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. Since the program is 100% online, international students applying to the program will not be offered visas. International students do not require U.S. residency to enroll in the program.
The admissions criteria applied in evaluating international applicants are essentially the same as those for U.S. citizens. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be submitted online and in English. You are also required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
International and domestic candidates that have relocated to the state of Georgia for purposes of full-time employment, as well as their spouses, may qualify for a waiver of the non-Georgia resident portion of tuition through the Economic Advantage Program. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process and to confirm eligibility for the Economic Advantage Program.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score if:
- They are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
- They are a citizen of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction.*
- They have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States.
*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.
TOEFL scores are valid for two years and the minimum required total score on the exam is 90 for the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). For more information about these tests visit the ETS official TOEFL website.
All applicants to the program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent 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. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy.
The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies 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.
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