GRE Requirements by Area of Specialization

As you prepare to apply, make sure you understand whether the area of specialization you are applying to requires, considers, or excludes the GRE General test and GRE Psychology Subject test for 2024 admissions. 

Guidance on taking the GRE and submitting your scores is available from the Graduate School. Educational Testing Services (ETS), which administers the GRE, has a Fee Reduction Program that some U.S. citizens and resident aliens may be eligible for based on demonstrated financial need, unemployment, or participation in national programs that work with underrepresented groups.

Effective September 22, 2023, the GRE General Test transitions to a shorter format. The Department of Psychology will consider scores from the longer and shorter versions of the test as equivalent; individuals who took the longer test do not need to re-test, provided scores are not more than five years old. Applicants are encouraged to use their best judgment in deciding whether to test before or after the change in format (i.e., whether to take the shorter or longer version). Learn more about the updated GRE General Test format.

Area Is GRE General test required Is GRE General test considered if submitted? Is GRE Psychology Subject test required? Is GRE Psychology Subject test considered if submitted?

Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CAB)

No No No No

Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research (CSPR)

No Yes No Yes

Counseling Psychology

No Yes No Yes

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O) 

Yes Yes

No, but should take it if possible


Personality, Individual Differences and Behavior Genetics (PIB) 

No, but encouraged Yes No Yes

Quantitative/Psychometric Methods (QPM) 

Yes Yes No Yes
Social Psychology No Yes No Yes