GRE/GMAT Information

GRE/GMAT Information

Many advanced degrees require a GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) for admission consideration. 

These standardized assessments help assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study; schools use the test as a predictor of academic performance in graduate level programs. Scores are valid for five years.

The MBA and MPM programs have set minimum GMAT score requirements that you should research from the website. The Applied Clinical Psychology program (GRE required) and the Manufacturing Management program (GMAT or GRE required) have not set minimum requirements for admission. The Accounting program doesn't require a GMAT score, at this time.

GMAT/GRE Workshops

Penn State Behrend's Learning Resource Center offers no cost GMAT/GRE workshops to our undergraduate students, fully-employed professionals, and students from other local institutions who are interested in applying to our programs. Contact the LRC at 814-898-6140 or for information on the fall and spring workshops.

GMAT Requirements for the MBA Program

GMAT scores must have been taken within the last five years of application to the MBA program. Applicants to Penn State Behrend's MBA Program average a total GMAT score of 520. If you don't qualify for a GMAT waiver, we will determine your GMAT requirement using your GPA.

Any applicant whose GPA is 3.0 or greater (cumulative or last 60 credits) will be required to provide a minimum, total GMAT score of 450; this is the absolute minimum that we will accept for admission consideration.

If your GPA was less than 3.0, you can determine your GMAT minimum requirement using the formula below.

Take your GPA (cumulative or last 60 credits, whichever is higher) multiply it by 200, then subtract 1,050. The remaining number, rounded to the next highest tenth, is the minimum score that you are required to obtain, to be considered for the MBA program.

  • Ex. 2.9 x 200 - 1,050 = 470
  • Ex. 2.8 x 200 - 1,050 = 490
  • Ex. 2.7 x 200 - 1,050 = 510

MBA applicants must also satisfy the writing requirement by obtaining either a 4.0 on the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment or by having obtained a B or better grade in an undergraduate English composition course.

GMAT/GRE Registration

Register for your exam at the official GMAT or GRE website. Appointments are very limited; arrangements should be made 4-6 weeks in advance of taking the exam. Local applicants can take the GMAT exam at Pearson Professional Centers, Edgewood Plaza, 3123 West 12th Street, Suite D, Erie, PA. The GRE is administered at the Sylvan Learning Center, 7200 Peach Street, Suite 440 in the Summit Towne Centre.

GMAT/GRE Preparation

Numerous print resources and websites are available for GMAT/GRE preparation and some include free, online practice exams.

Websites include:

Our current students recommend "Cracking the GMAT," published by Princeton Review, which also provides a free GMAT Demo on their website.

One note of caution: We have been told that scores on practice tests tend to be 30 to 80 points higher than when the student takes the actual exam.

On the day of the test:

  1. Request Official Score Report be sent directly from the testing center using the following codes:
    • GMAT & GRE: Pennsylvania State University - Code: 2660
  2. Print your Unofficial Score Report and upload to the application.