Should GRE be Removed from Admission Requirements of Master’s Degree Programs?
In this study, all master’s degree programs at a state university in Florida, USA during academic years of 2019/2020, 2020/2021, and 2021/2022 were assessed. The standardized tests, such as, GRE/GMAT were required for admission to the master’s degree programs in 2019/2020, waived in 2020/2021, and removed or modified in 2021/2022. To assess the impact, the application, enrollment, and performance data were collected and analyzed. The results show that the number of applicants increased (p< 0.001) in 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 compared with 2019/2020, the number of students enrolled increased (p< 0.001), and the undergraduate GPA of new applicants was about the same (p = 0.500), new students’ GPA by the end of their first semester increased (p< 0.001), and overall graduate GPA was about the same for the three years. It shows that GRE/GMAT may not be a good indicator of student success in the master’s degree programs.
Keywords - Graduate Programs, Admission, Enrollment, Student Performance, GRE, GMAT.