Graduate Application Requirements

Applications are encouraged from students having a B.S. or M.S. in any field of geophysical or environmental science, including atmospheric science, oceanography, geophysics, and geology. Applicants with degrees in physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and computer science are particularly encouraged. Applications from other fields will be considered as long as the student as adequate technical background (in math, physics, and/or chemistry) for the discipline of interest.

Admission decisions are based on all of the information requested. GPA and GRE scores are important metrics in the application review. Listed below is information on the grade and test scores for those beginning their enrollment in the School of EAS in 2008. Although low grades or test scores may preclude admission, higher grades or scores do not assure an offer of admission, as many additional factors are considered by the faculty when evaluating an application. In general, those offered admission into the Doctoral program have substantially higher grade averages and test scores than those admitted to the Masters program as well as more focused research plans.

Grade Point Average (GPA): TThe average undergraduate GPA scores for those beginning their enrollment in the School of EAS in 2006 were: Master's students: 3.20, Doctoral students: 3.40 (on a 4-point scale). An applicant is rarely admitted with a GPA below 3.0.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The average GRE scores (General Test) on Verbal (V) and Quantitative (Q), for those beginning their enrollment in the School of EAS in 2006 were: Master's students: V: 501 and Q: 689; Doctoral students: V: 468 and Q: 721. EAS will continue to accept all test scores reported to us by ETS, regardless of the test date, test site, or testing method (paper or computer). Georgia Tech's Institute Code for GRE registration is R5248.

The Personal Statement is your opportunity to clearly establish your research interests and career objectives. In your statement, indicate past research and professional experience and address unique aspects of your academic record. A resume is not required, but can be submitted to concisely document your background and credentials.

The letters of reference represent key sources of information. Select references who know your strengths, interests, and abilities to excel in academic and professional environments.

For international students whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The minimum acceptable score on the original computer-based TOEFL is 213, and 79 for the current version of the TOEFL. Paper-based test scores are still accepted; the minimum score is 550. These minimums are set by Georgia Tech, and absolutely no exceptions are permitted. International applicants who have attended a U.S. college or university for a minimum of one academic year will not be required to provide a TOEFL score if a transcript from the U.S. college or university is provided. Georgia Tech's Institute Code for TOEFL registration is 5248GT.