GRE Additional Information


The New York State Education Transformation Act of 2015 requires graduate-level teacher education and educational leadership programs to establish rigorous admissions selection criteria, which include a standardized admissions examination. The NYS Board of Regents codified the law’s requirements into the Chancellor’s regulations at the end of 2015.

Applicants may submit a GRE Exemption Request by completing the GRE Exemption Request Form. Hunter College may choose to exempt the GRE requirement based on a student’s demonstration of potential to positively contribute to the teaching and/or educational leadership professions. GRE Exemption Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applicants seeking exam fee reduction or fee waivers must apply directly through ETS.

In December 2017, the regulations were amended to exclude certified teachers and administrators who hold a graduate degree from the exam requirement. Each graduate program offered by Hunter College School of Education indicates the exam requirements in the Eligibility & Admission Requirements section of the admissions page.

The following School of Education programs do not require the GRE:

  • Blind & Visually Impaired: Orientation & Mobility – Advanced Certificate
  • Bilingual Extension for Pupil Personnel Services
  • Educational Psychology
  • Gifted & Talented – Advanced Certificate
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility
  • School Counseling
  • T.E.S.O.L. Adult Program
  • Visual Impairment: Rehabilitation Teacher