Q. Is the GRE exam mandatory?
A. The general portion of the GRE exam is normally required for your application. However, due to COVID-19, MSE will not require the GRE for MSE graduate applicants for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applications.
GRE's are valid for five years from the date they are taken. ETS will not report GRE scores older than 5 years, so we must receive them before they expire.
- General Test: Required. However, due to COVID-19, MSE will not require the GRE for MSE graduate applicants for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applications.
- Institute Code: R5248; Department Code: 1499
- Subject test: NOT required
Q. Are there any additional requirements for international students?
A. 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. 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 Graduate Studies website at: https://grad.gatech.edu/english-proficiency A score of at least 100 (on the Internet based test), with a minimum of 19 in each category, and a minimum of 26 in the speaking category is required. The Institute minimum requirements for IELTS are: Reading: 6.5, Listening: 6.5, Speaking: 6.5, Writing: 5.5, Overall: 7. 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 studies.
TOEFL REQUIREMENTS (Departmental minimums)
- Institute Code: 5248
- Department Code: 69
- Minimum total TOEFL score: 100 (with a minimum of 19 in each category, and a minimum of 26 in the speaking category)
IELTS REQUIREMENTS: (Institute minimums)
(send scores to Georgia Institute of Technology, "Graduate")
· Minimum IELTS scores: Reading: 6.5, Listening: 6.5, Speaking: 6.5, Writing: 5.5, Overall: 7.
International students that do not require financial support must file a certified financial statement that indicates you have sufficient financial resources to meet all costs of your first year of graduate study in order to receive an I-20 for studying at Georgia Tech.
Q. What if I sent my GRE OR TOEFL scores to the incorrect (or another) department code, or only to the Institute code?
A. If you had your scores submitted to Georgia Tech, all departments will have access to them.
Q. May I submit photocopies of GRE and TOEFL scores?
A. Photocopies of GRE and TOEFL scores can be used until official scores are received from Educational Testing Service.
Q. Can you give me an idea of my chances for admission?
A. We cannot provide preliminary evaluations of chances for admission. The Admissions Committee carefully studies the entire application before reaching its decision.
Q. I am interested in working for a specific faculty member. Should I send my application directly to him/her?
A. You must apply to the School, and not a specific faculty member. Decisions regarding admissions are made by an Admissions Committee and are based on many factors. Once accepted we encourage our students to contact several MSE faculty to begin the process of choosing an advisor. All students must have an advisor within one month of arriving on campus.
Q. I can only attend graduate school if I receive financial aid during my studies. Is aid available?
A. Financial aid in the form of Graduate Assistantships is available to all qualified students who are admitted to our PhD graduate program. The Assistantships will cover tuition and will provide a competitive stipend. However, you are encouraged to seek outside fellowships (such as NSF, EPA, etc.) to help finance your graduate studies. Students admitted into the MS graduate program are not provided with financial aid. Exceptions are only possible where faculty have a specific requirement for a MS student on a research project.
Q. When will the decision be made on my application?
A. Most of our students are admitted for the Fall semester, which begins in mid-August. Most decisions for Fall admission will be made in March or April. To view an academic calendar visit www.registrar.gatech.edu.
Q. How will I be notified if I am accepted or not?
A. You will be informed of an admissions decision by the department first by email. If you are admitted, a formal admissions letter will be sent via email, then followed by postal mail. Please note that acceptance into the program is not final until confirmed by Graduate Studies. Once they have made their review of your application and noted any final documents needed, they will send you notification. Acceptance is not confirmed and final until you have received both the departmental acceptance and the Institute acceptance.
Q. Is it possible to take courses on a part-time basis?
A. Most required courses are offered during the day, and generally meet 2-3 times per week. It is possible to take these courses and conduct research on a part-time basis. In order to qualify for financial assistance, you must be registered as a full time student, this is between classes and research. If you choose to be part time, then no financial assistance is available.
Q. I cannot afford to pay the application fee. Can I defer the fee until I am admitted?
A. We understand the financial difficulties associated with applications to graduate programs. However the application fee cannot be deferred or waived.
Q. How many students are accepted each year?
A. This number fluctuates greatly from year to year depending on the amount of financial assistance available.
Q. Is my application complete?
A. Due to the amount of applications we receive each year it is difficult to answer immediately. With the online application system you can check your application status. Please see: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/status-checking for instructions on how to check your status. If you have further questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What courses are offered and when?
A. To view the classes offered each semester visit www.registrar.gatech.edu. Most courses are offered in the same semester each year. To view a PROJECTED tentative list of MSE Graduate Level courses, CLICK HERE
Q. Can I transfer from another school to your graduate program?
A. No, we do not accept transfer students from other graduate programs into Materials Science and Engineering.
Q: Can I submit my application after Dec. 15 for Fall Semester?
A. Yes. Application review begins immediately after December 15 and will continue until openings are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials early to assure optimal consideration.
Q: Is it acceptable if my supporting materials (recommendation letters and official test scores, etc.) are received after the application deadline?
A: Yes. However, we cannot begin to review your application until we know your test scores (you will enter your scores when you apply). If you have not taken the GRE or TOEFL test yet, please put the date that you plan to take it on the application. It is acceptable if we don't receive the official scores until after the deadline. We will make a decision on your application as soon after receiving the scores as is possible.