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Full-time MBA FAQs

We have compiled a selection of the Georgia Tech Full-time MBA FAQs that prospective students most commonly ask. If you are unable to find the answer to a specific question or wish to speak with someone directly regarding other Scheller College of Business MBA FAQs, feel free to contact us online or call 404.894.8722.

Scheller College of Business MBA FAQs:

Directions, Parking, and Accommodations
How do I get to the Scheller College of Business?
View detailed directions and parking.
How do I get from the airport to the Scheller College?

Many visitors take MARTA (light rail) from the airport. There are two MARTA stations (North Avenue and Midtown) within blocks of the College and there are a variety of hotels and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

There are many other options for traveling to and from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Midtown Atlanta.

Are there hotels near campus?

Yes. There are many hotels to choose from near the College of Business and the Georgia Tech campus. Here are several options:(ask for Georgia Tech rates)

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center (across the street from Scheller College of Business)
800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Reservations: 404-347-9440; 800-706-2899

This full-service hotel located on the Georgia Tech campus, offers restaurant, bar and room service seven days a week as well as numerous restaurant options just steps away. The hotel also features free wireless internet, fitness center (including indoor pool) and FREE transportation on the Tech Trolley that stops right in front of the hotel. Remember to take your picture with the Ramblin' Wreck on display in the lobby!

Ask for the Georgia Tech rate!

Many of the hotels listed below also offer Georgia Tech rates. Be sure to ask!

Georgian Terrace (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
659 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-897-1991

Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites (0.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
97 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-524-4006

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
683 Peachtree Street. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
404-874-9200

Regency Suites Hotel (.3 miles from the Scheller College of Business)
975 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
800-642-3629

Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown (.1 mile walk from Scheller College of Business)
866 West Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30308
678-412-2400

Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown / Historic (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
1041 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-872-8885

Residence Inn Midtown/17th at Peachtree hotel (1.2 miles from Scheller College of Business)
1365 W Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-745-1000

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Full-time MBA Program Information & Curriculum
Is this a heavily quantitative program?

The core curriculum of MBA programs tends to be quantitative in nature, which is why most MBA programs look for strong quantitative skills during the admissions process. The Georgia Tech MBA program is no exception. We look for students who can demonstrate quantitative aptitude through academic performance, test scores, and/or professional responsibilities. Students may customize electives to meet their unique interests and goals, which may or may not be quantitatively focused.

How do students with non-technical backgrounds perform?

Students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds excel in our program and go on to very successful careers in a variety of functional areas and industries.

Core courses expose students to all functional areas of business, preparing them for elective coursework. Students choose from a variety of electives across multiple academic areas, or focus their learning by pursuing immersive tracks in leading innovation and/or concentrations.

Will I be at a disadvantage in my MBA classes if I haven't taken any business courses previously?

Absolutely not! While the core courses move at a fast pace, they do not assume knowledge from previous business coursework. Our curriculum is designed for you to build a solid foundation in all the functional areas of business.

Core courses give you an opportunity to explore new concepts, identify new strengths and skills, and prepare you to get the most out of our electives, while providing knowledge you'll reference throughout your career.

My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration and I have taken some of the core courses already. Can I waive courses in the MBA curriculum?

No, all core courses are required and cannot be waived. For students who have taken undergraduate business courses, MBA core courses offer a refresher to business concepts that are necessary for success in elective courses.

Also, while you may have completed business courses at the undergraduate level, the graduate versions of those courses are more rigorous and application-based. MBA courses are further enhanced by classmates who will share professional experiences, making class discussions more applicable and dynamic.

Our compressed core course schedule is designed for you to build the most essential business skills fast. Even without waiving core courses, you'll take electives during the first year to be prepared for your internships.

What's the typical student profile in the program?

We have a wide variety of students with different academic and professional backgrounds. For more information, visit our class profile page.

Do I need to know what job I want before I start?

No, it is quite common for MBA students to go through a "discovery period" during their first semester. To help you define your post-MBA plans, you will work with career and academic advisors, attend company presentations, talk with faculty and second-year students, and take a variety of elective coursework.

Do I have to declare an immersive track or concentration?

