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GMAT/GRE Requirements


All MBA students must take either the GMAT or the GRE. These cannot be waived. At the time of taking either the GMAT or the GRE, ensure that you have Murray State University as one of your score recipients. Our code is: 1494

  • Which entrance exam should I take: the GMAT or GRE?
    You have the option of taking either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For students close to Murray, only the GRE is available on campus, at: 104C Oakley Applied Science Building: Opposite the MSU Main Library. The GRE is offered by our Counseling and Testing Center; call them at (270) 809-6851 to schedule the test. 

  • What are the minimum GMAT and GRE Requirements?
    For students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, the minimum/required scores are 400 out of 800 for the GMAT, and 286 out of 340 for the GRE. Students with GPAs that are less than 3.0 will need higher GMAT and GRE scores. In other words, even if your GPA is 3.0 or better, you cannot be fully admitted into the MBA if your GMAT is less than 400, or if your GRE is less than 286. An MBA student cannot graduate without being fully admitted—that is, everyone must achieve the GMAT/GRE score indicated in the conditional admission letter that you will receive from the MBA Office. 

  • Unconditional Admission/Full Admission:
    If you take the GMAT and your overall GPA is less than 3.0, then you must satisfy the GMAT admission formula, which is: (200 x GPA) + GMAT > 1,000 Points. If you take the GRE and your overall GPA is less than 3.0, then your GRE=321—(11.66 X GPA). 

  • How do I study for the GRE/GMAT?
    Obtain either a GRE or a GMAT Handbook (Latest) from any major bookstore our University Bookstore in your area. Barron’s or Princeton Review and other versions essentially cover the same material. Review the handbook for at least 2 months before taking either test.


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