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International Applicants

Information for International applicants

Candidates that are neither US citizens nor US Permanent Residents are considered international applicants. The admissions review process is the same for all candidates, regardless of nationality. We do ask that international applicants submit application materials (transcripts, degree documents, recommendation letters) in English.

Financing your degree

All international candidates must submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score to be considered for admission to the program unless one of the following applies:

• You are a US citizen or permanent resident
• You are a citizen of a country where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction *
• You have received or will receive a degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States or have attended a regionally accredited university in the United States for at least one academic year. 

* Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom and Wales.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid if submitted within two years of the date on which the test was initially taken. The Institute code for the TOEFL is 5248. If you are taking the IELTS, please search on "Georgia Institute of Technology", then choose "Graduate" to have your scores sent to Georgia Tech.

The required minimum total score on the exams are:

  • TOEFL - Internet-based exam = 95, with minimum section scores of 19 or higher in each skill area.
  • IETLS exam = Overall score minimum of 7, with minumum section scores for reading = 6.5; listening = 6.5; speaking = 6.5 & writing = 5.5.

For more details on English proficiency requirements, please visit: and contact  for any related questions.


As a pre-requisite, all candidates for the QCF program must hold a US or US equivalent (four-year) bachelor's degree. If you hold a three-year bachelor's degree, please with details of where the degree was attained and in what discipline, and we will refer to our Graduate Studies Office for approval.

Our Graduate Studies office will do its own evaluation of transcripts and will not accept private evaluations. You may self-report your GPA or have it converted through World Education Services (WES). If admitted, our Graduate Studies Office will verify the GPA.

The following documents must be submitted at the time of application:
• Native Language Transcripts
• English Translation of the Native Language Transcript
• Native Language Degree Documents (if you have graduated)
• English Translation of the Native Language Degree Documents (if you have graduated)

Unofficial copies of these documents may be uploaded to the online application. Please note that you will have to send official copies to our Graduate Admissions Office if admitted to the program.