Admissions

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Admission into the MCRP, MS-GIST, MS-UD, and Ph.D. programs is highly competitive. Successful applicants have a strong academic background, excellent writing skills, and the ability to communicate effectively. In order to be considered for admission, your application must be complete and all required material must be submitted by the deadline for your chosen program. If you are interested in receiving merit-based aid, make sure to submit your materials by the fellowship deadlines. Students are admitted to begin studies in the fall semester only; we normally do not accept applications for spring or summer semester admissions.

Many potentially qualified students are not considered because their applications are incomplete or because their interests are not made clear. Please be thorough in completing the application materials!

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about our admissions process,  please reach out to our Academic Advisor, Katrina Patton.  Email her at katrina.patton@design.gatech.edu or call her office at +1 404.894.2353. 
 

 

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).

 

Master of City and Regional Planning 

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.

Students admitted to the MCRP program 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, 148 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.

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. 

 

Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology

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

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, 148 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.

 

Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning

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: Describe what you have done to prepare yourself for study in a Ph.D. Program. Why have you chosen to apply to the Ph.D. program in - City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology? 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? 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 151 (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.

 

Master of Science in Urban Design

The MS-UD program is administered primarily by the School of Architecture. Please visit their website to learn more about the admissions process and application requirements.