What to Expect on the Application

Review each section prior to starting the application to ensure you are following the program and Institute-level admission requirements.

Application Type

When you start a new application, select the application type that includes the term you plan to start, then choose the degree level.

Application Type options:

  • Fall 2022–Summer 2023 Academic Year includes terms:
    • Fall 2022
    • Spring 2023
    • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023–Summer 2024 Academic Year includes terms:
    • Fall 2023
    • Spring 2024
    • Summer 2024

Note that you won’t be able to continue an application you started from a term that has passed, so you must create a new application. To change the application type, go to the “Home” tab and start a new application.


In the application, confirm if you are a DACA recipient or unlawfully present in the United States. In accordance with the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, individuals considered to be unlawfully present in the United States, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, are not eligible for admission to Georgia Institute of Technology, Refer to the USG policy

EUGDPR: If you are currently physically located in a European Union country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, review Georgia Tech’s EU GDPR Compliance Policy and indicate your consent on the application.

Personal Background

Provide your biographical information such as name, address, citizenship, and other information

Program Selection

Confirm that you have selected the correct application level and choose the program you intend to study as well as the campus and entry term. The program you choose will impact the campus and entry term availability.


This section will vary based on the program to which you are applying. You will be asked grad program-specific information, such as adding your research experience, writing samples, faculty selection, and more.

Academic History

You must list and provide an unofficial transcript for every post-secondary institution you have attended regardless of whether you received a degree.

  • An unofficial transcript is an official transcript that you, the applicant, have directly provided us. This is sufficient for the review process. If you accept an offer of admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • If documents are not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college or university that issued it.

If you are admitted, you must provide your official transcript(s). Georgia Tech accepts the following official transcripts:

  • Electronic copy (preferred method): Electronic official transcripts can be emailed directly by the institutions you have attended to transcripts@grad.gatech.edu or directly sent by Parchment, eScrip-SAFE, National Student Clearing House, or Digitary.
  • Hard copy (only if your transcripts cannot be sent electronically): Paper official transcripts can be sent directly by the institutions you have attended via post mail or sent by you in the original, unopened, school sealed envelope. Your full name must appear on the envelope along with your nine-digit Application Reference Number.
    • Mailing Address:
      Office of Graduate Education
      Georgia Institute of Technology
      631 Cherry St., Room 301
      Atlanta, GA 30332-0321

Test Scores

You may be required to submit one or more of the following test scores:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
  • International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic)
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
  • Georgia Tech Language Institute English Proficiency Assessment

Use the following Institute code to submit your official test scores:

  • The GRE Institute code is R5248
  • The GMAT Institute code for the Full-time MBA is HWK-54-37
  • The GMAT Institute code for the Evening MBA is HWK-54-44

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Provide information about your experience relevant to your selected program of study.

  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Professional development
  • Publications
  • Awards and honors
  • Fellowships


Provide employment information from the past two years.

Military Information

If you are affiliated with a military from any country, you will provide information related to specific country, branch, or agency.


Provide contact information for up to three recommenders, depending on the program’s specific requirements. Recommendations should come from either an academic or professional reference.

Recommenders will be asked to provide information regarding:

  • Acquaintance with the Applicant
  • Applicant’s Characteristics and Abilities
  • Overall Recommendation
  • Additional Comments
  • Upload Recommendation Letter 

Citizenship and Residency (lawful presence for domestic and international applicants)

In accordance with the University System of Georgia policy, all students who are admitted to Georgia Tech and residing in the United States must verify their lawful presence prior to registering for classes.

The Office of Graduate Education recommends that you submit your lawful presence documentation along with your application for faster processing.

U.S. citizens should upload one of the following to verify your lawful presence::

  • Current U.S. passport or U.S. passport card.
  • Current Georgia driver’s license or Georgia ID issued after Jan. 1, 2008. We cannot accept a limited-term license.
  • Current out-of-state REAL ID driver’s license or REAL ID state-issued ID card may be accepted. Restrictions apply. Not all states are accepted. View the list of eligible states and requirements (PDF).
  • Original or certified U.S. birth certificate. A copy must be issued by a state, county, municipal authority, or territory of the U.S., and it must bear the official seal. 
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570). 
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561). 
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad, issued by the Department of State (DS-1350).
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).

If none of the documents listed above are available, please view more options on the Lawful Presence page.

U.S. Permanent Residents should upload a front and back copy of the current, valid Permanent Resident card.

Pending U.S. Permanent Residents should upload a copy of the pending I-485 receipt notice or I-797. *Please note that applicants for Permanent Residency are not exempt from the proof of English Proficiency requirement. Only USCIS approved U.S. Permanent Residents, with a valid Permanent Resident card, are exempt from the proof of English Proficiency requirement.

Non-U.S. citizens should upload one of the following:

  • Current visa
  • I-94
  • I-797
  • I-766 (employment authorization card)
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-20

For information on Residency/Tuition Classification, including qualifications for in-state tuition rates, please review the USG policy.

Documents and Materials

Self-Reported Test Scores

In this section, you will have the opportunity to upload test scores. Uploaded test scores are not considered official, and you will still be required to send your official test scores through the testing agency.

Statement of Purpose

If your graduate program requires a Statement of Purpose, you will be able to enter that here. Generally, the Statement of Purpose should be a concise and well-written essay that indicates why you’re qualified for a graduate program. Be sure to include your career goals after graduate school, how your academic and research background have prepared you for graduate school, as well as how the program you are applying to will help you reach your goal.

Additional Information

Provide information (if applicable) regarding:

  • Personal and family college history
  • Future academic plans
  • Data gathered for internal analytics

Sensitive Data

Georgia Tech is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of our community. In the Sensitive Data section, you will let us know of any convicted or currently pending criminal and academic offenses. An affirmative answer does not automatically bar admission to the Institute, but it does require a review.

Application Review

This is where you will see if you missed any required questions or sections. Hard and soft warnings appear. If you are requesting an application fee waiver, stop at the “Application Review” point. There should not be any errors on this section at the point that you are requesting an app fee waiver.

Have Questions?

Here, you will find resources and contact information for if you encounter any questions throughout the application process.