If you’re looking to pursue a Ph.D. in AI in the U.S. without taking the GRE, you’re in luck! The GRE requirement for graduate programs has been a topic of debate for many years, and a growing number of institutions have dropped the GRE as a mandatory component of their application.
Fully-funded Ph.D. programs usually cover tuition, fees, and provide a stipend. In the field of Computer Science and AI, fully-funded positions are relatively common, often in the form of research or teaching assistantships.
Here’s a list of notable universities that have strong AI research programs. While not all of these universities universally waive the GRE for all their programs, many of them have departments or advisors that do. Always check the specific program’s website or contact the department/advisor for the most current information:
- Stanford University: The Computer Science department often does not require the GRE. Stanford has one of the top AI research groups in the world.
- MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Some programs/departments have waived the GRE requirement.
- UC Berkeley (University of California, Berkeley): Their AI research is world-renowned, and some departments have waived or do not emphasize GRE scores.
- Carnegie Mellon University: CMU is highly respected in the field of AI. The School of Computer Science has made GRE scores optional for many programs.
- University of Washington: The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is a leader in AI research. GRE requirements vary by program.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: The Computer Science department is highly rated, and some programs have dropped the GRE.
- University of Texas at Austin: The Computer Science department, especially the Machine Learning group, is strong, and some programs do not require the GRE.
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): Some departments and programs have removed the GRE requirement.
- Princeton University: The Computer Science department has occasionally waived the GRE, especially given recent global events. It’s best to check their current stance.
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech): Some departments may not emphasize or require the GRE.
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- University of Massachusetts Lowell
- University of Toledo
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Mississippi State University
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- University of North Texas
- Southern Methodist University
- University of Houston
- Arizona State University