Graduate Application Process

Applications for admission to the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAS) are submitted through Georgia Tech's online application system. Please visit admissions requirements for information related to applying.

The department begins application review in early January. Most admission decisions will be made by early February, but the process can continue until March.

Our admission process is highly competitive because the number of graduate students we can admit is limited by the availability of assistantships. Typically, we aim to admit about 10-15 graduate students per year. Admitted students will be invited to visit the School around late February or early March. The site visit program includes individual meetings with faculty and current students, a tour of the campus and facilities, and social events. For details, please see Graduate Applicant Visit.

All incoming students are assigned to a temporary faculty advisor until the end of the first semester. All enrolled graduate students will receive financial support (see financial assistance for details). Financial support normally comes from Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) or Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs), though students will also be encouraged to apply for fellowships (e.g., NSF, NASA).  Research, teaching, and proposal writing will be essential parts of your graduate study experience.

Additional Timeline Information:

  • May 1: Deadline for admitted students to accept or decline their offer of admission
  • Summer months: Accepted students work to complete tasks on the New Student Checklist
  • End of 1st Week of School: Registration window closes
  • End of 1st Semester: Students choose a permanent advisor
  • Additional checklist items can be found in the EAS Graduate Student Handbook