Taking the GRE or GMAT

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Some graduate programs at UW Tacoma require you to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) as part of your application. See the table below.

Remember, the GRE or GMAT is only one component of your application packet and it is important to keep it in perspective. Applicants are considered based upon their complete application packet.

Program GRE GMAT
Accounting (MSAcc)
Business Administration (MBA) Required
Business Analytics (MS) Preferred Preferred
Community Planning (MA)
Computer Science & Systems (MS) Required
Cybersecurity & Leadership (MCL) Required
Master of Education (MEd)
Geospatial Technologies (MS)
Interdisciplinary Studies (MA) Required
Master of Nursing (MN)
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Institution codes

  • The UW institution code for the GRE is: 4854 (all three campuses)
  • The UW Tacoma institution code for the GMAT is different for each program:
    • MBA: ZRZ-NM-95
    • MAcc: ZRZ-NM-39

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Which test do I take on the GRE?

UW Tacoma graduate programs require the general test that consists of three sections that measure abilities in analytical, quantitative and verbal skills.

Where can I take the GRE or GMAT?

Tests are computerized and appointments are required. UW Tacoma does not administer the tests.

How much does the test cost?

The cost for the GRE is $205; the GMAT is $250. Payment is required when test appointments are made.

In some instances, students eligible for financial aid may obtain a test fee waiver. Contact Financial Aid at uwtfa@uw.edu or 253-692-4374 for further information.

How long will the test take?

The test is timed and takes three to four hours.

When will I know my scores?

Unofficial scores are available on the day of testing (except the writing score). Complete official scores are mailed to you and to the institutions you designate approximately two weeks after testing.

How long are test scores valid?

Scores are valid for five years. Should you take the test more than once, all scores are reported. Some programs may accept scores older than five years. Contact the individual program for more information.

Is there help available to study for the GRE and GMAT?

The UW Tacoma Library has test preparation books for the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT available for checkout or in-library reference use. Career Development and Education has free informational booklets on the GRE and LSAT. In addition, self-study books are available at larger bookstores and resources are suggested on the GRE and GMAT websites.

Is there a minimum score required for admission? What does "competitive scores" mean?

There are no minimum test scores. Each applicant is considered on the basis of his or her complete application packet. Competitive scores are determined by each year's applicant pool and cannot be predicted in advance of the application deadlines. Contact the individual program for more information.

Can I repeat the test if I do not perform well?

Yes. All of your scores will be included in the results document. Most graduate programs will consider the most recent scores.