GRE Scores

  • All PhD and MSE applicants must take the GRE.
  • GRE scores are required. We do not have a minimum score required to apply. The average GRE scores for our Fall 2016 incoming graduate class are 167 – 94% (Quantitative), 155 – 67% (Verbal), 4.0 – 56% (AW).
  • GRE reporting code is 1839- Department code not required.
    • If you have previously submitted valid GRE scores to the University of Michigan you do not need to resubmit your scores
  • GRE scores of up to 5 years old as of the application deadline may be used.
  • You must submit your GRE scores electronically.  We cannot accept or review unofficial scores, even if you upload a copy of your results electronically.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is the GRE test required for all applicants?

A: Yes, the GRE is required for all applicants who apply to our Doctoral and Master’s programs.

Q: Do “Change of Program” students need to submit GRE scores?

A: The GRE is required for all students who apply to the Master’s or Doctoral programs. If an applicant previously provided their GRE scores with their Master’s application and they are still valid, there is no need to submit new scores. However, if the scores are no longer valid (scores are valid for 5 years from test date), the applicant will need to provide new GRE score results.

Q: How long are GRE scores valid?

A: GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date. We must receive your scores on or before the application deadline.

Q: My GRE scores are close to expiring. Should I retake the test?

A: We will accept your GRE scores as long as they are received before they expire. If the expiration date is close, we encourage applicants to take the test again and request ETS to send us the new scores.

Q: Which GRE test should I take?

A: The GRE revised General Test is required for prospective students who apply to our Doctoral and Master’s programs.

Q: What is the minimum score for the GRE?

A: There are no specific minimums for the GRE. The average GRE scores are in the 80-90th percentile in the quantitative and verbal sections.

Q: How are GRE scores sent to the University of Michigan?

A: All applicants request ETS to submit their test scores to the University of Michigan by way of code 1839. There is no longer a Department Code to select when requesting the scores to be sent to the Robotics Program. 

Q: If my GRE scores are low, will I have a chance to be admitted to the program?

A: Applications undergo a comprehensive review by the Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee reviews all components of the application when considering who to admit to the graduate program. If an applicant feels their scores are too low, we encourage you to take the test again. If you retake the test, allow yourself enough time to get the new score in by the application deadline.

Q: I took multiple GRE tests. Will the Graduate Admission Committee see all of my scores?

A: The committee will see all test scores submitted to the University of Michigan.

Q: Can I submit my scores after the deadline date?

A: We encourage applicants to submit the test scores by the application deadline date. However, we understand that in some countries the tests are not offered frequently. We will accept late test scores. Scores should be received for Fall term, the end of December. Please note that sending your test scores after the deadline date may cause a delay in your application file being reviewed by the Graduate Admission committee. The application and other supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline date pertaining to the term you plan to apply to our program.