GRE Waiver Policy

Policy for Requesting GRE Waivers

School of Graduate Studies
Policy for Requesting GRE Waivers
Approved by Executive Council on September 25, 2017
Approved by the SGS Graduate Faculty on December 20, 2017

Department of Political Science, M.A. in Political Science - United Nations and Global Policy Studies UNMA
Policy for Requesting GRE Waivers

Approved by Graduate Committee of the Department of Political Science - December 2019

Purpose:

To develop a more transparent, consistent policy and set of criteria to determine which categories of applicants may request a waiver of GRE scores during the admissions process for the M.A. Program in Political Science (UNMA).

Policy:

In accordance with the decision of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Political Science, GRE is preferred for all applicants to UNMA Program, meaning that following categories of applicants may be granted GRE waivers from the department if they meet the criteria:

  • 1) For the following categories of students:
    • A) Rutgers University undergraduates who:
      • Have at least a 3.2 GPA in their major;
        AND
      • Are applying for a masters degree in the same field (whether as part of an accelerated bachelors/masters, 4 + 1 or 3 + 2 program or not);
        AND
      • Are applying within two years of completing their Bachelor’s degree. AND
      • Have a 3.0 overall GPA in their Bachelor’s degree
    • B) Applicants who:
      • Already have a master’s degree in the same (or closely related) field from a university that uses English as its primary language of instruction;
        AND
      • Have at least a 3.2 GPA (or equivalent) for their masters.
    • C) Applicants who:
      • Have at least five years of relevant work experience;
        AND
      • Have an undergraduate degree from a university that uses English as its primary language of instruction
        OR
      • Have an advanced degree from the US (such as a PhD, MD, or MBA)
    • D) Applicants who already have taken and can submit scores from the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT or other relevant comparable exam.

Process:

  1. Graduate programs may request waivers for their programs or categories of applicants to their
    programs by April 1st of each year from their Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. If no new request is received, then the prior year’s arrangement will stay in place.
  2. Once the waiver(s) are approved, Graduate Admissions will be notified and will modify the online application accordingly.
  3. Requests for individual waivers will still be reviewed by academic department and the relevant Senior Associate Dean on a case-by-case basis.