GRE 2020 Exam: MBA Colleges Accepting GRE

Update on
August 7, 2020

GRE 2020 Exam: Colleges Accepting GRE in India, USA, UK
Prepared by Higher Education Research Team 


Conducted by US-based Education Testing Service (ETS), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized, computer-based, multichoice exam accepted by all top US Universities for MBA, MS, Law and other graduate programs. GRE is a popular exam amongst bright Indian students looking to study at world’s best universities in USA, Europe, Canada and other parts of the globe. According to information officially shared by GRE with, 72,855 test takers took the GRE exam from India in 2018-19.


If you are looking for list of GRE Accepting MBA Colleges in India, US, UK and other countries that accept GRE Scores for their MBA and Masters in Management (MiM) Programs, you are on the right page. This article contains list of 50+ Top GRE Accepting MBA Colleges, sorted by country. So, read on.


Before we proceed, read GRE 2020 Exam Guide for Indian Students and GRE 2020 Preparation Guide.


Types of Programs in GRE Accepting MBA Colleges
Note that the wide variety of programs, available to a GRE candidate is unmatched. Options include:

  1. 2 Year or 1 Year MBA Programs offered by B-schools and Universities
  2. Masters in Management (MiM) Programs in Finance, Accounting, Business Analytics etc offered by B-schools and Universities
  3. Graduate Schools for Engineering
  4. Law Schools for their JD programs
  5. Other programs like PhD, Health Services, Education and other fields

In this article, we will be talking about GRE Accepting MBA Colleges for their MBA and MiM Programs.


GRE exam scores are accepted by more than 1,300 business schools including Harvard, Wharton, Chicago and all other Top 50 B-schools as ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report. ISB Hyderabad, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore are some of the top GRE Accepting MBA colleges in India


Here is the List of 50+ Top GRE Accepting MBA Colleges by Country


Top MBA Colleges accepting GRE Scores in USA

  1. Harvard Business School
  2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  3. Wharton School
  4. University of Chicago – Booth
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan
  6. Northwestern University – Kellogg
  7. Yale School of Management
  8. Columbia Business School
  9. Cornell University – Johnson
  10. New York University – Stern
  11. University of California Berkeley – Haas
  12. Dartmouth College – Tuck
  13. Duke University – Fuqua
  14. University of Michigan Ann Arbor – Ross
  15. Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper
  16. University of Virginia – Darden
  17. Emory University – Goizueta
  18. University of Texas Austin – McCombs
  19. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – Kenan Flagler
  20. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Top MBA Colleges in India accepting GRE Scores

  1. Indian School of Business (ISB)
  2. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (PGPX)
  3. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (EPGP)
  4. IIM-Udaipur I Year MBA Program

Top MBA Colleges accepting GRE Scores in UK & Europe

  1. London Business School – LBS, UK
  2. Oxford University – Said, UK
  3. University of Cambridge – Judge, UK
  4. Cranfield University, UK
  5. University of Manchester, UK
  6. HEC, Paris
  7. INSEAD, France
  8. IMD Lausanne, Switzerland
  9. IESE Business School, Spain
  10. Instituto de Empresa (IE), Spain

Top MBA Colleges accepting GRE Scores in Canada

  1. University of Toronto: Rotman
  2. University of Western Ontario – Ivey
  3. HEC Montreal
  4. University of British Columbia – Sauder
  5. York University – Schulich

Top MBA Colleges in Singapore accepting GRE Scores

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  2. Nanyang Technological University
  3. INSEAD Singapore Campus
  4. SMU Singapore

Top MBA Colleges in Hong Kong & China accepting GRE Scores

  1. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  3. Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen)
  4. China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  5. Fudan University International MBA

Above list includes only Top MBA Colleges accepting GRE. There are more than 1300 Universities and B-schools that accept GRE. So, if you have a good GRE score, your options are endless!


GRE Cut off Scores for B-schools
How much do you need to score to get into top B-schools? Check this table below with Colleges accepting GRE Score. The list summarizes GRE Colleges with average GRE cut off scores, required across sections of the GRE, for getting considered into these top US universities.

2019 GRE Average Quant Score
2019 GRE Average Verbal Score
2019 Total
2019 Writing Score
Stanford GSB
Yale SOM
Harvard Business School
MIT (Sloan)
Michigan (Ross)
Indiana (Kelley)
Washington (Olin)
Texas-Dallas (Jindal)
Maryland (Smith)

More B-schools are using GRE Exam scores:
Business Schools use GRE to attract more younger population from non-traditional backgrounds to MBA programs. In recent times GRE has been gaining a good acceptance by both test-takers and MBA admission directors at various Universities across the world. Business schools have started treating both the exams GRE and GMAT equally in their admission decisions, giving no preference to either test.


In 2019, 20% to 60% of the class in most of top 50 US B-schools was made up of candidates who took GRE exam. For instance, 62% of students admitted at Texas-Dallas University’s Naveen Jindal School of Management (named after Indian entrepreneur) had taken GRE exam. 20-30% of candidates admitted to Harvard, MIT, Yale had taken GRE exam. It is expected that same ratio will be followed with GRE 2020 Exam in the GRE colleges. Refer table below.

% Admitted with GRE Scores in 2019
Texas-Dallas (Jindal)
Boston (Questrom)
Washington (Olin)
Arizona State (Carey)
Texas A&M (Mays)
Michigan (Ross)
Texas (McCombs)
USC (Marshall)
Yale SOM
MIT (Sloan)
Virginia (Darden)
UC-Berkeley (Haas)
UC-Irvine (Merage)

Benefits of GRE Exam for Indian students
There are number of benefits accruing from GRE Exam for Indian Students. Here are a few benefits of taking the GRE with special consideration to Indian students:

  • Leverage your Verbal Skills: GRE test can be a good alternative to GMAT, particularly for students who have good English language skills compared to their Quantitative ability.
  • Wider Acceptance in different programs: While the GMAT is specifically meant for MBA programs across the world, the GRE General Test opens up various other opportunities. Apart from the colleges in India accepting GRE scores, the colleges also accept GRE scores for masters, law, and doctoral courses across the best universities in India and the world.
  • Younger Test takers: While most of the GMAT test takers are working professionals with an experience of more than 2 years, the scenario is completely opposite in case of the GRE. Candidates in their pre-final year of graduation generally take the test, as the best courses don’t have an eligibility requirement of any work experience prior to getting an admit.
  • Access to Scholarships: GRE test takers with high scores can apply to thousands of scholarships offered by Universities and B-schools to needy but meritorious students. Indian students regularly apply and get these scholarships. This reduces the load of the huge tuition fees by a great deal.
  • Lower Fee: Also, one small advantage over the GMAT is the relatively lesser application fees. The registration fees for GRE is $205 (approx. INR 15,550) and for GMAT is $250 (approx. INR 17,000).

We hope this article was helpful in informing you that GRE is a widely used MBA Entrance Exam for Admissions across the world, including India. Read GRE 2020 Exam Guide for Indian Students and GRE 2020 Preparation Guide.