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TI:GER® PhD FAQs

Are there prerequisite or corequisite courses for PhD students?

No.

Is TI:GER® a technology commercialization program?

TI:GER-- Technology Innovation: Generating Economic Results -- is a technology innovation program. Although students do learn technology commercialization, it is less than 10 percent of the program, consistent with its relative importance in business.

How do I apply to the TI:GER® Program?
Complete the application here.

Apply here

What are the application deadlines?

The deadlines for TI:GER application submission are:

  • Early-decision deadline: April 1st

  • Final deadline: October 1st
How does the TI:GER® program select applicants?

There is no formula for acceptance. We review the entire application, including your faculty recommendations, your research, your ability to commit sufficient time to the TI:GER program, and your statement of how you would benefit the program and how the program would benefit you.  If you pass this preliminary review, TI:GER faculty schedule an interview with you and your advisor to make a decision on acceptance to the program.

What do I need to do to prepare for the interview? What happens in the interview?

Prepare a presentation (approximately 10 slides for a presentation of 10 minutes) to begin the interview meeting. Then the TI:GER faculty discuss your research and application with you and your advisor. The interview takes approximately 45 minutes.

Is financial support provided by the TI:GER® program?

No, there is no financial support provided by the TI:GER program or the Scheller College of Business.

How will this benefit my research?

The TI:GER program provides a unique opportunity to work with a transdisciplinary team to gain practical insights to the commercial potential of your research. This work can help direct your research toward more useful directions, assist you in more relevant grant proposals, and provide unique experience and networks for your professional career.

How many terms is the program?

A TI:GER cohort begins in the Spring term and continues through the next Spring term. During these three terms, (i.e. Spring, Fall, and Spring), Ph.D. students take four credit hours of courses each term, for a total of 12 credit hours. Ph.D. students seeking to earn the TI:GER certificate must also take Principles of Management (MGT 6753).

What is my time commitment?

The TI:GER program requires you to spend at least 12 hours weekly on class preparation and class attendance, field-study and other project assignments, and meetings with your team, faculty, and mentors.

Am I expected to start a company?
No. This is an educational program; however, some students have launched successful startups through the TI:GER program.
Are there networking opportunities?

Yes, through the TI:GER program you can meet with investors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, corporate innovation executives, and others in the local and global innovation community.

What is the role of the Emory University School of Law?

TI:GER is a collaborative program between Georgia Tech and Emory University School of Law. Emory Law students and faculty assist you in learning and researching important legal issues in intellectual property and contracts, including licenses.