Immersive tracks and concentrations are optional. You also have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas to meet your goals. Students who are undecided about a focus area find that completing the core courses helps them to identify their passion.

Can I start the Full-time MBA program in the spring semester?

The Full-time MBA program enrolls once per year (classes start in August), and applications are only accepted for the fall semester. The Evening MBA program accepts applications for both the spring and fall semesters.

Can I complete the MBA program on a part-time or distance-learning basis?

The Full-time MBA program is a two-year, full-time program only. The Evening MBA program follows a part-time flexible format. Classes are held in the evening, allowing working professionals to complete their studies at their own pace. All classes are held on campus; there is no distance-learning option for the Full-time and Evening MBA programs.

How many credit hours are required to earn an MBA at Georgia Tech?

54 credit hours are required to earn an MBA at Georgia Tech. Students will take 12 core courses (21 credit hours) and choose 11 electives (33 credit hours).

I am a student in another graduate program at Georgia Tech. Can I take MBA courses?

Yes, select courses are available to non-MBA students at Georgia Tech. Students enrolled in another graduate program at Georgia Tech may register for a maximum of nine hours of MBA core or elective courses.

If you're interested in pursuing an MBA in addition to your other graduate degree, learn more about dual degree.

I completed Georgia Tech MBA courses while I was enrolled in another graduate program at Georgia Tech. If I enroll in the MBA program, will the courses apply toward earning my MBA?

Yes, if the MBA courses did not count as credit hours for another graduate degree, and the courses were completed within six years prior to earning the MBA degree. The same course is not able to satisfy requirements for multiple degrees unless you are a dual degree student. Dual degree students must be admitted to the MBA program before completing their other graduate degree program in order for any courses to count toward both degrees.

Up to nine credit hours of eligible coursework completed before you enrolled in the MBA program can be applied toward earning your MBA degree.

How do I learn more?

Once you have narrowed your list of potential MBA programs, you should schedule a campus visit, if possible. Each program has its own distinct personality. While it's important to select programs that will help you in achieving your career goals, the emotional part of your decision is also significant. Visit a class, talk with current students, faculty, and career services staff, and tour Scheller.

Request program information

To request a brochure, complete the request more information form.

Attend an on-campus MBA information session

MBA information sessions are held at the Scheller College of Business year-round. Attending is a great way to meet students, admissions staff, and faculty members while learning about the program.

Class visit

Schedule a Full-time MBA class visit during fall and spring semesters. Choose from a variety of classes and experience the program firsthand.

Off-campus events

Unable to visit us in Atlanta? We participate in many national MBA fairs, host coffee chats in select cities, and Full-time MBA information session webinars year-round. View our upcoming event schedule

Where is the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business MBA Admissions Office located?

The MBA Admissions Office is located on the third floor, in suite 302 of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. Our complete address is:

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
800 West Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 302
Atlanta, GA 30308-1149

The Scheller College of Business is located within Technology Square, a multi-building complex of facilities located in Midtown Atlanta that includes the Global Learning Center, the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, the Economic Development Institute, and the Georgia Tech Bookstore.

View an interactive map of the Georgia Tech campus.

Admissions
How are applications to the Full-time MBA program evaluated?

Applications to the MBA program are evaluated following each application deadline. Considered in the admission decision are undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) academic performance, GMAT or GRE scores, TOEFL scores for many international applicants, work experience, essays, interview, letters of recommendation, leadership potential, career fit, and other documentation supporting the application

What makes an application stand out among others?

There is no point system or secret formula. However, the College doesn't compromise on quality and looks for students who demonstrate work experience, leadership, maturity, community activity, intellectual capacity, and competitive academic credentials (GRE or GMAT score and GPA). Strengths in one area may compensate for weaknesses in another area.

What do I bring to my admissions interview?

Treat your admissions interview like an employment interview. Dress professionally and come prepared; bring your resume and do your research in advance.

When and how will I receive an admissions decision?

The timing for your admission decision will depend on which round you submitted your complete application. You will receive notification via email when your decision is available to view in our application system. Admission decisions cannot be given over the phone.

What is the admission profile on the recent class enrolled?

