2021 Test Score Requirements

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Mississippi State University Graduate School is pleased to provide GRE/GMAT waivers for the majority of its programs. These waivers are in place for students applying for the spring, summer, or fall 2021 terms. Programs that will not be offering a waiver and therefore will require GRE/GMAT scores are listed in the far right column under Exceptions.

GRE/GMAT Waivers – Graduate Admissions in 2021


Spring - Fall 2021

Program/Emphasis Area Exceptions (require the GRE)

Arts and Sciences

All Programs


Agriculture and Life Sciences

Majority of Programs

MS & PhD, emphasis areas in Animal and Dairy Sciences
MS in Agricultural Economics


Majority of Programs

PhD in Business Administration

Forest Resources

All Programs



Majority of Programs

Educational Specialist & PhD in:
Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Special Education


Majority of Programs

MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Veterinary Medicine

All Programs



All other requirements will still need to be met for admission into a student's graduate program. For students coming to MSU from countries where English is not the first language, English proficiency scores are still required. We will accept score within five years from the test date.

We will need an official copy of your English language proficiency test scores. Please note that we will accept official scores provided by TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE.

If you are not able to provide these scores, you will need to retake the English proficiency exam and send us your new official scores. If your scores do not meet our minimum requirements as stated in the Graduate Catalog you will need to enroll in ESL classes. 

Please email the Graduate School at gradapps@grad.msstate.edu should you have any questions or need assistance completing your application. 


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