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GRE Scores for Social Science Programs

Hoping to get into a social science graduate program and looking for what GRE score you’ll be expected to have to get into your dream school? Here’s the info from ETS chart providing the average GRE scores for majors based on survey data they collect from test takers.

GRE Scores for Social Science Programs (Intended)

SpecialtyVerbalQuantitative
Social Sciences (General)153151
Anthropology and Archaeology156149
Economics154160
Political Science156152
Psychology152149
Sociology152149
Other150148

GRE Scores for Social Science Programs

The scores above are intended majors. What does “intended” major mean? It simply means that that these are the average scores of people planning on applying to graduate school in a specific major.

Score Range for Social Sciences Programs

Using a scale drawn from the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s report on graduate schools, here’s the range of average scores you could expect:

GRE Scores for Social Science Programs by Rank

       
SpecialtyProgram Rank #1-10: VerbalProgram Rank #1-10: QuantitativeProgram Rank #11-50: VerbalProgram Rank #11-50: QuantitativeProgram Rank #51-100: VerbalProgram Rank #51-100: Quantitative
Social Sciences (General)158-162157-161156-160152-156154-158146-150
Anthropology and Archaeology161-165155-159159-163150-154157-161144-148
Economics159-163166-170157-161161-165155-159155-159
Political Science161-165158-162159-163153-157154-158147-151
Psychology157-161155-159155-159150-154153-157144-148
Sociology157-161155-159155-159150-154153-157144-148
Other146-150155-159154-158153-157149-153151-155

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As you can see, there’s a pretty big distinction between, say, Economics GRE scores and Sociology GRE scores. For example, you’ll obviously be expected to have better GRE math scores for Economics (a quant heavy program) versus Political Science GRE scores in math. The Social Sciences truly span a wide swath of concentrations, and consequently you’ll need to be aware of your particular program.

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