Is the GRE the only thing preventing you from pursuing a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence degree? Many schools now recognize that taking the GRE has been difficult due to COVID and is a barrier to applying to programs. That’s why many artificial intelligence programs no longer include Graduate Record Examination scores in their admission requirements. Which schools fall into this category? We’ve researched all of the options so you don’t have to.
|Online Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence
|Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
|Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Machine Learning
|Online Certificate in Artificial Intelligence
|Online M.S. in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
|Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
|Online Artificial Intelligence Certificate
|Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
|Online M.S. in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics: Artificial Intelligence focus
|MS in Applied Data Science
|Southern Methodist University
|Online Master of Science in Data Science - Machine Learning specialty
|George Mason University
|Online Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering - Machine Learning Engineering
Types of GRE Requirements for Artificial Intelligence Programs
You might be surprised to learn that the GRE requirement for graduate programs isn’t as simple as required versus not required. Schools offering Master’s in AI programs often have conditional GRE requirements. Here’s an overview of what you might find:
- GRE Required for All Applicants: Most programs require all prospective students to submit GRE scores. Some have a minimum required score – Illinois Tech requires a 305 or better.
- GRE Scores Recommended: A popular choice by schools is to recommend – but not require – applicants to submit GRE scores. This is the case with Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence. The implication is that GRE scores will increase your odds of admission, but a strong application without the GRE is still enough for quality applicants.
- GRE Waivers: Universities may require GRE scores but are willing to waive the requirement for applicants with certain qualifications or experiences. For example, SMU offers GRE waivers for anyone with two years of work experience in AI. Northeastern requires 10+ years of experience. Others like the University of North Texas waive the GRE if you have a high undergraduate GPA (e.g., 3.5 for UNT).
- GRE Waived Due to COVID-19: This might be the most common reason schools abandon the GRE requirement for their programs. COVID-19 caused delays, cancellations, and overall disruptions to the GRE test process, making it impossible for many to participate. Schools like the University of Georgia have waived the GRE requirement for their AI programs in 2021 and 2022. Many are considering dropping the GRE indefinitely.
- GRE Not Required or Considered: Finally, you’ll come across programs that don’t ask for GRE scores at all. Fresno State’s computational linguistics program falls into this category.
Online No GRE Artificial Intelligence Programs
AI degrees offered in an online learning format have become incredibly popular. But are there online Master’s in AI programs that bypass GRE scores for admission? Yes! We found nearly 25 online artificial intelligence programs offered online with no GRE requirements. That’s over a third of all no GRE programs in our database.
If you’re concerned that online no GRE AI programs are lower quality than their ‘GRE required’ counterparts, don’t be! Top universities with excellent reputations offer their AI and machine learning programs online with no GRE requirement, including:
- Columbia University’s MS in Computer Science (Machine Learning)
- Johns Hopkins University’s MS in Artificial Intelligence
- Georgia Tech’s MS in Computer Science (Machine Learning)
Our listings (below) include every option we found, both on-campus and online. Distance-based programs say “online” in the degree program name.