Graduate Application Requirements
Who Should Apply?
Our graduates are expected to become outstanding engineers and professionals. We want individuals who will be able to contribute to, and benefit from, the programs offered by the School. Demonstrated engineering skills, research ability, and the potential for future growth are important factors in the evaluation of applicants. We value prior experience in engineering and research because it leads to an understanding of complex technical matters, provides chances to assume responsibility, and gives opportunities to take initiative in solving technical problems.
Evaluation of intellectual ability is based on the candidate’s academic record, graduate work, if any, test scores, letters of recommendation, as well as other evidence that you present. Because of the participatory nature of our graduate programs, you must have well-developed written and oral skills in English. Another important criterion is personal integrity, responsible decision-making, motivation, ethical standards, and interpersonal skills. These characteristics are assessed primarily through your biographical essay and the three required letters of recommendation. Admission to our graduate program is very competitive. Each year there are more outstanding applicants than there are places.
Students with a BS or/and MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Textile Engineering, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Physics, or in a related field of science and engineering can be admitted in the graduate program. You may be required to take additional courses upon admission depending on your background.
Our primary recruitment focus is on students who will be staying through their doctoral studies. Our faculty are heavily engaged in research topics and techniques that require a longer term commitment from their students. Therefore, our recruitment emphasis has been on recruiting students who will be staying for doctoral studies rather than Master's only. Funding is typically not available for students pursuing an MS. Students who do not require funding may apply for the MS (either thesis or non-thesis). Before applying, students pursuing an MS with thesis must first identify a faculty member willing to advise the thesis and cover the research costs before being considered for admission.
International students that do not require financial support must file a certified financial statement that indicates that they have sufficient financial resources (around $70,000 USD) to meet all costs, including living expenses, of their first year of graduate study in order to receive an I-20 for studying at Georgia Tech. Tuition amounts can be found at: http://www.bursar.gatech.edu/content/tuition-fees . These amounts do not include living expenses.
We do not accept transfer students for the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering.
How to Apply
You must apply to the School of Materials Science and Engineering directly online through http://www.grad.gatech.edu/apply-now.
Before applying, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Graduate Studies website located at: https://grad.gatech.edu/faq/knowledgebase.php?category=2 Many of your questions will be answered here.
All applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation and a resume.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores are normally required of all students. However, due to COVID-19, MSE will not require the GRE for MSE graduate applicants for the following semesters: Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021; and Spring 2022 applications. A decision has not yet been made whether we will require the GRE for Fall 2022 applications.
Institute Code: R5248; Department Code: 1499
General Test: However, due to COVID-19, MSE will not require the GRE for MSE graduate applicants for the following semesters: Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021; and Spring 2022 applications. A decision has not yet been made whether we will require the GRE for Fall 2022 applications.
An undergraduate degree GPA of at least 3.2 is required to pursue a Ph.D., and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to pursue an M.S. Over the past ten years, the average GPA of students accepted into the graduate program was a 3.6 on a 4.0 scale.
International Student Requirements
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 that they have sufficient financial resources (around $70,000 USD) to meet all costs, including living expenses, of their first year of graduate study in order to receive an I-20 for studying at Georgia Tech. Tuition amounts can be found at: http://www.bursar.gatech.edu/content/tuition-fees . These amounts do not include living expenses.
When to Apply
The majority of graduate students are admitted for fall semester. Under special circumstances, we may accept applications for spring semester. *
International students should only apply if they have completed or will soon be completing their current degree before the beginning of the term they are applying for at Georgia Tech.
Transfer applicants are not accepted.
- Fall: Dec. 15
- Spring Oct. 1*
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
Do you have more questions about our graduate program? Then take a look at our Graduate Programs FAQ page.