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 (e.g., We will occasionally consider applications by REU students on an earlier timeframe).
Apply to the School of Biological Sciences
1. Get informed
- All the information you need to make a decision about our programs is listed on this webpage. If you have additional questions, please email Chung Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the full online application. Make sure you have read all the information listed on this page.
- Your recommenders will be emailed when you add them as a recommender in your application.
- You do not have to wait for recommenders to submit their recommendation before you submit the application.
- Recommendation letters can arrive after the deadline, however, the admissions committee cannot make a decision without recommendation letters.
3. Check the status of your documents / application
- The Graduate Admissions office sets all the requirements for the necessary documents, please check the Graduate Admissions office
- The School of Biological Sciences will contact you directly if we need any other documents from you.
Application fee waiver request
The School of Biological Sciences provides application fee waivers to qualified applicants upon review. Please email the Academic Program Manager, Ms. Chung Kim (email@example.com) for additional information. Please note that application fee waiver codes are limited, first come, first served, and will have no bearing on admission decisions.
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.
- Applied Physiology (AP) Integrative Physiology spans levels of biological organization from cellular mechanisms to motor behavior and human performance, and this research encompasses many of the body’s organ systems. Specific emphases include the control of motor activity by the central nervous and musculoskeletal systems, the cellular mechanisms of plasticity in muscular performance, fluid balance and exercise performance in thermally-challenged environments, and approaches to rehabilitation that include prosthetic and orthotic devices as part of the treatment plan. This research is propelled by an enthusiastic faculty and by the natural synergies that arise from our common interests in motor systems, prosthetics and orthotics, and other areas of systems physiology.
- Ocean Science and Engineering (OSE) (homeschool Biological Sciences)
- 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 discovery of scientific principles underlying the dynamics, structure, function of living systems at scales from molecules to cells to organisms to populations.
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.
Academic Program Coordinator
Email | 404.385.4240 | EBB 2009
Application and Deadlines
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)