What kind of students are we looking for? Of course, you need a strong academic background. See our admissions requirements for the details. Additionally, we have identified some traits that typify successful PhD students and some common characteristics of unsuccessful students.
While some students choose to pursue an MS degree prior to the PhD, it is not necessary to obtain an MS degree prior to entering the PhD program. Many students go directly from the BS to the PhD. We anticipate making very few admissions to the MS-only degree program for Fall 2013. Most admissions for Fall 2013 will be to students who will pursue a PhD at Georgia Tech.
Characteristics of successful PhD students
- Highly intelligent
- Passion for research
- Driven to learn and succeed
- Hate giving up
- Able to multitask
Characteristics of unsuccessful PhD students
- Lack initiative
- Don’t know what they want to do with their lives
- Smart, but no creativity
- Don't work well with others
If you meet our admissions requirements and find that the list of characteristics of successful PhD students describes you, we encourage you to apply today.