Applicants to the PhD Program must complete the online Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions Application and submit the following supporting documents:
You will be asked to provide the email contact information for 3 recommenders.
Your recommenders will receive an automated email asking that they
complete an online letter of recommendation for you.
A copy of your transcript from each college attended since high school to be
uploaded with your application (These may be unofficial copies.
If admitted, you will be required to provide official copies.)
Scores of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language
is other than English(online).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.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (online). 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).
All applicants must apply by to the PhD program by December 15. PhD students normally enter the program in the fall semester.
The time to completion of a PhD is highly varied. The program requires two years of full-time in-residence study. Part-time acquisition of a PhD 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 PhD in four (4) years. More typically students complete the degree in five (5) years.
Applicants to PhD studies are reviewed and admitted for fall admission. No applications are considered for spring admission.
Deferrals are not 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. 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.