Graduate Admissions

GRE Information

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is a requirement of some graduate and doctoral programs.

  • Visit specific program web sites for details.
  • Graduate certificate programs and licensure tracks do NOT require the GRE.
  • SCSU GRE Code : R6679G

The majority of programs that require the GRE seek the following minimum scores be met:

  • Verbal 152
  • Quantitative 144

Other Information

  • The School of Graduate Studies will accept expired GRE scores.
  • Applicants who hold an advanced degree from an accredited graduate institution may be able to have the entrance examination requirement waived.
  • Substitution of any graduate entrance examination for the GRE is subject to approval of the director of graduate admissions and department. The MBA program will only accept GMAT and GRE entrance exams.      

Taking the GRE

SCSU has a Testing Center located on the SCSU campus in Atwood Memorial Center. The Testing Center administers the GRE & GMAT examinations. A student may schedule a date to take the computerized examinations. Telephone: 320.308.5456 or E-mail:

For other GRE locations and available dates in the United States and abroad:
For general inquiries, reporting test problems, scores, etc:
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Phone: 1-609-771-7670
Toll free: 1-866-473-4373 for calls from the United states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada
Fax: 1-610-290-8975

GRE Fee Reduction

ETS offers, on a first-come, first-served bases, a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates that are available for college seniors and unenrolled college graduates who meet eligibility requirements. A Fee Reduction Certificate may be used for one General Test and/or one Subject Test. Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements will be required to pay 50 percent of the full test fee. Individuals who are approved for a GRE Fee Reduction may retake a GRE test for 50 percent of the full test fee within one calendar year of the receipt of their original Fee Reduction Certificate and ISIR materials without resubmitting a new Fee Reduction Certificate or ISIR form. These individuals can complete the Declaration of Eligibility form and send it with the appropriate payment and registration form(s) to GRE-ETS, Financial Need Fee Reduction Program, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton NJ 08541-6000. 

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is a college senior or an unenrolled college graduate.

College Seniors must be:

  • receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, U.S. Territories or Puerto Rico,
  • a dependent, who has an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) that shows a parental contribution of not more than $1,400 for the senior year
  • self-supporting and have an ISIR that shows a contribution of not more than $1,800 for the senior Year.

Unenrolled college graduates must:

  • have applied for financial aid.
  • have an ISIR that indicates self-supporting status and a contribution of not more than $1,800.

Unemployed: For those who are unemployed, ETS offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates to individuals who can confirm that they are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation. Qualified individuals can register to take the computer-based GRE revised General Test for half the cost of the regular test fee. To learn more about eligibility requirements, instructions for participation and program policies, download the Fee Reduction Program for the Unemployed (PDF) 

GRE Fee Reduction Certificates/Vouchers are also made available to the following programs:  

  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (The McNair Scholars Program)
  • Project 1000 Program
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  • GEM: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Program
  • PREP: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program

To apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate:

  • Contact your financial aid office to see if you qualify.
  • Once your eligibility is established, the financial aid office will issue you a Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of your ISIR. Follow the instructions on the certificate. Allow up to three weeks for processing and mail delivery.

Letter requests, photocopies, and faxes of Fee Reduction Certificates will not be accepted. GRE Reduction Certificates are not retroactive and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. There are no refunds for unused Fee Reduction Certificates and no refunds will be provided to examinees who are not admitted to the test for any reason (including unacceptable identification).