FAQ for Master's Degrees


Yes, we have an open house for admitted and prospective students. The open house is generally held in early April. Prospective students are welcome to contact Katrina Patton to arrange a date to visit before being admitted to the program or if they cannot make the open house once admitted. For more information on visiting the program, please go to our Visit Us page.

You must apply online at www.grad.gatech.edu/apply. All required materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation should be emailed to the graduate office.

The MCRP program has two deadlines. To be considered for merit-based departmental aid, such as fellowships and GRA applications, you must submit and application in full by January 15. All other applications should be submitted by February 15.

The MS-Urban Design deadline for all applications is January 15.

The MS-GIST deadline for merit-based departmental aid, such as fellowships and GRA applications, is January 15. All other applications should be submitted by May 31st. Please note this is an extended deadline.

We start admitting and making financial support offers beginning in early March.

We will consider applicants whose undergraduate GPA was at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale, from an accredited institution).

The minimum GRE scores for MCRP admission are 150 for Verbal Reasoning, 148 for Quantitative Reasoning, and 4.0 for Analytical Writing. 

The minimum GRE scores for MS-GIST admission are 150 for Verbal Reasoning, 148 for Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 for Analytical Writing. 

For MS-Urban Design admission, all three GRE parts must be at the 60th percentile or higher.

We use the highest score from each of the three parts of the GRE exam.

No, we only accept the GRE score report.

GRE scores are good for 5 years from the date the exam was taken.  Any scores older than 5 years will not be accepted.

Yes, all international students from countries in which English is not the primary native language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Exception: International students who have attended a college or university in the United States for at least one academic year (two semesters or three quarters) are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

No other language test may be substituted. The TOEFL is the only test accepted by Georgia Tech.

For the MCRP, MS-Urban Design, and MS-GIST, we are looking for students who score at least 100 on the ibTOEFL internet-based exam, 250 on the computer-based exam or 600 on the paper-based exam.

Official TOEFL scores must be current within two years (ETS will not report test scores older than two years).

For the GRE, use 5248 for Georgia Tech.  For TOEFL, use 5248 for Georgia Tech.

MCRP: As is true for most MCP/MRP programs, the MCRP program at Georgia Tech does not require a specific undergraduate major as a pre-requisite to admission.  Instead, we look for students who earned good grades in their undergraduate degree, received good scores on the GRE exam, and can articulate convincing reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study in planning. 

While no particular majors are required, solid preparation for planning graduate study include geography, economics, architecture and engineering.  However, any discipline that helps hone your analytic and reasoning and writing skills is sufficient.  Useful courses include microeconomics, college algebra and statistics, but are not required, and most of our admitted students have not completed all of these courses.

You will find good information about planning careers online at:
www.planning.org, and

Some good introductory books include:
Design with Nature by Ian McHarg
What Do Planners Do? By Charlie Hoch
Great Streets by Alan Jacobs
Making Equity Planning Work by Norm Krumholz and John Forester
Sprawl Busting by Jerry Weitz

MS-Urban Design: This “post-professional” degree program requires a prior accredited professional degree in architecture, city/regional/urban planning, civil engineering, or landscape architecture. This may be a bachelor’s or master’s degree, as long as it is accredited by the relevant professional/specialized accrediting body (NAAB for architecture; PAB for planning; ABET for civil engineering; ASLA for landscape architecture). Graduates of professional degree programs in other countries may be admitted if their degrees are substantially equivalent to US accredited degrees in the same field. Note that most U.S. architecture bachelor’s degrees are not accredited.

Applicants must fill out the on-line application available at www.grad.gatech.edu/apply

A writing sample or portfolio is not required for the MCRP program, but these materials may be submitted if the applicant believes they will enhance the application; they are optional.

A design portfolio is required for MS-Urban Design admission, and must be submitted in digital form. It may include work prepared in school and/or professional settings.

Unfortunately we cannot waive the $50 application fee for any student.

For the MCRP program, we receive 150 – 200 applications per year and enroll 40-45 students.

The MS-Urban Design is a new degree program, so historical application rates have not yet been established.  We hope to enroll about ten students per year.