For the last several years, we adjusted our standardized test policy as a result of the unique challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing flexibility for students who faced pandemic-related obstacles preventing them from taking the GRE or GMAT.

We continue to believe that results from the GRE and GMAT are an effective way for applicants to demonstrate their preparation for the rigors of our master’s degree programs. After internal discussions and evaluation, we have updated our standardized test policy for applicants applying during the 2022-23 application cycle.

Our test score requirements vary by degree program and language ability. Our website contains the full details of the standardized test policy. A general outline of the policy is as follows:


  • GRE or GMAT scores are required of all applicants to our two-year master’s degree programs (MPP, MPA/ID, and MPA). 
  • GRE or GMAT scores are not required for applicants to the Mid-Career MPA program (MC/MPA). Applicants may choose to submit GRE or GMAT scores for consideration in the application process, but this is optional.

English Proficiency

  • All applicants who do not speak English as their native language and who did not earn an undergraduate degree conducted in English must submit results of an English proficiency exam. If you earned an undergraduate degree conducted entirely in English, you do not need to submit English proficiency testing.
  • We accept the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Cambridge English test.
  • The following minimum test scores should be met in a single test sitting:
    • 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) either in-person or on the Home Edition. The most competitive applicants will also have a minimum of 25 on each sub-section.
    • 7 overall band score on the IELTS. The most competitive applicants will also have a minimum of 7 on each section.
    • 185 on Level C1 or Level C2 proficiency on the Cambridge English. The most competitive applicants will also have a minimum of 185 on each section.

Visit the How to Apply section to read the full details of our standardized test policy for the 2022-23 application cycle.

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