Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Beginning with fall 2019 MSN applicants, the Graduate Record Exam will no longer be required. All fall 2018 applicants to the MSN program are required to take the GRE General Test within 5 years of application. The General test a computer-based exam, which consists of verbal, quantitative and analytical reasoning measures. Only post-master’s certificate program applicants that have already completed a master of science in nursing degree at a college or university in the United States are not required to take the GRE.

GRE Codes

Vanderbilt's codes are:

  • School Code: 1871
  • Nursing Department Code: 0610

Additional information regarding the GRE can be obtained by visiting the GRE web site at:  or writing to:

  • Educational Testing Service
    P.O. Box 6000
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
    Phone: 866-473-4373

The GRE General Test, available year round in many locations, is administered at 225 test centers in the United States and Canada, as well as in many overseas locations. To obtain information about test center locations or to schedule an appointment to take the GRE call the Prometric Testing Center at 1-800-GRE-Call (1-800-473-2255).

The fee is $160 and the allotted test time is 4 hours. With the computer-based exam you can view your verbal and quantitative scores on the screen immediately after completing the test. Score reports which will include your verbal, quantitative and analytical writing score are sent via online or paper to the institutions (designated by the student) within 30 days.


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