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Ph.D. Admissions

Ph.D. Admissions

Architecture is a powerful domain of knowledge that both spatializes higher-order philosophical notions and derives conceptual models from phenomena of the physical world. Doctoral studies in architecture at Georgia Tech are strongly oriented by shared discourses of design, technology, and culture across the universe of allied and adjacent disciplines available here.


Applicants to the Ph.D. 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).
  • The School of Architecture requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or a minimum IELTS score of 7.5. These requirements exceed that of the Institute. International students must meet the School of Architecture minimum to be considered for admission to graduate studies in Architecture. Please visit the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies website for more information on English Language Proficiency requirements.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (online) 
  • A scholarly writing sample

All applicants must apply to the Ph.D. program by December 31.


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.

Meet Our Ph.D. Students

Doctoral students in the School of Architecture develop knowledge and technologies that enhance design imagination and the design process. Learn more about our current Ph.D. students via the link below.


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