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Application Process

Admission into the PhD program in Management is highly selective, with a limited number of offers extended each year.

Primary factors considered in the evaluation process include:

  • Overall undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate grade point averages
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Compatible research interests with faculty
  • Career interests and goals as stated in the essay
  • Excellent letters of evaluation
  • Appropriateness for graduate study
  • Ability to handle advanced-level research.

The application deadline is January 6 for the following fall semester. Late applications will be reviewed only on a space available basis. The evaluation process generally takes eight to ten weeks.

You can now UPLOAD all supporting documents to your application. If you use the upload feature, you WILL NOT need to mail your documents at this time. Only if admitted, you will be asked for official documents.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

You need a strong background in college-level mathematics, particularly knowledge of linear algebra, calculus, and statistics.

All applicants to the PhD program must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and request that the scores be sent directly to Georgia Tech using institution code HWK-54-07 for the GMAT and 5248 for the GRE. GMAT or GRE scores older than five years will not be accepted.

Additionally, all international applicants must take and submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) using institute code 5248. A TOEFL score of at least 100 on the iBT or 600 on the paper and pencil version is required.

International applicants who received a degree from a US college or university do not need to submit a TOEFL score. 

The admission process to the PhD program has two stages. First, an applicant must pass a screening by faculty in the appropriate academic area and a member of that area must accept responsibility as the sponsor of the applicant. Second, all members of the PhD Committee review the application, decide whether to admit the candidate, and make recommendations for financial assistance.  

Applicants must complete an essay on the following topics:

  • Describe your academic interests, research interests and projects, and career objectives. Also, please discuss any unique aspects of your candidacy and provide the PhD Admission Committee with any information pertinent to your application that you did not cover in the rest of the application.

Letters of recommendation should come from individuals capable of commenting on your academic and research abilities and potential. Each recommender whose email you include in your application will be sent instructions on how to fill out a recommendation for you. If your recommender would like to email the letter, please email the letters to and we will upload it to your application. We also accept recommendation letters via Interfolio. Please send the attachment or link to and we will open the file and upload the letters to your application.

An unofficial transcript from the Registrar of each college you attended must be submitted to the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions office. These transcripts can be uploaded online or mailed to the Graduate Admissions at the address provided during the application process. International applicants, in addition to submitting transcripts in their native language, must also provide:

  • A copy of the English translation of the transcript
  • Native language and English translation copies of documents verifying proof of their degree.

Please include a copy of your most recent resume with your application package.

To learn what a PhD research career entails, please visit the PhD Project Association website. While the PhD Project Association was designed to increase the number of under-represented minorities in PhD programs, their site also provides helpful information about life as a PhD student.

Another website to investigate is The Official Website of the GMAT. Not only is this the site you will use to register for the GMAT (which is required by Georgia Tech), but you will also discover that much of the information about the MBA application process is applicable to the PhD application process as well.