Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech. We look forward to providing you with more information about Georgia Tech and the programs available in our School.

Our Ph.D. program applications are due in December each year.  We evaluate applications in December, January and February, make offers in March, and expect responses from candidates who have been made offers by mid-April. Offers for spring and summer admission are not usually made. Please contact us first if your application timing differs from the time window above.

Areas of concentration:
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (BIO) including population and evolutionary ecology; community ecology; aquatic chemical ecology; ecological genomics; sensory ecology; evolution of development, behavior, and sociality; biological oceanography; environmental microbiology; theoretical ecology.
  • Molecular and Cell Biology (BIO) including eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell biology; molecular physiology; molecular biophysics and structural biology; animal, plant, and microbial molecular genetics; human genomics; molecular evolution.
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (BINF) (with available M.S. and interdepartmental PhD programs in Bioinformatics) focusing on DNA and protein sequence analysis; comparative genomic analysis; macromolecular structure modeling including protein-protein, protein-nucleic acid, and protein-small molecule interactions; molecular evolution.
  • Quantitative Biosciences (QBioS)  - An interdisciplinary Ph.D. program enabling the discoverery of scientific principles underlying the dynamics, structure, function of living systems at scales from molecules to cells to organisms to populations.
More information about the Ph.D. Program

Apply to the School of Biological Sciences

1. Get informed...
  • We have listed all the information you need to make a decision about our programs on this webpage. If you have additional questions, please email Chung Kim at
2. Apply...


  • Your recommenders will be emailed upon your final submission of the application.
  • Recommendation letters can arrive after the deadline, however, the admissions committee cannot make a decision without recommendation letters.


Status of your documents / application

The Graduate Admissions office sets all the requirements for the necessary documents, please check here: Graduate Admissions office

The School of Biological Sciences will contact you directly if we need any other documents from you.


Application fee waiver request for underrepresented populations

Georgia Tech aspires to be an Institute that pursues excellence and embraces and leverages diversity in all of its forms. To further promote diversity within the PhD applicant pool, the School of Biological Sciences will consider application fee waivers for underrepresented populations in the field of Biological Sciences who are US citizens or permanent residents(green card holders). Please email the Academic Program Coordinator, Ms. Chung Kim( for additional information. Please note, application fee waiver codes are limited and are first come, first served. Fee waiver requests will have no bearing on admission decisions.


Ph.D. Student Positions

If one of our professors is looking for a Ph.D. student with a specific set of skills, it will be advertised below. You are encouraged to respond directly to the professor although you should note that you will still need to submit a full application that will be evaluated by the Graduate Committee.

General Inquiries

  • Chung Kim
    Academic Program Coordinator
    Email | 404.385.4240 | EBB 2009

Application and Deadlines

  • Online Application
  • Fall Admittance Only
  • Ph.D. Quantitative Biosciences - Annual Deadline: December 1st
  • Ph.D. Applied Physiology - Annual Deadline: December 15th
  • Ph.D. Biology - Annual Deadline: December 15th
  • M.S. Biology - Annual Deadline: December 15th
  • Ph.D.Bioinformatics - Annual Deadline: December 15th
  • M.S. Bioinformatics - Annual Deadline: March 1st
  • Ph.D. Computational Science and Engineering - Annual Deadline: December 15th (homeschool Biological Sciences)
  • M.S. Compuatational Science and Engineering - Annual Deadline: February 1st (homeschool Biological Sciences)

Average Scores for Last Year's Class

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.6

Applicants are evaluated by a combination of GPA, letters of reference, and previous experience including research and publications. GRE scores are not required.

English Proficiency Test Minimum Scores

  • TOEFL: 100 (IBT, minimum  score of 19 for each section)
  • IELTS: 7.5 (minimum score of 6.5 each for listening, reading, speaking, and 5.5 for writing)
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