While we know that scores on standardized tests do not always portray your abilities accurately, they still play a helpful role in the evaluation process.

Your test scores are just one piece of your application. We consider your scores within the context of factors such as the resources available to you, the educational systems within your university and country, etc.

Either the Graduate Management Admission Test or the Graduate Record Examination is required for admission. You must take the test before submitting your application. We have no preference for one test over the other. If you take both exams, you may provide both scores. Candidates applying to joint degree programs that require the GRE should not feel obligated to take the GMAT. We do not accept Law School Admission Test or Medical College Admission Test scores in place of the GMAT or GRE.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are accepting test scores for the official online GMAT and GRE exams. Tests must be taken before the deadline date of the application round in which you plan to apply. Scores from tests taken after the deadline date will not be considered. You must self-report your scores on your application and send us your official scores via the score reporting center. Official scores may arrive after the deadline date.

Score Requirement

There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement for graduate study at Stanford, and we accept students with a wide range of scores. Please see the class profile for the range and average test scores. 

Score Validity

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the date you take the test. Since we require the GMAT or GRE for admission, you must take the test before submitting your application. The scores you report must be valid as of the deadline date of the round in which you apply. If your GMAT or GRE score is still valid, you do not need to retake the GMAT or GRE General Test. If you require testing accommodations, initiate that process well in advance so you can take the test before the application deadline.

If you are applying in … You must have taken the GMAT or GRE on or after …
Round 1 (13 Sep 2022) 13 Sep 2017
Round 2 (05 Jan 2023) 05 Jan 2018
Round 3 (11 Apr 2023) 11 Apr 2018
Advice Regarding Test Scores
Advice Regarding Test Scores
Kirsten Moss, former assistant dean of MBA admissions and financial aid, talks about GMAT/GRE and how the admissions team evaluates test scores.