GRE cut off scores for top MS universities in the US

The GRE Exam (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized online exam which is compulsory to apply for a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in any field abroad. You can take the GRE exam any time during a year by selecting a slot for the exam 45 days prior. ETS (Educational Testing Service) is responsible for conducting the exam.

Know the pattern

The GRE syllabus basically consists of 3 subjects namely: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. The time duration of the GRE test is 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are total 6 sections: two sections each on verbal and quantitative reasoning, one section on analytical writing. The sixth section is redundant as it has no role to play in the calculation of the final score. Math related questions are relatively easy as compared to the English language related questions asked in the exam.

GRE score cutoff for various top universities:

 

University

Verbal (Average Score) Quant

(Minimum Score)

Quant

(Average Score)

Stanford University 158 160 163
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 157 160 162
University of California Berkeley 155 159 161
University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign 155 159 163
Carnegie Mellon University 159 159 161
Georgia Technological University 155 159 161
University of Texas Austin 155 157 160
University of Michigan Ann Arbor 154 159 161
Cornell University 160 159 162
Purdue University 158 160 163
University of Southern California 158 160 163
Texas A&M University 154 157 160
University of California San Diego 154 157 166
California Technological University 158 164 166
Princeton University 158 157 163
University of Wisconsin Madison 157 160 163
Columbia University 164 157 163
University of Maryland College 154 159 160
Northwestern University 154 159 161
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities 155  – 163
University of Washington 156  – 159
Ohio State University  – 155 158
Duke University 155  – 165
North Carolina State University 155  – 161
University of Colorado Boulder 155  – 152
University of California Irvine 152  – 161
Arizona State University 154  – 162
Iowa State University 152  – 160
North-eastern University 152  – 157
University at Buffalo – SUNY 154  – 161
University of Connecticut 153  – 157
University of Illinois–Chicago 152 158
Colorado State University 153  – 157
Illinois Institute of Technology 148  – 158
Clemson University 151  – 155
University of Central Florida 151  – 155
University of Cincinnati 155  – 159
Santa Clara University 151  – 157
Mississippi State University 148  – 157
University of North Carolina 158  – 155
Michigan Technological University 154  – 157
University of Texas Arlington 148  – 157

 

The above table represents the mean scores across various schools but the average GRE score for the top-ranked schools tend to be much higher. Let’s see how much the average GRE score varies depending upon the school or the program you wish to apply to.

The following tables represent the average GRE scores for MS in various streams

Average GRE Scores for MS in Computer Science

University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 162 167
2 Harvard 160 167
3 Stanford 155 167
4 University of California-Berkeley 162 165
5 University of Pennsylvania 155 166
6 Princeton 154 166
7 Yale 161 170
8 Carnegie Mellon University 155 161
9 University of South California 154 163
10 UCLA 152 165
11 Cornell 151 171
12 Columbia University 157 166

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Education

University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 160 154
2 Harvard 160 154
3 Stanford 167 154
4 University of California-Berkeley 155 151
5 University of Pennsylvania 164 164
6 Princeton 162 151
7 Yale 155 153
8 Carnegie Mellon University 158 155
9 University of South California 154 162

 

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Psychology

University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 154 167
2 Harvard 165 167
3 Stanford 156 167
4 University of California-Berkeley 160 167
5 University of Pennsylvania 162 165
6 Princeton 159 163
7 Yale 158 158
8 Carnegie Mellon University 165 161
9 University of South California 157 161

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Physics

University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 164 163
2 Harvard 155 165
3 Stanford 158 164
4 University of California-Berkeley 161 158
5 University of Pennsylvania 157 154
6 Princeton 161 158
7 Yale 164 160
8 Carnegie Mellon University 165 160
9 University of South California 155 163

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Chemistry

University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 165 163
2 Harvard 165 65
3 Stanford 165 162
4 University of California-Berkeley 165 163
5 University of Pennsylvania 160 161
6 Princeton 168 164
7 Yale 165 162
8 Carnegie Mellon University 157 161
9 University of South California 165 160

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Mathematics

University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 163 167
2 Harvard 159 166
3 Stanford 161 164
4 University of California-Berkeley 163 166
5 University of Pennsylvania 158 164
6 Princeton 158 161
7 Yale 161 166
8 Carnegie Mellon University 159 164
9 University of South California 163 165

 

The cut-off marks keep on changing, as the level of difficulty of any section cannot be predicted beforehand. Therefore. it is very important to give your best without worrying too much about the cut-offs.

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