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What to do if your degree program requires the GRE

Your degree program will note one of three options regarding submission of scores for the GRE General Test. 

  • Required: You must submit GRE General Test results. 
  • Optional: You may submit GRE General Test results if you wish. 
  • Not Accepted: Do not submit GRE General Test results. GRE General Test scores will not be considered when applications are reviewed. 

Sending GRE Scores 

When taking the GRE, you will have an opportunity to request that your scores be sent to your academic institutions of choice. Be sure to select Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (formerly Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) as each Harvard admissions office has its own ETS school code. To ensure that your scores are matched to your applicant record, the First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth on your test score report must match the information you enter in the Applicant Portal. GRE score reports must be sent to Harvard Griffin GSAS by the application deadline. 

  • Use ETS code 3451 to send GRE scores to Harvard Griffin GSAS. A department code is not required. 
  • GRE scores are valid for no longer than five years. If you are applying for admission for fall 2024, you may submit GRE scores from tests taken no earlier than January 5, 2019. 
  • ETS will not send official score reports for tests taken more than five years from the original test date. If you are no longer able to send your scores from ETS, you will need to submit scores from a new test.
  • An official score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Harvard Griffin GSAS is required. If you have personal score reports from tests taken within the valid period (as described above), you can upload them to your application in addition to requesting that your scores be sent.
  • At-home examinations are not accepted.

Some degree programs also require GRE Subject Tests. Visit your degree program page of interest for more information. 

Can I report the best score in each subject/ category from different GREs? 

No. You must list each test date separately in the application, and the official test score report for each reported test date must be sent to ETS code 3451. 

Do you require a minimum GRE score? 

Harvard Griffin GSAS does not state minimum, average, or required GRE scores, and not all Harvard Griffin GSAS programs require the GRE. To determine your degree program’s requirements, please refer to Degree Programs. 

If my scores appear as verified in the Applicant Portal, does that mean they are valid?

Scores that appear as "Verified" in the Applicant Portal have been verified as official scores; however, scores must still be within the valid time range identified by Harvard Griffin GSAS. 

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