Most programs have suspended the GRE requirement for 2021-2022 applications. See details below or visit the program sites for specifics.

GRE Exams

In an average year, most programs require or highly recommend submitting GRE scores. In 2020-2021, Chemistry, Economics, Near Eastern Studies, and Modern, Languages, and Literatures still require general GRE scores. The Writing Seminars strongly recommends but does not require scores. All other programs have waived the requirement due to COVID-19.

Some require or recommend GRE subject exams. More information can be found on each program’s website.

Please request to have your GRE scores sent to institution code 5332, Johns Hopkins University Arts Sciences and Engineering, and notify us using our contact us form. All programs except for Philosophy, Program in Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology and Biophysics, and Program in Molecular Biophysics require or recommend GRE scores.

You may take the GRE before or after submitting the online application, as long as your score is submitted by your program deadline. Any GRE scores from the last five years are valid. There are no published universal GRE score minimums needed to be considered for admission. 

GRE Subject Exams

Required for: Mathematics (optional for 2021)

Recommended for: Biology (optional for 2021), Chemical Biology, Chemistry


International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that are less than two years old. 

TOEFL Institution Code: 5332

IELTS Institute Code: 4610

Applicants seeking admission who have taken the TOEFL test will preferably have a score of at least 100 for the Internet Based Test, 250 for the Computer Based Test, or 600 for the Paper Based Test. Applicants seeking admission who have taken the IELTS test will preferably have an academic Band Score at least equal to 7.

Applicants who believe they should receive a waiver from the TOEFL or IELTS exam should complete the waiver request inside the online application. List of exempt countries.


There is no universal GPA needed to be considered for admission. Each department has its own criteria.