View our current class profile.

Is work experience required to be accepted in the program?

We strongly recommend at least two to three years of professional work experience. In addition to the contributions they make to the classroom, students with professional work experience find the MBA more enriching, professionally and personally. If you do not have professional work experience, discuss the contributions you can make to the program in your essay, based on internship experiences or leadership activities.

I have not taken any undergraduate courses in business. Will that affect my chances of admission?

No, this will not affect your admission and you will not be at a disadvantage in classes. About 70% of our MBA students hold non-business undergraduate degrees. The admissions committee strives to admit students from a wide range of undergraduate and professional backgrounds.

Are there any education prerequisites to the MBA program?

Yes, a bachelor's degree. We welcome applicants with accredited bachelor's degrees from all academic backgrounds.

Am I eligible for admission to your program if I have an MBA from another institution?

If you have an MBA from an institution outside the U.S., you may be eligible for admission. If you have an MBA from another institution inside the U.S., you are ineligible to qualify for admission to our MBA program.

Application Process
What are the application deadlines for the Full-time MBA program?

View application deadlines and more details about application requirements.

How can I apply?

Submit the online application. The online application enables you to create a username and password to save your work and return at a later time to complete. Follow the instructions for the Georgia Tech graduate application process.

What materials must be received before the application is considered complete and can be evaluated?

Completed applications include the application, official GMAT or GRE scores, academic transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, and official TOEFL scores (if applicable).

What are the application essays?

There are two required essays and one optional essay.

1. Why an MBA and why Georgia Tech? (Required)
Describe how your experiences, both professional and personal, have led you to the decision to pursue an MBA at Georgia Tech. Discuss your short- and long-term career goals and how Georgia Tech is best suited to help you achieve your goals.

2. Ten facts (Required)
List 10 facts about yourself that will help your future classmates get to know you. (Limited to 200 words.)

3. Optional Essay
The Admissions Committee believes that the required essays address issues that help us learn about you and understand your candidacy for the MBA program; however, you may provide us with any additional information pertinent to your admission that has not been previously covered in the rest of the application. Feel free to discuss any unique aspects of your candidacy or any perceived weaknesses.

Please note that there is a 4,000-character maximum (including spaces) for each essay, so please be sure to keep that in mind should you choose to work on the essays in advance.

Does the Georgia Tech Scheller MBA program accept the MBA Common Letter of Recommendation?

Yes, the Georgia Tech Scheller MBA program accepts the Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) posted on the GMAC website. When your recommenders receive the email asking for their recommendation, they can upload the Common LOR as part of the recommendation.

What should I do if I can't submit all application materials by the deadline?

Contact us online or call us at +001.404.894.8722.

I am scheduled to take the GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL right before the application deadline, so I won't have my official scores in time. What should I do?

Taking the GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL right before the application deadline is fine. When you submit the online application, you can include your unofficial scores and the admissions committee can begin a preliminary evaluation of your application. An admission decision cannot be made until the official scores are received.

I want to send my official GMAT scores to Georgia Tech for the Full-time MBA program. What is the institute code?

The institute code for the Full-time MBA program is: HWK-54-37

I want to send my official GRE scores to Georgia Tech for the Full-time MBA program. What is the institute code?

The institute code for the Full-time MBA program is: 5248

How can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your admission online at: Georgia Tech Graduate Studies website.

If you still have questions or concerns after checking your status online, contact us. Please note, we typically receive your official GMAT or GRE scores in about a week, but scores take additional time to post on the online application status check.

Is it possible to waive the GMAT or GRE?

No, it's not possible to waive the GMAT or GRE for admission to the Full-time MBA program. A valid GMAT or GRE score is required of all applicants to the Full-time and Evening MBA programs, regardless of academic or professional background. No exceptions are made to this policy. The GMAT or GRE must be taken within five years of our receipt of your application. If your GMAT or GRE score is older than five years, you must retake the test.

Are applicants to the MBA program required to interview?

Yes, however, admission interviews are by invitation only. If you're selected for an interview, an admissions representative will contact you to schedule. We encourage you to interview on campus. However, if you're unable to visit in person, we will schedule a phone or Skype interview. Interviews are led by Admissions and Career Services staff members.

