GRE Scores for Harvard

For many graduate school applicants, Harvard is a dream destination. The admissions to various programs are extremely competitive and hard fought out between applicants who apply to the various graduate programs at Harvard. GRE scores, among other admission factors, play a key role in deciding your fate at the elusive Harvard University.

If you are looking at minimum GRE scores for admission to Harvard, unfortunately there are no specific numbers. Most Harvard graduate schools do not specify a cut-off GRE score for their programs. Moreover, the GRE score requirements for different programs and schools vary widely. The GRE score requirements for an engineering program vary greatly compared to other subjects such as mathematics, sociology or chemistry.

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For instance, the graduate admissions data for the engineering program specifies that the average GRE quantitative scores were within the 90-95th percentiles, and average GRE verbal scores were within the 80-85th percentiles. For the Graduate School of Design, the average GRE scores for the 2014 incoming class was 158 for the verbal, 157 for the quantitative, and 4.0 for the analytical writing sections.

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We have prepared a table covering a few of the graduate and professional schools in Harvard. The GRE score requirements are estimated based on historical data and information available on the official websites of these schools.

Required GRE Scores For Harvard 

Graduate and Professional Schools GRE Score Requirements
Harvard Business School 326-330
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Verbal – 80 to 85th percentiles, Quantitative – 90 to 95th percentile
Harvard Graduate School of Design Verbal – 158, Quantitative – 157
Harvard graduate School of Education Verbal – 81 percentile, Quantitative – 63 percentile
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Above 60th percentile in quantitative section


If your target schools/programs are not on the list, visit the official website and/or speak to the admission offices at these schools. Since many of the graduate schools do not divulge information about average GRE score requirements, you will have to set your target scores based on your own research and interactions with admission officers, students and alumni. A score of 159+ in both verbal and quant sections should keep you covered in most Harvard programs.

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