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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.

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The MS QCF Program is a federally-designated STEM degree program. Qualified international student graduates are therefore eligible for a one-time, 24-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for a total of 3 years of post-graduate OPT eligibility. 

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, a master's degree or post-graduate diploma is typically required in addition to the 3-year bachelors. If you have questions,  please contact our Office of Graduate Studies with details of where the degree was attained and in what discipline, and they will let you know if your degree is elgible.

If you completed your education outside the United States, we highly recommend using the services of International Education Evaluations(link is external)Educational Perspectives(link is external), or SpanTran Pathways(link is external) for your credential evaluations. You also have the option of receiving an in-house evaluation performed by Graduate Studies.

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 may have to send official copies to our Graduate Admissions Office if admitted to the program.