Graduate Application Process

Applications for admission to the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAS) are submitted through Georgia Tech's online application system.

The application does not have to be completed in one session, and you can save your information and complete the application at a later time. You can also find information such as the address for mailing supporting materials, and school codes for GRE and TOEFL tests at the online application system.

All supporting materials should be mailed to the address indicated in the online application system (not directly to the School of EAS). You should not mail any materials until after you have completed the online application.

There is not a printed or downloadable version of the application form available.

In addition to the entering application information, the online system provides the means to pay the Application Fee.

Please note that only complete application packages received by the specified target date can be assured of timely consideration by the faculty. Applicants who wish to apply to another school, in addition to Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, should send an email to: "" to inform Georgia Tech of their desire to apply to a second graduate program.

Once the School of EAS receives and processes your application, you will receive a confirmation message. It can take several weeks from the time your application is submitted for this message to be received.

Application target date is January 1 for fall entry.

The following application materials are required to be submitted by all graduate applicants. Most of these items will be submitted via the online application.

  • Application Form: Submitted online. Complete all requested information. This is a standard document for the entire Institute.
  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable): Payment is made at completion of online application. The application fee can be neither waived nor deferred.
  • Application for Georgia Residence Status: You must complete this form only if you claim Georgia residency. Georgia residency implies that you have lived in Georgia for at least twelve months, with a primary purpose other than attending an educational institution in the state. The residency decision is made at the institutional level, not by EAS, and is unlikely to have a bearing on your admission to the graduate program, only on the level of tuition that you would be charged as an enrolled student.
  • Official Transcripts: You can now UPLOAD your supporting documents to your application. If you use the upload feature, you WILL NOT need to mail your documents at the time of application. If you are admitted, you will be asked for official documents. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Personal Statement: This statement should clearly indicate, in approximately 300 to 400 words (the online system permits a maximum of 4,000 characters), your reasons for wishing to pursue your particular program of interest in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science at Georgia Tech, as opposed to another university. It should also discuss your background, training and experience, and should mention honors, memberships, and extracurricular activities. This is also the place to mention any specific needs (i.e. financial support or admission to Spring or Summer term). You may also enclose a brief resume, if you wish. Specifically you should indicate research experience, fellowships (NSF, DOE, EPA etc...) and any scholarship applications you might have in process.
  • Recommendation Letters: Your application package must include three letters of recommendation. After submitting your application, you will receive information on electronic submission of recommendations, which you can forward to your references. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, at least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member who supervises your work. You can also use this PDF form to send letters directly to EAS. Please mark them Attn: EAS Graduate Student Recruitment
  • Test Scores: Official score reports are to be sent directly from the testing agency to Georgia Tech. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants. To schedule the computer-based version of the GRE, call 1-800-GRE-CALL. Georgia Tech's Institute Code for GRE registration is R5248GT, and EAS's department code is 0501 (Atmospheric Science), 0502 (Environmental Science), 0504 (Geology), 0505 (Geophysics and Seismology), 0507 (Meteorology), 0508 (Oceanography), or 0599 (Earth and Atmospheric Science).
  • For Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the required minimum total score on the exams are as follows: The internet-based TOEFL exam = 90, with minimum section scores of 19 or higher on each skill area. The paper-based TOEFL exam = 577 is required for students whose native language is not English. Before an application package is reviewed by the faculty, a passing TOEFL score must be on file. Georgia Tech's Institute Code for TOEFL registration is 5248GT.  For more information:

  • If you know your test scores when completing the application, note them in the space provided in the application form and enclose a copy of any score report(s) you have received. Official score reports might not be received for many weeks following the test, and initial processing can be done with self-reported scores while awaiting receipt of official score reports.

  • International applicants who have attended a U.S. college or university for a minimum of one academic year are not required to provide a TOEFL score. However, a transcript from the U.S. college or university must be provided in order to qualify for this exemption.
  • Information from citizens of countries other than the U.S. (International Applicants Only): International applicants must complete the Non-Citizens form and include financial documentation showing support for their first year of graduate study (approximately $46,000). Higher amounts of support documentation are required for those who will be accompanied by their spouse and/or child(ren). Financial documentation consists of a letter from the source of the support stating their willingness and ability to supply sufficient support, and a statement from a financial institution which shows that adequate funds are available.