PhD Admission

Successful candidates must be admitted by one of the participating units within the College of Engineering, College of Science, or College of Computing and designate the Bioinformatics Program as the degree program of application.

The admission decision is made jointly by the admission committee of the Bioinformatics program and the home unit admission committee.  For best chances of admission, prospective students should make contact with faculty members whose research interests match their own.

A copy of the original application is forwarded from the home unit to the Bioinformatics committee if the student indicated interest in the Bioinformatics program. If the Bioinformatics committee gives recommendation for the student admission (with or without Bioinformatics program financial support attached) the home unit makes the final decision based on the student's credentials and the Bioinformatics committee recommendation.

Once admitted the student should have all the rights a full-fledged PhD student within the home unit. If a student having entered the PhD program chooses a thesis advisor outside of his/her home unit, the student may request and complete a transfer within a semester to the school of the advisor with permission of the graduate committee of the new home unit.

All Bioinformatics Home Schools accept applications for fall admission, but the deadlines vary:
School of Biological Sciences:  December 15
School of Biomedical Engineering:  December 1
School of Chemistry:  December 1
College of Computing:  December 15
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering:  December 15
School of Mathematics:  December 15

We strongly recommend you prepare your application materials early, since the Georgia Tech campus closes for a holiday break in mid-December and fewer faculty and staff are available to answer questions during that time.  Answers to frequently asked questions related to graduate admission at Georgia Tech may be found on this page.

Requirements and Prerequisites

The successful applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:
    •    General GRE scores above the cut-off level established by the home college.  (Some home schools have waived the GRE.)
    •    GPA of at least 3.2 and/or top 5% in class standing.
    •    Taking subject GRE tests in Math and/or Biology is optional.

Also the applicants are suggested to have one of the following qualifications:
1.    MS in Bioinformatics

2.    BS or MS in Bioengineering, Plus:
    •    programming skills i.e. in Perl or C languages (recommended sources "Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics" by James D. Tisdall and "Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills" by Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck)

3.    BS or MS in Biology, Plus:
    •    programming skills i.e. in Perl or C languages (recommended sources "Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics" by James D. Tisdall and "Developing Bioinformatics Computer skills" by Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck)
    •    three semesters of calculus, two semesters of physics

4.    BS or MS in Computer Science, Plus:
    •    two semesters of Biological science or equivalent to knowledge of Molecular Biology at a level of "Genes VII" by Benjamin Lewin
    •    three semesters of calculus

5.    BS or MS in Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Plus:
    •    programming skills i.e. in Perl or C languages (recommended sources "Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics" by James D. Tisdall and "Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills" by Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck)
    •    two semesters of Biological science or equivalent to knowledge of Molecular Biology at a level of "Genes VII" by Benjamin Lewin

You may complete an Inquiry Form to determine if you qualify.