GRE and GMAT

Several programmes require GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) scores. The requirement is indicated in the 'key facts' box at the start of each programme entry. 

If you are applying for one of these programmes, you should complete all sections of the test. Your score should be less than five years old on 1 October 2018.

How to send us your scores

You should arrange for an official certificate of your score to be sent to LSE from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) as well as entering your scores in the relevant section of the application form. The LSE institution code for the GRE is 0972; no department code is required as the scores are processed centrally. The LSE institution code for the GMAT is HMT 86-56. For more information about the tests, please see www.gre.org or www.mba.com or contact ETS, Box 6000, Princeton NJ 08541, USA. Tel: +1 609 921 9000, or see www.ets.org


Recommended but not required

Applicants for some programmes may be recommended to take a test, particularly if quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their degree. If you submit a score when you are not required to, a poor score will not damage your application, but a good score may strengthen it.

Exceptions

The details listed here are exceptions to the GRE/GMAT requirements. These are the circumstances in which applicants do not need to submit a GRE or GMAT score when applying to a programme which would usually require it. Please check if the programme you plan to apply to requires GRE/GMAT. If the programme requires GRE/GMAT and does not appear in the list below, then that means there are no exceptions and all applicants must supply the scores in order to be considered.

In all cases, departments may still request students to take a GRE/GMAT test, even where an exemption applies.


MSc in Accounting and Finance

GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. However if you have graduated with a grade lower than a 2:1 degree (or are not predicted to graduate with a 2:1) then you are recommended to submit a GMAT score with your application.
  •  You have been awarded, or are currently studying, the LSE Diploma in Accounting and Finance.
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).

MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

GRE required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, in a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, an undergraduate degree where at least the last 2 years were studied as part of a bachelor’s degree at a UK institution. For example if you have studied at a non-UK institution and transferred to study the last 2 years at a UK institution; or if you are studying a 2+2 dual degree with the last two years at a UK institution.

MSc in Economics (1 year)

GRE required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects. However, the GMAT or GRE is recommended for students who have not graduated  with a 1st class degree or equivalent, and/or studied on a non-quantitative degree. 
  • You have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma in Economics and provide a full academic reference by a teacher from that diploma who taught you. This also includes the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP) taught entirely through UoLIP. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects. However, the GMAT or GRE is recommended for students who have graduated or are unlikely to graduate with a 1st class degree or equivalent, and/or from a non-quantitative degree.
  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, an undergraduate degree where at least the last 2 years were studied as part of a bachelor’s degree at a UK institution. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects. For example if you have studied at a non-UK institution and transferred to study the last 2 years at a UK institution; or if you are studying a 2+2 dual degree with the last two years at a UK institution.

MSc in Economics and Management

GRE or GMAT Required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK.

MSc in Economics and Philosophy

GRE Required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded a 2:1 or better, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects.
  • You have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma in Economics and provide a full academic reference by a teacher from that diploma who taught you. This also includes the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP) taught entirely through UoLIP. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects.
  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, an undergraduate degree where at least the last 2 years were studied as part of a bachelor’s degree at a UK institution. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects. For example if you have studied at a non-UK institution and transferred to study the last 2 years at a UK institution; or if you are studying a 2+2 dual degree with the last two years at a UK institution.

MSc in Finance (Full Time and Part Time))

GRE or GMAT required (GMAT preferred)

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. However if you have not graduated with a 2:1 degree (or are not predicted to graduate with a 2:1); or if your degree is in a non-quantitative subject, then you are recommended to submit a GMAT score with your application.
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP). However if you have not graduated with a 2:1 degree (or are not predicted to graduate with a 2:1); or if your degree is in a non-quantitative subject, then you are recommended to submit a GMAT score with your application.

MSc in Finance and Economics

GRE or GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. 
  • You are currently studying a 3 year LSE programme in Economics, Management or Mathematics
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).

MSc in Finance and Private Equity

GRE or GMAT required (GMAT preferred)

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. 
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP). 

MSc in Marketing

GRE or GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. This exemption only applies if your degree is in economics, or is a joint economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects AND taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK. This exemption only applies if you have been awarded a Diploma in Economics (including the Diploma in Economics from the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP), you have provided your final Diploma transcript and you will provide a reference from a Diploma teacher.

Global MSc in Management

GRE or GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are predicted to achieve, a 2:1 or better in a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are predicted to achieve, at least a merit in a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are predicted to achieve, at least a merit in a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK.

MSc in Management

GRE or GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded 2:1 or better in a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are predicted to achieve, at least a merit in a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are predicted to achieve, at least a merit in a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK.

MSc in Management and Strategy

GRE or GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded or are currently studying a 3 year LSE programme in Economics, Management or Mathematics.

MSc AND MRes/PhD Quantitative Economic History

GRE or GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects.
  • You have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma in Economics and provide a full academic reference by a teacher from that diploma who taught you.
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP) taught entirely through UoLIP. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects.
  • You have been awarded or are currently studying a UK undergraduate degree with at least the last 2 years studied at a UK institution. The degree must be either purely an Economics degree or a joint Economics degree with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects.

MSc in Real Estate Economics and Finance

GRE or GMAT required (GRE preferred)

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely at an overseas campus of a UK institution.
  • You have been awarded a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK or at an international campus of a UK institution.
  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, an undergraduate degree where at least the last 2 years were studied as part of a bachelor’s degree at a UK institution. For example if you have studied at a non-UK institution and transferred to study the last 2 years at a UK institution; or if you are studying a 2+2 dual degree with the last two years at a UK institution.

MSc in Risk and Finance

GRE or GMAT required (GMAT preferred)

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK.
  • You have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).