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Read below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about applying for admission to an HKS master's degree program.

We hope you found last week’s post about letters of recommendation helpful. This week we continue our series addressing some of the most frequently asked questions about the application process with some answers about GRE and GMAT requirements. (We’ll cover English language proficiency testing in a future post.)

Am I required to take the GRE or GMAT?

Our GRE and GMAT requirements vary by program. We require the GRE or GMAT for all of our two-year master’s degree programs—the two-year Master in Public Administration, Master in Public Administration in International Development, and Master in Public Policy. We do not require the GRE or GMAT for the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration.

We have found GRE or GMAT scores to be an effective way to document preparation to succeed in quantitative coursework for our two-year programs, though these scores are less of a predictor for mid-career applicants who have been out of school for a significant period.

When is the latest I can take the GRE/GMAT?

You must take all required tests by the application deadline—December 1, 2022 at 3 p.m. ET.

Where required, does HKS prefer the GRE or GMAT?

We have no preference for one test over the other. We encourage you to take the exam you are most prepared for.

What weight is assigned to GRE/GMAT scores?

We review applications holistically. This means that we look at every component of your application and do not assign weights to the various elements of the application. Your GRE/GMAT scores are one way we assess your academic ability, but we will also look at your undergraduate academic record, letters of recommendation submitted by college or university professors, and so on, when making this assessment.

How do I report my test scores?

You may self-report your test scores on the electronic application for the purposes of submitting your application, but you must also submit an official score report directly from the testing service for your application to be reviewed.

  • Our GRE code is 3454, and we are listed as “Harvard U JFK Sch Govt.”
  • Our GMAT code is HRL-27-69.
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