GRE Not Required for Teacher Education Master's Programs

No GRE Required for 22 Education Master’s Programs

In an effort to remove barriers to applicants applying to the College of Education & Human Development graduate programs, with a primary focus on its educator preparation and teacher leadership master’s programs, a university special committee, appointed by the Associate Provost for Graduate Programs, has approved the removal of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as an admission requirement for 22 master’s degree programs.

Applicants must submit their application for the upcoming terms to qualify for the new policy change.

Click on the links below to view the list of approved master’s degree programs and FAQs.

Why is the college no longer requiring a GRE for these 22 master's degree programs?

Introduced in 1949, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test used to assess the academic abilities of individuals applying to graduate programs in the U.S. While many admissions committee members believe the GRE is a good predictor of future success in grad school, a growing number of colleges and universities are allowing admission without the GRE for some of the following reasons:

  • Cost Prohibitive: Fees associated with preparing and taking the GRE can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
  • Undermines Diversity: Studies have shown standardized tests, like the GRE, have an adverse impact on women and people from underrepresented ethnicities, resulting in a low number of these students being admitted.
  • Poor Predictor of Success: Critics of the GRE cite that while it may predict the success of students in their first year, it is not useful in gauging various aspects of graduate performance beyond that time frame.

If I'm interested in applying to one of these master's programs, when can I submit my application?

Applications should be submitted for the upcoming terms.

What factors, besides the GRE, are used to evaluate graduate student applicants?

Georgia State values its diverse student body and recognizes that in order to be a successful graduate student, individuals should be assessed by more than test scores. To determine if a candidate has the potential for long-term achievement in graduate school, other measures may include:

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Previous experience (i.e., professional or volunteer)
  • Goals statement or writing sample
  • In-person interview
  • Character attributes, leadership potential, and problem-solving capabilities

By not requiring the GRE, does this lower the bar for prospective graduate students to these master’s programs?

On the contrary. By removing the GRE as an admission requirement for these select master’s programs, we are acknowledging the fact that often times, too much emphasis is placed on GRE scores, which could lead to false assumptions about the prospective students’ ability to succeed.