Applicants to the Graduate School are ordinarily required to have taken the GRE within the past 5 years. The GRE requirement may be waived for Master of Arts in Bioethics applicants who demonstrate one or more of the following:
- An advanced degree (master’s or doctoral level or other terminal degree) in a relevant field;
- More than 5 years of professional experience in a relevant field (e.g., health care delivery, laboratory science, health administration, research oversight);
- Admission to an advanced degree program in a relevant field within the past 5 years, or submission of verifiable test scores from another graduate or professional entrance examination in a relevant field, within the past 5 years.
Determination of eligibility for waiver is made by the Bioethics Program Admissions Committee. Applicants seeking waiver of the GRE requirement should send a request along with a current curriculum vitae or resume to Vicky Zickmund. The Admissions Committee may request more information before making a decision. Waiver requests should be submitted in time for prospective students to take the GRE if necessary.
Waiver of the GRE requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. If applicants have taken the GRE or another graduate or professional entrance examination in a relevant field, within the past 5 years, scores must be submitted for review.
Effective with 2021 – 2022 academic year, submission of the GRE is optional, though submission of recent standardized test scores is strongly recommended. If an applicant has a terminal degree that is relevant to bioethics, and/or relevant health care experience, that information should be included in the application material, especially if the applicant does not submit a standardized test score. This will help the admissions committee asses the application. The GRE is not required for WFU undergraduates applying to the five year program.