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 and the educational systems within your university and country.

Either the Graduate Management Admission Test (previous version or GMAT Focus Edition, both referred to as “GMAT” henceforth) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 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, Medical College Admission Test, or Executive Assessment scores in place of the GMAT or GRE.

We accept test scores for the official online GMAT and GRE exams, as well as test scores from in-person exams at official GMAT and GRE test centers. 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. We strongly encourage you to take the test of your choice at least a few weeks before the application deadline. 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. Admissions interviews will not be granted without a valid test score submitted to Stanford.

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, and you must submit your official scores via the score reporting center prior to your score expiration date. If your GMAT or GRE score is still valid, you do not need to retake the GMAT or GRE General Test. If your scores expire prior to enrollment and you have not submitted your official scores, you may be required to retake the exam. 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 (10 Sep 2024) 10 Sep 2019
Round 2 (08 Jan 2025) 08 Jan 2020
Round 3 (08 Apr 2025) 08 Apr 2020