CSE Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Interested in applying for the CSE Ph.D. program? Submit an application through Georgia Tech admissions and be sure to designate a home unit.* 

Keep in Mind:
  • Most students entering the CSE graduate degree programs will have obtained a bachelors degree in a technical field, e.g., computer science, mathematics, or a science or engineering discipline.
  • Students should have taken undergraduate calculus courses. Some CSE courses will require additional coursework in topics such as linear algebra or differential equations.
  • A working knowledge of probability and statistics will also be helpful in some core courses and specializations.
  • Students should have taken at least one course, but preferably two and have developed a proficiency in programming in a high level language such as C, FORTRAN or Java.
  • Students deficient in one or more of these areas may still gain admission, but should expect to take some additional coursework.
*Home Units

Each student accepted to the CSE program is admitted to a specific “home unit.” Some home units may have some additional requirements beyond those described here. The CSE student handbook includes information concerning such requirements. Financial assistance and lab space are typically determined by the rules and practices of the home unit. The application deadlines vary across the home units. Please see the home unit links below for the deadlines. 

The following may serve as a home unit:

GRE and TOEFL test scores

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores are required for applications to the Computational Science and Engineering MS and Ph.D. programs and CS Ph.D. program.

If you are an international student, you must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. This score also fluctuates across the home units. If you have attended a US college of university for at least one full academic year, you may be exempt from the TOEFL. More information on GRE and TOEFL scores by home unit available above.

Already Applied?

If you have already applied to the CSE graduate degree programs you can check the status of your application here and the status of your reference letters here.