GRE and GMAT

Several programmes require GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) scores. The requirement, if present, will be indicated in the ‘key facts’ box at the start of each programme page, which you can find via our available programmes page. We require a GMAT or GRE which contains all elements of the test - if your online test does not contain all elements, we will be unable to accept it.

If GRE or GMAT scores are required by your chosen programme(s) it is essential that you supply them at the time you apply – your application will not be considered without them. You must include your test scores in the relevant section of the online application form, stating the percentile and marks obtained for all sections of the test. Your test scores should be less than five years old on 1 October 2021. GRE/GMAT scores are often a vital deciding factor, so you will not be able to submit your application without them if they are required by your programme(s).

How to send us your scores

You should arrange for an official certificate of your scores to be sent to LSE from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) as well as entering your scores in the relevant section of the online 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 scores when you are not required to, poor scores will not damage your application, but good scores may strengthen it.

Exceptions

The details listed below are exceptions to the GRE/GMAT requirements. These are the circumstances in which applicants do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores when applying to a programme which would usually require them. 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, this means that there are no exceptions and all applicants must supply the required 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, or Postgraduate Diploma, 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.

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

  • You do not have sufficient funds to pay for a GRE or GMAT test.

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 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 and final transcript as well as 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 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.

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

  • You do not have sufficient funds to pay for a GRE or GMAT test.

MSc in Economics (2 Year Programme)

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

  • You do not have sufficient funds to pay for a GRE or GMAT test.

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 and final transcript as well as 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.

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

  • You do not have sufficient funds to pay for a GRE or GMAT test.

MSc in Finance (Full 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. 

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

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

MSc in Finance and Economics

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 bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

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). 

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

Global MSc in 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, 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.

MSc in 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, 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.

MSc in Management and Strategy

GRE or GMAT required

Exempt if:

  • You have been awarded or are currently studying an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at the London School of Economics and Political Science, in Economics, Management or Mathematics.

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. However, submitting a GMAT or GRE score is highly desirable and will strengthen your application.

  • You have been awarded, or are currently studying, a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK. However, submitting a GMAT or GRE score is highly desirable and will strengthen your application.

MRes/PhD in Quantitative Economic History

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.

  • You have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma in Economics and provide a full and final transcript as well as 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.

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.

  • You do not have sufficient funds to pay for a GRE or GMAT test.

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). 

  • You do not have access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence.