Application Deadlines, Process and Requirements

Application Process

  • The OMSCS program is now accepting applications year-round.

Academic Calendar and Deadlines

  • We are now accepting applications year-round for both Spring and Fall matriculations (no Summer admission).
    • The deadline for submitting ALL application materials including:
      • unofficial transcripts from ALL academic institutions attended (even if you didn't earn a degree),
      • THREE letters of recommendation,
      • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable),
      • answers to the OMSCS Supplemental Questions,
      • Statement of Purpose, and
      • any supporting materials (e.g., post-bacc CS-related FINAL GRADED, accredited academic coursework).

        for Spring matriculation is August 15 and for Fall matriculation is March 15. 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 approximately two weeks 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 Education inquiring as to the status of a decision will not speed up the review process (and indeed actually slows it down!).  ALL decisions will be released 10-12 weeks after the application deadline.  After the deadline has passed, all applicants will receive a follow-up e-mail with a specific timetable.
  • Academic calendar: The OMSCS 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 (as defined by the Office of Graduate Education) from ALL colleges and universities you have attended
      • Diplomas are NOT acceptable substitutes!
    • Degrees earned
      • If you have earned the degree, your transcript MUST show the date of conferral.  If it does not, your application will be rejected or put on indefinite hold.
  • For international applicants only:
    • TOEFL or IELTS score (see this page for the requirements)
  • Ethnicity
  • Residency
  • Any U.S. military affiliation
  • Awards, recognitions, fellowships, scholarships
  • Other universities to which you are applying
  • OMSCS Supplemental
    • In the Objectives section, there are 6 free-form questions and 9 "Y/N" questions.
    • The free-form questions are VERY limited in the response you can give.
    • ALL the "Y/N" questions should have an answer of "Yes"!!  If you answer "No" to ANY of them, then you need to GO BACK through your application and correct it until you can truthfully all nine questions "Yes"!!
  • Documents & Materials Upload
    • Here is where your Statement of Purpose goes.  It is limited to 1000 words.  PLEASE refer to Additional Guidelines on how to organize your Statement of Purpose -- it WILL SAVE you time!
  • Resume -- THIS is REQUIRED!  Your application will either be rejected or put on indefinite hold if it is not included.
  • THREE Letters of Recommendation
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.

HELPFUL HINTS!

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