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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Scheller PhD program.

General Information
How do I get to the College of Business?
View detailed directions and parking.
Are there hotels near campus?

Yes. There are many hotels to choose from near the College of Business and the Georgia Tech campus. Here are several options:(ask for Georgia Tech rates)

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center (across the street from Scheller College of Business)
800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Reservations: 404-347-9440; 800-706-2899

This full service hotel located on the Georgia Tech campus, offers restaurant, bar and room service seven days a week as well as numerous restaurant options just steps away. The hotel also features free wireless internet,  fitness center (including indoor pool) and FREE transportation on the Tech Trolley that stops right in front of the hotel. Remember to take your picture with the Ramblin Wreck on display in the lobby!
*  Ask for the Georgia Tech rate!

Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown (.1 mile walk from Scheller College of Business)
866 West Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 412-2400

Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites (0.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
97 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-524-4006

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
683 Peachtree Street. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
404-874-9200
 
Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown / Historic (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
1041 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-872-8885

Georgian Terrace (.5 miles from Scheller College of Business)
659 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-897-1991

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Program Information
How is the social life on campus and within the PhD program?
Students in the PhD program find Georgia Tech can be a community within itself. The campus offers a wide variety of intramural sporting events, arts and crafts workshops, drama and theater, and may other activities. PhD students often meet at the end of the week to socialize at area restaurants and gathering places. PhD student organizations sponsor community and public service events, student/faculty mixers, and tournaments. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and Georgia Tech’s Stinger bus system provide convenient transportation and access to downtown and other metropolitan Atlanta areas. For those looking for adventure, many students take road trips to neighboring states, go rafting on the Chattahoochee River, or cycle or in-line skate through nearby Piedmont Park. Georgia Tech and Atlanta offer an unlimited variety of social events and activities to meet the interests of PhD students. For more information, please visit the Campus Life webiste.
Application Process
How are applications to the PhD Program evaluated?

Applications to the PhD Program are evaluated compared to other PhD applicants in the academic area. Considered in the admission decision are undergraduate (and graduate, if appropriate) academic performance, GMAT or GRE scores, TOEFL scores for international applicants, work experience, essays, interviews, letters of recommendation, and other documentation supporting the application. Applications are reviewed individually and are also compared to the students currently enrolled in the program and to the current group of applicants.

The admission committee looks for students who will be successful academically and are capable of doing outstanding research in their field.

What is the student profile of enrolled PhD Students?
Student Profile for the Class Entering Fall 2013
New Ph.D. Students 13
Average Age 27
Average GMAT score 727
Average GRE score 1500
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.6
Average Months Work Experience 44
Are there any prerequisites to the PhD Program?
Applicants should have a strong background in college-level mathematics, particularly knowledge of linear algebra, calculus, and statistics. Applicants to the PhD program must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Additionally, all international applicants must take and submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A TOEFL score of at least 100 on the computer adaptive test or 600 on the paper version is required.
How do I obtain a brochure/viewbook for the PhD Program?

To request a brochure, complete one of the following methods:

  • Complete the online PhD Brochure/Viewbook request.
  • Send your full name and mailing address to phd@scheller.gatech.edu
  • Call 404.894.8722 to speak with someone in the Graduate Office.
What is the application deadline for the PhD Program?
For Fall 2014, the application deadline is December 6, 2013.
How can I apply?
In order to apply to the Scheller College of Business, you must submit an online application. The online application for Fall term 2014 is now available. Please visit the Graduate Studies and Admissions website to begin your application.
What materials must be on file before the application is considered complete and can be evaluated?
A complete application consists of the Georgia Tech Institute application, the application for Georgia residency, the PhD application, essays, two official transcripts from each college/university attended, three letters of recommendation, and official TOEFL/GMAT/GRE scores.
I may not be able to get all of my application materials in by the deadline. What should I do?
Applications completed after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
I am scheduled to take the GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL exam(s) right before the application deadline, so I won’t have my official scores in time. What should I do?
You may include your unofficial scores on your application form as well as submit a copy of the unofficial scores. While an official decision cannot be made until we receive the official scores from the Pearson-Vue, we can begin processing your application with the unofficial scores.
When and how will I receive the admissions decision?
You should receive the admission decision by the first week in April. Decisions will be mailed to the address provided in the application and can also be emailed to the email address provided in the application upon request. Decisions can never be given over the phone or faxed.
Do you accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT?

Yes, we will accept either the GMAT or GRE for admission consideration.

The test must be taken within five years of our receipt of your application. If your score is more than five years old, you should plan to retake the test.

Are applicants to the PhD Program required to interview?
If the faculty members in your area have additional questions, they will contact you about an interview.
Does the Scheller College of Business accept applications for the spring semester?
No. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester each year.
Can I complete the PhD program on a part-time or distance-learning basis?
No. The PhD is a full-time program only. There is no part-time or distance-learning option.
International Applicants
Are applications from non-United States citizens treated differently in the admissions process?
International students must submit a TOEFL score and financial documents. Apart from these items, international applications are evaluated in the same manner as US applicants; however, application processing may take longer due to the review of foreign transcripts and financial documents.
Who is required to take the TOEFL?
Students whose native language is not English and who have not successfully completed one year of study at a US college or university must submit a valid TOEFL score.
What is the minimum TOEFL score needed to be admitted?
The minimum TOEFL score is 100 on the computer adaptive test or 600 on the paper and pencil exam.
What are the educational requirements for admission for students educated outside the United States? Am I eligible to apply for admission with a three year baccalaureate degree?
All applicants to the PhD Program must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the US bachelor’s degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. No exceptions will be made to this policy.
Is there financial aid available for non-United States citizens?
Most PhD students receive a Graduate Assistantship from the Scheller College of Business.
How do I receive a visa?

All non-US citizens must provide a certified financial statement outlining the financial resources available to them for their studies in the United States when they are accepted into the program. No visa documents will be issued until the Graduate Office receives documentation that the applicant has sufficient resources to meet the expenses for at least the first year of graduate study at Georgia Tech.

If some person or organization other than the student will be providing the funds on the student’s behalf, an official letter of support from the sponsor must also be included. The letter should include the full name of the sponsor, his/her relationship to the applicant, as well as the amount and length of the support.

Georgia Tech does not begin processing I-20s for the fall semester until May before the beginning of the fall term; this procedure results from the fact that the Georgia State Legislature does not approve the budget (tuition) until April. The I-20 will be delivered to the student via express mail.

A certified financial statement must:

  • Provide certified documentation indicating you have funding sufficient to cover your first year of study including living expenses for yourself and any dependents.
  • Be dated within six months of our receipt of your application
  • Be legible in English
  • Show the equivalent of a US dollar figure for the date of the statement if the funds are held in another currency

For more information on estimated cost of attendance, please view the Graduate Admissions website

What if I am a permanent resident?
If you are a permanent resident of the United States you must include a copy of your permanent resident card, both front and back, with your application. Permanent residents are exempt from the TOEFL and are not required to submit financial documents.