Graduate Application Requirements

The following application materials are required to be submitted by all graduate applicants. Most of these items will be submitted via the online application portal. Application Deadline: January 1.

After the application deadline, the Graduate Admission Committee will review completed applications. Most decisions are released to applicants by the Graduate Studies Office typically early March.

  • Application Form. Submitted online.
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  • Application Fee. $75 Application Fee; $85 for international applicants. (Payment is made at completion of online application.)
  • Transcript(s). From all undergraduate institutions where study has been done. Degree verification required by Graduate Studies once accepted and admitted.
  • Personal Statement. Answer the 2 following questions:
    • Please describe any scientific, professional, or community-building skills you have developed (through courses, employment or other activities) that are relevant to your potential to succeed in the PhD/MS program in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. (300 words)
    • Describe your future educational, scientific, and career goals, and how you think the PhD/MS program in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech in particular will help you achieve those goals. (300 words)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation. Select references who know your strengths, interests, and abilities to excel in academic and professional environments. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, at least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member who supervises your work
  • (Optional) Application for Georgia Residence Status. You must complete this form only if you claim Georgia residency. Georgia residency implies that you have lived in Georgia for at least twelve months, with a primary purpose other than attending an educational institution in the state. The residency decision is made at the institutional level and has no bearing on your admission to the graduate program, only on the level of tuition that you would be charged as an enrolled student.

For international applicants (only), whose native language is not English:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). 

  • Internet-based TOEFL exam: minimum total score is 90 and each section must score 19 or higher.
  • Before an application package is reviewed by the faculty, a passing TOEFL score must be on file. Georgia Tech's Institute Code for TOEFL registration is 5248.  For more information: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/international-students-toefl
    • International applicants who have attended a U.S. college or university for a minimum of one academic year are not required to provide a TOEFL score. However, a transcript from the U.S. college or university must be provided in order to qualify for this exemption.