General GRE Exams

Many of our graduate programs not longer require submitting GRE scores. Some require or recommend GRE subject exams. More information can be found on each program’s website.

Programs requiring the general GRE:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History of Science and Technology

GRE is optional for:

  • Biology (CMDB)
  • Chemical Biology (optional for fall 23)
  • Chemistry (optional for fall 23)
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Thought and Literature
  • History
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Sociology

The GRE is not required for:

  • Biophysics (Jenkins and PMB programs)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • English
  • History of Art
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Writing Seminars

If required, please request to have your GRE scores sent to institution code 5332, Johns Hopkins University Arts Sciences and Engineering, and notify us.

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

GRE subject exams are optional for Chemical Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy.


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.

Language Proficiency Waivers

International applicants with post-secondary degrees from the United States and/or select countries are exempt from providing English language exam scores (ex. TOEFL, IELTS) with their application package. Applicants must have completed at least two years of full-time study at such institutions. These applicants should complete the waiver request inside the online application.

Please note language of instruction in English is not sufficient unless the university is located in the United Sates or on the list of countries below.

TOEFL- and IELTS-exempt countries

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Qu├ębec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zimbabwe