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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.

Management will not be accepting new students to the PhD program for the Fall 2021 cohort. The next intake of PhD students will be Fall 2022, with applications opening in September 2021.

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.  Second, all members of the PhD Committee review the application and make a final decision on whether to admit the candidate. 

Applicants must complete an essay on the following topic:

  • 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.

You can UPLOAD all supporting documents to your application. We will accept unofficial documents. Only if admitted, you will be asked for official documents. An unofficial transcript from the Registrar of each college you attended must be submitted. 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. You can also send the resume to if you have any issues uploading it to your application.

Please visit Graduate Admissions for additional information on required application documents.