

  4. How are the chances of getting a scholarship affected ( assuming that GRE/GMAT scores serve as a make or break criterion in an otherwise balanced profile).

    I am currently averaging 650-670 in GMAT. On the other hand my GRE score is touching 330 and I’d save tons of time not trying to improve GMAT score.

    • Go with the GRE score. Admission officers have gone through the learning curve over the past few years, to know how to compared GRE and GMAT scores.

      Make sure you target the right programs (based on your profile and aspirations), and put in strong applications. Scholarship decisions depend a lot on those aspects too.

      Drop us an email if you need professional help with the applications. For all we know, we’d be hosting your GRE admit success story on our site soon.

  5. I want to pursue MBA form a Good B-schools.I am just confused whether GMAT /GRE exam need to prepare.Is there any criteria that b schools give more weightage to GMAT than GRE.


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