Applicants to the Ph.D. Program must complete the online Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions Application and submit the following supporting documents:
All applicants must apply to the Ph.D. program by December 15. Ph.D. students normally enter the program in the fall semester.
The time to completion of a Ph.D. is highly varied. The program requires two years of full-time in-residence study. Part-time acquisition of a Ph.D. is not possible. Students are required to complete a qualifying paper, a comprehensive examination and successful defense of a research proposal before receiving candidacy. The completed thesis is later defended in a thesis defense. Very organized students have completed all work for a Ph.D. in four (4) years. More typically students complete the degree in five (5) years.
Applicants to Ph.D. studies are reviewed and admitted for fall admission. No applications are considered for spring admission.
Deferrals are not allowed by the Ph.D. 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. An academic advisor in the School can assist the applicant with the deferral process. Any applicant who wishes to defer for more than one academic year will be required to submit a new application through the Graduate Admissions Office and provide new supporting documentation, including a new portfolio and more recent scholarly writing samples.