If I am a permanent resident, is the application process different?

If you're a permanent resident of the United States, you must include a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), both front and back, with your application. The remaining application process is the same as for U.S. citizens. Permanent residents are exempt from the TOEFL and are not required to submit financial documents.

International Applicants
Who is considered an international applicant?

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.

What is the admissions process for international applicants?

International applications are evaluated in the same manner as U.S. applicants. Non-United States citizens may need to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Application processing may take longer due to the review of foreign academic transcripts and financial documents. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process.

Who is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction, and who have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States must submit a valid TOEFL score.

Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, 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.

Scores are valid for two years.

Find a testing center and register for the TOEFL test.

What is the minimum TOEFL score needed to be admitted?

The minimum TOEFL score is 95 on the internet-based test (iBT).

I want to send my official TOEFL score to Georgia Tech. What is your institute code and department code?
  • Institute Code: 5248
  • Department Code: 02
Is financial aid available for non-United States citizens?

All applicants, including international students, are considered for funding. The primary form of funding for non-U.S. citizens is graduate assistantships. Funding is limited and is awarded based on merit.

International students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid programs. A variety of privately funded loan programs may be available — view the international student page on Georgia Tech's Office of International Education website.

How do I receive a visa?

All non-U.S. citizens must provide a certified financial statement outlining the financial resources available to them for their study in the United States. No visa documents will be issued until the Graduate Studies Office receives documentation that the applicant has sufficient resources to meet the expenses for at least the first year of graduate study at Georgia Tech.

Certification of the availability of these funds must be included after admission and confirmation of intent to enroll. All documents must be originals. No photocopies or faxes will be accepted.

If a person or organization will be providing the funds on the student's behalf, an official letter of support from the sponsor is required. The letter should include the full name of the sponsor, his/her relationship to the applicant, and the amount and length of the support.

Georgia state legislature approves tuition amounts annually in April; I-20 processing begins each May. The I-20s will be delivered to the student via express mail. For more information on I-20 processing, visit the Office of International Education process for issuing a graduate I-20 page.

A certified financial statement must:

  • Show available funds
  • Be dated within six months of our receipt of your application
  • Be legible and in English
  • Show the equivalent of a U.S. dollar figure for the date of the statement, if funds are held in another currency

For more information on financial document requirements visit the Office of International Education financial document requirements page.

What are the educational requirements for admission to the MBA program?

All applicants to the MBA program must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study.

What academic documents are required for application to the program?

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office requires the following documents from international applicants:

  • Official Native Language Transcripts
  • Official English Translation of the Native Language Transcript
  • Official Native Language Degree Documents
  • Official English Translation of the Native Language Degree Document

For more information, visit the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies website.

Does Georgia Tech accept evaluations of academic documents from private sources, such as WES?

The Georgia Tech MBA Admissions Office does not accept any private evaluation of academic documents. Official transcripts and degree documents must be submitted at the time of application and the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office will evaluate them.

Financial Information
What are the tuition and fees for the MBA program?

View current MBA tuition and fees.

Are there opportunities for funding or financial assistance?

Yes, more than 50% of Full-time MBA students receive funding from the College of Business including graduate assistantships (GAs) and fellowships. All applicants, resident and non-resident, who apply by January 15 are eligible for College funding consideration.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants are assigned to work with a faculty member or administrator in the College for up to 14 hours per week in exchange for a monthly salary and tuition reduction. The estimated value of an assistantship may be as high as $93,000 depending on the type of award and residency status.

Fellowships

The College of Business offers a limited number of fellowships to MBA students. You may be nominated by the MBA Admissions Committee for a fellowship upon review of your application.

Education Loans

MBA students may be eligible for education loans. To learn more about graduate financial aid and loan programs, visit Georgia Tech's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.

International students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid programs. However, a variety of privately funded loan programs may be available — view the international student page on Georgia Tech's Office of International Education website.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program

Effective August 1, 2011, qualified U.S. veterans may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and housing. Yellow Ribbon is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and slots are limited. Visit the registrar's website for more information.

