PhD Frequently Asked Questions

The following admissions material should be submitted on-line except for samples of written work:

  1. Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions Application(online)
  2. Three (3) letters of Recommendation (on line)
  3. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning (on line)
  4. Statement of personal and professional goals (on line)
  5. Personal biography (on line)
  6. Scores of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is other than English (on line).Minimum TOEFL score required for acceptance by Georgia Institute of Technology is 550 Paper based or 79 Internet Based; however, the PhD program typically does not accept a student with a score lower than 600 Paper based or 100 Internet Based.  In considering applications we take into account the entirety of supporting material including GPA, publications, portfolio, and evidence of written work.
  7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (on line). The program looks for GRE scores of 600 or better (on each of the general tests unless a student’s record documents substantial professional or scholarly achievement as evidence of exceptional ability).
  8. All writing samples should be sent in PDF format on a disk directly to the School of Architecture at 247 Fourth Street Attn: Graduate Admissions, Atlanta, GA 30332-0155

Applications for admissions for International applicants to the PhD program are due by December 15.  US Applicant deadline is January 15. (We will continue to consider applications after the final deadline until all openings for the entering class are filled).  All students normally enter the program in the Fall semester.

 

Minimum TOEFL score required for acceptance by Georgia Institute of Technology is 550 Paper based or 79 Internet Based; however, the PhD program typically does not accept a student with a score lower than 600 Paper based or 100 Internet Based.  In considering applications we take into account the entirety of supporting material including GPA, publications, portfolio, and evidence of written work.

The time to completion of a PhD degree is highly varied. The program requires two years of full-time in-residence study. Part-time acquisition of a PhD degree is not possible. Students are required to successfully complete a qualifying paper and a comprehensive examination before receiving candidacy, which allows them to propose a course of investigation resulting in a PhD thesis. The student must successfully pass a thesis proposal defense. The completed thesis is later defended in a thesis defense. Very organized students have completed all work for a PhD degree here in four (4) years. More typically students take on average six and a half (6.5) years to complete their PhD

Anyone who is not a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident of the US must take the TOEFL unless they have attended school in a US or UK College or University for a minimum of one academic year. Exceptions -- Citizens of or attended a College/University for at least one academic year -Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belise, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Granada, Jamaica, New Zeland, Saint Kitt and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Grenadines, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tabago, Antigua (West Indies) Please note that the TOEFL is the ONLY acceptable language test approved and recognized for admission by Georgia Tech.

Applicants to PhD studies are reviewed and admitted for fall admission. In general, no applications are considered for spring admission.

No “deferrals” are allowed by the PhD program unless approved in advance by the chair of the School of Architecture. These are handled on a case by case basis in order to assure that there are available faculty resources to support the applicant’s goals. The Graduate Admissions Coordinator will assist the applicant with the process of getting a deferral approved. Any applicant who wishes to defer for more than one academic year will be required to submit a new application through the Graduate Admissions website and provide new supporting documentation including a new portfolio (if applicable) as well as more recent scholarly writing samples.

PhD Programs can offer financial assistance only in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.  The awards are limited and are based on merit only.

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and wish to be considered for financial aid, you will need to complete an application for financial aid  through the Georgia Tech Office of Student Financial Aid.   For access to instructions and the application please visit the financial aid website at www.finaid.gatech.edu and complete the appropriate forms in order to apply.  Answering “yes” to the question on the application for admission DOES NOT constitute application for Institute Financial Aid.  You will still need to complete the financial aid application at the Financial Aid website listed above in order to be eligible for any aid through Georgia Tech.

The reason why we ask for availability of funds is for visa purposes. If you are admitted to the program with Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) or Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), the stipend that we offer the students will not be enough funds to meet all your expenses at school. The certification of availability of funds for approximately $4,500.00 is for visa purposes.  You can apply for financial assistance by answering “Yes” to the question “Do you wish to be considered for financial assistance?” on the application. You will be considered for assistance for which you may be eligible.