Dedman College: GRE Requirement for 2023 Applications

For Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 consideration only:

Due to COVID-19 and issues with accessing testing sites, the following programs in the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences have decided to temporarily make the GRE optional for the current application cycle:

Spring 2023

  • Anthropology, Master’s
  • Biological Sciences, Master's
  • Chemistry, Master’s and Ph.D.
  • Earth Sciences: Geology and Geophysics, Master’s and Ph.D.
  • Mathematics, Master’s

Fall 2023

  • Anthropology, Master’s and Ph.D.
  • Biological Sciences, Master's and Ph.D.
  • Chemistry, Master’s and Ph.D.
  • Earth Sciences: Geology and Geophysics, Master’s and Ph.D.
  • English, PhD.
  • History, Master's and Ph.D.
  • Mathematics, Master’s and Ph.D.
  • Physics, Ph.D.
  • Religious Studies, Ph.D.

*Note: Only the Chemistry and Earth Sciences departments accept Ph.D. applications for Spring 2023. All other departments only accept Ph.D. applications for Fall terms. 

Applicants who would like to submit scores are strongly encouraged to do so. SMU’s testing code is 6660.

Applicants who do not submit scores will still be considered for admission and funding opportunities, including competitive University fellowships. Please note that applicants will be asked to indicate a reason from a checklist on the application regarding their decision not to submit test scores.

If your program of choice is not listed above, then the GRE will still be required for admission and funding consideration in those departments. If you are applying to a program outside of Dedman College, please contact that program’s admission contact to verify their policy regarding the GRE.

Please note, if you are an international applicant who needs to demonstrate English language proficiency,  English language proficiency test scores are still required by all programs. 

Please allow 24-48 hours after submitting your application for test scores to be updated on your file. Applying the waiver is a manual process, so during high volume periods closer to deadlines, this may take a little longer to update. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please note, applications are not updated when the university is closed for weekends, holidays, or breaks. 

Guide to Graduate Admissions

Application Deadlines for Dedman College Graduate Programs