Additional information is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website, or you may contact us with questions.

You may also review general information regarding financing your degree on mba.com.

Career Development
Is an MBA a good path for someone looking to switch careers?

Yes. An MBA degree is an excellent investment to help you make a career transition. Whether you are changing roles within a company, transitioning to a new career within the same industry, or making a professional pivot, our career development process and a summer internship can facilitate your transition.

What support do you offer for job searches and career development?

The Jones MBA Career Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers exemplary career resources and one-on-one career advisement for MBA students. The process begins in the summer before school starts by helping students develop individual plans that will lead to challenging and rewarding opportunities while enrolled in the program, upon graduation, and throughout their careers.

Our primary focus is for all students to have a great job by graduation. The following is a typical career development schedule for students enrolled in the Full-time MBA program:

Year 1
Summer (process begins before classes start)
  • Meet with your career advisor, who will work with you during the MBA program
  • Update your MBA resume
  • Create an initial career declaration worksheet to discuss with your advisor
  • Complete CareerLeader, an online employment career assessment tool
Fall Semester
  • Complete 28-hour, eight-week Career Development Workshop
  • Attend fall recruiting corporate presentations
  • Attend national career fairs
  • Meet with your career advisor
  • Complete qualifying interview
Spring Semester
  • Search for summer internship
  • Meet regularly with advisor to enhance interview skills
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting for internships
Year 2
Summer Semester
  • Summer internship
  • Conduct networking meetings to explore additional career opportunities
Fall Semester
  • 35% of students typically accept permanent jobs from internships
  • Attend fall recruiting corporate presentations
  • Attend national career fairs
  • Meet with your career advisor
Spring Semester
  • 50-65% of students typically have accepted permanent jobs by the beginning of the second semester
  • Continue job search activities
Why are your employment numbers consistently high?

We believe it's a combination of the experience of our career advisors, the size of our program, and career services' involvement in the admission process.

We have an experienced staff comprised of advisors with college recruiting expertise and a wide range of corporate experience. Advisors have served in various career development, human resources, and management roles at companies including AT&T, IBM, and HP.

The size of our program allows for more personal attention and a very low ratio of students to career advisor (27:1) compared to other schools.

The career services team is a part of the interview and admissions process. Our goal is to have every student graduate with the exciting career of their choice, and students are admitted with success in mind. We listen to your career aspirations and have a very open dialogue with you about your opportunity to reach that goal.

What placement success have students had?

Achievements include:

  • 95% employed three months after graduation.
  • Consistently in the top tier for employment record among Full-time MBA programs.

View the latest Georgia Tech career results and placement figures on the Full-time MBA career development page.

Reapplication & Readmission
What is your policy on deferred admission?

Generally, admission can be deferred for one year. If you are admitted and want to defer your admission, contact us online or call 404.894.8722 for more information.

If I have applied for admission previously, do I need to submit application materials again?

We keep your application for one year. If you are reapplying in the year immediately following your initial application, you will not need to resubmit the full application. You should submit a letter of reconsideration and an updated resume to us at mba@scheller.gatech.edu.

If it has been more than a year since you first applied, you must resubmit your application.

If I am not accepted and wish to re-apply for the next year, what advice can you give me to help me improve my application?

Applicants interested in having their applications reconsidered for the next admissions year should submit a letter of reconsideration, as well as an updated resume. The letter should address steps taken to improve the new application [e.g., new test scores (GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL), additional coursework, additional work experience, etc.]

If I am not accepted, may I get feedback on my application?

Due to the volume of applications, we regret we are not able to provide individual feedback to candidates who have been declined. To make a self-assessment about the decision, declined applicants are encouraged to view the admitted students' class profile and make an assessment of their own application given the following criteria: clear communication throughout the admissions process about career goals, Georgia Tech interest, personal strengths, and professional and leadership experiences; English proficiency; quantitative and analytical aptitude; noteworthy academic achievement, impressive career results, and GMAT/GRE scores that are close to, or exceed, the median scores of the previous entering class.

Are re-applicants at a disadvantage because they applied previously?

No. Each application is reviewed on its own merits.