Program Contact

Graduate Coordinator
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
J. Erskine Love Building
771 Ferst Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0245


Application Deadlines

  • Fall - December 15
  • Spring - September 15*

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.

Admittance Terms


Areas of Research

The MSE faculty have diverse backgrounds and expertise in various areas of Materials Science and Engineering constituting three typical working groups: (a) Functional Materials, (b) Soft and Biomaterials, (c) Structural Materials, and spanning all forms and functions of materials. MSE students, research scientists, and faculty are currently engaged in research in the following general areas:

  • Polymers and Macromolecules
  • Biologically Enabled and Bioinspired Materials
  • Nanomaterials and Nanoengineered Devices
  • Computational Design, Modeling, and Simulations
  • Functional Electronic and Optical Materials
  • Fibers and Composites
  • Energy Storage and Harvesting
  • Advanced Structural Materials
  • Multi-scale Structural & Chemical Characterization

Standardized Tests

GRE Requirements

  • General Test: Not required

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 Academic.
  • 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 English Proficiency page.
  • We recommend that you achieve acceptable scores prior to submitting your application. Scores must be no more than two years old on the day you are scheduled to begin your graduate education.

TOEFL Requirement

  • Institute Code: 5248
  • Department Code: 69
  • Minimum Score Required:
    • Internet-based: 100 with a minimum of 19 in each category, and a minimum of 26 in the speaking category

IELTS Academic Requirement

  • Institute Code: send scores to Georgia Institute of Technology, "Graduate"
  • Minimum Scores Required:
    • Overall: 7 (Reading: 6.5, Listening: 6.5, Speaking: 6.5, Writing: 5.5).

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • 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.

Special Instructions

  • Transfer applicants are not accepted.
  • 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 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 you have sufficient financial resources (around $70,000 USD) to meet all costs of your first year of graduate study in order to receive an I-20 or DS-2019 for studying at Georgia Tech. Tuition amounts can be found on the Bursar website. These amounts do not include living expenses.


The Office of Graduate Education has prepared application instructions to help you navigate through the admissions process. View the instructions to begin your graduate education.