GRE Scores

Are GRE scores required?
Yes, UCSB requires GRE scores of all applicants, regardless of age, degrees earned, or background. Only the general test is required (the general test consists of Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections). There is no specific subject test for Religious Studies. We strongly recommend that applicants take the GRE seriously and prepare as well as they can for the test. Workbooks, practice tests, and even workshops are available to help in this regard.

Is there a minimum GRE score for admission?
We admit applicants with a wide variety of GRE scores; there is no specific minimum required. However, higher scores enhance your chances for admission. GRE scores are viewed in relationship to the letters of recommendation, GPAs as recorded on transcripts, and a focused, well-written statement of purpose.

How late can I take the GRE to meet the application deadline? Can scores arrive late?
We recommend taking the GRE test no later than the end of October in order to meet the December 15 deadline. It is your responsibility to see that the scores arrive on time; be aware that incomplete application packages will not be considered. It generally takes two to three weeks for GRE scores to be received electronically at the Graduate Division.

Can I use my old GRE scores?
The latest word from the Graduate Division is: Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score dates must be within five years from the time of application (i.e. from the day the applicant submits the online graduate application). Scores must be submitted directly from ETS to the Graduate Division. Scores may be submitted by the applicant directly to the Graduate Division only if: (1) the applicant possesses an official and original score report and (2) the scores cannot be sent directly from ETS.

How can I find out when and where the GRE test is offered?
Contact the GRE website at for detailed information.