Q. How will I be notified if I am accepted or not?

A.    You will be informed of an admissions decision by email. You can also check your status in the application: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/status-checking  Please note that acceptance into the program is not final until confirmed by Graduate Studies. Once they have made their review of your application and noted any final documents needed, you will receive notification of official admission to Georgia Tech.

Q. When will the decision be made on my application?

A.    Most of our students are admitted for the fall semester, which begins in mid-August.  Most decisions for fall admission will be made in March or April, although some will be made earlier. To view an academic calendar, visit www.registrar.gatech.edu.

Q: Is it acceptable if my supporting materials (recommendation letters and official test scores, etc.) are received after the application deadline?

A:  Yes. However, we cannot begin to review your application until we know your test scores (you will enter your scores when you apply).  If you have not taken the required test yet, please put the date that you plan to take it on the application. You can upload an unofficial copy of your test scores in the application; we will use this while reviewing your application. It is acceptable if we don't receive the official scores until after the deadline. We will make a decision on your application as soon after receiving the scores as is possible.

Q. Should I upload unofficial transcripts and test scores?

A.    YES. If you do not have official transcripts, please upload unofficial transcripts when you apply.  Should you be admitted, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Also, please upload unofficial test scores during the application, and request for the testing company to send official scores to Georgia Tech after taking the test.  For TOEFL & IELTS, send scores to Georgia Institute of Technology, "Graduate". Georgia Tech will accept either the standard IELTS Academic test scores or the IELTS Indicator Academic scores.

Q. Is my application complete?

A.    With the online application system you can check your application status.  Please see: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/status-checking  for instructions on how to check your status. If you have further questions email inquire@mse.gatech.edu

Q. Is the GRE exam mandatory?

A.    No. MSE no longer requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores of graduate applicants.

Q. What if I sent my GRE OR TOEFL scores to the incorrect (or another) department code, or only to the Institute code?

A.    If you had your scores submitted to Georgia Tech, all departments will have access to them.

Q. Are there any additional requirements for international students?

A.    Yes. International students must have an acceptable English Language proficiency test. Georgia Tech accepts both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the IELTS. An English Language proficiency score is not required if the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate degree is from a U.S. institution with an acceptable GPA, or if you qualify for an exemption based on the requirements described on the Graduate Studies website at: https://grad.gatech.edu/english-proficiency  A score of at least 100 (on the Internet based test), with a minimum of 19 in each category, and a minimum of 26 in the speaking category is required. The Institute minimum requirements for IELTS are: Reading: 6.5, Listening: 6.5, Speaking: 6.5, Writing: 5.5, Overall: 7. Scores must be submitted electronically. Please see the Grad Studies website for more details on language requirements: https://grad.gatech.edu/english-proficiency  We recommend that you achieve acceptable scores prior to submitting your application.

TOEFL Requirements (Departmental minimums)
(send scores to Georgia Institute of Technology, "Graduate")

  • Institute Code: 5248
  • Department Code: 69
  • Minimum total TOEFL score: 100 (with a minimum of 19 in each category, and a minimum of 26 in the speaking category)

IELTS Requirements: (Institute minimums)
(send scores to Georgia Institute of Technology, "Graduate")

  • Georgia Tech will accept either the standard IELTS Academic test scores or the IELTS Indicator Academic scores.
  • Minimum IELTS scores:  Reading: 6.5, Listening: 6.5, Speaking: 6.5, Writing: 5.5, Overall: 7.

International students that do not require financial support must file a certified financial statement that indicates you have sufficient financial resources to meet all costs of your first year of graduate study in order to receive an I-20 for studying at Georgia Tech.

Q. Can you give me an idea of my chances for admission?

A.    We cannot provide preliminary evaluations of chances for admission.  The Admissions Committee carefully studies the entire application before reaching its decision. 

Q. I cannot afford to pay the application fee.  Can I defer the fee until I am admitted, or can the fee be waived?

A.    A non-refundable application fee must be remitted with your application. It cannot be deferred until an admissions decision is made. Georgia Tech's graduate application fee is $75 per application for domestic applicants, and $85 for international applicants.  For more details on submitting the application fee, see https://grad.gatech.edu/faq/knowledgebase.php?category=2

*In order to promote more diversity within the applicant pool, MSE will waive a limited number of application fees for qualified applicants who are members of underrepresented groups [must be US citizen or permanent resident (Green card holder)].

To apply for an application fee waiver, please send a copy of your resume or transcript to inquire@mse.gatech.edu. In the message, please mention your citizenship and the aspect of your identity that is underrepresented (such as your racial/ethnic group). Requesting a fee waiver will have no bearing on admission decisions.

We understand the financial difficulties associated with applications to graduate programs; however, the fee is not eligible to be considered for a waiver unless you meet the requirements listed above.

Q. I can only attend graduate school if I receive financial aid during my studies. Is aid available?

A.    Financial aid in the form of Graduate Assistantships is available to all qualified students who are admitted to our PhD graduate program. The Assistantships will include a tuition waiver and will provide a competitive stipend.  However, you are encouraged to seek outside fellowships (such as NSF, EPA, etc.) to help finance your graduate studies. Students admitted into the MS graduate program are typically not provided with financial aid. Exceptions are only possible where faculty have a specific requirement for a MS student on a research project. Students pursuing an MS thesis must first identify a faculty member willing to advise the thesis and cover the research costs before being considered for admission.  International students typically have to be able to show that they have around $70,000 USD available for their first year of studies in order to get an I-20 for studies at GT. Tuition amounts can be found at: http://www.bursar.gatech.edu/content/tuition-fees

Q. If I apply for the PhD program, will I be considered for an M.S (and vice-versa)?

A.    No. Your application will only be considered for the degree level that you apply for. 

Q. I am interested in working for a specific faculty member. Should I send my application directly to him/her?

A.    No. You must apply to the School, and not a specific faculty member. Decisions regarding admissions are made by an Admissions Committee and are based on many factors.  Qualified applicant information is provided to all MSE faculty; faculty with possible openings in their group will contact the students that they are interested in. Most students must be selected to work for a specific faculty member before they will be admitted. 

Q. What courses are offered and when?

A.    To view the classes offered each semester visit www.registrar.gatech.edu. Most courses are usually offered in the same semester each year. To view a PROJECTED tentative list of MSE Graduate Level courses, please go to Projected Tentative Graduate Course Offerings  (found at: Graduate Syllabi )

Q. Can I transfer from another school to your graduate program?

A. No, we do not accept transfer students from other graduate programs into Materials Science and Engineering.

Q. How many students are accepted each year?

A.    This number fluctuates greatly from year to year depending on the amount of financial assistance available.