Application Deadlines, Process and Requirements

Application Process

  • The OMS CS program is now accepting applications year-round.

Academic Calendar and Deadlines

  • We are now accepting applications year-round (no Summer admission).
    • Georgia Tech's Office of Graduate Studies is transitioning to a new Graduate Student application system.  Therefore, you will NOT be able to start an application for the OMSCS program until the new system is activated during the week of September 21, 2020.  While you are waiting for the new system to become active, you should make sure (1) that you request ALL transcripts (transcripts are required from ALL academic institutions attended for credit, regardless of whether a degree was earned) and (2) that you are lining up the people who will write your letters of recommendation.  As of now, the application deadline dates of July 1 and March 1 have not changed.  You SHOULD ALSO read the Helpful Hints application page (referenced below) and follow its advice!
    • The deadline for submitting ALL application materials—including unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)—for Spring matriculation is July 1 and for Fall matriculation is March 1. We cannot guarantee that applications that do not have ALL the required application materials submitted by these dates will be reviewed in time for the applied semester. Click here to begin your application.
    • When can applicants expect to receive a decision? Generally speaking, the OMSCS Admissions Committee begins releasing decisions soon after the application deadline has passed. Please be patient while waiting for a decision - due to the volume of applications, it does take time for the applications to be reviewed and the decisions to be released. E-mailing the help desk or the Office of Graduate Studies inquiring as to the status of a decision will not speed up the review process (and indeed actually slows it down!).
  • Academic calendar: The OMS CS calendar is synchronous with the Georgia Tech registrar calendar.

Information Required for Application

  • Personal information
    • Full name
    • Date & place of birth
    • Permanent & current addresses
    • Names & email addresses of recommenders
    • Criminal & academic misconduct history
    • Citizenship (click here for more information on accepted proof of citizenship)
  • Academic history
    • Colleges & universities attended
    • You must submit official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
    • Degrees earned
  • For international applicants only:
    • TOEFL or IELTS score (see this page for the requirements)
  • Ethnicity
  • Residency
  • Any U.S. military affiliation
    • Personal history & goals
  • Awards, recognitions, fellowships, scholarships
  • Other universities to which you are applying
  • Career Objectives and Background Essay - "

    What has prepared you for this program?" Up to 2,000 characters allowed for response.

  • Statement of purpose
    • Academic and career plans. Up to 4,000 characters allowed for response
  • Resume
About your recommendations:
  • You should choose recommenders who know you well and can comment authoritatively on your scholarly characteristics (e.g., intellectual ability, knowledge of your chosen field, communication skills, etc.).
  • Generally, current and former teachers and supervisors make more compelling recommenders than former classmates or co-workers.


Please read this page for Helpful Hints on how to create a Stronger and BETTER Application!