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Admissions Checklist

Admissions Checklist

Some applicants—though potentially qualified—may not be considered because their applications are incomplete, or their interests are not made clear.

Please be thorough in completing the application materials and use the information below to ensure you meet all deadlines.

Requirements for All Degrees

All degree program applicants must complete the online Graduate Admissions application through Georgia Tech’s Graduate Admissions office. Admissions materials include:

  • Georgia Tech Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores (taken within 5 years; please see program listing below for score requirements).
  • For applicants whose first language is other than English only: Scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Please mail all supporting admissions documents (e.g., official transcripts) to the following address:

Graduate Studies
Georgia Institute of Technology
631 Cherry St., Room 318 
Atlanta, GA 30332-0321

Due to the continued impact of Covid-19, submission of GRE scores is recommended, but optional, for those seeking admission to begin graduate studies in Fall 2021. The Admissions Committee encourages those applicants who have taken the GRE General Test within the last 5 years to include their verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components scores with their application materials.

Program Specific Requirements

Click below to find program specific requirements. Check them off as you go!

Admitted MCRP students have strong academic records and are able to clearly communicate their reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in City and Regional Planning. Applicants typically demonstrate academic performance that meet or exceed the following criteria for admission into the MCRP program:

  • A 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA and a 3.5/4.0 master’s degree GPA if applicable.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores of 150 for Verbal Reasoning, 150 for Quantitative Reasoning, and 4.0 Analytical Writing.
  • TOEFL iBT Scores, if applicable, with a minimum of 100.

The MCRP program has two deadlines. To be considered for merit-based departmental aid, such as fellowships and GRA applications, you must submit and application in full by January 15th. All other applications should be submitted by February 15th.

2021 Extension: All applications should be submitted by March 15.

Those who are accepted to the program without merit-based departmental aid still have several options for assistance in funding their education.

We look for master's degree students who will successfully advance the quality of life in communities through planning work after graduation. Excellence in prior academic work is essential, but priority is given to applicants who have demonstrated effectiveness as leaders, analysts and/or designers in previous paid or volunteer settings.

Dual Degree applicants must be admitted to the MCRP program and the additional degree program separately. Please visit our dual degree webpage for more information, and refer to the other school's websites for information on their admissions process and requirements. 

Applicants typically demonstrate academic performance that meet or exceed the following criteria for admission into the MCRP program:

  • A 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA and a 3.5/4.0 master’s degree GPA if applicable.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores of 150 for Verbal Reasoning, 150 for Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • TOEFL iBT Scores, if applicable, with a minimum of 100.

The MS-GIST program has two deadlines. To be considered for merit-based departmental aid, such as fellowships and GRAs, applications must be submitted in full by January 15th. All other applications should be submitted by March 15th.

Those who are accepted to the program without merit-based departmental aid still have several options for assistance in funding their education.

The MS-GIST committee does not apply a strict admission formula but considers the full range of information included in program applications.

We are looking for exceptional students with a strong interest in the application of analytics/data-science to pressing urban challenges. Minimum requirements for admission include a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), and the completion of at least one college-level course in mathematics, probability and statistics, each with a satisfactory grade of “C” or better. In addition, some basic knowledge of computer programming using a high-level language (Python, Java, etc.) is desired, but not required. Preparation for the MSUA degree can be demonstrated by past performance on appropriate coursework and/or by workplace experience as well as standardized testing. Applicants who do not meet the course requirements may be admitted with the provision they complete those requirements prior to enrollment in particular classes.

Applicants will be required to provide GRE scores (except for Fall 2021), TOEFL (for international students), academic transcripts, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation.  Required scores (minimums and anticipated admissions standards) will be commensurate with each unit’s current standards for its existing master’s degree programs. As much as appropriate, there will be consistent admissions standards across students whose backgrounds are from the disciplines represented in the interdisciplinary curriculum.

GRE will not be required for Fall 2021 admissions only. However, TOEFL scores (minimum score of 100) or IELTS scores (minimum score of 7.5) will be required for international applicants.

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2021 cohort is July 8, 2021. The deadline has passed for international applicants to enroll for Fall 2021, with the exception of international students already pursuing study at Georgia Tech. International applicants outside the Georgia Institute of Technology are invited to apply now for consideration for the Fall 2022 cohort.

In addition to the general requirements described above that must be submitted to the Georgia Tech’s Graduate Admissions office, the following materials are also required for admission to the Ph.D. program:

  • Answers to the following questions:
    1. Describe what you have done to prepare yourself for study in a Ph.D. Program.
    2. Why have you chosen to apply to the Ph.D. program in - City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology? Which of our current faculty members would be well suited to serve as an advisor to your research and why?
    3. What area of planning research is of particular interest to you, and how might you explore this interest as a doctoral student at Georgia Tech?
    4. What are your academic and research goals and career plans?
  • Personal biography
  • Examples of previous research and written work

Criteria for admission into the Ph.D. program:

  • Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in city and regional planning normally will have completed the requirements for the Master of City and Regional Planning or a related Master’s degree program
  • GRE scores of 150 (Verbal), 150 (Quantitative) and 4.0 (Analytical Writing)
  • For non-native speakers of English, an iB TOEFL score of 100 or higher is required.
  • In addition, students admitted to the program may be required to have additional preparation appropriate to their field of study. 

The application deadline for PhD admissions is January 15th.

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